Innovation Tech Camp Brings High-Tech Education to Campus

During the week of June 11-14, we were thrilled to host another fabulous summer camp brought to us by Steve and Debby Kurti of Innovation Academy. Students from TLC and other area schools got to dig deep into the impressive array of 3D printers, robotics, and drone technology that the camp featured. We are also thankful to Bob Merrill of BC Machining LLC in Brasstown. He lent his time as featured speaker to talk to camp participants and share the innovations he has developed over 35 years in business. Thanks to all who bring such amazing content to our Community of Learners.

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.

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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The Learning Center! Offers Rich Program Across All Districts

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The Learning Center! Charter School continues to break ground with innovations that present parents and their students with high-quality offerings in 21st century education. Ambitious facility improvements designed for rich academic opportunities continue to take place on this “future-ready” campus.

The Learning Center! offers an E-STEAM (Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts/Agriculture, and Math) learning environment. The school’s education philosophy includes the belief that all young learners have the right to experience a broad, rich, and rigorous range of academics during the formative K-8 years. Additionally, the school offers an award-winning nutrition program, daily P.E., unique electives and extra-curricular opportunities. The school’s emphasis on healthy living, community involvement and high academic standards is designed to produce future-ready citizens. This tuition-free public charter school (K-8th) has NO district restrictions and accepts students across all counties.

Director Mary Jo Dyre is particularly proud to announce a Kindergarten Montessori Blend Program. “We have had such consistent, strong success with the feeder Montessori Program that is located on our school campus, that we wanted to continue the Montessori Method into Kindergarten, which we believe works best for young learners.”

Learning Center’s “Above and Beyond” programs include Compacted Math Classes for gifted students, “MusicFriday” guest musicians program, K-5 chorus, links to a variety of instrument lessons, the opportunity to audition as a GrowZone Player in the school’s drama program, and upper-grades electives.

More extras including National Honor Society, Odyssey of the Mind teams, “Academics and the Arts” artists-in-residency program, “Mini and Middle REAL” young entrepreneur program, upper-grades electives program, Writers Club, “Girls on the Run” and “Girls on Track” provide students with the possibility to become all that they can be.

Designated as a “USDA Healthier U.S. School” (Silver Level), the school places a strong emphasis on its nutrition and exercise programs. Last year, the school built a new Gymnatorium and “Makers’ Space.” The 4,500 square foot building serves as a half court gym as well as useful space for assemblies, drama performances and more.

The Learning Center serves approximately 200 students and is open to both in and out-of-county students. There isno tuition for grades K through 8th. The school also features a Montessori private preschool serving ages 3-5 years. After School programs are available for all ages. Summer Enrichment Programs such as “Inventors Boot camp” and Intervention programs are also offered.

For more information or to schedule a tour, call 828.835.7240. Visit www.naturallygrownkids.org, their blog (tlcgrowzone.org/blog) and FaceBook page (facebook.com/TLCGrowZonePage).

“Inventor’s Boot Camp” Offers Students High-Tech Summer Enrichment

 

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You might want to call The Learning Center! Charter School’s “Inventor’s Bootcamp” a “fitness program for the brain.” Now in its second successful year, the four-day Inventors Bootcamp challenges area middle and high school students with hands-on experiences in emerging and highly innovative technologies.

The Learning Center! has partnered with California based, high-tech company, Table Top Inventing as part of the school’s themed summer enrichment offerings–open to all area students. Inventor’s Bootcamp, the company’s traveling science workshop, is the brain-child of Table Top Inventing founder and CEO, Steve Kurti, who grew up in and around Murphy and Franklin, NC. Inventor’s Bootcamp is typically only offered in large cities but Kurti is interested in giving back to the area from which he hails and has brought this valuable experience to students in rural western North Carolina.

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Table Top Inventing’s mission is to inspire a generation of kids to be tinkerers, explorers, innovators, and deep thinkers by helping them develop the knowledge, skills, and mindsets they need to become world changers.

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.

This year’s line-up is designed to challenge students and keep their thinking skills in tip-top condition over the summer break. Some program offerings include robotics, 3-D design, how to use 3-D printers, how to create simple artificial intelligence, computer programming and microprocessors, and Arduino Electronics (an open-source platform for building electronics projects used by people just starting out in electronics.)

The program experience promises a new outlet for more creativity, self-directed critical thinking skills, and exploration of the unknown. An important note, pointed out by the school’s director, Mary Jo Dyre is that, “No technical experience is necessary.”

Murphy is one of only four stops across the U.S. for Inventor’s Bootcamp. The project originates in Phelan, California.

Inventor’s Bootcamp is a four-day program open to all area middle and high-schoolers beginning Monday, June 15 and running until June 18. Registration is required and closes Friday, June 12. Special reduced pricing ends May 29th so register by then to take advantage of the savings. Learn more about about the program and costs by clicking <<<HERE>>>  or call The Learning Center! at 828-835-7240. The school also offers a wide variety of summer enrichment programs for 1st through 8th graders. Call for details.

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.”