The Great Adventure Lab https://thegreatadventurelab.com Making robotics, science and engineering fun for future generations! (formerly Adventures With Robots) Tue, 13 Nov 2018 19:21:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Chicago http://www.thegreatadventurelab.com/chicago Sat, 24 Jan 2015 00:44:39 +0000 http://thegreatadventurelab.com/?p=8449 The post Chicago appeared first on The Great Adventure Lab.

]]>
The post Chicago appeared first on The Great Adventure Lab.

]]>
Two of your instructors ran the Terrapin Mud Run! https://thegreatadventurelab.com/two-instructors-ran-terrapin-mud-run/ Sun, 04 May 2014 18:49:36 +0000 http://thegreatadventurelab.com/?p=7264 Hopefully you've already figured out that The Great Adventure Lab only hires AWESOME science and engineering instructors. Two of them , Diego and Barry, competed in the Terrpain Mud Run today at Terrapin Adventures in Savage, Md. We also sponsored two guest runners, Etienne, a visiting engineering student from France, and Indy, our founder's son! [...]

The post Two of your instructors ran the Terrapin Mud Run! appeared first on The Great Adventure Lab.

]]>
Hopefully you’ve already figured out that The Great Adventure Lab only hires AWESOME science and engineering instructors. Two of them , Diego and Barry, competed in the Terrpain Mud Run today at Terrapin Adventures in Savage, Md. We also sponsored two guest runners, Etienne, a visiting engineering student from France, and Indy, our founder’s son!

Diego, a LEGO robotics instructor for The Great Adventure Lab, finishes clean at the

Diego, a LEGO robotics instructor for The Great Adventure Lab, finishes clean at the Terrapin Mud Run in Savage, Md.

If you missed Diego this morning, look for him this summer: he’s scheduled to teach at some of our summer camps!

Our runners  had a blast running and crawling through mud … and going over other obstacles …. on their way to a foamy finish!!

Here’s the photo album!

 

Determination!

The post Two of your instructors ran the Terrapin Mud Run! appeared first on The Great Adventure Lab.

]]>
This is why parents and PTAs love us https://thegreatadventurelab.com/parents-ptas-love-us/ Sat, 03 May 2014 19:12:02 +0000 http://thegreatadventurelab.com/?p=7256 Are you tired of McScience clubs at your school? You know, the ones that cram tons of kids into one room with one teacher, and then run a demonstration at the front of the class? Try us out! The Great Adventure Lab features small class sizes and hands-on, fun AND educational STEM activities for every [...]

The post This is why parents and PTAs love us appeared first on The Great Adventure Lab.

]]>

Are you tired of McScience clubs at your school? You know, the ones that cram tons of kids into one room with one teacher, and then run a demonstration at the front of the class? Try us out! The Great Adventure Lab features small class sizes and hands-on, fun AND educational STEM activities for every kid, every time! We teach your kids how to program, engineer and conduct science experiments! This video tells all. It’s just one minute and 45 seconds long …. If you’d like to see high-quality STEM activities in your afterschool activities, please share this video with your PTA!

The post This is why parents and PTAs love us appeared first on The Great Adventure Lab.

]]>
Cubestormer! https://thegreatadventurelab.com/cubestormer/ Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:26:27 +0000 http://thegreatadventurelab.com/?p=6747 Hey kids, have you built a bunch of LEGO Robotics kits?  Have you ever taken them apart and built something totally different? Check out what these two engineers did with some Mindstorms parts (ok, and a lot more ....). Hint: it only takes a bit more than 3 seconds! [youtube height="315" width="560"]http://youtu.be/X0pFZG7j5cE[/youtube]

The post Cubestormer! appeared first on The Great Adventure Lab.

]]>
Hey kids, have you built a bunch of LEGO Robotics kits?  Have you ever taken them apart and built something totally different? Check out what these two engineers did with some Mindstorms parts (ok, and a lot more ….). Hint: it only takes a bit more than 3 seconds!
[youtube height=”315″ width=”560″]http://youtu.be/X0pFZG7j5cE[/youtube]

The post Cubestormer! appeared first on The Great Adventure Lab.

]]>
Summer Camp registration is now open! https://thegreatadventurelab.com/summer-camp-registration-now-open/ Mon, 24 Feb 2014 19:23:46 +0000 http://thegreatadventurelab.com/?p=6617 Grab your towels and sunscreen! It's time to sign up for The Great Adventure Lab's awesome outdoor/ indoor robotics, science and engineering summer camps! This year, in addition to our super-fun summer camps for rising K-7 students, we are introducing a new half-day morning camp for rising K-1 students. We have plenty of new activities [...]

The post Summer Camp registration is now open! appeared first on The Great Adventure Lab.

]]>
Grab your towels and sunscreen! It’s time to sign up for The Great Adventure Lab’s awesome outdoor/ indoor robotics, science and engineering summer camps!

This year, in addition to our super-fun summer camps for rising K-7 students, we are introducing a new half-day morning camp for rising K-1 students.

We have plenty of new activities this year, curriculum that alternates by week so you can sign up for two weeks without repeating projects! More details and registration links are here:
http://thegreatadventurelab.com/camps/stem-summer-camps/

The post Summer Camp registration is now open! appeared first on The Great Adventure Lab.

]]>
Girls Get Science in the news! https://thegreatadventurelab.com/girls-get-science-news/ Fri, 22 Nov 2013 17:08:08 +0000 http://thegreatadventurelab.com/?p=6432 So you thought we were asleep on this blog ... Nope. We were wide awake the whole time trying to go out into the world and make a difference that would be worth blogging about. So here's something. On Nov. 2, we held our sixth-ever Girls Get Science event. This is a parent-daughter event for [...]

The post Girls Get Science in the news! appeared first on The Great Adventure Lab.

]]>
So you thought we were asleep on this blog … Nope. We were wide awake the whole time trying to go out into the world and make a difference that would be worth blogging about.

So here’s something. On Nov. 2, we held our sixth-ever Girls Get Science event. This is a parent-daughter event for girls who may  … or may not be interested in science, technology, engineering, the whole hooha. During the first hour of the event, the girls do hands-on 30-minute activities in two of: Lego  robotics, engineering and video game programming (plus this time, a dash of physics in the form of a tablecloth pull).

Here’s the link to the news story from Capital News Service.

Here’s the video version!

And here are plenty of photos! (This is what your girls are supposed to look like when their learning about STEM!)

 

While the girls were having hands-on fun in our workshops, the girls’ parents, mostly moms (but plenty of dads) attend a panel discussion where three women scientists and engineers talk about how they came to be interested in science …. who encouraged or discouraged them … were they the only girls in their classes? … and how do we encourage our daughters today to be curious about STEM, instead of ruling it out because it’s too “hard,” “boring” or worse … “just for boys”?

Our speakers this round were Mamta Nagaraja, who works on space missions for NASA; Keren Witkin of the National Cancer Institute; and Molly McMahon, a  science teacher at Eastern Middle School in Silver Spring, Md.

In the second hour, the girls reunited with their parents and went around the room visiting with each speaker to hear more about what they do.

The post Girls Get Science in the news! appeared first on The Great Adventure Lab.

]]>
How do you drive on Mars? https://thegreatadventurelab.com/how-do-you-drive-on-mars/ Wed, 17 Jul 2013 15:37:06 +0000 http://thegreatadventurelab.com/?p=6017 Very carefully, and very very slowly .... i.e. 40 meters a day, according to this video. Curiosity, the Mars Rover that landed on the red planet last August, is now starting its long trek toward Mt. Sharp. Check out this short video from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory!

The post How do you drive on Mars? appeared first on The Great Adventure Lab.

]]>
Very carefully, and very very slowly …. i.e. 40 meters a day, according to this video. Curiosity, the Mars Rover that landed on the red planet last August, is now starting its long trek toward Mt. Sharp. Check out this short video from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory!

The post How do you drive on Mars? appeared first on The Great Adventure Lab.

]]>
The Science of Discrimination – A Class Divided https://thegreatadventurelab.com/the-science-of-discrmination-a-class-divided/ Tue, 25 Jun 2013 14:23:39 +0000 http://thegreatadventurelab.com/?p=5970 A two-day science experiment shows how discrimination based on eye color affected friendships and performance in a previously cooperative and friendly class of third graders. The teacher was Jane Elliott, of Riceville, Iowa. In honor of National Brotherhood Week she had planned to have her class build a teepee and learn a Sioux Prayer. But [...]

The post The Science of Discrimination – A Class Divided appeared first on The Great Adventure Lab.

]]>

A two-day science experiment shows how discrimination based on eye color affected friendships and performance in a previously cooperative and friendly class of third graders.

The teacher was Jane Elliott, of Riceville, Iowa. In honor of National Brotherhood Week she had planned to have her class build a teepee and learn a Sioux Prayer. But the day before, Martin Luther King Jr. had been shot. So she made the difficult decision to lead her class through this painful experiment.

Here’s how PBS Frontline described her decision:

“I felt desperately,” she says, “that there had to be a way to do more as a teacher than simply tell children that racial prejudice is irrational, that racial discrimination is wrong. We’ve all been told those things. We know them, at least in the sense that we mouth them at appropriate times. Yet we continue to discriminate, or to tolerate it in others, or to do nothing to stop it. What I had racked my brain to think of the night before was a way of letting my children find out for themselves, personally, deeply, what discrimination was really like, how it felt, what it could do to you. Now the time had come to try it.”

What happened next in Jane Elliott’s classroom was, as far as she knew, a product of her own mind. She had never heard of anyone else who had done it. She was not even sure it was a good idea. She knew only that she had to do something, and this was all she had thought of to try.

Fourteen years later, Elliott held a reunion with her third graders to talk about how the lesson had affected their attitudes toward racism and their parenting strategies.

You can read more about the experiment – and watch the entire PBS Frontline video about it “A Class Divided,” here.

We just showed this to a rising fourth grader and a rising sixth grader … the sixth grader was appalled until we explained the roles would be reversed, and then she was still very upset. A painful way to learn what it’s like to be in the undergroup.

The post The Science of Discrimination – A Class Divided appeared first on The Great Adventure Lab.

]]>
Rube Goldberg machine created by our summer campers! https://thegreatadventurelab.com/rube-goldberg-machine-created-by-our-summer-campers/ Sat, 22 Jun 2013 19:01:11 +0000 http://thegreatadventurelab.com/?p=5945 Our summer camps (you can still sign up!) feature lots of classes we don't offer during the year, including Crazy Contraptions! One of the contraptions our campers make is a Rube Goldberg machine. This one is quite involved! As you can see from the instructor's description below, the campers who created this machine used marbles, [...]

The post Rube Goldberg machine created by our summer campers! appeared first on The Great Adventure Lab.

]]>

Our summer camps (you can still sign up!) feature lots of classes we don’t offer during the year, including Crazy Contraptions! One of the contraptions our campers make is a Rube Goldberg machine. This one is quite involved! As you can see from the instructor’s description below, the campers who created this machine used marbles, golf balls, balloons … AND managed at one point to get a marble to drop to start a Lego Robotics program involving a motion sensor!

How it works:

The golf-ball rolls away from the computer, pulling out a piece of paper that was holding up a marble from rolling down the tube to the computer. The marble then hits the ‘Y’ key on the computer starting a WeDo program that waits for the motion sensor. The golf-ball runs down the track and gets in the way of the motion sensor (it was actually supposed to hit the balloon and make it wiggle but oh well). The motor then spins and drops another marble onto a track, which falls down and hits a see-saw that launches a domino into others, and they go down a track and up some blocks to finally push off the last domino which is attached to a tennis ball.

The falling domino pulls the tennis ball off the table where it is precariously balanced and pulls the bell up. The bell hits the domino case and it rings when it gets to the top! Awesome!

The post Rube Goldberg machine created by our summer campers! appeared first on The Great Adventure Lab.

]]>
Edamame Piano – Electronics for Kids https://thegreatadventurelab.com/electronics-for-kids/ Tue, 09 Apr 2013 02:28:24 +0000 http://thegreatadventurelab.com/?p=5080 Hey STEM fans, Does anyone in your household have the warped idea that electronics is hard to learn, not fun, way too wiry? (Ok, yeah, we concede the part about the wires). Well tonight, The Great Adventure Lab received its Makey Makey kits! For the uninitiated, Makey Makey is an electronics board that allows you [...]

The post Edamame Piano – Electronics for Kids appeared first on The Great Adventure Lab.

]]>
Hey STEM fans,

Does anyone in your household have the warped idea that electronics is hard to learn, not fun, way too wiry? (Ok, yeah, we concede the part about the wires). Well tonight, The Great Adventure Lab received its Makey Makey kits! For the uninitiated, Makey Makey is an electronics board that allows you to make anything into a key (as in key on a computer keypad) using alligator clips.

We used ours to make an Edamame piano!  THIS is the kind of thing we think of when we think of electronics for kids!

We’re going to make all sorts of strange pianos and other creations in our Fun with Electricity classes – they are part of every summer camp. Register here!

 

The post Edamame Piano – Electronics for Kids appeared first on The Great Adventure Lab.

]]>