SCANS – Seniors College


To take SCANS courses you must register at a cost of $155.25 per year (fee subject to change). This allows you to take as many SCANS courses as you wish for one year in Bedford, Chester, Dartmouth, Halifax, Liverpool, Mahone Bay, Truro and Tantallon. Online registration is available.

 A Practical Guide to Observing the Night Sky
Instructor: Tony Schellink
Tuesdays, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
October 10 – November 14, 2017 (6 weeks)

After completing this course the participant should have a greater appreciation of and knowledge about what there is to see in the sky and how to find and observe them. Topics covered include: how to find your way around the summer, fall, winter and spring night skies; how to observe the moon and planets; and what galaxies, globular clusters, open clusters, planetary nebula, diffuse nebula, double stars and interesting asterisms can be found. We will also cover how to view these objects using dark adapted eyes and averted vision, and practice observing using a variety of instruments from binoculars to telescopes. We will also explore topics of interest to participants. If the weather cooperates we will have a couple of nights when we will put into practice what we learned in class.

Tony Schellinck: Tony has always had an interest in astronomy; but it wasn’t until age 55 that he became active as an amateur astronomer. A former Dalhousie professor, he knows that the best way to learn a topic is to teach it. He therefore participates in public viewing sessions around Nova Scotia, has become a regular presenter at the Halifax Planetarium, and has given lectures at parks and libraries around the province. His most recent innovation is his flat screen planetarium show held at the Astor Theatre in Liverpool and the Osprey Art Centre in Shelburne where he shows people how to observe the night sky using binoculars.


A History of Recorded Sound from Edison to MP3
Instructor: Robert (Bob) Bauer
Wednesdays, 10.00am – 12.00noon
October 11 – November 15, 2017 (6 weeks)

Learn about the technology of recorded sound, with side bars into the musical, sociological, and business influences that made these technologies possible.

Robert Bauer: Bob Bauer worked for CBC radio for 30 years as a recording engineer and music producer, and co-founded ArrayMusic in Toronto, Upstream and Musikon, both in Halifax. He is associated with three East Coast Music Award-winning recordings. He is a recipient of the Canadian League of Composers Award and a Gabriel Award for broadcasting. He has been involved with the Oscillations Festival of Electroacoustic Music and the Canadian Music Centre. His compositions have been heard in live performances, recordings, and broadcasts across Canada, in the US and Europe. Bauer has taught private music lessons in guitar, saxophone and theory, advanced 20th Century Music History and theory at Saint Francis Xavier University, and guest lectured at Dalhousie University on the creative process.

An Introduction to Chinese Culture Part 2. May Wang
Thursdays, 10.00am – 12.00noon
October 12 – November 16, 2017 (6 weeks)

This session is designed for anyone interested in China and its culture. It is
not necessary to have taken Part 1. This course examines the Chinese language, and how Chinese people communicate using language and non-verbal language. We will look at some of the Chinese fine arts, such as calligraphy and painting, and performing arts such as Peking Opera. We will also learn about the science behind
Traditional Chinese Medicine and the origin of natural treatments. Finally, we will explore the challenges that China faces today.

Week 1. Peking Opera and Performing Arts
Week 2. How Chinese People Communicate (language and body language)
Week 3. Fine Arts (Calligraphy and Painting)
Week 4. Traditional Chinese Medicine
Week 5. Movie: Gua Sha: a Treatment
Week 6. Facing the Challenges

May Wang worked as a teaching assistant with ISANS, the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia, after she moved here from China. May has an MA in Cross Cultural Communication and International Management from The University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. She taught at the Junling Institute of Technology in China. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience of Chinese Culture.