Winter 2018 Learning Lab

February 3 – March 10, 2018

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9:30-11:00

*Animals in Danger
Ages: 3-4
Do you like animals?  Do you know that some are endangered?  Learn about orangutans, birds, polar bears and more.  Find out where they live – and what humans can do to help them.  What if you were a bird with bird friends in a nearby area?  If people plant more trees will that help?  Games, books, art projects and mapping – different animals, projects and fun activities each week!
Instructor: Kristin Soifer

*Science, Math and Modern Art
Ages: 4-5
Can you use triangles and diamonds to create a modernistic sculpture?  Use squares and rectangles to design Mondrian-style art?  What can you learn about primary colors using Borax crystals? Create chemical concoctions of puffy clouds, galaxy slime and rainbow squish bags.  Each Saturday will focus on different shapes, chemical creations, books and modern artists for a creative preschool experience.
Instructor: Lisa Bader

*We’re Not Playing with Our Food!
Ages: 5-6
Combine exciting scientific principles with foods and objects from your kitchen! Explore buoyancy using your favorite fruits and empty chip bags. Grow lettuce from a sponge and mummify an apple. Try out Bernoulli’s Principle – it’s about an increase in the speed of moving air and the resulting decrease in air pressure – using empty soda cans and plastic spoons. We’ll make a potato battery and invisible ink from lemon juice. Experience static electricity with Rice Krispies®. Believe us: You can’t get the full impression of this class on paper!
Instructor: Abby Leeper

*Illustrating Stories: Technique & Art
Grades: K-1
Do you love to draw? Do you think about how pictures help tell the story in books? Have you tried to illustrate a book? Study the art and illustrations of famous children’s authors and be inspired to create your own work. Consider illustrations in collages, small fabric wall hangings, stencil making, painting with wet color tissue paper and other media. Capture the whimsy and imagination in art and writing as we explore works of Eric Carle, Leo Lionni and Faith Ringgold. Though books for preschool, their art is universal and challenging! Be ready to challenge yourself in illustration.
Instructor: Chandria Howard

*Are You a Scientist?
Grades: 1-2
Looking for a different type of science class? Bring your questions (Is it possible for color to move? Why do we sweat? What makes currents?), apply the scientific method and be a scientist! If you ask questions, learn from your senses, notice details, draw, experiment and have fun, you’re already there! We’ll test ideas, discover how things work and how things change, examine cause and effect, and explore the what, how and why. Follow the scientific method to support your wonderings and findings. Investigate and/or experiment with concepts like biology, earth science, anatomy, physics and chemistry. We hypothesize that you’ll find empirical evidence for fun with phenomena here!
Instructor: Jen Sciuto

*Be a LEGO® WeDo Programmer!
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! Returning students will be challenged at a higher level.
Instructor: Chuck Baker

*Magic: Math, Magnets, & Mirrors
Grades: 2-3
How do magicians mystify their audiences? Discover the answer using math and science! Learn tricks to calculate math at lightning speed. Many amazing magic tricks owe their mastery to magnets – experiment with this fundamental tool and pick up some tips for your own magic show. Explore incident rays, angles and symmetry of mirrors to expand your skill as a magician! Make some basic magic props to use in your magic show. Through it all, have fun learning simple magic tricks!
Instructor: Robert Linnenbom

*Oceans: Life & Preservation
Grades: 2-3
Take a deep exploration of the five oceans and the preservation of our marine life! Examine both natural and human-made oddities of the deep, consider marine life habitats and discover adaptations animals use for survival. Use the scientific process to find solutions to pollution. Experiment with the effect pollution has on our oceans by observing the effects of different substances in water. How do whales and sea lions of the Antarctic survive? Design and create your own marine animal based on your findings; how has your animal adapted to human interference in its habitat?
Instructor: Andy Mills

*Archaeology: Dig Up History
Grades: 3-4
Serve on our archaeological team to uncover new knowledge about our old world! What ‘artifacts’ will you find? Follow real archaeological procedures as you participate in different ‘digs’. Make drawings of your find before cleaning it. What are your predictions about its original use and the people who used it? Consult with your ‘colleagues’ and refine your hypothesis. Will you discover anything as famous as the discovery of King Tut? Or the 3.2-million-year-old skeleton of “Lucy”? Make replicas of famous finds such as the Paleolithic drawings from the Cave of Altamira or the Great Pyramid of Giza. Copy the style of the cuneiform writing system.
Instructor: Emily Timpe

*Break Out! Logic & Problem-solving to ‘Escape’ a Box!
Grades: 3-6
Are you a Houdini in training? Love to solve puzzles and use logic? Join our breakout team! Take a mystery from history, natural disaster or other puzzle story, follow clues laid out throughout the classroom and crack the codes that will open the breakout box. Part of the “Breakout EDU” movement, this class offers opportunities for collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and community, plus great ciphers, codes and puzzles to solve! An escape room in a box! Each week, a different series of clues, stories and puzzles using math, science, literature, history and more.
Instructor: Megan Mills

*More Chemistry for Kicks
Grades: 4-5
Form the nucleus of our team of chemists and be a catalyst to loads of chemical reactions! Electromagnetic energy created from burning gasses produces light. How does light behave with different objects? Discover the chemical makeup of bouncy balls as we make them. Experiment with the density of liquids. Examine the chemical composition of slushies as we indulge! Acid and base chemistry, testing the pH of household chemicals, thermodynamics…. New and different experiments – beyond our previous class!
Instructor: Morgan Moody

*Biology: Binging on Biomolecules!
Grades: 4-5
Enter the world of microbes, cells, DNA and more! Apply the scientific method to experiments, as we dip into pond water, extract DNA and more. Consider soil conditions such as moisture, temperature, pH, chemicals present, and available food as we grow microbes. What about microbes from our hands? Extract DNA from fruits and plants, and discover how investigators determine where the victim of a crime scene was by looking at stomach contents. Consider the monomer and polymer structures making up the four biomolecule groups. Which biomolecule can store the most amount of energy? As human beings, we can’t have too many biomolecules!
Instructor: Katie Siech

*Seeing Science through Revolutions
Grades: 5-8
It all started with the big bang, but what sparked the big revelations of Hypatia, Claudius Ptolemy, Copernicus and Galileo? Join us to explore how the big thinkers of the past offered new advances. Start with the beginnings of scientific thought in the Middle East and Greece; continue with the medical work of Galen and the natural philosophers. Aristotle espoused beliefs, some of which held sway until the Renaissance and into the 19th century! How did Newton, Einstein and others correct some of his long-held scholarship? Black matter, astronomy, astrology, medicine, gravity – how did the great scientific minds give us these insights?
Instructor: Art Koenig

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

*Colossal Chemistry
Grades: 6-8
Immerse yourself in chemical interactions and reactions! Explore a different chemical concept each week with hypotheses and experiments. How do different chemicals burn with different colored flames? Test how combustion is affected by varying amounts of oxygen. Examine the effect of a catalyst on the slow decomposition reaction of hydrogen peroxide. Investigate electrochemistry by observing the electrolysis of water and of copper sulfate. For each experiment, record your hypothesis, observations and conclusions in your personal lab journal. So many experiments, there may be a combustible reaction! What is the catalyst that makes chemistry colossal?
Instructor: Lisa Hummel

11:10-12:40

*Science, Math and Modern Art
Ages: 3-4
Can you use triangles and diamonds to create a modernistic sculpture?  Use squares and rectangles to design Mondrian-style art?  What can you learn about primary colors using Borax crystals? Create chemical concoctions of puffy clouds, galaxy slime and rainbow squish bags.  Each Saturday will focus on different shapes, chemical creations, books and modern artists for a creative preschool experience.
Instructor: Lisa Bader

*Animals in Danger
Ages: 4-5
Do you like animals?  Do you know that some are endangered?  Learn about orangutans, birds, polar bears and more.  Find out where they live – and what humans can do to help them.  What if you were a bird with bird friends in a nearby area?  If people plant more trees will that help?  Games, books, art projects and mapping – different animals, projects and fun activities each week!
Instructor: Kristin Soifer

*Are You a Scientist?
Grades: K-1
Looking for a different type of science class? Bring your questions (Is it possible for color to move? Why do we sweat? What makes currents?), apply the scientific method and be a scientist! If you ask questions, learn from your senses, notice details, draw, experiment and have fun, you’re already there! We’ll test ideas, discover how things work and how things change, examine cause and effect, and explore the what, how and why. Follow the scientific method to support your wonderings and findings. Investigate and/or experiment with concepts like biology, earth science, anatomy, physics and chemistry. We hypothesize that you’ll find empirical evidence for fun with phenomena here!
Instructor: Jen Sciuto

*We’re Not Playing with Our Food!
Grades: 1-2
Combine exciting scientific principles with foods and objects from your kitchen! Explore buoyancy using your favorite fruits and empty chip bags. Grow lettuce from a sponge and mummify an apple. Try out Bernoulli’s Principle – it’s about an increase in the speed of moving air and the resulting decrease in air pressure – using empty soda cans and plastic spoons. We’ll make a potato battery and invisible ink from lemon juice. Experience static electricity with Rice Krispies®. Believe us: You can’t get the full impression of this class on paper!
Instructor: Abby Leeper

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

*Archaeology: Dig Up History
Grades: 2-3
Serve on our archaeological team to uncover new knowledge about our old world! What ‘artifacts’ will you find? Follow real archaeological procedures as you participate in different ‘digs’. Make drawings of your find before cleaning it. What are your predictions about its original use and the people who used it? Consult with your ‘colleagues’ and refine your hypothesis. Will you discover anything as famous as the discovery of King Tut? Or the 3.2-million-year-old skeleton of “Lucy”? Make replicas of famous finds such as the Paleolithic drawings from the Cave of Altamira or the Great Pyramid of Giza. Copy the style of the cuneiform writing system.
Instructor: Emily Timpe

*Be a LEGO® WeDo Programmer!
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! Returning students will be challenged at a higher level.
Instructor: Chuck Baker

*More Chemistry for Kicks
Grades: 3-4
Form the nucleus of our team of chemists and be a catalyst to loads of chemical reactions! Electromagnetic energy created from burning gasses produces light. How does light behave with different objects? Discover the chemical makeup of bouncy balls as we make them. Experiment with the density of liquids. Examine the chemical composition of slushies as we indulge! Acid and base chemistry, testing the pH of household chemicals, thermodynamics…. New and different experiments – beyond our previous class!.
Instructor: Morgan Moody

*Oceans: Life & Preservation
Grades: 3-4
Take a deep exploration of the five oceans and the preservation of our marine life! Examine both natural and human-made oddities of the deep, consider marine life habitats and discover adaptations animals use for survival. Use the scientific process to find solutions to pollution. Experiment with the effect pollution has on our oceans by observing the effects of different substances in water. How do whales and sea lions of the Antarctic survive? Design and create your own marine animal based on your findings; how has your animal adapted to human interference in its habitat?
Instructor: Andy Mills

*Conquerors: How They Succeed
Grades: 3-6
Is conquest the way to fame, fortune and immortal glory? Examine the tactics, weapons and the propaganda used to promote the works of the most famous conquerors in history, including Sargon the Great, Thutmose II, Alexander, Caesar and Napoleon. What made them conquerors? Sargon the Great is credited with Bronze Age communication. Why do we consider Thutmose II and Alexander to be early Napoleons? How was Hannibal defeated in the end by his own tactics? Games, activities, strategy: It will be a fast-paced trip through history from 2600 BC to 1945!
Instructor: Art Koenig

*Magic: Math, Magnets, & Mirrors
Grades: 4-5
How do magicians mystify their audiences? Discover the answer using math and science! Learn tricks to calculate math at lightning speed. Many amazing magic tricks owe their mastery to magnets – experiment with this fundamental tool and pick up some tips for your own magic show. Explore incident rays, angles and symmetry of mirrors to expand your skill as a magician! Make some basic magic props to use in your magic show. Through it all, have fun learning simple magic tricks!
Instructor: Robert Linnenbom

*GEMS: Girls’ Engineering, Math & Science through Art
Grades: 4-6
Apply engineering techniques to create art projects! Kaleidoscopes, pendulum painting, chromatography butterflies, and more. Combine creative elements with one (or more) of the traditional STEM pillar subjects for each project. Consider the lines, sequences and spirals of the mathematician Fibonacci and modern artist Mondrian to design your own patterns of art. Construct skewer structures and invent a Hexbug drawbot. Design intricate math/geometry art using different colors of thread. Discover several methods of creating math rotational art pieces. Full STEAM ahead for all GEMS!
Instructor: Chandria Howard

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

*Creative Writing – Stretch Your Literary Boundaries
Grades: 5-8
Interested in history, fantasy, comics, or real-life struggles? We’ll tackle them here! Create a mini graphic novel, solve and write a mystery, and pen your own “I Survived” story. What elements of plot will you use – backstory, flashback, flash-forward, foreshadowing? How will you develop characters? Create mood and atmosphere? What goes into a great first line? Can you add verve to your verbs? Unleash your creative genius and open your mind to a variety of writing techniques.
Instructor: Megan Mills

*Biology: Binging on Biomolecules!
Grades: 6-8
Enter the world of microbes, cells, DNA and more! Apply the scientific method to experiments, as we dip into pond water, extract DNA and more. Consider soil conditions such as moisture, temperature, pH, chemicals present, and available food as we grow microbes. What about microbes from our hands? Extract DNA from fruits and plants, and discover how investigators determine where the victim of a crime scene was by looking at stomach contents. Consider the monomer and polymer structures making up the four biomolecule groups. Which biomolecule can store the most amount of energy? As human beings, we can’t have too many biomolecules!
Instructor: Katie Siech