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Sept is Jim's 28th year at RHSA and he'll also teach at SALT in Cedar Hill.
PA/New parents see: Announcements, Jim's Background, Classes & About KLC for details.

Jim teaches to pass on his special skills, abilities & techniques to those who want to learn. Jim was a Product Development, Research & Design Engineer who created original products for many companies (see Jim's Background). He has taught Engineering related Skills for over 27 years. Jim's 'been there-done that' and his unique one-of-a-kind classes give you a head start on your future competition. Jim has developed a unique method of teaching that makes complex things easy to understand ('if you pay attention'). Jim teaches skills you need to know to get and keep a job when you graduate, most schools do not do this. If you have questions, contact Jim for the truth. In Announcements read "Jim's Steps for Success" - his classes help you be successful in anything you do. You develop ways of applying the knowledge you've learned with an understanding of the basic principles involved to find solutions.

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Learn: how to build/invent stuff -

            Take things apart   to see how they work!
                         
Dream about . . . Creating Robots?
        Make dreams
become plans   &  plans...
                     become
things that work - even if you don't
                                  know an
LED from a PCB.... then ....

                                                         Get a technological
                     
         Head-Start on your future

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Bulletin Board-Announcements

I left PA due to lack of leadership, support and understanding of what I do to help my students. I don't know of anyone or school that prepares technically inclined students (esp Engineers) to be successful!
I teach them what they need to know to get, keep & hold a job after College - ask me for details!

I don't recommend Prometheus Academy unless you are going into the medical field because that's Deborah's specialty. Unless Deborah recovers and takes over the controls again I don't think PA's going to survive. She is really good and I wish her a full recovery from the cancer.

I suggest all Families in PA and the Richardson area consider RHSA as a better choice, it's more stable, well established, (over 30 yrs.) and is based on Biblical principles. RHSA has higher level experienced teachers and leaders who are dedicated to providing the best education possible for the students. They offer a broader educational base in many different fields of study: see RHSA Co-Op

Note: I was told by Steve acting head of PA that he was turning PA into Medical orientated school including Engineering. I really liked Deborah, Laura, Courtney and Martha the PA teachers I knew best. My students at PA this year were among my best and I will miss them. However RHSA is simply better organized and run in every area. PA isn't the same since Steve took over, he lacks necessary leadership skills.

Jim's classes are the same but much cheaper at RHSA ($45-50/mo) they meet on Tuesdays and the class rooms are much larger. RHSA rents space from Temple Shalom, 6930 Alpha Rd at Hillcrest, apx 2 mi away. RHSA is one of the largest Co-Ops in Tx. Jim also has a 3rd class 'Gadgets & Gizmos' for ages 8-10 (PA wouldn't offer it). See left side of the 'Teaching Co-Op' page on RHSA Website or e-mail Jim for more information. Jim has taught at RHSA for 27 yrs and plans to teach for at least two more, it's a year to year thing due to still recovering from the injury - a Ford F150 parked on top of him in a parking lot.




Jim's 'Steps for Success'

1) 'A Good Attitude' it's the most important thing and you have control of it.
2)
'Common Sense' Not so common anymore, must be developed. It's the ability to recognize & use what's available to you to fix or solve any problem.
3)
'A Strong Work Ethic' todays kids are lazy, want to play, not learn. You must be willing to spend time & work as hard as needed to reach your goals.
4)
'Quitting is never an option!' Don't give up, press on! "Quitters never win"
5)
'You must think you're smart enough to do anything'. If you don't believe in yourself, that you can do it, then you're defeated before you start.
6)
'Learn from your mistakes'. Edison's lightbulb: took apx. 2,500 tries but he said none were failures because he learned something to do or not do each try.
7)
Learn how to apply a combination of: knowledge, understanding, divergent creative problem solving methods, skills and abilities to accomplish any goal.

... I teach to give you a chance. Our educational system has broken down, students aren't being taught the skills needed to succeed because the current education system doesn't work.

Technology is about to explode exponentially and few will be able to keep up. On your first job after college you will be on three months probation to prove they didn't make a mistake hiring you. Fail in your first two jobs and you will most likely have to find a new career.

Over the past 50 years I have developed a unique design method which I've used to invent many successful projects. I know what it takes to be successful and want to share this knowledge and my methods with you, the next generation.

Learn what you need to know before spending $150,000 or more for an education you can't use. I'm available to talk with parents or students when time permits.

... New 2017-18 schedule is almost set. After 27 yrs I've decided to teach at only two locations from now on. Tuesdays will be my 28th year at Richardson Home School Assoc. and on Thursdays I will teach at SALT Home School in Cedar Hill. The 'About KLC' page of this website has my background Bio. and class goals information. E-mail me if you have any questions about my classes.

... What KLC offers: Unique and fun projects that are designed to teach technical skills & problem solving methods developed by Jim. These popular hands-on projects develop your abilities and demonstrate how to use & apply the basic principles. Both Electrical and mechanical projects are available for all skill levels, beginner to advanced. This is a serious but fun way to teach common sense, logical divergent thinking and creativity. The hands-on class projects develop an understanding of scientific principles and methods used to design something new and original. Engineers that under stand these principles can apply them to invent and design new creative original conceptions. The rest can only modify what others have done (ie: use Google for ideas) because they have knowledge but lack understanding. I try to present all this in a way that's easy to understand and fun to do. We build cool projects that help you remember these things and the bonus is you get to keep the projects.


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"Goals & Purpose"


Popular Dallas teacher
Jim McMillan has created special hands-on projects designed to
teach you how to
think-on-your-feet, Quickly analyze facts and initiate a divergent
course of action for any situation.

These abilities apply to anything you do not just science, technology & engineering.
These classes give you an understanding of rules, formulas and scientific principles.

They help you develop problem solving skills and a positive 'can do' attitude.

Former three time Science Fair winner, Inventor, Scoutmaster, and Research & Product Design Engineer, Mr. McMillan has used his unique program to create, design and invent products for many companies. Review class descriptions below, If you have questions or comments e-mail Jim







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Classes    


Class name
Ages     
put on Transcript as     
(7-10)
Creative Skills
(11-17)
Pre-Engineering
(10-17)
Design Concepts
(10-16)









Gadgets & Gizmo's Class:  for ages 8-10

Updated 2017-2018 class description

This is a progressive learning method using tools and creative projects to teach basic skills.
Students keep most of the projects but not all of them. Class projects are new each year & are
designed to demonstrate basic principles, problem-solving methods and teach creative skills.

This is a 'FUN' hands-on class that is appealing to both boys and girls who like to make things
happen. Students learn to follow directions, pay attention to details, use tools and work together.
They develop specific skills such as soldering and using tools to build quality projects.

Example of past projects:
1) Make a pet Porcupine. Using a hammer and nails.

2) Learn about screws and screw-drivers then use them to build unique special projects.

3) Learn to solder then make: electronic art, dummy boards, LED flashlights, 'Blinky Robot', etc.

4) Learn about aerodynamics and build things that move, fly or glide through the air.

5) Learn about nuts, bolts & washers, use special parts to make "creatures", "race cars" & other things.

6) Use "Wood Erector set" and metal pieces to build towers, bridges, helicopters or your own creation.

7) Students work individually and in teams to create and build (but not keep) their own special designs.




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(22)Dual Barrel Potato Cannon
Dual Barrel Potato Cannon







Engineering Skills:  for ages 11-17

On college transcripts call it: Pre Engineering,  Updated 2017-2018 class descriptions   
This is a High School class but younger students have taken it successfully for years.

This is a fun 'hands-on' class that teaches logical, critical and divergent problem solving skills that
will help you in all aspects of your career. You build and keep creative projects designed to expand
and develop your technical abilities. New projects and old favorites offered each year.

Class covers Basic engineering skills that are fundamental to most technical fields. This course is a normal progression of developmental concepts designed to hone application skills & abilities. Time
and repetition are needed to grasp the concepts and skills that engineering careers require but colleges
don't teach. Colleges teach knowledge but I teach understanding
not covered by any college I know of.

I recommend taking this class more than once because it takes time and repetition to understand the basic concepts & material. Talented, gifted or returning students, may select harder projects if they show they can do the work. Usually the first time you take my classes you have a lot of fun but miss a lot of what I teach. This is OK, you're learning a new language. My assistants will help you keep up.

Learn to build Printed Circuit Boards (PCB) and Project Board (PB) kits designed by Jim. We also teach Soldering skills and build both electrical and mechanical projects. Examples of past projects: Fake Lie detector, Voice changer, Intruder Alarm, Spy stuff, Self reversing car, Velleman German Kits, FM Transmitter, Super Snooper, 'Not-A-Bomb', Night Rider, Robot Bug, Jim Designed HexBots, 'Gotcha' Circuit, "Apple Breather" and over 50 special projects in all.


No homework, quizzes don't affect your grade but help me see if you are keeping up. 'No class syllabus' because I design projects after school starts based on the skills and abilities of those taking the class. My best students become my assistants and help the slower students to keep up - this benefits everyone.

We do new projects each year but repetition of basic technical skills is a key to building confidence and ultimately the ability to initiate or modify existing projects. These rare, unique and special classes can give you a head-start in all aspects of your career.


Past students (after being tested) have received college credits and been accepted at MIT, SMU and other prestigious schools. I have invented and designed things since age 10 and want to pass these skills on to you, the next generation. I look forward to mentoring, challenging and inspiring you to reach your fullest potential. To motivate and keep things interesting the projects will be new or changed each year. Come and join the fun!




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How Things Work:  for ages 10-17  

On college transcripts call it: Design Concepts, Updated 2017-2018 class descriptions
This is a High School class but younger students have taken it successfully for years.

For young Wanta-be Inventors and Designers: Learn how and why things are made! Get hands-on experience using original methods that I've developed and used over the last 50 yrs to create and design products for companies to build. These are the skills that made me a successful Product Design and Research Engineer - I want to pass them on to you. These principles (my methods) can be applied to most careers not just engineering. Schools today don't prepare students for what will be expected of them when they graduate. I teach to show my students how and what to do to survive in the working environment. Get a head start on your future competition. These classes are unique!


To develop, create, design or invent you must have a basic fundamental understanding of how and why things work. Without this knowledge you can only modify what others have done. The class will take apart all kinds of existing products to see what makes them tick. Sometimes we will fix, modify or use their parts to make something else. This is an exciting class designed to teach application skills, do projects that demonstrate scientific principles and learn skills needed to create new products that solve or meet specific needs.


I suggest taking this class more than once because it takes time and repetition to understand the basic concepts. Usually in the first year in any of my classes you have great fun but most of what I teach goes over your head. This is OK, you're learning a new language. To motivate and keep things interesting the projects will be new or changed each year. Come and join the fun! Students can bring things to fix, to work on themselves or to share with the class. There is no homework or quizzes, students are graded on class participation and attitude.


Examples of past projects:
We have built gaming computers, Free Wi-Fi antennas, lightning generators, Marshmallow Cannons, Rat(trap) Racers, a go-cart & LED lantern survival light. Learned how to wire home electronics like ceiling fans, stereos, surround sound, install light cutoff switches in two or more locations with a dimmer. Studied Humanoid Robotics, Automotive stuff (ask me about it), Taken apart; X-boxes, R/C cars, computers, smart phones, hard drives, keyboards, electric motors, drills, soldering irons, glue guns, a lawn mower engine, converted a 2 speaker system to sound like a 'virtual surround' system, used metal & plastic bending tools and many other things.


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Class Registration:

RHSA, Richardson Home-school Assoc. Visit their web-site www.RHSA.org .
The Co-Op meets at Temple Shalom, Hillcrest at Alpha, their phone no. answered
Tues & Thurs during school hours is 972-234-8404. E-mail: coopregistrar@comcast.net

General information: Class cost vary ($45-$50/mo) due to the fees I'm charged. The Materials fee ($75/yr) covers class projects - my expenses are about $130/student. Check the Bulletin Board for latest information, updates & announcements.

Future Classes:  Offering several new options starting this Fall - See Bulletin Board for options. If interested in offering our classes or Summer Camps at your location, call 214-521-1444 or E-mail Jim McMillan to set a time to meet or discuss options.




Fall Class Schedule   (Scan Down)
2015-16 Home, Private and After-School classes will again be taught at three locations
  




Tues:
RHSA Home-school Co-Op
Now meets at Temple Shalom, on Hillcrest 1/2 mile North of LBJ - go to the back entrance.

        12:30 - 1:25
          1:30 - 2:25
          2:30 - 3:25


Thursday:   SALT HomeSchool Co-Op, Cedar Hill! All 3 Classes, information to be posted by March 25, Call Jim, 214-521-1444 or e-mail me if you have questions about me or these classes.
I last taught classes at Salt ten years ago.

        coming
ages 11+
      coming
ages 10+

...   Going To SALT, Fall 2017:

Leaving The Prometheus Academy in May 2017.
If interested contact Jim to discuss ...... My classes are geared for ages 8 to 17. E-mail Jim or call him at 214-521-1444.










Possible college credits:

1) It's possible to qualify for Pre-Engineering college credits if you take 2
years or more of Technical Science and/or Engineering Skills. This will give you a major advantage over other students & the possibility of advanced placement.

2) Sci-Tech 1&2 (pre-engineering) will be taught at the same time but second year or those who can do the work have the option to select more difficult projects.



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1    Animusic 1&2                          Animated instruments, 2 disc set                              G
2    The Machines                           Fanastic exhibit at the MIT Robotics Museum         G
3    Night at the Museum 1&2        Comes Alive/Battle of Smithsonian                          G
4    The Black Stallion                    Shipwrecked Horse becomes champion                    G
5    Cars                                         An animated world of cars                                       G
6    Inspector Clouseau                  Bumbling Pink Panther Detective                             G
7    Wall-E                                     nbsp;Adventures of Junk Yard Robot                               G
8    62 Classic Cartoons                  Superman,Casper, Popeye & more                          G
9    6 Hrs of Cartoons                     Fabulous Cartoon Funnies, 6 hours                         G

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15    Troop Beverly Hills                Very funny Girl Scout Adventures                           PG
16    National Treasure 1 & 2         Seeking the worlds greatest treasures                        PG
17    Ice Age 1, 2 & 3                     Pre-Historic/Meltdown/Dinosaurs                             PG
18    Madagascar 1 & 2                  Escape to Africa & Penguins Adventure                   PG
19    The Rocketeer                        Top secret jet pack found                                         PG
20    StarTrek/StarTrek 3               1st Contact/Search for Spock                                    PG
21    Young Indiana Jones             Treasure of the Peacocks eye                                     PG
22    Lord of the Rings 1 &2          Return/Fellowship of the King                                  PG
23    2 Fantastic-4 movies               Original & Rise of the Silver Surfer                          PG
24    Robots                                   Comedy - Robot movie                                             PG
25    Hitchhikers Guide                  Inner Galactic Space Travelers                                  PG
26    Kart Racers (unlimited)          Courage has no Speed Limit                                     PG
27    Lemans Prototype Racing      European Championship Series                                 PG
28    Bullitt (Steve McQueen)         Best car chase in movie history                                  PG
29    Short Circuit (Johnny 5)        Runaway robot think he's alive                                  PG

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35    Days of Thunder                     Racing movie with Tom Cruise                             PG-13
36    Italian Job Orig/Remake        Wild bank robbery & escape                                 PG-13
37    The One                                  Destroy the matrix to save the universe                 PG-13
38    Blackbeard                             Pirates of the Caribbean sequence                         PG-13
39    Ironman 1 & 2                        A thrill a minute Robotman                                  PG-13
40    Avatar                                    Return to Pandora, Adv civilization                      PG-13
41    I Robot                                   Adv powerfull robots try to take over                   PG-13


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