LEARNING LAB

MindCraft Afterschool Learning Lab

1st Grade – 8th Grade

Homework time can be stressful, create tension at home, and elicit tears and frustration.

We have designed the after school MindCraft Learning Lab as an opportunity for students to have a place to complete their homework with the support of a trained learning facilitator.

Every session begins with 1:1 conversation with the student – prioritizing assignments and setting goals for their time at the Lab. Our facilitator will provide guidance and check for quality and accuracy for all completed assignments. When all goals are met, students engage in educational games that support math literacy and reading and then the fun begins. If time allows, your kids will be allowed to explore tinkering, gaming, coding, 3D printing (for grades 4-8) and keyboarding in a self-directed and exploratory manner.

Parents can utilize this learning opportunity to support students with homework, studying, organizational skills and special projects. Just send your child to the Lab with their homework and school assignments, and we’ll send them back with a feeling of accomplishment, completed and checked assignments, and time to be at home without homework stress.

Daily sessions run from 3:00 to 5:30 pm Monday-Friday.

Daily Drop in: $40 for 2.5 hour session ($16 per hour)
1-day pack: $35 ($14 per hour)
2-day pack: $75 ($15 per hour)
3-day pack: $100 ($13.33 per hour)
4-day pack: $125 ($12.50 per hour)
Full week special: $135 ($10.80 per hour) Fridays allow for more technology exploration or fun building games like Snap Circuits, K’nex, Legos, and/or strategy games like Zenga, chess, and Battleship when all homework is done and done right.

10% sibling discounts available

Join us for the year, and we will initiate a badge program for the different technologies and tinkering. Kids can earn badges for coding, sewing, keyboarding, tinkering etc. They will have challenges to meet and goals to reach.

For Bill Roberts parents, we will provide a staff member to walk your child in a group to our location at the Stanley Marketplace.  We will do this rain, shine or snow (school closings not included) This will be structured and approved by school for common pick up area and time.

Learning Lab packets must be paid in advance. No refunds will be given for missed days.

Full STEAM Fridays 2017-2018

Bridges to Engineering & Design

1:30-3:30pm (drop off as early as 1:15pm)

Possible Transportation Provided for an Additional Fee

Dates: November 10th 5:30-6:30 pm Open House | Free

*Learn about this fascinating series- kids experience hands-on activity and families find out more about our Full Steam Series 2017-2018 (please RSVP)
*Refreshments served

Full STEAM Fridays

Our Full STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) Fridays 2017-2018 series is designed as an opportunity for kids to get a glimpse into the ever-evolving and exciting world of Engineering & Design career pathways.  What do engineers do?  How do they think and process?  How are Tennis shoes designed and what fabrication technologies are used to produce them?  We are talking the Engineering Design Process, Critical Thinking and Creative Problem-Solving all rolled into a STEAMY & FUN learning adventure.

All materials included.  Badges earned.

December 1,8,15,22 Electrical Engineering |  $140

This series is simply electrifying!  Kids will learn about simple circuits with motors, buzzers, and other electronic components through hands-on design and build opportunities.

Grades K-3

Kids in this 4-week series will learn about the fascinating world of electrical engineering through hands-on activities and making.   They will make their own conductive and insulative playdough, experiment with motors, buzzers, alligator clips and more to create exciting projects to take home.

Grades 4-8

Our older engineers will also explore simple circuits with the use of motors, buzzers, alligator clips and more, but add in a higher level of electrical sophistication by adding bread boards and you have kids learning about open and closed circuits, how to read schematic drawings, how to make their own motors, and much more-again resulting in the creation of an electrifying learning adventure.

January 12,19,26 & Feb.9- Mechanical Engineering  |  $130

This series gives kids a glimpse into working and moving parts.  Design, build, test, repeat.

Grades K-3

Kids in this 4-week series will learn about the fascinating world of mechanical engineering through hands-on activities and making.   They will learn about simple machine parts and their functions, and forces in motion to design and create projects with moving parts.

Grades 4-8

Kids in this 4-week series will learn about the fascinating world of mechanical engineering through hands-on activities and making.   They will learn about simple machine parts and their functions to develop and build their own elaborate Rube Goldberg Machine to take home.   Make it even more exciting by adding some electrical components.

February 16, 23, March 2, 9th-Chemical Engineering  |  $120

This series deals with the application of physical sciences (chemistry and physics) and life sciences to the process of converting raw materials or chemicals into more useful or valuable forms.

Grades K-3

Kids in this 4-week series will learn about the interaction of household chemicals, the alchemic change of properties when you mix one ingredient with another.  From candy making to magnetic slime, this will become an exciting exploration of crazy mixology.

Grades 4-8

Kids in this 4-week series will learn about the interaction of household chemicals & the alchemic change of properties when you mix one ingredient with another.  From candy making to magnetic slime, this will become an exciting exploration of crazy mixology.

March 16, 23, April 6, 13-Aeronautical & Aerospace Engineering  |  $120

Aeronautical engineers work with aircraft. They are involved primarily in designing aircraft and propulsion systems and in studying the aerodynamic performance of aircraft and construction materials.

Kids in this 4-week series will learn about the aerodynamics and the wonderful inventions of flight.

Grades K-3

Kids in this 4-week engineering and design class will explore the fascinating world of Aerodynamics.  From paper airplane competitions to invented hover craft.  Getting things to fly is the end goal with a journey of trial, error and

Grades 4-8

Kids in this 4-week series will learn about the fascinating world of mechanical engineering through hands-on activities and making.   They will learn about simple machine parts and their functions to develop and build their own elaborate Rube Goldberg Machine to take home.   Make it even more exciting by adding some electrical components.

April 20,27, May 4, 11, 18, 25-Industrial Design and Fabrication   |  $175

Industrial designers develop concepts and designs for manufactured products.  How does one take an idea and turn it into reality?  The designer uses their experiences with making to take an idea and completely

Grades K-3

Kids in this final 6-week series kids will learn how to develop an idea and take from vision-to drawing-to reality. Students in this class will be introduced to CAD and 3D printing.

The sky is the limit.  They will receive guided support in design development, and production.  Materials are determined by idea.  The sky is the limit.  There is no ceiling!

Grades 4-8

Kids in this final 6-week series kids will learn how to develop an idea and take from vision-to drawing-to reality.  The sky is the limit.  They will receive guided support in design development, and production.  Materials are determined by idea.  Students will be introduced to CAD, 3D printing and laser cutting/etching.   The sky is the limit.  There is no ceiling!

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