Fall 2020 Learning Lab

Learning Lab Classes

September 29 – November 7 (depending on class)

Sign up for as many classes as you’d like!
The cost (for most) is $100/session, payable by check or credit card (if credit card, a small service fee will be added).

Classes are listed below, or Fall Brochure.

Our online registration form isn’t working right now, so please either print out the registration form from the brochure or here (Registration Form) and mail it in, or give us a call at the office at (314) 962-5920.


Advanced Robotics Using LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Kits
The Heights   Oct. 3 – Nov. 7     Grades 4–8     11:15 – 12:45
Develop your creativity and coding skills by making Lego robots!  Build and program working robots which respond to your commands as well as information from their environments. You can even design your own robot from scratch! Using laptops, you’ll program your creation using multiple sensors, motors and intelligence units. Each student will work with his/her own robotics kit and computer, and be given a chance to share and compare discoveries and creations with peers.  $100 Instructor:  Lisa Hummel

*Architecture Meets Mythology
Owen Ridge Complex   Oct. 3 – Nov. 7
Grades 1 & 2   9:30 – 11:00
Grades 3–5
   11:15 – 12:45
How have mythological creatures influenced architecture? Investigate places like the Wat Samphran Temple and how it draws on the Phaya Naga dragon legend in Thailand, for example. There will be a different creature and architectural structure each week (each from a different country in Asia). Plus, students will get to create an art project based on each one. It’s mythology, art, and architecture all rolled into one!   $100
Instructor:  Lisa Bader

*Battlelore! Ancient & Modern Warfighting
The Heights  Oct. 3 – Nov. 7
Grades 6–8   9:30 – 11:00
Explore warfare from ancient times to modern day. In each session, we will concentrate on implements of combat and how they were used. When possible, students will create their own versions of the weapons! They will explore major participants of war, from Agamemnon and Salahudin to Paulus and Zaitsev. Strategies and tactics will be examined and well as conditions on the ground through example and role-playing. Trivia games will be held in each session as a fun way to review what students have learned.  $100
Instructor:  Art Koenig

*The Depredations of the Northmen
The Heights  Oct. 3 – Nov. 7
Grades 3–8   11:15 – 12:45
Roam the seas’ broad back with the Vikings and learn of their sagas, adventure and the ways their skalds wrote of their heroes.  From the Poetic EDDA we will explore the Wisdom of Odin and the stories of the Norse gods.  Engage in role-playing exercises designed to give the skald (that’s you!) a chance to write of the hero who takes him on his journeys. Learn how to read, write and use their Younger Futhark writing system.  $100
Instructor:  Art Koenig

*Drawing with Math
Owen Ridge Complex    Oct. 3 – Nov. 7
Grades 3–5        11:15 – 12:45
How are masterpieces created?  Do artists just think up their creations or is there more to it?  Artists use what they know to create visually pleasing masterpieces.  We will look at how artists used math in tessellations (Escher), cubism (Picasso), and geometry/De Stijl (Mondrian) and then we will create our own mathematical beautiful creations!   $100
Instructor:  Hannah Noack-Ruebling

*Experimenting with the Science of Space
The Heights   Oct. 3 – Nov. 7
Grades 3–5       9:30 – 11:00
Humanity’s comprehension of the universe and our ability to explore outer space require knowledge of important scientific principles, laws and processes. In each session, you will experiment with one or more of these concepts and learn how they help astronauts, astronomers, engineers and cosmologists add to our growing understanding of the universe.   $100
Instructor:  Lisa Hummel

 *From Beowulf to Hercules: The Original Superheroes
The Heights   Oct. 3 – Nov. 7
Grades 3 & 4   9:30 – 11:00
Grades 5 & 6
   11:15 – 12:45
Explore the world of mythology through the heroes who shaped it! There will be characters you’ve heard of, such as the Norse god of thunder, Thor, and Hercules, the Superman of Greek legend, as well as some who might be new to you, such as the Epic of Mwindo, from African folklore, or Sun Wukong, the Chinese Monkey King. Each week we’ll focus on a different myth and a different hero, including a short overview of the story, and hands-on activities, ranging from discussions, to re-enactments, to comic books. And, at the end, the students will be able to write their own mythical hero to add to the roster!   $100
Instructor:  Zach Clark

*Learning to Disagree – Agreeably
Oak Knoll Park    Oct. 1 – Nov. 5   Thursdays!
Grades 6–8      5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Lately, it seems like people disagree on things more often than not. But how can we learn to do that. . . agreeably? We all have our opinions, but it’s important to remember that everyone has something to teach us. How can you have a REAL conversation with someone you disagree with? How do you get to areas of common ground and understanding? What’s the best language to use (or avoid!) in order to persuade someone? Why are most arguments better finished in consensus rather than victory? And when do you have to just “agree to disagree”? You’ll cover all these topics (and more!), plus have lots of time to PRACTICE your new discourse skills. Your instructor is an experienced social studies teacher who eagerly hosts classroom discussions and understands how to keep everything civil.   $100
Instructor:  John Clark

Make Your (Chess) Move!
Owen Ridge Complex   Oct. 3 – Nov. 7
Grades 5–8       9:30 – 11:00
Grades 1–4       11:15 – 12:45
Class will be held outdoors on picnic tables.
Want to enhance and advance your chess stance? Tactics can make or break your chess game – will you use pins and forks? Or skewers? Look at advanced skills as well, such as attacking on opposite wings and end game strategies. Are you skilled at defensive play? Make your best opening move, keep your wits about you, and aim for checkmate of your opponent! Side benefits of the game: Problem-solving skills, coping with the consequences of your decisions, and good sports behavior. $100
Instructor: Stephen Randoll

*Science with the Senses
Owen Ridge Complex   Oct. 3 – Oct. 31
Ages 4–5          9:30 – 11:00
Grades 1 & 2
   11:15 – 12:45
Explore the world outside with your 5 senses! Take tree rubbings, make tea from leaves, go on a sound walk, find things to smell, make binoculars for observation. This class will take place outside on the GRC campus, which has lots of fun spaces to explore.
5 sessions – $85
Instructor:  Beth Crites

*Where in the World is GRC?
Owen Ridge Complex   Oct. 3 – Nov. 7
Grades K–2      9:30 – 11:00
Get your passport stamped and travel around the world!  There are so many different places we can go without actually leaving GRC.  We will explore different cultures and countries while using our detective skills and the clues from each location to determine where GRC has traveled each week. $100
Instructor:  Hannah Noack-Ruebling

 *The Write Stuff
Owen Ridge Complex   Oct. 3 – Nov. 7
Grades  45     9:30 – 11:00
Grades 6–8      11:15 – 12:45
Develop your creative writing skills with published author Dave Cole! Work on the basics of plot, dialogue, setting, theme, characters and conflict while exploring the nuances of grabbing a reader’s attention, foreshadowing, strong word choice, point of view, and more. Fun exercises and writing prompts will give you the chance to practice what you’re learning.  $100
Instructor:  Dave Cole



*Music Tech & Coding with EarSketch
Grades 5–12     Oct. 3 – Nov. 7
Saturdays!         9:30 – 11:00
Do you like computers? Do you like music? Then this class is for you! Learn the Python coding language with EarSketch, a web-based program that uses music mixing and track building to teach computer science concepts. You can manipulate loops, compose beats and apply effects to your tunes! There are even weekly competitions if that’s your jam. (Headphones or speakers required.)  $100
Instructor:  Chuck Baker

 *Kitchen Sink Chemistry
Grades 5–8      Sept. 30 – Nov. 4
Wednesdays!    5:00 – 6:30
What can you learn about the properties and behavior of matter with the items from your own kitchen? Let’s cook up some chemistry! We’ll look at the density of liquids and solids and investigate combustion and carbon dioxide. We’ll experiment with a cabbage water indicator experiment to determine which household substances are acids and which are bases. We’ll use yeast as a catalyst to see its dramatic effect on a decomposition reaction. We’ll even analyze the chemical composition of water using the process of electrolysis.   $100
Instructor:  Lisa Hummel

 *Friday Night (Star)Lights
For the Whole Family
Friday, Oct. 9 at 7:00
Grab your popcorn and settle in for some astronomy! Rich Heuermann, of the St. Louis Astronomical Society, will be your virtual instructor and host for this fun night. First up will be a presentation on stargazing (geared toward elementary students, but suitable for all). Next, you know those cool Orion StarBlast telescopes you can check out from the library? He’ll show you all the tips and tricks for how to use those, as well as let you know when and where to look from your backyard or neighborhood, for the best skyviewing.   $15
Instructor:  Rich Heuermann

The Stock Market Game: Investing in Fun!
Grades 5–12       Sept. 29 – Nov. 3
Tuesdays!           6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Enter the online world of stock trading, investing and finance through this simulation game! Play in teams and compete against portfolios across the state. How will you manage your hypothetical cash account of $100,000? Maintain your portfolio stocks, bonds, mutual funds and more through research, collaboration with your peers, and teamwork. Interactive charting and graphing tools equip you with ‘day-to-day’ updates. Explore the global capital marketplace and stay on top of current events and global news that affect your investments. Build your leadership, organization, and negotiation skills as you help your team build a healthy portfolio.  $100
Instructor:  Chuck Baker

*Storytellers of the Tabletop!
Grades 5–12       Oct. 3 – Nov. 7
Saturdays!          1:30 – 3:00
Calling all wanderers, thrill-seekers and heroes looking for excitement, fellowship and greatness! Create characters, solve problems and fight monsters with nothing but a character sheet and your imagination! Join your fellow adventurers on this quest in the tabletop roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons. The focus will be communication-heavy collaborative storytelling, teamwork and relationship building through social play and lots of creative fun! No additional books or items or required, although students might want a physical set of dice to roll.  $100
(Parents, here’s a good introductory video to D&D if you’re not already familiar with the game):
Instructor:  Hollis Moore