Learning Labs

IMG_20201107_101843643Fall 2021 Learning Labs

NOTE: D&D Storytellers of the Tabletop, We Do Programming, Beginning EV3 Robotics, and Architecture & Mythology classes are CLOSED.

Read the descriptions below or download the brochure. Register online here or by filling out the form in the brochure.  (* indicates a new class.)

Advanced Robotics Using LEGO
Mindstorms EV3 Kits
Grades 4-8
Previous EV3 Robotics Experience Required
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. Working with a partner, you can even design your own robot from scratch! You’ll learn to control your creation using multiple sensors, various moving parts, and complex programs that allow the robot to assess its environment and make decisions. You will be given a specific challenge to accomplish with your programming at the beginning of each class. Students will be given a chance to share and compare discoveries and creations with peers.
Instructor:  Lisa Hummel

*Air Power
Grades 5–8
9:30 – 11:00
Explore the birth of air power to its current leap into space. From the first tentative steps of Blériot (who??) and the Wright brothers, through the fighters and bombers of World Wars I and II. Hear the roar of jet engines during WWII as they fight against bombers and examine our current weapons in the age of the Space Force.
Instructor:  Art Koenig

Architecture Meets Mythology, European Style
Grades 3rd & 4th     9:30 – 11:00
Grades 1st & 2nd     11:15 – 12:45
Back by popular demand! A favorite from last fall and winter, we are continuing this class with all new buildings & creatures! How have mythological creatures influenced architecture? Investigate places from the British Isles to Nordic countries to the Mediterranean, with different legends, building challenges and art projects each week. It’s mythology, art, and architecture all rolled into one!
Instructor:  Lisa Bader

*Barbarians!
Grades 3-6
9:30 – 11:00
Spend time with us in Barbarian lands as witnessed by Egyptian, Greek & Roman armies. Find out about the customs and fighting styles of such diverse peoples as the Germans, Nubians, Canaanite princes, Scythian horsemen, Celts and many others. Witness how civilizations clashed from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age.
Instructor:  Art Koenig

*Chemistry, Biology, and Physics – Oh, My!
Grades 5 & 6      9:30 – 11:00
Grades 3 & 4      11:15 – 12:45
We often learn these as separate subjects in school, but have you ever thought how interrelated they are? Take a hands-on tour of science and learn about chirality (left and right-handed molecules), explore DNA structure and function, experiment with batteries, learn how to understand principles that cannot be directly observed, and much more!
Instructor: Morgan Moody

Checkmate! – Beginning & Advanced Chess
Grades K+      9:30 – 11:00 – Beginning/Novice
Grades K+      11:15 – 12:45 – Intermediate/Adv.
Choose your level! If your child is just learning chess (or wants to learn!), the beginning/novice class is the perfect place to start. Learn the rules, the moves and basic strategies.

Ready for more? Want to enhance and advance your chess stance? In the intermediate/advanced class, learn about pins and forks and skewers. Look at advanced skills such as attacking on opposite wings and end game strategies. Benefits of the game for all levels: Problem-solving skills, coping with the consequences of your decisions, and good sports behavior.
Instructor: Stephen Randoll

Comics Club
Grades 3rd +
9:30 – 11:00
Like to doodle & sketch? Interested in comics & manga? Grab a pencil and paper and improve your skills from the fundamentals on up. Starting with basic shapes and patterns, we’ll copy some of your favorite characters, and also explore faces, movement, lettering, and more. Publish your work in the official GRC e-zine to share with your friends at the end of the class! Picture yourself becoming a better artist!
Instructor: Chuck Baker

EV3 Robotics for Beginners – CLOSED
Grades: 3-6
9:30 – 11:00
Learn programming basics using LEGO® MiNDSTORMS® EV3 Kits! Learn to build a robot, then the sky is the limit on what you might do with it.  How can you get the robot to respond to your commands as well as its own environment using its sensors?  Can it avoid obstacles, follow a path, pick things up and move them, sing a song or do a crazy dance? Problem-solving skills and creativity will prove that the possibilities are
endless! Students will work with a partner in this class.
Instructor:  Lisa Hummel

*It’s a Hard Rock Life!
Grades 2-3     9:30 – 11:00
Grades K-1     11:15 – 12:45
Be amazed at the unseen wonders just beneath our feet! How do tectonic plates float on top of molten rock? Explore the formation of mountains, volcanoes and ocean trenches. Investigate caves, and create your own stalactites and stalagmites. Learn about the rock cycle and construct a geode and unique rock of your own. Geology rocks!
Instructor:  Kara Viviano

Math Excursions: Beyond the Norm
Grades 3–5   9:30 – 11:00
Grades 6–8   11:15 – 12:45
Take an outside-the-box view of math, as we explore
questions such as: Can animals do math? Where can we find math in nature? Why are there so many patterns in math? Work with a mechanical computer, then make your own following Napier’s Bones and the Genaille-Lucas ruler. Make a sphere using squares. Discover what the Fibonacci Sequence tells us about the math of nature, architecture and art. Calculate the value of pi using toothpicks (Buffon’s needle). Practice Pascal’s Triangle to explore binomial theorem and probability. Make art with a pendulum and look at topics in topology with Mobius strips. Go beyond the norm with our mental math leaps!
Instructor: Dave Cole

*Pop-Up Publishing
Grades K – 2      9:30 – 11:00
Grades 3 – 5      11:15 – 12:45
Art, engineering, geometric patterns + scissors, paper, markers, rulers = Pop-Up magic! Learn to create your own pop-up books! You’ll explore story development, paper engineering, color theory and symmetry. Your story will spring to life as you manipulate paper with angles, v-folds and layers into dramatic 3D effects. Create your own storyline or make a nonfiction book about your favorite topic – dinosaurs? video games? The beach? Perfect for any age, as book creations can range from simple to more complex. Take home a one-of-a-kind literary treasure!
Instructor: Robert Linnenbom

We Do Programming! – CLOSED
Grades: 1-3
11:15 – 12:45
Use LEGO WeDo 2.0 kits to code and program! You’ll use your design and problem-solving skills to build robots, then put them 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! Returning students will be challenged at a higher level.
Instructor: Chuck Baker

For information about GRC Learning Labs or to request a brochure, please call 314.962.5920 or email us at info@giftedresourcecouncil.org.