The Learning Laboratory is a non-profit organization committed to offering high-quality non-traditional afterschool, Saturday and summer programs for K-12 students at a reasonable cost for parents. The Learning Lab seeks to inspire and excite students in ways that they may never experience in a traditional school environment with hands-on activities, projects, technology explorations, field trips and travel. The Learning Lab also empowers passionate educators who want to improve their practice and stay abreast of the latest trends in education by offering free professional development for K-12 teachers. In 2016, we expanded our flagship program, Genius Camp, to meet at the request of families who participated in the camp’s first session. We also continued Math Monday, our afterschool math enrichment program. Below you will find a synopsis of these programs.
Genius Camp kept my son engaged and interested in learning all summer. He came home excited about the day and the next day.
Genius Camp is a 6-week day camp with a focus on STEM and literacy/writing for learners in grades 2-10. This summer’s theme was “Under the Sea!” Campers explored the history and mechanics of underwater exploration through designing and building an underwater remote operated vehicle (ROV), visiting Louisiana’s wetlands and researching marine biology In addition to themed content, Genius Campers participated in a variety of activities including weekly swimming, daily physical activity at Audubon Park, weekly visits to the Children’s Resource Center Library, and weekly field trips that related to our underwater theme. The camp culminated with a trip to Pensacola, FL to visit the to visit the Pensacola MESS (Math, Engineering, Science and Stuff) Hall and Pensacola Beach. Additionally, campers were able to share projects that they worked on throughout the program at a “Genius Fair” event at the end of camp.
This year, Genius Camp Parents expressed an extraordinarily high level of satisfaction with all aspects of the program. 100% of the respondents to the post-program survey strongly agreed with the following statements:
Additionally, 100% of the respondents agreed that their children gained new skills and knowledge from Genius Camp and indicated that they would recommend Genius Camp to their friends and family. With this increased positive feedback, we look forward to a successful third year for Genius Camp in 2017.
AXI Educational Solutions
Special thanks to Marcus Stein
Thank you to our friends at AXI Education Solutions for donating an amazing 102-inch Promethean ActivWall to the Lab. Stay tuned for the next phase of this exciting partnership in early 2017!
Tulane Teacher Preparation & Certification Program
Special thanks to Jerome White and Dr. Shannon Blady
Aspiring educators from Tulane University visited the Lab this fall for a presentation about teaching and learning mathematics. This is one of many activities the Lab has hosted in partnership with Tulane University.
Math Science Institute
Special thanks to Dr. Andrew Talmadge
The Learning Lab hosted the first mini Math Science Institute in November 2016. Math and science teachers from around the New Orleans area gathered to learn about technology, maker spaces, hands-on activities and much more.
Baptist Community Ministries
Google Community Leaders Program
Louisiana Pizza Kitchen
Mary Freeman Wisdom Foundation
Pensacola MESS Hall
Princess Camerian’s Magical Creations
St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church
Tulane Center for Public Service
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Eta Lambda Chapter