Why Choose Us?

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The Great Adventure Lab wants to bring LEGO robotics and other fun, educational science programs to more elementary school students at a younger age.

A lot of the engineers and scientists who work on these launches started with LEGO®s … and egg drops … and back yard experiments …

Do you want your students watching science? That’s what our competitors’ classes offer: large demonstrations and a little toy to take home.

We have a different idea. We know that kids learn by doing. That’s why our after school science programs offer hands-on projects for every kid, every time. Our students leave our Lego Robotics and other science classes wanting more. Many of them are so enthused they continue our experiments at home, on their own.

We want our students – boys and girls – enter middle and high school actually wanting to sign up for that class in robotics, or physics, or electronics.

Are we succeeding? Yes! Since The Great Adventure Lab started up in fall 2010 with just nine classes taking the same lego robotics classes at three schools, we’ve expanded to more than 90  classes a week at dozens of schools in the Washington D.C. area.  All told, we’ve taught more than 10,000 students to write their first programs. Students and parents think we’re doing an awesome job.

My son G. adored this after school program.  I have never seen him more excited about anything before.  He loves Legos and now, loves programming robots.  This is a brilliant program and we will definitely be interested in anything else you have to offer. Thank you! -Woodlin E.S. parent

Check out our list of science classes for kids and class reviews. And while you’re at it, check our Lego robotics and other science birthday parties and party reviews! No, we won’t turn your kid into Einstein. But we’ll certainly spark his or her interest in science, robotics and engineering!

 


So … Why do PTAs choose The Great Adventure Lab?

Because, unlike our competitors, we offer:

 

♦Hands-on activities for every kid, every time.

Our after school science classes are not demonstration classes where just one or two kids get to help. There’s no such thing as sitting through our classes and not being able to remember what happened. In our Lego Robotics classes, each pair of kids gets one netbook and one Lego robotics kit. In our video game programming classes, we bring a laptop for each student.

 


Qualified,
enthusiastic instructors

who are required to pass a background check before the start of each session. Many of us are engineers. Almost all The Great Adventure Lab instructors have bachelor’s or master’s degrees; one or two of us has a PhD.  About half of us have STEM degrees. Several of us have children of our own.

 


A wide variety of STEM classes.

In addition to three distinctly different Lego robotics classes (Lego Robotics, Robo Challenge and Mindstorms®), we also offer classes in video game programming, engineering, electronics and more.

 

Small class sizes.

Maximum enrollment for each class is 14* (or 12 for Robotics; or 10 for Mindstorms®). Compare that to other activities, which pile up to 20 kids in a room with one frazzled college student. (*In some cases, your PTA may insist on adding an extra child to the class – we do this at your PTA’s request with the understanding that your PTA has approval from the parents in the class).

 

♦Great student-teacher ratios.

Two instructors for 10-14 students OR one instructor plus one aide =  max student-adult ratio of 7:1. Compare that to other providers, where the ratio is often 17:1, or worse!

 

Sensible grade ranges.

We are not a one-size-fits-all program. We are not going to tell you that students grades K-5 are going to have meaningful experiences in the same classroom at the same time. We restrict our classes to appropriate grade ranges, including K-1, 2-4, 2-5 and 4-7. That’s why kids actually learn a lot in our after school science programs!

 

♦Great Communication

You’ll get email updates from your instructor after every class about what your child did and learned, what to expect in the next class and when appropriate, how to extend the activity at home. Parents love our updates because many of them can’t pry three words out of their kids about what they did in school on any given day!

 

Affordable tuition.

Many of our competitors charge $25+ per class hour for robotics classes at their venues. We bring talented instructors and thousands of dollars of equipment to your classroom for about as little as $15 per student per class hour.

 

Convenient venues

We come to your school  in metro Washington, D.C.  or even your house if you form your own group! Homeschoolers welcome!).

 

Community support.

The Great Adventure Lab donates a percentage of tuition back to your PTA when your PTA organizes our after-school or evenings science clubs. We also run at-cost Lego robotics and other classes for low-income students at housing communities managed by Montgomery Housing Partnership in Montgomery County, Maryland.

 

Support for girls.

We love our boy students but we want to see more girls in our classes! That’s why we founded Girls Get Science, a series of evening events designed to get more girls fired up about robotics, video game programming and other STEM activities. Three of the four members of our leadership team have daughters!

 

We’re local!

We’re not a chain or a franchise. We’re based in Silver Spring, Maryland. Our founder and our instructors have deep roots in our communities! We’re creating fun, brain-challenging and well-paid part-time jobs for people in Maryland and beyond!

 

Isn’t it time to bring Lego Robotics and other fabulous STEM programs to your school or camp?

 

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