Summer Sessions offer challenge and exploration across STEM areas.   

 

         target grades: 2nd and 3rd                         June 5-8 + June 12-15            

Sessions run Monday-Thursday, for 2 weeks  10:00-12:00

The Number Lab's unique curriculum is called Number Reasoning. The Number Reasoning summer session presents an 8-day survey of the curriculum in which students work to develop a firm understanding of several foundational big ideas that lead to efficient computation, strong mental math, and algebraic thinking.  

In Level 1, students construct an understanding of number through the multiplicative identity property, simplify mathematical expressions with an understanding of terms, & leverage the multiplicative properties of commuting and associating to develop sophisticated computing strategies.  

Please contact us at info@thenumberlab.com if you need more information on whether this is the right class for your child or if you are interested in registering your child and he/she falls outside of the targeted age range.

cost:  $450

           target grades: 4th and 5th            June 5-8 + June 12-15

Sessions run Monday-Thursday, for 2 weeks    10:15-12:15

During this exciting session, students will work in partnerships to fulfill this challenge: build and program a working computer using a Piper kit, which provides a Raspberry Pi, a breadboard, an SD card, laser-cut wood, a screwdriver, wires, switches, and buttons. Introduced at a young age, this kind of experience can fundamentally shape the child’s relationship with the computer and help students see themselves as much more than passive consumers of technology.

Students will learn more about the components of a computer and how to read a blueprint. They will be empowered to take on a task rich with dead-ends, difficulties, and potential frustrations, and will be coached as they work with a partner to get to the moment the screen finally turns on and they begin to play with a Raspberry Pi edition of Minecraft. Fueled by their expertise in Minecraft, students will then explore the Mars and Cheesetroid worlds with "Piperbot," while practicing breadboarding and deepening their understanding of circuits, switches, polarity, and LED lights.

cost: $450

             target grades:  4th - 6th                June 5-8 + June 12-15

Sessions run Monday-Thursday, for 2 weeks  3:00-5:00

From day one, students will imagine, build, and program amazing robots using Lego™Mindstorms EV3, Lego’s most advanced robotics technology. Working individually and in teams, students will create a fully-functioning robotic system, testing their solutions using LEGO building bricks and modifying their designs based on real-life conditions. Students will deepen their understandings of forces & motion, graphs & data, and gears, motors, beams, & sensors.

Additionally, class discussions will focus on ideas such as autonomous behavior, sensor feedback, complex systems, the engineering design process, and how vital robots are to our daily lives. This class is ideal for kids who enjoy problem-solving, making things work, and hands-on learning, and will lay a foundation for future study of computer science, mechanical engineering, and mathematics.

cost: $450

 

                 target grades:  5th - 8th                 June 19-22 + June 26-29

Sessions run Monday-Thursday, for 2 weeks  10:15-12:15

In this course, students will design real-world solutions to unique problems by learning to think like an engineer. At the end of the two week session, students will leave with new skills in the areas of teamwork, brainstorming, and innovation. They will have also built a strong foundation in utilizing the engineering design cycle, and have the background knowledge to explain the science behind their solutions.

With the engineering design cycle, students start by conceptualizing the problem and defining parameters. Then comes the fun part: designing a prototype, building, testing, evaluating, and revising to optimize the solution.  We always complete the cycle by sharing our solutions and thinking critically about our process. 

All essential materials will be provided, though students are welcome to practice creative material reuse by raiding the recycling bin at home.

cost: $450      

             target grades:  2nd - 4th              June 19-22 + June 26-29

Sessions run Monday-Thursday, for 2 weeks  10:00-12:00

In this introduction course for beginners, students begin to learn the fundamentals of thinking like a computer scientist and are introduced to text-based programming with Python. This course is open to any students in 2nd – 4th grades, though students who have taken one of the number lab mathematics courses will be most prepared to begin to think computationally, calling on logic skills and ways of thinking that have been cultivated in our mathematics courses.

The Intro to Coding course will stress that computing is a creative and collaborative activity. Students will progress through the creation of a number of artifacts as they are exposed to variables, statements, expressions, strings, conditionals, and functions. They will work on analyzing code and creating their own through a series of progressively more complex tasks, culminating in a short project. Our computing IDE will be cloud-based and thus students will be encouraged to continue their work at home, especially over the weekend break. Students will use computers provided by the number lab.

cost: $500

             target grades: 5th - 8th                     June 19-22 + June 26-29         

Sessions run Monday-Thursday, for 2 weeks 3:00-5:00

This is a course that fuses arithmetic, algebra, and geometry and focuses on reasoning as the connection of key mathematical ideas. Students will be prompted to think deeply about their approaches to solving problems and will work critically to create algorithms that clearly demonstrate proof of their thinking process. 

In doing so, students will be asked to seriously consider each mathematical principle that guides their thinking. Thus, they will learn to prove the reasonableness of their solutions, justifying each step of the process with key mathematical ideas and thereby increasing their appreciation of mathematics as a means of reasoning and mode of communicating. This is a challenging course, though it is not targeting only students who typically excel in mathematics. However, necessary prerequisites are perseverance and curiosity. 

cost: $450

            target grades: 4th and 5th             June 5-8 + June 12-15

Sessions run Monday-Thursday, for 2 weeks    12:45-2:45

The Number Lab's unique curriculum is called Number Reasoning. The Number Reasoning summer session presents an 8-day survey of the curriculum in which students work to develop a firm understanding of several foundational big ideas that lead to efficient computation, strong mental math, and algebraic thinking.  

Level 2 extends the concept of terms from whole numbers to include fractions and algebraic expressions. Students will also learn to create like terms in order to add and subtract fractions. Additionally, in Level 2 students will explore base systems in order to extend their understanding of the decimal system.

Please contact us at info@thenumberlab.com if you need more information on whether this is the right class for your child or if you are interested in registering your child and he/she falls outside of the targeted age range.

cost:  $450

             target grades: 2nd and 3rd                 June 5-8 + June 12-15

Sessions run Monday-Thursday, for 2 weeks 12:30-2:30

"I wonder what would happen if I did this?" and "How does this work?" are just two of the questions students will be asking routinely in this two week class. Students will make, create, discuss, decompose, and repurpose as they explore the world of tinkering. Tinkering is the intersection of math, art, and science and focuses on hands-on experiences, learning from failure, iterating, and exploration as a means of innovation. 

In week one, students will learn the basics of tinkering including material and tool use and they will work on several smaller projects. They will also learn how circuits work and and how to power small motors.

In week two, we will put our learning together to create bigger projects and join student work together to form a final "installation."

Additionally, as we problem-solve, take risks, develop confidence, collaborate, and stretch our skills of creativity, we will get inspired by "real-life" tinkerers who have turned their explorations in careers.

cost: $450

                  target grades:  9th - 12th                       July 17-20

Sessions run Monday-Thursday, for 1 week    12:30-4:30

In this introduction course for high school beginners, students learn the fundamentals of thinking like a computer scientist and are introduced to text-based programming with Python. Daily challenges at increasing levels of complexity are the focus of the coding lab, in which students work individually and in pairs to break down problems and apply their growing knowledge of the Python language to program solutions. Students will be exposed to variables, expressions, strings, lists, conditionals, loops, and functions.

Students will also work on analyzing and debugging code written by other programmers, and will "meet" a variety of computer scientists and engineers to broaden their understanding of the possibilities within the field. Students should bring a laptop from home daily; prior to the first day students should download a free mac or windows version of PyCharm.

cost: $550

 

               target grades:  2nd - 4th                 June 19-22 + June 26-29

Sessions run Monday-Thursday, for 2 weeks  12:30-2:30

In this course, students will design real-world solutions to unique problems by learning to think like an engineer. At the end of the two week session, students will leave with new skills in the areas of teamwork, brainstorming, and innovation. They will have also built a strong foundation in utilizing the engineering design cycle, and have the background knowledge to explain the science behind their solutions.

With the engineering design cycle, students start by conceptualizing the problem and defining parameters. Then comes the fun part: designing a prototype, building, testing, evaluating, and revising to optimize the solution.  We always complete the cycle by sharing our solutions and thinking critically about our process. 

All essential materials will be provided, though students are welcome to practice creative material reuse by raiding the recycling bin at home.

cost: $450

               target grades: 5th - 8th                June 19-22 + June 26-29

Sessions run Monday-Thursday, for 2 weeks  12:45-2:45

In this introduction course for beginners, students begin to learn the fundamentals of thinking like a computer scientist and are introduced to text-based programming with Python. This course is open to any students in 5th – 8th grades, though students who have taken one of the number lab mathematics courses will be most prepared to begin to think computationally, calling on logic skills and ways of thinking that have been cultivated in our mathematics courses.

The Intro to Coding course will stress that computing is a creative and collaborative activity. Students will progress through the creation of a number of artifacts as they are exposed to variables, statements, expressions, strings, conditionals, and functions. They will work on analyzing code and creating their own through a series of progressively more complex tasks, culminating in a short project. Our computing IDE will be cloud-based and thus students will be encouraged to continue their work at home, especially over the weekend break. Students will use computers provided by the number lab.

cost: $500