Introductory Science

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The  Introductory Sciences course cluster is designed for students with limited experience in biology and chemistry. These courses provide a thorough introduction to the major topics and skills in biology and chemistry that will prepare students for more difficult courses. For Illumina Learning classes with recommended prerequisites in chemistry or biology, Illumina Learning's Introductory Science courses are a strong option. Course syllabi is created with our other course offerings in mind. These courses are taught by our nations brightest high school students including USABO semifinalists, USNCO finalists, Science Olympiad National Medalists, published researchers, and ISEF finalists.

Introduction to Biology:

This is a course for students to explore the basics of biology and develop a strong understanding of core biological concepts to apply to higher studies. Students will get a better understanding of biology, explore cell biology, chemistry of life, genetics, and anatomy at an introductory level. Courses start date is May but class times start Sundays from 4-6 PM EST. Grade range is 5+.

Introduction to CHEMISTRY:

This is a course for students to explore the basics of chemistry and develop a strong understanding of core chemistry concepts to apply to higher studies. Students will get a better understanding of chemistry, explore atomic structure, the periodic table, themodynamics, and acids/bases at an introductory level. Courses start date is May but class times start Wednesdays 6-8 PM EST. Grade range is 6+.

EVAN LAN:

 

Evan Lan is a high school sophomore from Allentown, Pennsylvania. He is the Instructor Assistant at Illumina Learning and teaches the Genetics & Evolution course. He is passionate about helping others to further their love for biology. Evan is heavily involved in Science Olympiad, winning numerous medals and acting as the student coach for the event Heredity for his district's Division B team. Outside of academic achievements, Evan is currently the Director of Science of Big Brainers, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that focuses on providing all students with affordable, online lessons, with all money being donated to humanitarian organizations.

AMBER LUO:

Amber Luo is a high school junior from Long Island, New York. In addition to co-founding and heading the board of Illumina Learning, she oversees all course curricula and directs + mentors at Camp Illumina. One of her greatest joys is in helping the students she teaches discover their passions for STEM. Amber is a Research Science Institute (RSI) '21 alumna and Top 5 Paper + Top 5 Oral Presentation Honoree, 2021 USABO National Finalist, Department of Defense Scholar, 4-time AIME qualifier, and 2021 USNCO National Finalist with Honorable Mention. She conducts systems biology research at the Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology, social epidemiology research at Stony Brook University, and bioinformatics research at the University of Texas at Austin. She is first-author of a preprint in COVID-19 mathematical modeling, has presented her research to the UT COVID-19 Modeling Consortium, and has had her work on social epidemiology accepted to the AAIC and GSA 2021 conferences. Outside of research, she enjoys writing anatomy & genetics exams for Science Olympiad invitationals and recording K-Pop dance covers..

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