# Summer Sessions offer challenge, renewal, and focus for young learners.

**Summer Sessions focus on rigorous content and offer young mathematicians, scientists, computer scientists a chance to create positive identities and extend their learning in these core STEM areas. **

## Summer 2017 courses will be posted soon. Please see below course descriptions to get an idea of the classes we typically offer.

** target age: 2nd and 3rd graders**** June 13-16 + June 20-23**** **

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 age: 2nd and 3rd graders**** June 13-16 + June 20-23**** **

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

"I wonder what would happen if I did this?" and "I wonder how this works?" 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 where math, art, and science collide. In week one, students will learn the basics of tinkering including material and tool use and they will work on several smaller projects. In week two, we will put our learning together to create bigger projects and join student work together to form a final "installation." It's hard to think of a more fun way for students to problem-solve, take risks, develop confidence, collaborate, improve creativity, and learn than tinkering.

cost: $400

** target age: 5th - 8th graders ****July 18-21 + July 25-28**

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

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.

In week one, students will work through this cycle with a series of small-scale problems while learning about buoyancy, friction, and simple machines. In week two, students will tackle a larger problem that is interesting to them, by choosing from a short list of approved projects. 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 age: 2nd - 4th graders July 18-21 + July 25-28**

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

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

## Learn to Code. Learn to Think.

** target age: 2nd and 3rd graders**** August 1-4 + August 8-11**** **

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, and leverage the multiplicative properties of commuting and associating in order 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 ages: 3rd - 5th graders**** August 1-4**** **

Sessions run Monday-Thursday, for 1 week 2:00-4:00

The ability to make a strong argument is a core skill that supports many disciplines, from science to mathematics. In science, for example, argument takes the form of claim, evidence, and reasoning, while in mathematics it starts with a conjecture and moves through examples, counterexamples, and justification. Learning to construct and defend positions with fluency and grace deepens logic, provides a schema by which children understand disciplines, and strengthens listening and reading skills. In this four-day class, students will listen to and read short texts, be introduced to an argument protocol, and participate in a number of rounds of argument in partnerships.

cost: $350

** target age: 4th and 5th graders**** June 13-16 + June 20-23**

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, 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 age: 4th and 5th graders**** June 13-16 + June 20-23**** **

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

"I wonder what would happen if I did this?" and "I wonder how this works?" 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 where math, art, and science collide. In week one, students will learn the basics of tinkering including material and tool use and they will work on several smaller projects. In week two, we will put our learning together to create bigger projects and join student work together to form a final "installation." It's hard to think of a more fun way for students to problem-solve, take risks, develop confidence, collaborate, improve creativity, and learn than tinkering.

cost: $400

** target age: 2nd - 4th graders ****July 18-21 + July 25-28**

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

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.

In week one, students will work through this cycle with a series of small-scale problems while learning about buoyancy, friction, and simple machines. In week two, students will tackle a larger problem that is interesting to them, by choosing from a short list of approved projects. 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 age: 5th - 8th graders July 18-21 + July 25-28**

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

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

Even if you don't think you will want to pursue a career in computer science, computer science will likely pursue you in whatever career you choose.

** target age: 6th - 8th graders**** August 1-4**** **

Sessions run Monday-Thursday, for 1 week 1:00-3:30

This is a course that fuses arithmetic, algebra, and geometry by focusing on the key mathematical ideas that highlight their interconnectedness. Students will be prompted to think deeply about their approaches to solving problems and will work critically to create algorithms or procedures that clearly demonstrate the process of their thinking.

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: $400

***Cancellation Policy***

If you need to cancel we will refund 50% of the course cost unless it is within two weeks of the start of the class. info@thenumberlab.com