Friday, June 29, 2018

Can You Solve the Mondrian Squares Riddle? - Gordon Hamilton

Dutch artist Piet Mondrian’s abstract, rectangular paintings inspired mathematicians to create a two-fold challenge. Can you solve the puzzle and get to the lowest score possible? Gordon Hamilton shows how.

Lesson by Gordon Hamilton, directed by Anton Trofimov.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

RoboGeeks Summer Camp - Only a Few Spots Left - Register Today!!

(1st - 3rd 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!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

6 Ways to Prevent Summer Learning Loss

Did you know that many kids experience a phenomena called Summer Learning Loss every year? Essentially, they forget the information they learned in the previous school year over the summer months. In fact, studies have shown that kids lose an average of over 2.6 months worth of math skills in the summertime. For kids that were already struggling in a subject like math, this means that they will start off the next school year even further behind.

During the summer months, kids are less likely to practice any time of mathematical computations. Most will not practice math skills outside any formal classroom setting. Other subjects such as reading, also show a learning loss as well. In reading, students will lose an average of 1 month of learning.

Think of your favorite sport. Pick your favorite basketball, football, or soccer player. What would happen if they did not continue to train and exercise during off-season? They would then return to their sport and experience a lag in their performance. The brain is no different. It too, needs to be exercised.

So how can you keep your kids learning over the summer? Here are a few simple ideas:

1. Purchase educational workbooks. These are available at most bookstores and many cities also have special teacher supply stores that carry great learning material. These products are geared towards different grades so you can customize to your children's level. It is recommended that your children do at least an hour a day.

2. Visit your local library. Find some books with topics that interest your child so that they are really engaged in reading. The library is a great place to promote the love of reading! Reading comprehension is highly important and most states have standardized testing based off of reading scores. Your librarian can suggest grade-level appropriate books that will keep your child's attention with the text.

3. Visit museums, zoos and other historical sites. Help your child learn about history by living it as a hand-on experience. Don't forget summer learning opportunities locally, in addition to your library. Check out museums, the zoo, aquariums, concerts and parks that you don't usually get to attend during the school year. Have them keep a journal (writing skills!) of their activities, and perhaps e-mail friends and relatives about what they are doing (again, stealth writing practice!)

4. The Internet can be your friend! Check out safe, parent-approved Internet sites. Many will offer crafts, worksheets, and even power-busters to keep the brain moving! Many lessons are broken down by grade level making it simple to cater to your child's needs. There are also websites that allow the child to 'play' when in reality, they are learning! This is also a great opportunity to bring in new material that will prepare them for the next grade level!

5. Check out your local newspaper and community! Most communities will hold writing camps, editor-in-training seminars, art and dancing classes and more. Log on to your city website and see what is being offered within your community.

6. Enroll into a summer tutoring or teaching program. For children that are struggling academically, summer can be the perfect time to address it with a customized tutoring program. The summer months are an excellent time for your child to fill in learning gaps or zoom ahead with enrichment activities at supplemental learning centers, or via tutors or last year's teacher. Your child's teacher is an excellent resource to give you ideas for summer books to read and math workbooks to complete in between play and television watching.

These ideas will help your child build up more confidence, and prepare them to start the new school with a bang! This is the opportunity to both stabilize and advance your child, what are you waiting for?

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Can You Solve the Giant Cat Army Riddle? - Dan Finkel

The villainous Dr. Schrödinger has developed a growth ray and intends to create an army of giant cats to terrorize the city. Your team of secret agents has tracked him to his underground lab. You burst in to find… that it’s a trap! Can you escape from Dr. Schrödinger’s lair and save the day? Dan Finkel shows how.

Lesson by Dan Finkel, animation by Artrake Studio.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Checkmate - Chess for Kids Summer Camp - Only a Few Days Left to Register!

Checkmate - Chess for Kids
(Ages 7 - 16)
Jun 25 - 29, 2018 
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Girls and Boys!

Discover a new world on 64 squares! Chess is a game that emphasizes many developmental, social and problem-solving skills. Research studies have shown that chess can improve memory and imagination, and lead to higher verbal, reading and math scores.

If your child has never played before or has played a lot, this class is designed to accommodate participants of beginning and intermediate skill levels.

Beginners will be able to play a full game of chess by the end of the week, and students with basic knowledge will receive tailored instruction.

For students who appreciate the challenge and competition, the game provides, more intense instruction is available. Instruction is provided by Robert Dwyer.

A pretty-darn-good player in his own right, Mr. Rob possesses the unique ability to make students feel capable and proud of what they have accomplished on the board. Checkmate!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

The First Session of Summer STEAM Mornings Begins on Monday - Registration Closes Tomorrow!!

Academy Summer STEAM Mornings 
(4th - 8th grade)
Jun 18 - Jul 13, 2018
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Register HERE

Calling All Parents! Believe it or not, it is time to register your fourth grader and above - for Summer STEAM Mornings … again! This year will be even more exciting as we take on the world of engineering and robotics!

Additionally, we will bring in a Space System Engineer who will talk about tracking and building satellites and careers in space. Local engineers will also be joining us to talk about careers in engineering and the future of engineering in medicine, flight, and architecture.

As we did last year, students will also spend an hour in both reading and math. It is going to be another epic summer at The Academy!!

Remember to Bring
* Closed-toed shoes
* Snack
* Water Bottle

Monday, June 11, 2018

Can You Solve the Penniless Pilgrim Riddle? - Daniel Finkel

After months of travel, you’ve arrived at Duonia, home to the famous temple that’s the destination of your pilgrimage. The walk from the welcome center to the temple isn't a long one ... but there’s a problem. Can you outsmart the city's imposed tax and make it to the temple without paying a fee? Daniel Finkel shows how.

Lesson by Daniel Finkel, animation by Artrake Studio.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

What Would It Be Like to Live on the Moon? - Alex Gendler

The European Space Agency is hoping to establish an inhabited research base on the moon by the 2020s. But living in this "moon camp" won’t be easy. How will humans deal with the cosmic radiation? What will the inhabitants eat? And what's the point, anyway? Alex Gendler details the challenges and benefits of building a lunar colony.

Lesson by Alex Gendler, animation by Allen Laseter.