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The Great Adventure Lab is an after-school science enrichment program that runs in 50+ schools in the DC 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 Winter 2014 offerings at Bethesda ES. Please follow links for complete details, including photos! Room numbers TBD. We will send you a welcome email several days before the first 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 2-3, no exceptions
Wednesdays - 3:10-4:10pm
Meeting Dates: Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb 5, 12, 19 and 26
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.
Areas of exploration: robotics, programming, logic. 1 instructor, 1 aide. Eight 60-min meetings, once per week. $135 per student, Min 11/ max 12 students. The GrAd Lab provides one netbook and one robotics kit for each pair of students.
Robo Challenge Full description, reviews & more photos
GRADES 3*-5, no exceptions
Fridays - 3:10-4:10pm
Meeting Dates: Jan 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, 14, 21, and March 7
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
Areas of exploration: robotics, programming, logic. 1 instructor, 1 aide. Eight 60 min meetings, once per week, $140 per student, Min 11/ max 12 students.
Storybook Science 2 Full description, reviews & more photos
GRADES K-1, no exceptions
Mondays - 3:10-4:10pm
Meeting Dates: Jan 6, 13, 27, Feb 3, 10, 24, March 3 and 10
Mythbusters isn’t just for big kids. In this class 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!
Areas of exploration: aerodynamics, biology, physics, geology, archaeology, chemistry… and more! 1 instructor, 1 aide. Eight 60 min meetings, once per week, $125 per student plus $20 supply fee per student, min 11/ max 14 students.
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The Great Adventure Lab
January 06, 2014 — 3:10 pm to
March 10, 2014 — 4:10 pm
7600 Arlington Rd