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STEM after school at Wood Acres

Spring 2016, Mondays - Thursdays

The Great Adventure Lab is an after-school science enrichment program offering our classes in 50+ schools in the D.C. area. We’ve taught thousands of kids how to write their first robotics programs or video game programs (or both!). Student to adult ratio of 7:1 or better for most classes.

For full descriptions, photos and reviews of our classes and birthday parties, see our website: http://thegreatadventurelab.com.  


Check out our co-ed and girls-only summer camps!


We are an LLC based in Silver Spring, MD. We are fully insured and our instructors have passed background checks including FBI and state fingerprinting.


Room numbers TBD. Instructor will send welcome email several days before class. 

These activities are not sponsored by, associated with, or endorsed by MCPS or Montgomery County Government.

Parent aide requirements: http://thegreatadventurelab.com/parent-aides/




The Great Adventure Lab is an after-school science enrichment program.  We’ve taught thousands of kids how to write their first robotics or video game programs (or both!). We do it all with a student-to-adult ratio of 7:1 for most classes. (You can find full descriptions, reviews and photos of all our classes and birthday parties at http://thegreatadventurelab.com.


Mindstorms 1, Grades 4-5

Mondays 3:45-5:15pm - *90 minutes*
Apr 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, Jun 6


We’ll build robots that can navigate obstacle courses and respond to motion, touch, and ultrasonic sensors. We use the LEGO® Mindstorms NXT base kit to master programming basic movements and then progress to more difficult challenges.


We strongly recommend previous Lego robotics experience for younger students, though it is not required.

Areas of Exploration: Programming, Robotics, Logic, Mechanical Engineering.

Class Format: Seven 90-minute meetings, once per week.

Tuition: $195 tuition per student, min 9/ max 10 students. 2 instructors, no aide.


 


 


Intro to Video Game Programming B, Grades K-2

Tuesdays 3:45-4:45pm

 Apr 19, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Jun 7



Intro to Video Game Programming A and B are separate classes with totally different projects. Take one or both in any order, but don’t repeat either class.


With MIT’s Scratch Jr., we’ll learn how to program basic video games on iPads (provided by The GrAd Lab!) Kids will have a blast learning how to make their characters move, talk, and interact.


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

Class Format: Seven 60-min. meetings, once per week.

Tuition: $145 tuition per student, min 11/ max 12 students, 1 instructor, 1 aide.


 


 

Girls only: Video Game Programming B, Grades 3–5

Tuesdays 3:45-4:45pm

 Apr 19, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Jun 7


Video Game Programming A and B use the same programming platform with different projects. Students may take either or both in any order.


In Video Game Programming B, students will learn how to make characters talk and move while creating their very own games. Students with previous experience can build more complex games; students who are taking this class for the first time can master the basics.


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

Class Format: Seven 60-min. meetings, once per week.

Tuition: $145 tuition + $5 supply fee per student, min 11/ max 12 students, 2 instructors, no aide.


 


 

Storybook Science C, Grades K-1

Wednesdays 3:45-4:45pm

 Apr 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1


Mythbusters isn’t just for big kids. We’ll start each class with a storybook and then do hands-on science experiments to test and recreate story elements or solve problems in the story. In this class we’ll make tin can telephones, density layer cakes, galimotos and much more!


Storybook Science classes A, B, C and D follow the same format with new books and experiments. Classes may be taken in any order but may not be repeated.  

Areas of Exploration: Aerodynamics, Biology, Physics, Geology,

Paleontology, Chemistry, Engineering

Class Format: Seven 60-min. meetings, once per week.

Tuition: $115 tuition plus $29 supply fee per student, min 11/ max 14 students. Parent aide for full class gets free tuition.  


 


 

Lego Robotics B, Grades 2-4

Wednesdays 3:45-4:45pm

 Apr 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1


Lego Robotics A and B are two independent classes. Same curriculum, different projects.  Take one or both in any order!


Learn to build and program Lego Robots, using gears, levers, sensors and software! Start out with suggested programs, then learn to troubleshoot and design your own!

Areas of Exploration: Robotics, Programming, Logic.

Class Format: Seven 60-min. meetings, once per week.

Tuition: $125 per student, min 11 / max 12 students, 1 instructor, 1 aide. Parent aide for full class gets free tuition.


 


 


Electronics, Grades 2-3

Thursdays 3:45-4:45pm
Apr 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26, Jun 2


How did Ben Franklin figure out a way to harness electricity, thus making it possible for generations of kids to play all those video games for hours on end? By playing around with it!  Don’t worry—we won’t send your child into a lightning storm with kite and key. Our students will have even more fun, making batteries, wiring quiz boards and more!


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

Areas of Exploration: Electricity, Electronics, Circuits, Schematics, Troubleshooting, Logic.

Class format: Seven 60-min. meetings, once per week.

Tuition: $125 per student plus $30 supply fee per student, min 11 / max 14 students, 1 instructor, 1 aide. Parent aide gets free tuition.

 

 

 


 


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Schedule

April 18, 2016 — 3:45 pm to
June 07, 2016 — 4:45 pm

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Venue

Wood Acres ES
Radnor Center
7000 Radnor Road
Bethesda, MD
United States

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