Kids Corner offers a variety of activities that are both educational and fun to enrich your students after school, and during school breaks. And they are all professionally supervised.
We explore two of the great questions in life: Where did we come from? And where are we going? Planetarium trip included where locales and timing and legalities permit.
Each day we have a brief survey of at least two of the following areas: asteroids, chemical reactions, dinosaurs, earthquakes, oceans, physics, pollution, rivers, solar eclipses and volcanoes. Each day your child will have some collaborative project to work on. The final day will include a take-home creation.
Goop, Gak, Slime & more!
Squish, splosh, smash, squelch, splash, slime, drop, smear, spray, and ooze are some of the thing we will do/hear during this fun hands on program. Children are doing many things at once when engaged in messy play. They can be observing, creating, building, exploring, imagining, discovering, investigating, interpreting, even relaxing. Active learning through messy play. What child doesn’t want to get slimed or at the least play with it! Each day we will create a new ‘creation’, whether it be Goop, Gak, Slime, and so many more possibilities we can’t list them all!
Improv and Imagination
Improv is a type of theater that has no script and everything is performed right at the moment! It’s easy and it’s a great way to learn about collaborating with friends and the basics of acting or theater in general! Working with the basics of improv, movement, and storytelling, we will make the classroom a stage for students interested in the performing arts!
We will touch on the basics of improv using fun and interactive theater games and exercises. We will also read short plays and dive into their story using movement and other forms of artistic communication and imagination. Students will create their own scenes to present to the class as well.
Drama is a synthesis of learning and communicating through expression, movement, gesture, and collaboration. By using drama and improv to learn about respecting others and ourselves, students will create a space for unique ideas and friendships that they can pass on to their parents or friends!
This program is for grades 3 to 5. Beginners and those experienced doing theater are more than welcome!
For aspiring young architects, crafts-persons, engineers, Lego sets are the building blocks (literally) to scientific success.Children collaborate on one large standing project, while working on their own individual creations.
Magic! Magic! Magic!
Minecraft is a Computer Realm that lets children build, underground or above ground. Minecraft involves architectural design, problem solving, and creativity. The basic concept of the game is that you build fortifications during the day, when there are no monsters or anything (except underground in the dark) so that at night you can survive against attacks. Different monsters can attack in different ways, so things like moats may protect from many creatures; others can get around them. Spiders can climb walls so you have to fortify in such a way that protects from that too.
Beyond that, a student’s creativity is her or his only limit. You can build catwalks, or towers; you could build a replica of the great pyramids, a cityscape, or a Lord of the Rings castle. You also manage your supplies; you have to eat every so often or your character dies, so you have to make enough food to survive, for which you have to hunt animals and cook the meat, which requires wood for a fire. Or you can farm and harvest – but that needs tools. You can craft shovels, picks, stoves, etc that make other activities more possible.
While Minecraft is more creative than a normal video game, it still is a videogame. Kids Corner instructors get students going in the first two sessions, then prod them to use their creativity, imagination and dexterity to make mini-worlds.
Kids Corner purchases software for all students, so they can build on their works at home once our run of classes have ended.
We use the LEGO Mindstorms RCX Robotics Invention System. Learn mechanical design, construction, programming & teamwork skills. In pairs, students build different robots & program them with a computer to move, react & make sounds to solve challenges.
This class lets students build on their prior Robotics Skills. We allow students to do one or more individual projects, but we have all students collaborate on a big project that they can introduce to their school teachers in September. Each child is taught and is assigned some computer programming instructions. They can do a small piece of the programming or be a complete program commander. We use the LEGO Mindstorms RCX Robotics Invention System. Learn mechanical design, construction, programming & teamwork skills.
Solar Powered Robots
Kids Corner helps students build devices from scratch. Think of “Legos with motion”
Students work individually and in pairs to build from kits, which contain solar panels. Students charge them in the sun, and then the completed devices walk, spin or roll.
Kids Corner instructors guide with some instruction, but with the goal of making children think creatively, and become independent builders. The kits provide prototypes, but students can ornament their creations with art or coloring. They can name their robot, and occasionally have them compete.
Schools with older/adept children can choose to have a class also build an infra-red remote-controlled device. It’s named a “Titan Tank”, but we can obscure the word “tank” from view. Schools can also choose whether to let children keep the kits. There is no materials charge if the kits are all returned to Kids Corner at the end of the classes.
Constructing these robots requires no computer programming. Thus Solar-powered robots are a bridge from Legos to computer-programmed robotics. After this class students should feel capable of taking a robotics class and being introduced to the computing that comes after the building. (Kids Corner offers these classes too, using NXT and EV Robotics kits).
Kids Corner purchases kits for all students. Students may take one kit home and build other devices once our run of classes have ended. Parents may purchase a second or third kit at cost if extras remain.
Rockets are used by teachers and youth group leaders to ignite imaginations. Rocketry combines fun with learning about math, science, propulsion, aeronautics and rocket history! Many scouts earn merit badges in rocketry, and many NASA engineers began as young model racketeers.
Kids Corner students assemble rockets in small groups, fit the engines to the machines, and bring them outdoors for launches. Along the way, students learn about other aero-flight propulsion: helicopters, planes, drones, blimps, and satellites.
Sleuths – Crime Scene Investigation
Calling all wanna-be detectives! Let your child become a future Olivia Benson, Columbo, or Sherlock Holmes — seeking crimes to solve and future misdeeds to prevent! Our young detectives learn about forensics, crime scene investigations, and even some crime lab work.
They perform different experiments similar to those done by experts. They search for the evidence, dust for fingerprints, analyze handwriting, examine footprints, and identify mystery substances. They hear from at least one TSA professional about suspicious trends, and they learn about precautions to PREVENT crime. Along the way, Kids Corner teaches alertness and judiciousness with science.