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STEM after school at Wood Acres

Fall, Fall Session II

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.  

 


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/

 

 


 

FALL SESSION 1

REGISTRATION WINDOW: Aug. 2 to September 1.


 


 



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Intro to Robotics A, Grades 1-2

Mondays 3:45-4:45pm
Sep 19, 26, Oct 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov 14

 

(no meeting Oct 3 or Nov. 7)


Here’s a fun introduction to the world of robotics and mechanical engineering, designed especially for grades 1 and 2.  We’ll learn what programs do and how to write our own.  Each class meeting, we’ll build a different project and then use motors, sensors, and our own programs to bring our creations to life!  Projects include drawbridges, sliding fortress gates, motorcycles that pop wheelies… and more!


Areas of Exploration: Robotics, Programming, Mechanical Engineering

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

Tuition: $125 per student, min 11 / max 14 students, 1 instructor, 1 aide. Parent aide for full class gets free tuition.

 


 


Robo Challenge Machines, Grades 4-5

Tuesdays 3:45-4:45pm
Sep 13, 20, 27, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25


Robo Challenge Contraptions and Machines are independent classes. Same curriculum, different projects. Take one or both in either order!


Our Robo Challenge classes are ideal for students who want more of a challenge. No more step-by-step directions and sample programs. Instead, we start each class with a programming challenge, then design bots to go with our programs. We’ll build and program cars, hexbug catchers, and more! Our Robo Challenge Contraptions class follows the same format, but with all different projects, including a marble shooter!


Areas of Exploration:  Independent Problem Solving, Robotics, Programming, Logic, Mechanical Engineering.

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

Tuition:  $125 per student, min 11 / max 14 students, 1 instructor, 1 aide. Parent aide for full class gets free tuition.


 


 


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Storybook Lego, Grades K-1

Tuesdays 3:45-4:45pm
Sep 13, 20, 27, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25


Why should big kids have all the fun?  Think outside the box and return to the days before Legos came in kits.  We’ll provide the Legos and the inspiration, your children will provide the imagination!  In each class the instructor will read a story and then inspire the students to build some of the scenes characters out of Legos.


Areas of Exploration: 3D spatial visualization

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

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


 


 


Lego Engineers, Grades 1-2

Wednesdays 3:45-4:45pm
Sep 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 19, 26


Lego Engineers students learn and apply mechanical engineering concepts and create a wild amusement park ride, a go-cart, and, of course ... a catapult that launches Lego pieces! Students will  learn the physics behind levers, gears, pulleys, and other simple machines using LEGO® Education’s Simple Machines set. We’ll explore a new project each week and improvise on our designs to make our creations work in cool new ways!


Areas of Exploration: Engineering, Simple Machines, Physics.

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

Tuition: $120 per student, min 11 / max 14 students, 1 instructor, 1 aide. Parent aide for full class gets free tuition.


 


 


3-D Design, Grades 4-5

Fridays 3:45-5:15pm
Sep 9, 16, 23, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28


Students will sharpen their spatial awareness as we learn how to use 3-D software to bring our ideas to life! Students will design their own objects, which they print on a printer. We’ll also bring our own 3-D printer to class to play with and print some of our simpler objects.


Areas of Exploration:  3-D Spatial Visualization, Design,

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

Tuition: $195 tuition plus $10 materials fee per student, min 9 / max 10 students, 1 instructor, 1 aide. Parent aide for full class gets free tuition.


 


 

FALL - SESSION II CLASSES

REGISTRATION SEP. 24 to OCT 24.


 


 


Electronics, Grades 2-3

Mondays 3:45-4:45pm
Nov 14, 21, 28, Dec 5, 12, 19


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: Six 60-min. meetings, once per week.

Tuition: $107 tuition plus $20 supply fee per student, min 11 / max 12 students, 1 instructor, 1 aide. Parent aide gets free tuition.


 


 


Lego Robotics A, Grades 2-4

Tuesdays 3:45-4:45pm
Nov 1, 15, 22, 29, Dec  6, 13, 20


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 14 students, 1 instructor, 1 aide. Parent aide for full class gets free tuition.

 


 


Storybook Science A, Grades K-1

Wednesdays 3:45-4:45pm
Nov 2, 9, 16, 30, Dec 7, 14, 21


We’ll start each class with a storybook and then do hands-on science experiments to test and recreate story elements! For instance, when we read Jon Scieszka's The True Story of The 3 Little Pigs students test the power of wind versus our own construction techniques! We’ll also launch model planes, build and erupt volcanoes, and make our own “oobleck” (a non-Newtonian fluid—similar to slime)!

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

Paleontology, Chemistry, Engineering

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

Tuition: $115 tuition plus $30 supply fee per student, min 11 / max 14 students. Parent aide for full class gets free tuition.  


 


 


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Space Engineers, Grades 3-5

Wednesdays 3:45-4:45pm
Nov 2, 9, 16, 30, Dec 7, 14, 21


Students will tackle challenges that real NASA engineers face, like how to land a rover on Mars without breaking it (not easy for astronauts -it’s like an egg drop on steroids!). We’ll also learn about hovercraft and try our hands at liftoff!!  Grab your astronaut helmets, since this class will take you OUT of this world!


Areas of Exploration: Engineering, Physics.

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

Tuition: $135 tuition plus $30 materials fee per student, min 11 / max 14 students, 1 instructor, 1 aide. Parent aide for full class gets free tuition.


 


 


WINTER SESSION:

REGISTRATION WINDOW: Dec. 10 to Jan 10

Tickets and class descriptions here

 


 

Contact

The Great Adventure Lab
classes@thegreatadventurelab.com

Registration questions:
classes@thegreatadventurelab.com
(240) 442-1855
www.thegreatadventurelab.com
twitter: @awrobots
www.facebook.com/thegradlab

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Schedule

September 05, 2016 — 3:45 pm to
December 22, 2016 — 4:45 pm

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Venue

Wood Acres ES
5800 Cromwell Dr
Bethesda, MD
United States

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