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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!). We also teach science, engineering, electronics...and more! We do it all with SMALL class sizes with an adult to student ratio of 6:1. Our goal is to make science, technology, engineering, and mathematics irresistibly FUN for the next generation.

You can read all about our classes and birthday parties at http://thegreatadventurelab.com. The site includes plenty of photos and links to videos from our classes!

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 Winter 2015 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. 

NOTE: All after school classes will take place at 7000 Radnor Road, the same holding school where your children go to class during the day.


Parent aide requirements:
 http://thegreatadventurelab.com/parent-aides/



 

Video Game Programming 1 (sequential)

Thu 3:15-4:15pm
Jan 22, 29, Feb 5, 12, 19, 26, Mar 5

 

Grades 3–5

 

Students may not repeat this class. Students must be in specified grade range.

 

Areas of Exploration: Programming, Multimedia, Storytelling, Music, Logic.

Course Structure and Fees: 2 instructors. Seven 60-min. meetings, once per week. $135 plus $5 supply fee per student. Min. 11 / max. 12 students.

 

Does your kid dream of writing his or her own video games, creating cartoons, or making animations?

 

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. The Great Adventure Lab’s trained instructors can teach your child how to make characters walk, talk, and interact with a keyboard/mouse or other programmed characters. Each student will build his or her own game. 

 

Complete info, photos and reviews:

http://thegreatadventurelab.com/classes/other-stem-classes/video-game-programming/



 

 

 

Lego Robotics 1 (sequential)

Tue 3:15-4:15pm
Jan 27, Feb 3, 10, 17, 24, Mar 3, 10

 

GRADES 2–4

Students may not repeat this class. Students must be in specified grade range.

 

Areas of Exploration: Robotics, Programming, Logic.

Course Structure and Fees: 1 instructor, 1 aide. Seven 60-min. meetings, once per week. $125 per student. Min. 11 / max. 12 students. Parent aide gets free tuition.

See parent aide requirements here: http://thegreatadventurelab.com/parent-aides/

 

This is our core class in which beginners learn to build and program LEGO® robots using LEGO® Education's award-winning WeDo robotics and programming software. Students follow step-by-step on-screen instructions to build their own robots and a suggested program. Students who are ready can develop more complicated programs involving motion or tilt sensors. In the final class, we take off the training wheels and challenge students to design, build, and program robots that can achieve a certain task.

 

Complete info, photos and reviews:

http://thegreatadventurelab.com/classes/class-list/beginning-lego-robotics/


 


 

Low enrollment as of 1/13/15 only six weeks
 

 

Storybook Science 1  (not sequential)

Wed 3:15-4:15pm
Jan 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 18, 25, Mar 4

 

GRADES K–1

Students may not repeat this class. Students must be in specified grade range.


Areas of Exploration: Aerodynamics, Biology, Physics, Geology, Archaeology, Chemistry.

Course Structure and Fees: 1 instructor, 1 aide. Seven 60-min. meetings, once per week. $115 per student plus $20 supply fee per student. Min. 11 / max. 14 students. Parent aide gets free tuition. See parent aide requirements here:  http://thegreatadventurelab.com/parent-aides/


Mythbusters isn’t just for big kids. Each storybook science class begins with a different story that challenges our kindergarten and first grade scientists to conduct hands-on science experiments. Students test the truthfulness of a story, solve problems in a story, and recreate story elements. For instance, when we read Jon Scieszka’s The True Story of The 3 Little Pigs students test the power of wind versus our own construction techniquescan wind really blow down a house? Kids are also inspired to build earthworm habitats, volcanoes, and “oobleck” (a non-Newtonian fluidsimilar to slime)!

 

Complete info, photos and reviews:

http://thegreatadventurelab.com/classes/other-stem-classes/storybook-science/

 


 

 

Lego Engineers

Fri 3:15-4:15pm
Jan 23, 30, Feb 6, 13, 20, Mar 6, 13


GRADES 1–2

Students may not repeat this class. Students must be in specified grade range.


Areas of Exploration: Engineering, Simple Machines, Physics.  Course Structure and Fees: 1 instructor, 1 aide. Seven 60-min. meetings, once per week. $120 per student. Min. 11 / max. 12 students. Parent aide gets free tuition. See parent aide requirements here:  http://thegreatadventurelab.com/parent-aides/


Lego Engineers students learn and apply mechanical engineering concepts to create a wild amusement park ride, a go-cart, and, of course...a catapult! Students learn the physics behind levers, gears, pulleys, and other simple machines using LEGO® Education’s Simple Machines set.  Lego Engineers classes introduce a new project each week, and students are encouraged to improvise on their designs just like in our robotics classes!


Complete info, photos and reviews:

 





Let’s Roll! Engineers

Mon 3:15-4:15pm
Jan 26, Feb 2, 9, 23, Mar 2, 9, 16


GRADES K–1

Students may not repeat this class. Students must be in specified grade range.


Areas of Exploration: Simple Machines, Physics.

Course Structure and Fees: 1 instructor, 1 aide. Seven 60-min. meetings, once per week. $120 per student. Min. 11 / max. 12 students.   Parent aide gets free tuition. See parent aide requirements here: http://thegreatadventurelab.com/parent-aides/


Let’ Roll! Engineers students start each class with a story-based challenge and then build vehicular solutions using the LEGO® DUPLO Tech Machines Education kit designed for ages 5+. We also connect each lesson to real-life applications of the concepts covered in class. It won’t be long before your kids start making toy-sized zip-lines for their creations all over your house!


Complete info, photos and reviews:

http://thegreatadventurelab.com/classes/engineering/early-engineers/

 



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Schedule

January 19, 2015 — 3:15 pm to
March 16, 2015 — 4:15 pm

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Venue

Wood Acres ES
7000 Radnor Rd
Bethesda, MD
United States

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