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AFTER SCHOOL SCIENCE CLASSES  **  WASHINGTON, D.C. **

We offer the following after school science programs and evening classes for students in kindergarten through grade seven! Click on class name or icon for complete descriptions and pricing. (Don’t forget to check out our Lego Robotics birthday parties and Lego Robotics and science & engineering summer camps, too!)

Sign up through your PTA or check your school listserv for a registration link for a class at your school. If we’re not at your school, invite us!

Parent, Wood Acres E.S., Bethesda, Md. Class: Storybook Science, March 2016

Thank you for this very interesting report on their class yesterday. R. really enjoyed it, and the whole family is admiring his car!

March 19, 2016

 

ROBOTICS

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Intro to Lego Robotics, grades 1-2. A great introduction to Lego Robotics for younger minds and smaller hands. We’ll build and program robots just like the older kids do, but our builds and programs are specially designed for kids grades 1-2.

 

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Lego Robotics, grades 2-4. This is our core class, where kids learn to build and program Lego robots using Lego Education’s award-winning WeDo robotics and programming software. Two great classes. Take either or both in any order, with no pre-requisites.

 

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Robo Challenge, grades 3-5. (Intermediate robotics)  Trying robotics for the first time as a 4th or 5th grader? Or took our Lego Robotics class and want more? And more of a challenge? This class is for you. Instead of working with step-by-step building directions and sample programs, we’ll start each class with a programming challenge. Choose between two, non-sequential classes: Robo Challenge Machines and Robo Challenge Contraptions.

 

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Mindstorms, grades 4-5 or 6-8 (Advanced Robotics). Students will have an awesome time building robots that can navigate obstacle courses and respond to a multitude of sensors, including motion, touch, sound … Finished part 1? Sign up for part 2!

 

 


 

PROGRAMMING

 

screenshot of Scratch Jr., the program The Great Adventure Lab uses to teach video game programming to kids grades K-2Intro to Video Game Programming, grades 1-2. We’ll use Scratch Jr. on iPads to learn the basics of programming. Scratch Jr. is a simplified version of Scratch, the super-simple drag-and-drop multimedia programming language designed by MIT‘s Lifelong Kindergarten project. Two classes, parts A and B. Take either or both in any order.

 

 

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Video Game Programming, grades 3-5 or 6-8. Does your kid dream of writing his or her own video games? 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. Two classes, parts A and B. Take either or both in any order.

 

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Raspberry Pi Programming, grades 6-8. Limited to private classes or camp settings. It’s fun to learn programming, especially when you can use your programs to control everyday electronic devices! We’ll learn how to breadboard real electronic components, and write commands in Python to control LEDs, draw pixels on an LED matrix, read position data from an accelerometer and more. Projects include: a piano that plays when you step on pads, a classic game of Simon, and a remote control and display for a Space Invaders game!

 


 

ENGINEERING

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Early Engineers, grades PK-K or K-1. Even the littlest hands will enjoy this class, where kids use larger bricks to build spinning tops, seesaws and more! Grade K. Can also be done for pre-K (age 4+).

 

 

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Let’s Roll Engineers, grades PK-K (ages 4+) or K-1. We start with a story that poses a challenge – how to get the character from here to there? Then we engineer our own vehicles to solve the problem!

 

 

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Lego Engineers, grades 1-2. Young builders LOVE this opportunity to build catapults and other creations while learning engineering concepts.

 

 

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Space Engineers, grades 3-5 or 6-8. Our projects and activities are designed around challenges that real NASA engineers face, like how to land a rover on Mars without breaking it (not easy – this is the egg drop on steroids!), how to map and navigate terrain on another planet via remote control systems, and of course (safe!) rocket launches!

 

 

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Young Engineers, grades 3-5 or 6-8. Lots of people follow recipes for 30 years and still can’t cook. We don’t want that to happen to your budding engineers. In this class, kids will learn basic engineering concepts, while designing and building cool things like toothpick bridges and catapults.

 

 

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Electronics, grades 2-3. We’ll learn the fundamentals of electricity while making take-home projects including a lemon battery, burglar alarm, electric musical instruments and more!

 

 

The Great Adventure Lab uses an m3d printer in its 3-D Design classes for grades 4 to 8 in the Washington DC metro area

3-D Design, grades 4-5 or 6-8. Students will sharpen their spatial awareness as we learn how to use 3-D software to bring their ideas to life! We’ll learn to draw in two dimensions, and then change those drawings into 3-D objects using tools including extrusion, rotation, mirroring and more. Learning these skills now will make it easier for students when they study geometry in high school.

 


MATH

 

Acing Math Cards - a fun class offered by The Great Adventure Lab

Acing Math Cards, grades K-5. In this class, our students have so much fun playing card games that they don’t realize they are actually improving their math skills. Games cover addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, patterns, positive and negative integers and more. Students will be grouped by age and ability.

 

 

Escher's fountain -The Art of Math (new for Fall 2016), grades 2-4. Art lovers: Who knew math could be so interesting? Even math phobics will have fun as we unwittingly build our math skills with puzzles involving patterns and shapes, including tetraflexagons, hexaflexagons and Escher designs. We’ll even build our own geodesic dome. New award-winning mathematically inspired projects and games each week including Tangrams, Pentominoes, Tantrix and more.

 

 


STEM + LITERACY

 

6265167768_9c943026b7_zNature Science,  grades 1-2.  Each week, we’ll read a storybook about nature and then learn more about nature science with hands on projects. Depending on season and class interests, projects may include solar art, earthworm habitats, casting animal tracks and more! As weather allows, we’ll also take brief nature walks to collect samples to view through microscopes.

 

 

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Storybook Science, grades K-1 (or ask for our pre-Kindergarten version for ages 4+). Mythbusters meet storybooks! Each week, we’ll read one of our favorite stories and then conduct hands-on experiments to test the truthfulness of certain elements of the story. Great news: if you love this class, we have FOUR different versions, each with unique projects. They can be taken in any order.

 

storybook duplo creations!Storybook Duplo and Storybook Lego for grades PK-K. Think outside the box and return to the days when Legos didn’t come in kits, and all the instructions came out of kids’ heads. Our Storybook Duplo class is an excellent marriage of storytelling and literacy with the world of engineering!