…So pleased to be part of bringing it to Westbrook through the PTA. … I can tell that the kids are learning a lot from you! – Westbrook E.S. activity coordinator, Bethesda, Md.
Grades 4-5 or 6-8. Absolutely no third graders accepted in these classes. Students who are not ready for the class will either not learn much or leave the class with the impression that robotics is just ‘too hard.’ Previous programming experience is not required, but is highly recommended for younger students in this class. Offered in Washington, D.C. and suburbs. Scroll down for reviews and photos.
Mindstorms 1. Students will have an awesome time building robots that can navigate obstacle courses and respond to a multitude of sensors, including light, touch, sound …
Our students begin work with the Lego Mindstorms® base kit to master the programming of basic movements, and then progress to more difficult challenges. We’ll build robots that can navigate mazes, shoot ping pong balls … and more!
Our Mindstorms classes are currently our most advanced robotics offering. We recommend our Lego Robotics for beginners and our Robo Challenge class for intermediate to advanced elementary school students.
All of our Mindstorms instructors have STEM degrees and/or extensive robotics experience. Many have worked or still work professionally as engineers or scientists. Read more about our team here.
Students who learned how to program and use sensors in Mindstorms 1 will love this follow-on class! In it, we’ll learn how to program our bots to perform more complex maneuvers and react to not just one, but a multitude of sensors. We’ll make our robots navigate more difficult obstacle courses … and do fun things like play robot basketball!! *Prerequisite: Mindstorms 1.
Tired of having no clue what your kids do in all those clubs? We’re different. A day or two after every class, your instructor will email a note explaining what the class learned in the previous session and what’s next. Sometimes we even include photos and videos!
Students who’ve completed Mindstorms 2 will enjoy this class, where instructors set weekly challenges for the students.
If you love Mindstorms, consider hosting our Lego Mindstorms birthday party!
After school class format & pricing
Grades 4 to 7 only. No repeat students.
SEVEN weeks, once weekly, 90 minutes per meeting.
Minimum: 9 students. Max: 10. Student-instructor ratio = 5:1.
After school: $195 per student/ eves $200 per student.
Scholarships are available when your PTA organizes class. Details here.
Homeschool class format & pricingGet together a group of at least five students, and we can send an instructor to teach this class in your home during school hours, in the evening, or on the weekend! Seven 90-min classes, min 5/max 8 students, $235 per student.
We handle registration and payment, all you have to do is enjoy the class! Contact us for more info!
Areas of explorationProgramming, robotics, logic, mechanical engineering.
Should my 4th or 5th grader start with Robo Challenge or Mindstorms?Our Robo Challenge classes are an excellent introduction to robotics for 4th and 5th graders. They use Lego Education’s WeDo interface, which is extremely approachable and intuitive, yet capable of complex programming tasks, like the ones our kids accomplish in Robo Challenge. We have found that many 4th and 5th graders, even those who have taken Mindstorms with other companies, enter our Robo Challenge class without really knowing how to write a program. This is a great way to teach them to do that.
Mindstorms is a great starting point for a 4th or 5th grader who is a logical thinker, capable of proposing and testing solutions to various problems. Previous programming experience is not required, but is helpful. Also, note that the Mindstorms interface has a much more ‘grown up’ and complex look and feel than WeDo, so it can be intimidating for some kids. For more about our Robo Challenge class, look here.
How to Register
After school classes are only open to students who attend the hosting school. Register through your school /PTA.
If your school/ PTA does not offer our classes, invite us!
Evening classes are open to students from any school. Register here.
Form a private class in your home with as few as five students! Seven 60-min classes, min 5/max 8 students, $235 per student. Contact us for more info!
Photos from The Great Adventure Lab’s Mindstorms classes
-Khanny Yang, Principal, Parkland Middle School
Editor’s note: The Great Adventure Lab offers afterschool programming at Parkland Middle School five days a week. We provide Engineering on Mondays, Robotics on Tuesday, Video Game Programming on Wednesdays, 3-D Design on Thursdays and Hands-on Science projects on Fridays.
I was very impressed with the first class. Your instructors were very professional and did a fantastic job with the kids.
“Thanks for everything. L. loved your class. He had a great time.”
I cannot describe to you how much fun P. had in the class.
I just wanted to say thank you for these weekly updates. My son really enjoys the class.
Thanks for working with [my daughter] and all the other students in the robotics class. [She] is really enjoying it.
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