Experience & Activities
Blair Lee, M.S. is the primary author of Pandia Press’s critically acclaimed REAL Science Odyssey Series, and she is the author of The Science of Climate Change: A Hands-On Course and Project-Based Learning: Creating a Modern Education of Curiosity, Innovation, and Impact. Blair earned Bachelor degrees in Biology and Chemistry and Master’s degree in Chemistry at the University of California San Diego. She is a passionate advocate of innovative academics using secular materials. Through her speaking and writing, her goal is to empower educators to dare to be innovative and create something unique and academically-rich when handcrafting their child’s journey through learning.
When teaching at her local community college, Blair found that many of her students were lacking in basic foundational science upon entering college. She believes science can be and should be taught from the beginning of a child’s education. She began working with her son and his friends on methods of teaching science concepts usually reserved for high school or college students. The results of her research and writing are REAL Science Odyssey Chemistry 1, Biology 2, Astronomy 1, Astronomy 2, Earth & Environment 1, and The Stargazer’s Notebook—concept-rich, hands-on courses that engage young people’s minds and lay a firm foundation of science concepts. Blair plans on using these same methods while incorporating a project-focus into the online classes she will be teaching.
Blair now spends her time writing science for young people and is currently working on REAL Science Odyssey Biology 1 and Earth & Environment 2. She is also the founder of Secular Eclectic Academic (SEA) Homeschoolers, a supportive community of over 72,000 members that advocates for the exclusive use of secular, academic materials. She spends time in the SEA Facebook group answering questions and offering advice for that community. She lives in California with her husband, son, many dogs, and several guinea pigs. When not homeschooling her son and writing textbooks, she loves to ski, cook (most chemists are good cooks), read, and hike. You can contact Blair directly with questions about REAL Science Odyssey and SEA Homeschoolers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blair's Class List
|Date||Class||Age Level||Class Type||Teacher||Price||Availability||Live Meetings|
|January 17-March 6, 2022||Exploring Philosophy with the Good Place (High School): Season 3||14-18||high||Live||live||Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason||mparrinellocason||$60||Space Available||open||Tues at 11am E|
|January 17-March 13, 2022||Middle School Writing with Google It||11-13||middle||Live||live||Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason||mparrinellocason||$135||Class Full||closed||Tues at 1pm E|
|January 18 - March 8, 2022||Fairy Tales & Feminism II||12-17||high||Live||live||Samantha Matalone Cook, MAT||scook||$240||Space Available||open||Tues at 3pm E|
|January 19 - April 27||Microbiology for Kids||9-13||elementary, middle||Live||live||Blair Lee, M.S.||blee||$375||2 Spots Left||open||Weds at 2pm E|
|January 24-March 7, 2022||Exploring Philosophy with the Good Place (Middle School): Season 1||11-13||middle||Live||live||Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason||mparrinellocason||$60||Space Available||open||Mons at 3pm E|
|January 24-April 17, 2022||High School Writing with How Would You Rule||13-18||high||Live||live||Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason||mparrinellocason||$185||Space Available||open||Mons at 1pm E|
|January 24-April 16, 2022||High School Writing with Lab Girl||13-18||high||Guided||guided||Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason||mparrinellocason||$125||Space Available||open||No Live Meetings|
|January 24 - June 30, 2022||Exploring Food Systems with The Omnivore’s Dilemma (Guided)||11-16||middle, high||Guided||guided||Dr. Sabrina Weiss||sweiss||$180||Space Available||open|
|February 1 - 15, 2022||Paper Circuitry! Make Light-Up Origami and Designs||8-15||middle, high||Live||live||Kathy Ceceri, B.A.||kceceri||$75||Space Available||open||Tues at 3pm E|
|February 1 - March 22, 2022||American Trans History||13-18||high||Live||live||Joshua Jernigan||jjernigan||$150||Space Available||open||Tues at 3:00 ET|
|February 3, 2022||Make Your Own Buzzing Board Game (Winter 2022)||11-15||middle, high||Live||live||Kathy Ceceri, B.A.||kceceri||$55||Space Available||open||Tues at 2pm E|
|February 3 - March 24, 2022||American Queer History 1||14-18||high||Live||live||Joshua Jernigan||jjernigan||$150||Space Available||open||Thurs at 2pm E|
|February 3 - 24, 2022||Queer Writing Workshop||13-18||high||Live||live||Joshua Jernigan||jjernigan||$90||Space Available||open||Thurs at 3:30pm E|
|February 7-May 8, 2022||High School Literature: Survey of the American Short Story||14-18||high||Live||live||Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason||mparrinellocason||$200||Space Available||open||Mons at 11am E|
|February 9 - February 23||Changes to Earth over Geologic Time||6-10||elementary||Live||live||Blair Lee M.S.||blee||$80||Space Available||open||Weds at 12:30pm|
|February 10 - February 24||Kitchen Science||6-10||elementary||Live||live||Blair Lee M.S.||blee||$80||Add Your Name to Waitlist||closed||Thurs at 1pm E|
|February 24-March 31, 2022||A Young People’s History of the United States: Part 4||10-14||middle||Live||live||Alycia Wright, M.Ed.||awright||$150||Space Available||open||Thurs at 3pm E|
|March 1 - April 5, 2022||Aquatic Ecosystems||10+||middle||Live||live||Alison Blanco||ablanco||$90||Space Available||open||Tues at 3pm E|
|March 2-30, 2022||BOTS 3: Code-Design-Build Projects for Makers, Artists, and Engineers||8-11||middle||Live||live||Kathy Ceceri, B.A.||kceceri||$180||Space Available||open||Weds at 1pm E|
|March 3-31, 2022||BOTS 1: Build Simple Robots!||8-11||elementary||Live||live||Kathy Ceceri, B.A.||kceceri||$165||Space Available||open||Thurs at 1pm E|
|March 14-May 8, 2022||Middle School Writing with Sugar Changed the World||11-13||middle||Live||live||Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason||mparrinellocason||$135||Class Full||closed||Tues at 1pm E|
|March 16-March 30, 2022||Evolution & Natural Selection||6-10||elementary||Live||live||Blair Lee, M.S.||blee||$80||Space Available||open||Wed at 12:30pm E|
|March 17 - March 31||Waves||6-10||elementary||Live||live||Blair Lee M.S.||blee||$80||1 Spot Left||open||Thurs at 1pm E|
|March 21-May 8, 2022||Exploring Philosophy with the Good Place (High School): Season 4||14-18||high||Live||live||Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason||mparrinellocason||$60||Space Available||open||Tues at 11am E|
|March 21-May 2, 2022||Exploring Philosophy with the Good Place (Middle School): Season 2||11-13||middle||Live||live||Dr. Michelle Parrinello-Cason||mparrinellocason||$60||Space Available||open||Mons at 3pm E|
|March 22 - May 10, 2022||Fairy Tales & Feminism III||12-17||high||Live||live||Samantha Matalone Cook, MAT||scook||$240||Space Available||open||Tues at 3pm E|
|April 1- May 6, 2022||Teen Robotics with MakeCode!||12-16||high||Live||live||Kathy Ceceri, B.A.||kceceri||$210||Space Available||open||Fris at 1pm E|
|April 7 - May 5, 2022||BOTS 2: Make and Code Robots!||8-11||elementary||Live||live||Kathy Ceceri, B.A.||kceceri||$180||Space Available||open||Thurs at 1pm E|
|April 13-April 27, 2022||The Ways of Water||6-10||elementary||Live||live||Blair Lee, M.S.||blee||$80||Space Available||open||Weds at 12:30pm E|
|April 14 - April 28||Plant Biochemistry||6-10||elementary||Live||live||Blair Lee M.S.||blee||$80||2 Spots Left||open||Thurs at 1pm E|
|April 19 - May 24, 2022||Bird and Mammal Conservation||10+||middle||Live||live||Alison Blanco||ablanco||$90||Space Available||open||Tues at 3pm E|
|Intro to MakeCode, Microcontrollers, and Motors (Self-Paced)||7-16||middle, high||Self Paced||self-paced||Kathy Ceceri, B.A.||kceceri||$35||Space Available||open|
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Books & Publications
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Blair has such a kind and easy way with each of the kids. I also thought it was really helpful to have a helper there managing the logistics which allowed all of Blair’s attention to focus on the kids.
You know the saying, “It all depends on the teacher…” SEA’s courses with Blair Lee hit just the right note on all counts. Her mastery of the material is exceeded only by her genuine passion for the topics she teaches as well as the teaching itself. Her joy at working with young people shines through every moment on the screen. Her hands on portions of each class are truly enjoyable and get everyone involved. And, as the mom, I appreciated the fact that she used readily available materials. We’ve taken four courses with Blair now and have loved each one!
Awesome classes! R couldn’t wait to sign up for more – Virus class and the next science session! See you next year!
My daughter loved taking the science class from Blair Lee. She was interested and engaged. There was plenty of hands on work in the class to keep the subject matter fun and engaging. We were able to participate even while traveling! I would definitely recommend this course to other parents and students.
Your excitement and engagement with these kids is terrific! B. is genuinely enjoying the classes!!! We canâ€™t wait for more!!!
Online Teaching Policies for Blair Lee
The refund schedule for classes is as follows:
- Before class begins: Families will receive a full refund if they withdraw before the class begins minus service charge of $25 per class per student.
- After class begins: No refunds.
It is important to note that the class has a limited number of slots and once the class begins, it is extremely difficult to then fill that space.
It is important to me that all students have a safe and enjoyable classroom experience, so I have some behavioral guidelines to reach that goal. My general behavioral guidelines are as follows (and will also be announced directly to students in an age-appropriate way):
- Mute microphones if there is excessive background noise.
- No mean-spirited comments.
- Students must wear clothing when on camera.
- No flooding the chat with off-topic content.
- No sharing contact information with other students without parent permission
- No disruptive behavior that distracts other learners.