“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.”

Summer Enrichment Means No More “Mom! I’m Bored!”

Summer Enrichment (1)The Learning Center! Charter School wants to help kids beat the summertime boredom blues. Starting June 16th, the school is offering six sensational weeks of high-interest, themed enrichment offerings designed to challenge students and keep their thinking skills in tip-top condition over the summer months in the midst of enjoying “lazy day” summertime, fun activities.

If your child is a rising first through fifth grader, he or she could enrich their summer with the following fun offerings starting June 16th and running through August 1:

Week 1: Green Thumb Gardening, June 16-20

Week 2: Arts and Crafts, June 23-27

Week 3: STEM/Project Based Learning, Going Places: Real World Problem SolvingJune 30-July 2 AND July 10-11

Week 4: The Great Outdoors, July 14-18

Week 5: Integrated Technology, GEEK WEEK, July 21-25

Week 6: STEM/Project Based Learning, On a Mission: Problem Solving in Space, July 28-August 1

 The school offers a Montessori Preschool summer program for ages 3 years through rising kindergartners. Registration and tuition is required. Students enrolled in Learning Center! Summer Programs are eligible for the  FREE  Seamless Summer 2nd Chance Breakfast and Lunch Program. The school will also offer “Odyssey of the Mind Week” for rising 3rd through 8thgraders the week of July 14th-18th.

In addition, a high-tech company, “Table Top Inventing” is bringing a special traveling summer program to Murphy, NC called, “Project 5S Top Secret Inventor’s Boot Camp” for middle school and high school students. Table Top Inventing will offer limited slots for teachers and educators with six educator-only “Focus

on Teaching” sessions.  The program runs July 24th and 25th and July 28th and 29th. As Learning Center director, Mary Jo Dyre put it, “We are thrilled to be one of only five stops across the country for this dynamic, fun, and engaging four day class called ‘Project 5S.’”

If you’re a parent who is tired of hearing, “there’s nothing to do!” during summer break, then this is an opportunity worth checking into. Get more information on all the offerings, dates, times and registration process by calling The Learning Center! at 828-835-7240 or visit the website,http://naturallygrownkids.org.  For more on Project 5S Top Secret Inventor’s Boot Camp, visithttp://www.ttinvent.com/5S

Summer Enrichment Opportunities at TLC!

 

Summer Enrichment (1)Summer Enrichment 2014

Call 828-835-7240 for registration details

June 16-19 Read to Achieve Week

June 23-26 Summer School

July 14-17 Read to Achieve Week

July 14-18 Odyssey of the Mind Week

July 24,25, 28 & 29 Project 5S Top Secret Inventor’s Challenge for Teens

July 28-31 Read to Achieve Week

 

And Especially For Rising 1st-5th Graders:

6 sensational weeks of high-interest, themed enrichment offerings designed to challenge students and keep their thinking skills in tip-top condition over the summer months in the midst of enjoying “lazy day” summertime, fun activities.

Cost: $85 per week, registering for five or more weeks; $90 per week by-the-week registration

Week 1: June 16-20, Green Thumb Gardening

Week 2: June 23-27, Arts & Crafts

Week 3: June 30-July 2 AND July 10-11, STEM/Project Based Learning, Going Places: Real World Problem Solving

Week 4:  July 14-18, The Great Outdoors

Week 5:  July 21-25, Integrated Technology, Geek Week

Week 6:  July 28-August 1, STEM/Project Based Learning, On a Mission: Problem Solving in Space

 

** Students enrolled in Learning Center Summer Programs are eligible for the Seamless Summer 2nd Chance Breakfast & Lunch Program.