Engineering Camp & Mini Maker Expo Coming Soon!

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The Learning Center! in Murphy, NC is one of nine stops across the U.S. for Engineering Camp, for rising sixth graders to twelfth graders. For four days, from July 17-20, from 9am to 4pm, Murphy area Engineering Camp students will be immersed in hands-on learning, using emerging technologies such as 3D printing, 3D CAD design, artificial intelligence, programming and physical computing in a fun and challenging environment.

AND, Mini-Maker Expo is Monday, July 17th from 6:00 – 8:30pm at our school and is geared for young inventors and makers from 1st grade through rising 5th graders.  The Murphy Mini-Maker Expo grabs kids by the eyeballs and sucks them into the world of inventing–2017 style!  No boring books or lectures or videos. Kids get their hands on 3D printers, Blinking LED art, and digital design software for making their ideas come to life.

The Mini-Maker Expo is designed as an eye-catching introduction to the world of innovation and inventing.  For two hours, kids are immersed in hands-on simulations designed to spark curiosity.  The energy in the room is crackling with excitement.  Sign up now before the seats are all taken.

Spots are limited, so call The Learning Center! Charter School at 828.835.7240 for more information and sign up your bored teenager now!

Have Bored Teenagers at Home This Summer?

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The Learning Center! Charter School has discovered the secret weapon for teen inventors that’s catching on across the country. Four years ago, the school teamed-up with California based high-tech education company, Table Top Inventing to challenge area students with hands-on experiences in emerging technologies. The company’s traveling science workshops, called Engineering Camp, is the brain-child ofTable Top Inventing founder and CEO, Steve Kurti, who grew up in and around Murphy and Franklin, NC.

Each year, The Learning Center! partners with Table Top Inventing as part of the school’s themed summer enrichment offerings.Engineering Camp is designed to challenge students and inspire a generation of kids to be tinkerers, explorers, innovators, and deep thinkers.

According to Table Top Inventing, “Teens that join Engineering Camp develop the tools to thrive in a challenging environment. Some of our past campers, who had never been exposed to engineering, ended up pursuing degrees in STEM-related fields after attending. Hands-on experience, team-building exercises, fun and challenging environments — Engineering Camp has it all.”

The Learning Center! in Murphy, NC is one of nine stops across the U.S. for Engineering Camp, for rising sixth graders to twelfth graders. For four days, from July 17-20, from 9am to 4pm, Murphy area Engineering Camp students will be immersed in hands-on learning, using emerging technologies such as 3D printing, 3D CAD design, artificial intelligence, programming and physical computing in a fun and challenging environment.

Spots are limited, so call The Learning Center! Charter School at 828.835.7240 for more information and sign up your bored teenager now!

For more about The Learning Center!, visit naturallygrownkids.org

Inventor Camp 2016

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In June, area students in 6th – 12th grades converged on our campus to be part of Inventor Camp 2016.

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The brain child of Table Top Inventing, Inventor Camp operates on the premise that teens are explorers, tinkerers, innovators, and deep thinkers. The Table Top Inventing approach is to encourage Maker Learning. Maker Learning puts kids squarely in charge of their own education by providing an environment where growth naturally occurs through the process of “hard fun”. Working with their hands, hearts, and heads, students collaborate and learn with each other to solve challenging problems.

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During Inventor Camp 2016 students used 3-D design software,  3-D printers, robotics, and Arduino Electronics (an open-sourse platform for building electronics projects) on a mission based on the popular blockbuster movie, “The Martian.”

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Steve Kurti, self-proclaimed “Chief Maker and Mad Scientist,” holds a PhD in physics and has an undergraduate minor in education. Together with his wife, Debby, who has a Masters degree in Educational Technology, make a dynamic team committed to creating interesting learning activities focused on the cutting edge of emerging technologies.

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All the student inventors in attendance took the concepts of “Maker Learning” and “hard fun” to a new level and had a absolute blast!

Inventors Camp: Secret Weapon for Teen Inventors

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Have you have ever suspected your creative teenager is capable of so much more? Then you might want to check out the secret weapon The Learning Center! Charter School discovered. Three years ago, the school teamed up with California based high-tech company, Table Top Inventing to challenge area students with hands-on experiences in emerging technologies. The company’s traveling science workshops, called, Inventor’s Camp is the brain-child of Table Top Inventing founder and CEO, Steve Kurti, who grew up in and around Murphy and Franklin, NC.

The Learning Center! is once again partnering with Table Top Inventing as part of the school’s themed summer enrichment offerings, designed to challenge students and inspire a generation of kids to be tinkerers, explorers, innovators and deep thinkers.

Murphy is one of only seven stops across the U.S. for Inventor’s Camp, a traveling workshop designed for rising sixth graders to high school seniors. For four days, from June 13-16, Murphy areaInventors Camp students will be immersed in hands­on learning, using emerging technologies such as 3D printing, 3D CAD design, artificial intelligence, programming and physical computing in a fun and challenging environment. Last summer, teen inventors created space cranes to safely land asteroid probes. The summer before, they created top-secret security systems.

Steve Kurti, self proclaimed “Chief Maker and Mad Scientist” holds a PhD in physics and has an undergraduate minor in education. Together with his wife, Debby, who has a Masters degree in Educational Technology, they make a dynamic team committed to creating interesting learning activities focused on the cutting edge of emerging technologies.

“We create challenges worthy of their intellect with tools powerful enough to hold their attention,”Debby Kurti remarked. “This is the best experience to jumpstart your teen’s curiosity and technical skill.”

If you have a 1st through 5th grader, The Learning Center is also offering “Murphy Mini-Maker Expo 2016.”  On June 13, from 6-8pm, this age group will be immersed in hands-on exploration of 3D printers, blinking LED art and digital design software to make their ideas come to life.

Act quickly because the window is closing on the deadline to apply. Call the school at 828.835.7240or visit www.ttinvent.com/inventorcamp to register your child for the June 13-16 Inventors Boot Camp and Murphy Mini-Maker Expo 2016

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Inventors Boot Camp Emerses Students in Emerging Technologies

The Learning Center! Charter School recently teamed up with California based, high-tech company, Table Top Inventing to challenge area students with hands-on experiences in emerging technologies. The company’s traveling science workshops, called, Project 5S Top Secret Inventor’s Boot Camp is the brain-child of Table Top Inventing founder and CEO, Steve Kurti, who grew up in and around Murphy and Franklin, NC.

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The Learning Center! partnered with Table Top Inventing from July 24th through July 29th as part of the school’s themed summer enrichment offerings, designed to challenge students and keep their thinking skills in tip-top condition over the summer break.

Murphy was one of five stops across the U.S. for Project 5S Top Secret Inventor’s Boot Camp, designed for middle and high school students.

Murphy area Inventors Boot Camp students were immersed in hands-­on learning, using emerging technologies such as 3D printing, 3D design, artificial intelligence, and physical computing -­ in an action-packed scenario involving international spies and intrigue.
Steve Kurti, self proclaimed “Chief Maker and Mad Scientist” holds a PhD in physics and has an undergraduate minor in education. Together with his wife, Debby, who has a Masters degree in Educational Technology, they make a dynamic team committed to creating interesting learning activities focused on the cutting edge of emerging technologies.
Debby Kurti remarked, “The 3D printer the students used is not the complicated or amazing thing. It’s just a tool. The truly amazing thing is what happens inside the kid’s head. Kids start to look at the world in a different way. They become makers and creators of technology instead of consumers of technology. This empowers them to create.”
When asked about the success of the program from her perspective, Learning Center director, Mary Jo Dyre noted, “I had anticipated that Project 5S would be a good experience for all students that attended. However, I truly underestimated this STEM Bootcamp experience. The level of student engagement and challenge was over-the-top.” She went on to say, “Not only will our school work with Steve Kurti and Tabletop Inventing to bring this program back to our campus next summer, we are presently working through the details of establishing a “Maker’s Space” here on The Learning Center! Charter School campus. A twenty-first century education is indeed unfolding here at our school.”