Fall 2017 Learning Lab

October 7 – November 11, 2017

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9:30 – 11:00 Classes

*Transported – Instructor: Kristin Soifer

Ages: 3-4

Rev your engines, toot your horns, and take a ticket for tons of fun as we explore the world of transportation. Suit up for ‘travel’ on rockets, bicycles and everything in between. Along the way, we’ll build bridges, make a train whistle, plan our route using maps and explore transportation stories. Compare and contrast the movement of our paper airplanes and helicopters. What makes our boats float? Come along for the STEM-themed ride!

*Fairy Tales with STEAM Twists & Turns! – Instructor: Jennifer Buckley

Ages: 4-5

How would our favorite fairy tales end if the characters solved their problems with science, math and other tools? Can the three pigs build a house out of sticks that is not blown down? Build a chair for your stuffed animal and show Goldilocks that she can do things for herself! Help Rapunzel find other ways to get out of that tower even if she has a haircut! Construct, measure, design and more, as we make new endings for familiar stories.

*Do You Dig Plants? – Instructor: Laura Johnson

Ages: 4-5

Get to the root of botany as we dig into plant life! From seeds to pollination, explore the life cycle of a plant. Which seeds travel as floaters, droppers or hitchhikers? Is a bean a seed? Do plants have water pipes? How does pollen move? Create a seed mosaic, explore chlorophyll and mud painting, make leaf rubbings, grow sprouts and create a flower to attract pollinators. All this and more as we experiment with, experience and enjoy plants! Germination, pollination, filtration….. what a sensation!

*Explore the Solar System – Instructor: Cindy Christ

Ages: 5-6

What makes a planet? Is it a solid or a gas or both? We’ll wander through the solar system as we create our own planets and paint them using gas! Consider how to dig a hole to the other side of the world and discover the layers making up a planet. Experiment with carbon dioxide and weigh gases. Make a model of a planetary probe; what kind of radio readouts will your instruments produce? Create your own planet and consider size, substance, atmosphere, location, etc.; can we vacation there? Experiments, activities, crafts and fun!

*A Construction Cruise for YOU – Instructor: Jen Sciuto

Grades: K-1

Join our construction crew and take a problem from start to finish! How would you construct something that carries a marble across a distance? We’ll estimate how much material you’ll need, design the project, build it and – the fun part! – test it! Tackle a different assignment each week, dig through our building supplies (household items and reusable materials), and use your math and science skills to find a solution! Tall structures, steady ramps, fashionable accessories, effective catapults and spinning tops – use your imagination and know-how. You may not need a hard hat but you’ll be working hard!

*Be a LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 Programmer! – Instructor: Chuck Baker

Grades: 1-2

Take your LEGO fun on the ‘road’ as we code and program LEGO WeDo 2.0 kits to pull, push, tug and turn. Use your design and problem-solving skills to build robots. Then put your robots to work, studying forces of motion and testing solutions to real problems, like polluted oceans and safe road crossings for wildlife. Meet Milo, the planetary rover; how would you get Milo into space? It’s LEGO fun at another level!

*Make Your (Chess) Move! – Instructor: Stephen Randoll

Grades: 1-4

Join us in the challenging world of chess! Learn moves, tactics and strategies to be a contender in a match with your friends. Apply your chess problem-solving skills to school and home, as you learn to think before making a move! For novice players, tactics can make or break your game. Will you use pins and forks or skewers? We’ll look at strategies for your advanced skills, such as attacking on opposite wings and playing to reach a better ending. Good sports behavior and coping with the consequences of your decisions are natural byproducts of the game.

*Science-Math smARTS – Instructor: Chandria Howard

Grades: 2-3

Imagination and experimental art combine with science and math for explosive creative results! Experiment with painting mixtures; how much of each do you need for exciting artworks: watercolors and salt, watercolors and oil, Epsom salts, baking soda and vinegar! How can you create bubble-textured seascape backgrounds with household products? Investigate the science behind pigments. Explore perspective with 2D and 3D drawings. Make a tie-dye t-shirt. Keep the left- and right-sides of your brain active in this class!

*Solid? Liquid? Gas? What’s the Matter? – Instructor: Andy Mills

Grades: 2-3

Explore the states of matter with experiments and solid activities that could be a gas – and lots of fun! Experiment with properties of solids, liquids and gas in different environments. Create chemical reactions that produce gases when a liquid and a solid mix together. Examine pollution by considering water displacement when large solids are added to oceans. Create “quicksand” and consider the properties that make it a solid and those that qualify it as a liquid. How does a solid float upon a liquid? Experiment with ice water (and your own hands!) to determine how animals tolerate cold water.

*Be An Entomologist! – Instructor: Katie Siech

Grades: 3-4

They may be small but they make up about two-thirds of living organisms: INSECTS! Explore and identify insects in our environment and find out why they are important to our ecosystems. Make some tools that scientists use to understand these animals, including a bug collection box. Experiment with insect metabolism, food preference and diversity. Venture into the Learning Lab outdoors to try out your bug box. Make your own identification guide. Includes field trip to the Missouri Department of Conservation Forest Park hatchery pond on Saturday, October 21, to conduct our bug collections.

*Living as American Girls: Felicity, Kaya, Josephina – Instructor: Kate Cox

Grades: 3-4

Felicity living in 1774 colonial Virginia, Native American Kaya in 1764 Northwest Territory, and Josephina in 1824 New Mexico, lived worlds apart but shared the experience of growing up in what was becoming the United States. Explore the lives, crafts, foods and fun of these adventurous girls and their worlds. Join Felicity’s tea party, with Queen Cakes and friendship tea, before the colonists boycott the genteel drink. Make a beaded choker with Kaya and create a memory box with Josephina. Join us as we immerse ourselves in the times of these brave girls! (This class is based on Mattel’s American Girl® dolls and related materials.)

*Stranger Things from History – Instructor: Megan Mills

Grades: 4-5

What mystifying, intriguing – even shocking! – tales can we find in history? Plenty! How did people die from a flood of molasses? Was it the stickiest tragedy in history? Can we extract truth from the many frightening legends of river pirates along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers? Which American presidents likely took mercury-laced pills for ailments? Journey each week through stories that will give us the ‘real’ scoop on historical events. Use art, history, writing and science activities to create replicas of events, write your own fictional tales of tragic demise and do experiments to understand how some of these ‘stranger than fiction’ happenings took place.

*Robotics Technology Using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 Kits – Instructor: Lisa Hummel

Grades: 4-6

Build and program working robots which respond to commands and to their environments, including color sensors. The sky’s the limit with LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 robotics kits! Choose your own challenges, as you work with multiple sensors, motors, and intelligent units. How will you make your robot move, “see,” “hear,” avoid obstacles, speak, and otherwise interact with what’s around it? Work with a team and apply the engineering process to test solutions based on real-life robotics technology. Problem-solving skills and creativity will prove that the possibilities are endless!

*Dictators, Tyrants & Chiefs, Oh My! – Instructor: Art Koenig

Grades: 4-8

Leaders that evoke chills, right? Not necessarily to the ancients! Get a fresh perspective on ancient leaders. Discourse on dictators and talk about tyrants, like Dion of Syracuse, Croesus of Lydia, Gaius Marius and Lucius Cornelius Sulla of Rome, and, of course, Julius Caesar and others of his fame. More modern examples? We’ll consider Napoleon, Lenin, Stalin and Hitler for the human monstrosities they were in their own time. Is it all bad? Look to the philosophy of Aristotle, our first political scientist!

*British Monarchs: Legacy, Legend & Leadership – Instructor: Carol Haukap

Grades: 6-8

Prince William, likely future king of England, is known for his attempt to live a semi-normal life. But what of the legacy of rulers before him? Rich in legend and lore, notable for intrigue and drama, we’ll explore how early leaders built kingdoms, fought rivals and married for territorial expansion, starting with the ancient Teutonic and Saxon tribes. How did leadership – good or bad – bring us through the Wars of the Roses, the houses of Tudor and Hanover and today’s House of Windsor? Meet kings Offa and Egbert, William the Conqueror, Richard the Hunchback, the infamous Henry VIII and his daughter Elizabeth I. Explore their reigns and contributions. Enact snippets from the lives of Victoria, the “Georges” of the American Revolution, and the longest-reigning monarch, current Queen Elizabeth II. Make “family albums,” including genograms, maps, photos, a thorough timeline and favorite stories.

Off Campus Class

*Moving & Shaking – An Introduction to Engineering – Instructors: Ruth Okamoto and    Jessica Wagenseil

Grades: 6-8

Will you be a mover and shaker in future engineering research? Test your mettle by working with Washington University (WU) professors in their scientific laboratories. Explore basic engineering principles and consider some of the problems facing the world today, everything from water treatment to wind power, developing nanostructured materials for biological use – different professors teach each year with their own research focus. Class meets weekly on the WU campus at Whitaker Hall. (Class size limited to 12, with priority registration for girls before September 29, 2017.)

Calling Middle School Girls!

Two Scholarships Available!

Join the movers and shakers in engineering! Don’t miss this popular class held at Washington University engineering labs in Whitaker Hall. Again this year: Two girls (grades 6-8) each can win a full scholarship for this class. Write a short essay (one page or less) explaining why you would be interested in learning more about engineering and why you should receive a scholarship. Include the essay with your Registration Form. Essay deadline: September 29, 2017; send it to the GRC office.

 

11:10 – 12:40 Classes

 *Fairy Tales with STEAM Twists & Turns! – Instructor: Jennifer Buckley

Ages: 3-4

How would our favorite fairy tales end if the characters solved their problems with science, math and other tools? Can the three pigs build a house out of sticks that is not blown down? Build a chair for your stuffed animal and show Goldilocks that she can do things for herself! Help Rapunzel find other ways to get out of that tower even if she has a haircut! Construct, measure, design and more, as we make new endings for familiar stories.

*Transported – Instructor: Kristin Soifer

Ages: 4-5

Rev your engines, toot your horns, and take a ticket for tons of fun as we explore the world of transportation. Suit up for ‘travel’ on rockets, bicycles and everything in between. Along the way, we’ll build bridges, make a train whistle, plan our route using maps and explore transportation stories. Compare and contrast the movement of our paper airplanes and helicopters. What makes our boats float? Come along for the STEM-themed ride!

*Do You Dig Plants? – Instructor: Laura Johnson

Ages: 5-6

Get to the root of botany as we dig into plant life! From seeds to pollination, explore the life cycle of a plant. Which seeds travel as floaters, droppers or hitchhikers? Is a bean a seed? Do plants have water pipes? How does pollen move? Create a seed mosaic, explore chlorophyll and mud painting, make leaf rubbings, grow sprouts and create a flower to attract pollinators. All this and more as we experiment with, experience and enjoy plants! Germination, pollination, filtration….. what a sensation!

*Explore the Solar System – Instructor: Cindy Christ

Grades: K-1

What makes a planet? Is it a solid or a gas or both? We’ll wander through the solar system as we create our own planets and paint them using gas! Consider how to dig a hole to the other side of the world and discover the layers making up a planet. Experiment with carbon dioxide and weigh gases. Make a model of a planetary probe; what kind of radio readouts will your instruments produce? Create your own planet and consider size, substance, atmosphere, location, etc.; can we vacation there? Experiments, activities, crafts and fun!

*Living as American Girls: Felicity, Kaya, Josephina – Instructor: Kate Cox

Grades: 1-2

Felicity living in 1774 colonial Virginia, Native American Kaya in 1764 Northwest Territory, and Josephina in 1824 New Mexico, lived worlds apart but shared the experience of growing up in what was becoming the United States. Explore the lives, crafts, foods and fun of these adventurous girls and their worlds. Join Felicity’s tea party, with Queen Cakes and friendship tea, before the colonists boycott the genteel drink. Make a beaded choker with Kaya and create a memory box with Josephina. Join us as we immerse ourselves in the times of these brave girls! (This class is based on Mattel’s American Girl® dolls and related materials.)

*A Construction Cruise for YOU – Instructor: Jen Sciuto

Grades: 1-2

Join our construction crew and take a problem from start to finish! How would you construct something that carries a marble across a distance? We’ll estimate how much material you’ll need, design the project, build it and – the fun part! – test it! Tackle a different assignment each week, dig through our building supplies (household items and reusable materials), and use your math and science skills to find a solution! Tall structures, steady ramps, fashionable accessories, effective catapults and spinning tops – use your imagination and know-how. You may not need a hard hat but you’ll be working hard!

*Be a LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 Programmer! – Instructor: Chuck Baker

Grades: 2-3

Take your LEGO fun on the ‘road’ as we code and program LEGO WeDo 2.0 kits to pull, push, tug and turn. Use your design and problem-solving skills to build robots. Then put your robots to work, studying forces of motion and testing solutions to real problems, like polluted oceans and safe road crossings for wildlife. Meet Milo, the planetary rover; how would you get Milo into space? It’s LEGO fun at another level!

*Science-Math smARTS – Instructor: Chandria Howard

Grades: 3-4

Imagination and experimental art combine with science and math for explosive creative results! Experiment with painting mixtures; how much of each do you need for exciting artworks: watercolors and salt, watercolors and oil, Epsom salts, baking soda and vinegar! How can you create bubble-textured seascape backgrounds with household products? Investigate the science behind pigments. Explore perspective with 2D and 3D drawings. Make a tie-dye t-shirt. Keep the left- and right-sides of your brain active in this class!

*Solid? Liquid? Gas? What’s the Matter? – Instructor: Andy Mills

Grades: 3-4

Explore the states of matter with experiments and solid activities that could be a gas – and lots of fun! Experiment with properties of solids, liquids and gas in different environments. Create chemical reactions that produce gases when a liquid and a solid mix together. Examine pollution by considering water displacement when large solids are added to oceans. Create “quicksand” and consider the properties that make it a solid and those that qualify it as a liquid. How does a solid float upon a liquid? Experiment with ice water (and your own hands!) to determine how animals tolerate cold water.

*Greek Mythology: The Graces, Muses, Dryads & More – Instructor: Art Koenig

Grades: 3-6

Explore the stories and symbols of the lesser gods of Greek mythology! How did goddesses spin the destiny of each human? How many muses are there and what are their areas of expertise? Why did Homer, Hesiod and Virgil always start their epics with a prayer to the muses? Which beings guarded heaven, plants and the forest? We’ve learned that the Greek gods and goddesses operated largely on whim; how did the whims of the lesser gods affect mere mortals? Find out more about the monsters, gods, dryads and other inhabitants of the Greek world of mythology.

*Be An Entomologist! – Instructor: Katie Siech

Grades: 4-5

They may be small but they make up about two-thirds of living organisms: INSECTS! Explore and identify insects in our environment and find out why they are important to our ecosystems. Make some tools that scientists use to understand these animals, including a bug collection box. Experiment with insect metabolism, food preference and diversity. Venture into the Learning Lab outdoors to try out your bug box. Make your own identification guide. Includes field trip to the Missouri Department of Conservation Forest Park hatchery pond on Saturday, October 21, to conduct our bug collections.

*British Monarchs: Legacy, Legend & Leadership – Instructor: Carol Haukap

Grades: 4-5

Prince William, likely future king of England, is known for his attempt to live a semi-normal life. But what of the legacy of rulers before him? Rich in legend and lore, notable for intrigue and drama, we’ll explore how early leaders built kingdoms, fought rivals and married for territorial expansion, starting with the ancient Teutonic and Saxon tribes. How did leadership – good or bad – bring us through the Wars of the Roses, the houses of Tudor and Hanover and today’s House of Windsor? Meet kings Offa and Egbert, William the Conqueror, Richard the Hunchback, the infamous Henry VIII and his daughter Elizabeth I. Explore their reigns and contributions. Enact snippets from the lives of Victoria, the “Georges” of the American Revolution, and the longest-reigning monarch, current Queen Elizabeth II. Make “family albums,” including genograms, maps, photos, a thorough timeline and favorite stories.

*Make Your (Chess) Move! – Instructor: Stephen Randoll

Grades: 5-8

Join us in the challenging world of chess! Learn moves, tactics and strategies to be a contender in a match with your friends. Apply your chess problem-solving skills to school and home, as you learn to think before making a move! For novice players, tactics can make or break your game. Will you use pins and forks or skewers? We’ll look at strategies for your advanced skills, such as attacking on opposite wings and playing to reach a better ending. Good sports behavior and coping with the consequences of your decisions are natural byproducts of the game.

*Phenomenal Physics! – Instructor: Lisa Hummel

Grades: 5-8

Enter the field of physics and crush metal with air, bend light, inflate a balloon without adding air, and defy gravity with electricity! Follow a different physics concept each week, and write a hypothesis as well as your observations and conclusions for each experiment. Centripetal force, pressure, kinetic and potential energy, electrical charge, light and heat: Experiments for each that could have your head spinning! Keep a personal lab journal of your findings. Join the fun of phenomenal physics!

*Stranger Things from History – Instructor: Megan Mills

Grades: 6-8

What mystifying, intriguing – even shocking! – tales can we find in history? Plenty! How did people die from a flood of molasses? Was it the stickiest tragedy in history? Can we extract truth from the many frightening legends of river pirates along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers? Which American presidents likely took mercury-laced pills for ailments? Journey each week through stories that will give us the ‘real’ scoop on historical events. Use art, history, writing and science activities to create replicas of events, write your own fictional tales of tragic demise and do experiments to understand how some of these ‘stranger than fiction’ happenings took place.