Wednesday, May 30, 2018

2018 Summer Camps: RoboGeeks

(1st - 2nd grade) 
Jul 16 - 20, 2018 
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Want to build a robot that will obey your every command? It's time to start programming for our Robo-geeks!

The Academy of 21st Century Learning is ready to teach your child all about building and coding!

In this course, we will explore real-world applications of mathematics, engineering, physics, and coding. Your child will experience every stage of developing a product from preliminary design to beta testing. Using Lego Boost, our future engineers will use critical thinking and strategic problem-solving skills to conquer various robotic challenges.

Come to experience Robotics … Academy-Style! This course will be unlike any you have ever encountered before!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Can You Solve the Wizard Standoff Riddle? - Dan Finkel

You’ve been chosen as a champion to represent your wizarding house in a deadly duel against two rival magic schools. Your opponents are a powerful sorcerer who wields a wand that can turn people into fish, and a powerful enchantress who wields a wand that turns people into statues. Can you choose a wand and devise a strategy that ensures you will win the duel? Dan Finkel shows how.

Lesson by Dan Finkel, animation by Artrake Studio.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

2018 Summer Camps: Math Mysteries

Math Mysteries 
Ages 7 - 9

Jul 9 - 13, 2018
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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Bring your cape and we’ll help you learn to defeat the evil thoughts and ideas you have about math not being fun!

This camp is perfect for you if you are a third or fourth grader who is dedicated to fighting crime, protecting the public, and battling super villains who do not like math.

You WILL become a REAL Problem Solver!

Monday, May 21, 2018

The Journey to Pluto, the Farthest World Ever Explored - Alan Stern

As of 1989, mankind had successfully sent craft to every known planet in the solar system except one: Pluto. Located in an mysterious region called the Kuiper Belt, Pluto is a scientific goldmine, and could hold clues to the formation of our solar system. Alan Stern explains how NASA's New Horizons mission is going to allow us to see Pluto for the first time.

Lesson by Alan Stern, animation by Eoin Duffy.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Sun 101 | National Geographic

The sun keeps the planets in its orbit with a tremendous magnetic force. What would happen if it disappeared entirely? Learn about the star at the center of our solar system, and how it is critical to all life as we know it.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

How to Help Prevent Summer Learning Loss

According to the National Summer Learning Association, all students are at risk for summer learning loss. Learn three simple ways that you can help prevent your child’s summer learning loss.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Can You Solve the False Positive Riddle? - Alex Gendler

Mining unobtainium is hard work – the rare mineral appears in only 1% of rocks in the mine. But your friend Tricky Joe has something up his sleeve. The unobtainium detector he’s been perfecting for months is finally ready, and it returns accurate readings 90% of the time. But can it really be trusted? Alex Gendler explains the false positive paradox.

Lesson by Alex Gendler, animation by Artrake Studio.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Summer 2018 STEAM Camp Registration is Open - Only a Few Spots Left!

Our Summer 2018 Schedule for our month-long STEAM camp is open for registeration.

Session I: June 18 - July 13
Session II: July 16 - August 10

9 AM - 12 PM
Monday - Friday

We have a camp to fit all of our geeks from 4 years through 8th grade.

At midnight tonight, you can pick your camp ... plus we will release the dates on our week-long camps shortly.

Don't forget there is limited space in our camps ... sign up now!

Our week-long camps include, but are not limited to:
Math Mysteries
Checkmate - Chess for Smarties!
Robotics ... and more!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

5 Reasons to Choose a Tutoring Company Over an Independent Tutor

When trying to find a tutor for your student, you are bombarded by an astonishing number of choices. Evaluating some of the value a tutoring company provides over an individual.will illustrate that a tutoring company offers many advantages.

1.) Fit with the Student: A tutoring company has a variety of tutors. This allows them to match your student to a tutor who has the necessary subject knowledge, tutoring experience, and a complementary personality to the student. A personal connection is a very important, often overlooked key to a successful tutor/student relationship. Having many different tutors allows a company to provide your student with tutors in different subjects and to be flexible with your scheduled sessions.

2.) Quality: A tutor has to go through a number of steps to gain employment with a good tutoring company. At The Way to A, tutors submit resumes. We interview the most promising of these candidates; then we call personal and professional references of the best tutors we interviewed. If they are highly recommended, we perform criminal background checks on each prospective tutor. If the background check is clear, we bring in the tutor for an orientation and example tutoring session. Each tutor must demonstrate the ability to tutor effectively at the interview level and the orientation level before they will actually be placed with a student. When you hire an individual tutor, you have 2 options: you can do all of that yourself, or you can risk it.

3.) Professionalism: A tutoring company has established methods of doing business. Companies have systems of invoicing their customers and paying their tutors. This allows the tutor to focus on what they do best: teaching. Additionally, tutoring companies have a code of conduct and a level of professional behavior they expect from their tutors.

4.) Reliability: Unexpected things happen to people. People move, retire, get sick, etc. If you are working with a tutoring company, they have another tutor that they can pair with your student to make sure that the test is still studied for, even though the regular tutor is sick. If a tutor moves away, the company can provide a new tutor and already be familiar with the situation, as opposed to you trying to find a new individual on your own.

5.) Accountability: Tutoring companies have invested in their reputation. Their tutors work with multiple students, not just yours. They are known entities in the community. A tutoring company has more to lose and consequently more motivation to make you happy by going above and beyond to give you and your student a great experience.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

What's the Difference Between Hibernation and Sleep? - Sheena Lee Faherty

The Arctic Ground Squirrel hibernates by burrowing under the permafrost and slipping into a state of suspended animation. The female black bear can give birth while she hibernates. The fat-tailed dwarf lemur prepares to hibernate by storing its fat reserves in its tail - doubling its body weight. Why do these animals go to such extremes? Sheena Lee Faherty details why animals hibernate.

Lesson by Sheena Lee Faherty, animation by RĂ©mi Cans.