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The Great Adventure Lab is an after-school science enrichment program that runs in 50+ schools in the D.C. area. We’ve taught thousands of kids how to write their first robotics programs or video game programs (or both!). This is the start of our fourth school year!
We do it all with SMALL class sizes (adult-student ratio = 6:1) and highly skilled teachers, many of whom have or still work as scientists or engineers. Our goal is to make science, technology, engineering and mathematics irresistibly FUN for the next generation. Kids leave our classes demanding MORE!
We are an LLC based in Silver Spring, Md. We are fully insured and our instructors have passed background checks including FBI and state fingerprinting.
Here are mini-descriptions of our Late Fall 2013 offerings at Wood Acres ES. Please follow links for complete details, including photos! Room numbers TBD. Instructor will send welcome email several days before class. These activities are not sponsored by, associated with, or endorsed by MCPS or Montgomery County Government.
GRADES 1-2, no exceptions
Meeting dates: Nov 4, 18, 25, Dec 2, 9, 16.
Using Lego Education’s Simple Machines set, we’ll learn the mechanical engineering concepts behind levers, gears, pulleys and more. Each week we’ll build a new project. Get ready for a wild amusement park ride, a go-cart and of course... a catapult. After learning the engineering concepts and building the machines, we encourage students to improvise on their designs, just like we do in our robotics classes!
Areas of exploration include: engineering, simple machines, and physics. 1 instructor, 1 parent aide, six 60 min meetings, once per week, $95 per student, min 11/ max 12 students.
Storybook Science 2
Class dates: Nov 6, 13, 20, Dec 4, 11, 18.
Mythbusters isn’t just for big kids. In this class for students in kindergarten and grade 1, we’ll read a different story each week to our kindergarten and first grade scientists and then conduct hands-on science experiments to test the truthfulness or recreate certain elements of each story!
Did you love our first Storybook Science class? Storybook Science 2 follows the same format, but with a whole new set of stories and experiments. Want to look around corners or over fences? After reading 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, we’ll be building periscopes! After reading Mirette on the High Wire we’ll do our own balance experiments and build small popsicle stick figures that can balance on a fingertip.
Areas of exploration include: aerodynamics, biology, physics, geology, archaeology, chemistry… and more! 1 instructor, 1 aide, Six 60 min meetings, once per week, $90 per student, plus $13 supply fee per student.
Meeting dates: Nov 5, 19, 26, Dec 3, 10, 17.
How did Ben Franklin figure out a way to harness electricity, thus making it possible for generations of kids to play all those annoying video games for hours on end? How? By playing around with it!
No, we won’t send your child out with kite and key to play in a lightning storm. We’ve got something almost as fun in mind: playing with electronic snap-on circuits to learn the basics of electricity, and yes, we’ll do a few take-home electronics projects, including LED origami and a burglar alarm! Siblings beware …
Areas of exploration: electricity, electronics, circuits, schematics, troubleshooting, logic. 2 instructors, six 60 min meetings, once per week, $105 per student plus $22 materials fee, Min 9/ max 10 students
Lego Robotics 2
GRADES 2*-4, Pre-Requesite Lego Robotics 1 - no exceptions
Meeting dates: Nov 7, 14, 21, Dec 5, 12, 19.
Lego Robotics 2 builds on Lego Robotics 1 with new and more complex projects. The directions will not be as detailed step-by-step and the kids will be challenged to explore and use their imagination to build robots after starting with our basic building and programming instructions to get them started.
Areas of exploration: robotics, programming, logic. 1 instructor, 1 parent aide. Six 60-min meetings, once per week. $100 per student. Min 11/ max 12 students. The GrAd Lab provides one netbook and one robotics kit for each pair of students.
Video Game Programming part 2
Meeting dates: Nov 8, 15, 22, Dec 6, 13, 20.
*Prerequisite: Video Game Programming part 1
Does your kid dream of writing his or her own video games or creating a cartoon or animation? We’ve found a great way to get started: Scratch, the super-simple drag-and-drop multimedia programming language designed by MIT‘s Lifelong Kindergarten project.
NOTE: Scratch is available to anyone for free on the Internet. Learn it at home! Or, sign up for one of our classes so The Great Adventure Lab’s trained instructors can teach you how to make characters walk, talk, and interact with a keyboard/mouse or other programmed characters.
Video Game Programming 2 builds on what we learned in part 1. We’ll make more different types of mini games and multimedia stories!
Areas of exploration: programming, multimedia, storytelling, music, and logic. 2 instructors, six 60 min meetings, once per week, $105 per student, Min 11/ max 12 students
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The Great Adventure Lab, formerly known as Adventures with Robots. Same company. Same management. New name to fit our growing curriculum!
November 04, 2013 — 3:15 pm to
December 20, 2013 — 4:15 pm
Wood Acres ES
5800 Cromwell Drive