Innovation Tech Camp Set – June 11-14

The Learning Center Charter School is one of nine stops across the U.S. for Innovation Tech Camp for rising sixth through twelfth graders. For four days, from June 11-14, Innovation Tech Camp students will be immersed in hands-on learning. They will use emerging technologies such as 3D printing, 3D CAD design, artificial intelligence, and computer programming in a fun and challenging environment.

Innovation Tech Camp was co-founded by California based Debby and Steve Kurti who like to inspire a new generation of tinkerers, explorers and innovators. Originally from Franklin, Steve and his wife have hosted the camp here in Murphy since 2014.

Each year students at the camp are presented with a complex fictional scenario. The group is then placed onto varying teams to ultimately solve the problem by designing equipment, programming robots, 3D printing components and navigating a solution through trial and error.

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

Innovation Tech Camp is part of the Kurti’s nonprofit organization called Curious Student Foundation.  The Foundation helps provide scholarships for kids eager to attend camp.  The Curious Student Foundation never turns away kids that cannot pay. In fact, about 50% of students at the Murphy based camp receive funding each year through their scholarship program.

To learn more about Innovation Tech Camp set for June 11-14, 2018, visit www.naturallygrownkids.org/innovation-tech-camp.   You may register online at that address. Feel free to call 835-7240 to find out more and inquire about scholarship opportunities.

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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School Maker Faire Recap

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A TLC student gets a helping hand in making her motorized solar system hang correctly.

On March 10, 2016, our school hosted our first School Maker Faire. Over 40 makers were on hand for the event and it was a rousing success. A special thank you to our wonderful community of makers that made this event possible. The hands on activities, demonstrations, delicious food and engaging conversation made for an inspiring and educational evening for everyone who attended.

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Students from TriCounty Early College showed off their Gravity Games cars.
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Prepping the hover craft!
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Working hard to assemble the Arduino radio.
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Did you see the amazing aluminum can foundry?
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There were several live performances including clogging, skits and music.
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The Mashburn brothers brought their race car and were on hand to view the Foody 500.
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The Foody 500 participants and winners!
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Making shingles for a Tiny House on display.
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The hand build wood fired oven was put to good use.

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Seeking Tech Enthusiasts for School Maker Faire

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An array of items made with a 3D printer at The Learning Center’s summer Inventor’s Bootcamp, hosted by Steve Kurti. Mr. Kurti will discuss his unique brand of Making at the School Maker Faire on March 10.

The Learning Center! Charter School will host a School Maker Faire® on March 10th from 3:30pm – 7:30pm. The event is part of a network of Maker Faires that happen across the globe every year. Designed to bring innovative, resourceful people together to share their love of “Making,” these Faires have been described as a combination of science fair, craft show, tech conference, and county fair – all rolled into one! So far, 27 Makers have signed up to show off their innovations, performances, and crafts at the School Maker Faire. “An exciting lineup of Makers is beginning to build,” said school director, Mary Jo Dyre, “while we have a strong crew of traditional Makers, we are still looking for additional high-techies to submit proposals.”

From computer programming to 3D printing to creative circuitry, The Learning Center invites the public to share their innovations at the School Maker Faire. To submit your project, go to www.naturallygrownkids.org and click the link in the School Maker Faire section.

In addition to the Maker booths, meal Makers will provide delicious, affordable treats. The Faire will feature a number of performances including musicians, dancers, actors and special guests who will discuss Making in their unique jobs.

One of those special guests is Mark Conde, assistant dean of information services at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Conde, who works closely with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), will show attendees the fascinating inside world of “Making at the CDC.”

In addition, special guest and WNC native, Steve Kurti will join the Faire via Skype to talk about “Table Top Inventing” and educating tomorrow’s Makers. Kurti has brought “Inventor’s Boot Camp” to The Learning Center’s campus for the past two summers. To top it all off, Learning Center students will race edible cars in a pinewood-derby style race called The Foody 500.

If you don’t consider yourself a Maker but still want to support the School Maker Faire, volunteers are warmly welcomed. The Learning Center invites the public to help make the Faire a community success. Mark your calendar for the School Maker Faire happening at The Learning Center! campus on March 10, from 3:30pm to 7:30pm. Visit www.naturallygrownkids.org or contact the school at 828.835.7240

Calling all Thinkers, Tinkers, Inventors and Makers!

b4777cfb-1cc7-47f8-a6c7-376c61f7375bImagine a science fair, craft show, tech conference, and county fair, all rolled into one and you can picture a Maker Faire. These events, which began a few years ago in California, have been growing in popularity around the globe. The School Maker Faire® attracts tech enthusiasts, tinkerers, crafters, students, educators, artisans, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, and commercial exhibitors. Makers come to show their creations and share what they’ve learned. The Learning Center! Charter School is an official host of the very first School Maker Faire to come to Murphy. The event will be held on Thursday, March 10th, at 3:30 pm.

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As an “E-STEAM” (Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Agriculture, and Math) school, The Learning Center! emphasizes learning through doing. Providing opportunities for participation in the Maker Faire Movement is the perfect way to engage and excite students about the world around them. “Our goal is to help students to make innovative, positive change in our world,” said school director, Mary Jo Dyre, “and a School Maker Faire is the perfect way to celebrate making and its potential for positive innovation.”

As students work on plans for their own Maker projects for The School Maker Faire, The Learning Center is spreading the word for a call for Makers from the greater Community of Learners. The School Maker Faire isn’t just a student showcase, it is a chance for Makers of all ages to come together and share the joy of creating. The school invites the public to submit a project proposal and be a part of The School Maker Faire. Demonstrate a craft, showcase an invention, teach others how to make something, bring something edible, or just come check out the fun! The sky is really the limit at a Maker Faire!

The first step to being a part of The School Maker Faire is to visit The Learning Center website: www.naturallygrownkids.org. On the home page, you’ll see The School Maker Faire logo and a link to “Submit a Project Proposal”. Contact The Learning Center office at 828-835-7240 for more information.

“Makers are going to make” at the School Maker Faire on Thursday, March 10th, at 3:30 pm! Join the fun as part of the Maker Team.