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Programming in Scratch at The Great Adventure Lab's Girls Get Science event

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We love teaching elementary school kids to LOVE learning science, technology, and without even knowing it, practice and learn math and logic! We do this with highly trained instructors, small class sizes, awesome student-teacher ratios (6:1 for most classes) and hands-on projects for every student, every time! And guess what: our STEM classes for kids are affordable! See prices below.

Since many of our after school STEM classes sell out, we also offer evening classes at selected venues around the Montgomery County Area. Registration is open now!

 

Students from ANY school or homeschool are welcome to register as long as they are within the specified grade range for the class they choose.

PS: Girls are highly encouraged!

Note: while we rent space for our classes from Montgomery County, our activities are not sponsored by, associated with, or endorsed by Montgomery County Public Schools or Montgomery County Government. And, while we are Lego enthusiasts who live in houses with way too many Legoall over the floor, we are not associated with The LEGO® Group. We are a small business based in Silver Spring, Md., owned and run by  parents of school-age students!

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  • Lego Robotics 1 Classes and online registration

    LEGO® Robotics, Woodlin ES, Roaring Lions

    Woodlin E.S. students built and programmed this lion! He stands up and ROARS! when the motion sensor in his mouth detects moving prey …

    Lego Robotics 1

    Grades 2–4
    Students may not repeat this class. Students must be in specified grade range.

    Lego Robotics – the most fun way to learn to programLego Robotics – the most fun way to learn to program

    How fun is this? Kids 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.

    Areas of Exploration: Robotics, Programming, Logic.

    Course Structure and Fees: 1 instructor, 1 aide. Seven 60-min. meetings, once per week. $130 per student. Min. 11 / max. 12 students. Parent aide gets free tuition. See parent aide requirements.

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  • Lego Mindstorms classes and online registration

    Mindstorms teamwork ...

    Mindstorms teamwork …

    Lego Mindstorms 1

    Grades 4–7
    Students may not repeat this class. Students must be in specified grade range.

    Girls encouraged (as always!) Mindstorms students love building robots that can navigate obstacle courses and using motion, touch and ultrasonic sensors. We use the LEGO® Mindstorms base kit to master programming basic movements and then progress to more difficult challenges. And who doesn’t love a battle of the bots??

    Got a Mindstorms kit sitting unused in the closet? (Many parents do!!) This class will teach your child how to use it!

    Areas of Exploration: Programming, Robotics, Logic.

    Course Structure and Fees: 2 instructors. Seven 90-min. meetings, once per week. $200 per student. Min. 9 / max. 10 students.

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  • Lego Engineers classes and online registration

    Early Engineers

    GRADES K–1

    A Seussian contraption!!

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

    Five- and six-year-olds: we know you’re ready to learn engineering concepts, too! Early Engineers students use LEGO® DUPLO Simple Machines Education kit designed for ages 5+ to learn and explore mechanical concepts by building seesaws, spinning tops, and more.

    Areas of Exploration: Simple Machines, Physics.

    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.

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  • Video Game Programming classes and online registration

    Two students show off their video games!

    Two students show off their video games!

    Video Game Programming 1

    Grades 3–5
    Students may not repeat this class. Students must be in specified grade range.

    Get your child to stop just playing video games .. and start writing them!

    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 other programmed characters. We provide one netbook per student; Each student will build his or her own game.

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

    Course Structure and Fees: 2 instructors. Seven 60-min. meetings, once per week. Min. 11 / max. 12 students.

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  • Storybook Science classes and online registration

    Volcano making with The Great Adventure Lab

    Kids love learning about geology when they make their own erupting volcanos!

    Storybook Science 1

    Grades K–1
    Students may not repeat this class. Students must be in specified grade range.

    Mythbusters isn’t just for big kids. We start each class with a story and then do hands-on science experiments to test or recreate elements of the story. For instance, when we read Jon Scieszka’s The True Story of The 3 Little Pigs, we test the power of wind versus our own construction techniques—can wind really blow down a house? We also build volcanoes, “oobleck” (a non-Newtonian fluid—similar to slime) and more!

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

    Course Structure and Fees: 1 instructor, 1 aide. Seven 60-min. meetings, once per week. $120 per student plus $20 supply fee per student. Min. 11 / max. 14 students. Parent aide gets free tuition. See parent aide requirements

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curiosity-rover

Kids who have fun engineering, wiring or programming their own projects grow up to help invent super cool things like NASA’s Mars Rover, Curiosity!!

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The Great Adventure Lab is not affiliated, sponsored, or endorsed by LEGO® Education or the LEGO® Group.

 

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