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About

 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!). We also teach science, engineering, electronics ... and more! We do it all with SMALL class sizes (adult-student ratio = 6:1). Our goal is to make science, technology, engineering and mathematics irresistibly FUN for the next generation.


You can read all about our classes and birthday parties at http://thegreatadventurelab.com. The site includes plenty of photos and links to videos from our classes!


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. 


LEGO ROBOTICS

The GrAd Lab provides one computer and one robotics kits for each pair of students, for use during class.  



GRADES 2-4  Thursdays 3:15-4:15pm

Session 1: Sept 12, 19, 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, and 24

Lego Robotics 1  

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

Areas of exploration: robotics, programming, logic. Staffing: 1 instructor, 1 aide. Seven 60-min meetings, once per week , $115 per student. Min 11/ max 12 students.

This is our core class, where beginners learn to build and program LEGO® robots using LEGO® Education's award-winning WeDo robotics and programming software. Students follow step-by-step onscreen instructions to build their robots and a suggested program. Students who are ready develop more complicated programs involving motion or tilt sensors. In the final class, we take off the training wheels and challenge students to design and build and program bots that can achieve a certain task.



ROBOTICS (continued)

GRADES 4-7  Tuesdays 3:15-4:45pm

Session 1: Sept 10, 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, and 22


Mindstorms 1


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


Areas of exploration: programming, robotics, logic.  2 instructors, seven 90-min meetings, once per week, $195 per student, min 9/ max 10 students


Students will have an awesome time building robots that can navigate obstacle courses and respond to a multitude of sensors, including motion, touch, ultrasonic …We’ll use the LEGO® Mindstorms base kit to master the programming of basic movements, and then progress to more difficult challenges. We’ll build robots that can navigate mazes, shoot ping pong balls … and more! 


ENGINEERING


GRADES K-1  Fridays 3:15-4:15pm

Session 1: Sept 6, 13, 20, off 27, on Oct 4, 11, off 18, on Oct 25


LET’S ROLL! ENGINEERS - SOLD OUT 


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


1 instructor, 1 aide, six 60 min meetings, once per week, $95 per student, min 11/ max 12 students.


Using LEGO® DUPLO Tech Machines Education kit designed for ages 5+, we’ll start each class with brief story-based challenge - and then use tools to build our own vehicular solutions. We'll  also extend each lesson with real-life applications of the concepts we cover while building! Wait til your kids start making toy-sized zip-lines for their creations all over your house!


SCIENCE


GRADES K-1   Wednesdays 3:15-4:15pm

Session 1: Sept 11, 18, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, and 23 


STORYBOOK SCIENCE 1

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


Areas of exploration include: aerodynamics, biology, physics, geology, archaeology, chemistry… and more!  1 instructor, 1 aide, seven 60 min meetings, once per week, $105 per student, plus $15 supply fee per student, min 11/ max 12 students


Mythbusters isn’t just for big kids. In this class for students in kindergarten and grade 1, we’ll read a different story each week to our kindergarten and first grade scientists and then conduct hands-on science experiments to test the truthfulness or recreate certain elements of each

story!  

  

When we read Jon Scieszka’s The True Story of The 3 Little Pigs, for instance, we’ll test the power of wind versus our own construction techniques – can wind really blow down a house? Other stories will inspire us to build earthworm habitats and make ... SLIME!



PROGRAMMING


GRADES 3-5  Fridays 3:15-4:15pm

Session 1: Sept 6, 13, 20, off 27, on Oct 4, 11, off Oct 18, On Oct 25 

 


VIDEO GAME PROGRAMMING 1


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


Areas of exploration: programming, multimedia, storytelling, music, and logic. 2 instructors, six 60 min meetings, once per week, $105 per student, Min 11/ max 12 students


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.


 

Room numbers to be determined, your instructor will email you one week before classes start with more details.

Having trouble Registering?  CLICK HERE FOR HELP!

This activity is not sponsored by, associated with, or endorsed by MCPS or Montgomery County Government

Contact

The Great Adventure Lab, formerly known as Adventures with Robots. Same company. Same management. New name to fit our growing curriculum!
info@thegreatadventurelab.com

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

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Schedule

September 06, 2013 — 3:15 pm to
November 20, 2013 — 4:15 pm

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Venue

Wood Acres ES
5800 Cromwell Drive
Bethesda, MD
United States

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