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An Innovation Learning Design Lab Preparing Children For the Challenges of Tomorrow

We design & produce products that teach children to use their natural curiosity, take risks, learn from mistakes, dive into exploration and be prepared to develop innovation solutions to problems we don't know are problems yet using technology we haven't even thought possible yet.

We create curriculum - Tinker.Make.Innovate. We design maker spaces for schools and libraries. We train educators, librarians and volunteers to facilitate engaging learning experiences that incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering Art and Math (STEAM) subjects. We teach our curriculum in the classroom.

We are dedicated to developing tools to raise Innovative Thinkers.  

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For Educators

The Exploratory's Tinker.Make.Innovate. process is quickly becoming the  standard process for integrating making, tinkering STEAM and design thinking into School Maker Spaces, Innovation Labs and STEAM rooms. The Exploratory offers consulting services for schools and districts looking to build maker spaces, provides professional development for educators and librarians and is currently teaching classes during the school day in schools in Los Angeles. 

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Summer Camp 2015 is designed to bring out the inner inventor, designer and maker inherently found in all children. The Exploratory is offering 3 camps this summer, along with Mini-Makers (ages 4-6)! 

Tinker.Make.innovate. - Be An Inventor

Ages 6-12 

During The Exploratory's Tinker.Make.Innovate. Camp, students will turn their invention dreams into a reality, utilizing our special version of design thinking from Stanford d School. Campers will learn how to use fabrication tools like 3D printing, woodworking, laser cutting, electronics and robotic components to create inventions with world impacting power. Each week will have a different focus so you can sign up for multiple camps and invent something new each week!

All the projects are designed to help develop growth mindsets by stretching campers to use flexible thinking, frustration tolerance, making and learning from failures, communicating ideas and collaborating with other.  Campers will be focused on the process of engineering design, product design, creativity and innovative thinking. 

The projects are designed by the campers. So, each week is unique and campers can make something new each week. Some projects are done in groups and other's individually. Groups will be broken into age groups of approximately 6-8 and 9-12. Campers should come with snack and lunch. We walk to the local park for lunch and fun!  Registration is limited to 12 students and the ratio is 4:1

Schedule: Each week is Monday to Friday 9-4pm. Aftercare available at $10/day 

Fee: $540/week Sibling discount 10% Multi-week discount 10% 

June 8 - Tinker.Make.Innovate. Track: Invent A Game 

Make a game that your friends can play!  We will explore what makes games fun and then you get to design and fabricate a game that you can use the laser cutter or the 3D printer and electronics to realize. We will have plenty of materials for your imagination to soar. You just need to bring your fun spirit and willingness to try new things. 

June 29 - Tinker.Make.Innovate. Track: Invent a Toy  w/ Lasercutter Focus

Be a toy product designer by looking into what makes fun toys and then making prototypes of your inventions. Tools used this week will focus on paper, cardboard, wood, electronics and the laser cutter. You will learn the difference between 2D and 3D and use different software programs to manipulate the laser cutter. 

July 13 - Tinker.Make.Innovate. Track: Invent Yourself as a Global Citizen - Make an Impact in Your World

This week, campers will identify a community problem and design a real world solution. They will use making tools to build prototypes and a digital portfolio that showcases their process. They will make something that draws from their interests and build confidence as capable inventors. Campers will also build digital literacy skills to make their digital portfolio which then can be used throughout their education experience as well as a tool for college applications. 

July 27 - Tinker.Make.Innovate. Track: Toy Design - 3D Modeling/Printing focus

This week, be a toy product designer  with a focus on characters. We will use clay to sculpt our ideas and then learn 3D modeling techniques that lead to the printing of  your own unique characters using the 3D printer. 

August 3 - Tinker.Make.Innovate. Track: Invent a Game 

Make a game that your friends can play!  We will explore what makes games fun and then you get to design and fabricate a game that you can use the laser cutter or the 3D printer  and electronics to realize. We will plenty of materials for your imagination to soar. You just need to bring your fun spirit and willingness to try new things. 

August 10 - Tinker.Make.Innovate. Invent A Toy

Be a toy product designer by looking into what makes fun toys and then making prototypes of your inventions. Tools used this week will focus on paper, cardboard, wood, electronics and more!. You will learn the difference between 2D and 3D and use different software programs to manipulate the 3D printer or laser cutter. 

August 17 - Tinker.Make.Innovate. Invent a Game

Make a game that your friends can play!  We will explore what makes games fun and then you get to design and fabricate a game that you can use the laser cutter or the 3D printer  and electronics to realize. We will plenty of materials for your imagination to soar. You just need to bring your fun spirit and willingness to try new things. 


CREATEx2: Writopia+The Exploratory Collaborative Camp: Summer 2015

Ages 8+

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to see your imagination come alive? If so, this is the summer camp for you. Writers will spend three hours each morning writing their own original stories or plays with a Writopia instructor, and after lunch, The Exploratory’s expert Tinkerers will guide them through bringing their writing to life.

Writopia Lab is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in New York City in April of 2007.  All of workshops  are led by a published author or produced playwright who has been fully trained in our time-tested methodology. Students have won more recognition for their writing than any other group of students in the nation. (Recent honors include: the most regional and national medals from the Scholastic Writing Awards in the nation; the nation’s top 2012 and 2013 Scholastic Awards Scholarships for Gold Medal Portfolioists; the 2012 and 2013 NYC Teen Literary Honor from New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg;  a 2013 YoungArts Scholar Award.)

Day One: TEXTiles

On Monday, writers will brainstorm ideas, start their stories, and receive helpful instructor and peer feedback in a three-hour writing workshop. After lunch, each writer will choose a character or scene from their work to create using felt or plush, then use conductive thread to switch on the action.

Day Two: Electric Narrative
Tuesday morning, writers will continue to refine their individual pieces of writing in workshop, adding key plot points and character details. In the afternoon, they’ll craft a cover and/or mini-book of the story so far, using circuit scribes, silver ink markers, and copper tape to electrify the narrative.

Days Three-Five: Authors Animate!
From Wednesday through Friday, writers will refine, complete, and polish their creative writing in morning workshops; and in the afternoons, they’ll bring their work to life using stop-motion animation and video editing techniques.

Monday to Friday 9:30 - 4:00pm. We walk to the local park for lunch and fun. Campers should bring snack, a refillable water bottle and lunch. We cannot refrigerate lunch so please pack appropriately. 

Ages: 8+ 

Fees: $800 per week - "Financial aid available; must apply. Please send a copy of your latest tax return and a statement describing your need to financialaid@writopialab.org."

Weeks of: June 8, June 15, June 29, July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27 , August 3

 


Modding In Minecraft

Ages 6-12

Create your own Minecraft superpowers!  Command your own Minecraft construction drones to build whatever you imagine.  Code unique and powerful items like summoning wands, magical pickaxes, and lava swords.  Using LearnToMod's visual coding software, club members will not only master the coding skills necessary for these mods, but will also learn and apply basic intermediate coding concepts.  This will all culminate in a huge challenge using custom mods.

Schedule: Each week is Monday to Friday 9-4pm. Aftercare available at $10/day 

Fee: $540/week Sibling discount 10% Multi-week discount 10% 

Weeks of: 

June 15 Modding in Minecraft with LearnToMod

June 22 Modding in Minecraft with LearnToMod

July 6 Modding in Minecraft with LearnToMod

July 20 Modding in Minecraft with LearnToMod


Mini-Makers Summer Camp

Ages: 4-6

Our youngest summer makers always have an amazing time at PeaPods Schoolhouses. They get to play with the sand & mud pits, the dry river creeks, rolling mounds, climbing walls and more as they are challenged to bring their creativity alive by making real world inventions. Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) is always integrated into the projects making learning fun! 

PeaPods is a small program and hire our teachers based on enrollment so there are no refunds or credits for missed classes or weeks after May 1 2015. If you find another family, to take your spot and upon approval by the director of the program, you may be able to transfer your spot. 

Ages: 4-6 year olds - Preschool, DK.K 

Fee: $540 per week. Every week is Monday to Friday 9:00 - 2:00pm. Campers are asked to come with a snack, lunch, and a change of clothes. All registration is for the whole week. There are no daily rates. 

July 13 - Create a Theatrical Masterpiece!

And perform at the end of the week!

July 20 - Invent a City Learning About Architecture (FULL)

Ever imagine a city designed by kids for kids? Think like an architect as you plan out the best city ever. 

July 27 - Invent a Friend

What is important for you to have in a friend? Imagine a pal: maybe its an animal, or a monster, or an alien from outer space. 

August 3 - Special 2.5-3  year-olds only - for kids going to start preschool Monday to Friday, 9am-12pm. 

This is a special camp week for children starting preschool in the fall.   Focus is on play and learning how to be a member of a school community. 

August 10- Invent a City by Learning Architecture

We are adding an extra week of architecture due to popular demand! Ever imagine a city designed by kids for kids? Think like an architect as you plan out the best city ever.

August 17- Invent a City by Learning Architecture

We are adding an extra week of architecture due to popular demand! Ever imagine a city designed by kids for kids? Think like an architect as you plan out the best city ever.

August 23- Special 2.5-3  year-olds only - for kids going to start preschool Monday to FRIDAY 9am-12pm.

This is a special camp week for children starting preschool in the fall.   Focus is on play and learning how to be a member of a school community.

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