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The Great Adventure Lab (formerly Adventures with Robots) is an after-school science enrichment program that runs 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!). This is the start of our fourth school year!
We do it all with SMALL class sizes (adult-student ratio = 6:1) and highly skilled teachers, many of whom have or still work as scientists or engineers. Our goal is to make science, technology, engineering and mathematics irresistibly FUN for the next generation. Kids leave our classes demanding MORE!
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.
Here are mini-descriptions of our Fall 2013 offerings at Stone Mill E.S. Please follow links for complete details, including photos! 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.
Lego Robotics 1 Full description, reviews & more photos
GRADES 2-4, no exceptions
Thursdays 3:30 - 4:30pm
Meeting dates: Sept 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, off 31, resume Nov 7, 14 (snow day Nov 21)
This is our core class, where beginners learn to build and program LEGO® robotsusing LEGO® Education's award-winning WeDo robotics and programming software.
Areas of exploration: robotics, programming, logic. 1 instructor, 1 aide. Seven 60-min meetings, once per week. $115 per student, Min 11/ max 12 students. The GrAd Lab provides one netbook and one robotics kit for each pair of students.
Robo Challenge 1 Full description, reviews & more photos
GRADES 3*-5, no exceptions
Tuesdays 3:30 - 4:30pm
Meeting dates: Sept 24, Oct 1, 7, 15, 22, 29, Nov 5 (snow day Nov 12)
Took our Lego Robotics class and want more? And more of a challenge? Or are you in 4th or 5th grade, ready to launch into robotics with no previous experience? 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 set by our instructors. Then we’ll use Lego robotics kits to design bots to go with our programs. We’ll build catapults, crash-avoidance vehicles, hexbug nano catchers and more!
*3rd grade prerequisite: Lego Robotics 1
Areas of exploration: robotics, programming, logic. 1 instructor, 1 aide. Seven 60-min meetings, once per week $120 per student, Min 11/ max 12 students.
Video Game Programming Here's a full description of the class
GRADES 3-5, no exceptions
Wednesdays, 3:30 to 4:30pm
Meeting dates: Sept 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov 6 (snow day Nov 13)
Does your kid dream of writing his or her own video games or creating a cartoon or animation? 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.
NOTE: Scratch is available to anyone for free on the Internet. Learn it at home! Or, sign up for one of our classes so The Great Adventure Lab’s trained instructors can teach you how to make characters walk, talk, and interact with a keyboard/mouse or other programmed characters.
Areas of exploration include: programming, multimedia storytelling, music and logic. 1 instructor, seven 60-minute meetings once per week. $120 per student. Min 6/ Max 7 students. The GrAd Lab provides one computer for each student, for use during class.
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The Great Adventure Lab, formerly known as Adventures with Robots. Same company. Same management. New name to fit our growing curriculum!
September 24, 2013 — 3:30 pm to
November 14, 2013 — 4:30 pm
4810 36th Street NW