Little Ivy Academy

Year-Round Enrichment for the 21st Century

Exclusively for Kindergarteners-8th Graders

660 East Glen Avenue

Ridgewood, NJ 07450

201.444.8400

S.T.E.M Spells RealScience! for Your Child

Real Fun, Real Learning: It's RealScience!

Elementary and middle school school-age children-- from Kindergarten through 8th Grade-- have a natural curiosity of how their world works. They want to know how robots work, what makes video games, animated stories and apps respond to our commands, how cars propel themselves, planes soar, and what makes things fall from the sky.

Our RealScience!, Science, Engineering, Technology and Math (S.T.E.M) Learning Enrichment Lab courses and Suumer Camp programs capture your child’s natural curiosity, combining the big fun of hands-on after-school and weekend programs and an evolving curriculum that tracks both your local public school’s and New Jersey’s core curriculum standards-- Real Learning & Real Fun!.
 
Each RealScience! lab course and summer camp program is designed to take the everyday things that your child sees and does, and puts the science, technology, engineering and math behind it right in their hands-- Real Discovery.
 
During each small-group lab or summer camp session, your child will actively participate in all aspects of the project or experiment of the day, gaining insight into the world of creative engineering, the ever-growing range of uses for design and programming, the pull of gravity, the turning of gears, as well as many other areas of applied 21st Century sciences.
Your child already has the need to know. . .the tools for fulfilling this need are right at hand with RealScience!
 
We invite you to learn more about the Little Ivy Academy RealScience! Difference by taking a look at our current RealScience! programs just to the right, or contacting us at either 201.444.8400 or info@littleivyacademy.com.
 
We look forward to your child joining us for RealScience!
New Featured Program: InventionMakers!

Think about the phones we carry with us everywhere or the household appliances we use every day. Our world is wired with electronics. We cannot imagine life without these devices that someone had to imagine & make.


Now, your child can capture the creative power of making, designing and building their own electronic creations in our all new, InventionMakers after-school lab series for your K-2nd, 3rd-5th, and 6th-8th graders.


First launched during our 2016 summer camps, our InventionMakers programs open the door to hands-on digital invention. Using our age-appropriate electronics building-systems, your child will engage the invention process, from first idea to functional product!

RealScience! & Express Yourself!
Labs Programs for Winter 2017
!
THIS Winter,
Your Child Can. . .
Registration 
NOW Underway!

Below you'll find this Winter's Express Yourself! and RealScience! Learning Enrichment Lab programs for your elementary and middle schoolers (Grades Pre-K to 8), which are launching now!

 
You'll find brief backgrounders on each of these Winter 2017 programs when you CLICK on any of the links below.
 
For Quick Registration, CLICK HERE.
 
AppMakers: Connect & Share!
(Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)  
@West Ridge School, Park Ridge
@Dorchester School, Woodcliff Lake


InventionMakers:
Everyday Inventions!
(Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)
@Little Ivy Academy Campus, Ridgewood
@Orchard School, Ridgewood
GameMakers: First Encounters!
(Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)  
@Little Ivy Academy Campus, Ridgewood



GameMakers: Jr. Game Developer!
(Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)  
@Orchard School, Ridgewood


GameMakers: Classic Adventure!
(Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)
  


Robots At Work!
(Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)
@Memorial School, North Haledon


 Robots Next Generation!
(Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)
@Memorial School, North Haledon

@West Ridge School, Park Ridge

 RealScience!

Program Overviews

Our RealScience! after-school enrichment labs and summer camp prorgrams include:


NEW Featured Program:


InventionMakers!

(Please see the left column for more detailed information!)


AppMakers!

AppMakers! sparks your child's imagination, developing their emerging critical-thinking and STEM/STEAM skills, as they collaborate to overcome  practical challenges while creating and programming a full range of mobile apps. Our small-group lab courses and summer camp programs provide each child hands-on opportunities to develop their HTML coding skills as they design & program their own functional smartphone apps, which they'll ultimately be able to share with friends and family on a variety of smartphone and tablet platforms, including iPhones and iPads.

 

GameMakers!

Our GameMakers! programs provide your child with hands-on opportunities to actively design and program their own interactive, animated stories & video games. As they learn age-appropriate programming languages and story/game design, your child and their lab mates will move from passively playing games and stories created by others to active, engaged creators of games and stories of their own.


The Robots Are Coming!!!

Our projects-based The Robots Are Coming!!! lab courses and summer camp programs are built upon a “differentiated learning” approach, providing our students with projects that include both basic builds and more challenging enhancements that accommodate their range of skill levels--- from beginners to advanced students. Even our “advanced students-only” programs use this approach in order to provide unique opportunities for the full range of our advanced students.

Combining LEGOs, supplemented by a range of additional materials, for the engineering, plus an age-appropriate programming la
nguage—including an image-based language for the programming created at Tufts University especially for our young, elementary schoolers, and the more robust Scratch language created at MIT's cutting-edge Media Lab for our older elementary schoolers and middle schoolers-The Robots Are Coming!!! provides your child with full, hands-on access to the S.T.E.M.-based (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) world of creative engineering and programming.

Our Bespoke Lab Program

for Your Private Group 
Have Your Own Lab:
Your Friends, Your Schedule
!
 

Have a group of elementary or middle school friends, scout group, sports team, children of your work friends  interested in discovering how to produce digital videos. . . build and program robots. . . design and program video games, mobile apps, animated stories?

No need to wait for our next round of scheduled labs to get underway! Your group can have their own seven-week Express Yourself! or RealScience! enrichment lab with our popular Bespoke Lab program, hosted here on our Ridgewood campus or at a convenient location you've arranged.

 

All you need to do is choose from any of our Robots Are Coming!, VideoMakers, InventionMakers, GameMakers or AppMakers lab programs. . . . . reach out to your friendship network, select a location, dates and time, and we'll do the rest.

 

To learn more about our Bespoke Lab program, please contact our director, Erich Bassler at info@littleivyacademy.com or 201.444.8400.

 RealScience! Course Schedules & Registration

Winter 2017 Registration NOW Underway!

Welcome to the registration center for our RealScience! and Express Yourself! Learning Enrichment Labs, right here on our Ridgewood campus.
 

If instead you would prefer to register your child for any of our after-school Learning Enrichment Labs for students at select, local elementary schools, just CLICK HERE.


While only a handful of scheduled labs remain, your group can have their own seven-week lab course with our popular Bespoke Lab program. All you need to do is choose a program, reach out to your friendship network, select a location, dates and time, and we'll do the rest. CLICK HERE to e-mail us for details. 


Meanwhile. . . To register for this school year's remaining Learning Enrichrment Labs on our Ridgewood campus, click on the REGISTER link in the grid below next to the course you have selected for your child. The OneApp Registration form will allow you to select additional courses and register more than one of your children for as many courses as are available on our Ridgewood campus this term
 
  • InventionMakers: Everyday Inventions! - 3rd - 5th Grade
    • Dates: Seven Wednesdays, February 15 - April 5 ( no lab 2/22)
    • Time: 4:50 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    • Description: Your child will put hands-on creative engineering & electronics into action, engaging the Little Bits electronics building system throughout the invention cycle to develop an electric toothbrush, a digital scale and other awesome gadgets from daily life.
    • Class Size: Maximum 12, Minimum 6 students


  • GameMakers: Classic Platformers! - 6th - 8th Grade

    • Dates: Seven Mondays, February 13 - April 3 ( no lab 2/20)
    • Time: 4:50 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    • Description: Your child will have opportunities to design and code the elements of their own basic platform-style game that could include creating a character world, inventing a challenger or challengers to face their hero and providing the power-ups they'll need to take it to the next level.
    • Class Size: Maximum 12, Minimum 6 students


    • GameMakers: Classic Platformers! - 3rd - 5th Grade
      • Dates: Seven Thursdays, February 16 - April 6 ( no lab 2/23)
      • Time: 4:50 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
      • Description: Your child will have opportunities to design and code the elements of their own basic platform-style game that could include creating a character world, inventing a challenger or challengers to face their hero and providing the power-ups they'll need to take it to the next level.
      • Class Size: Maximum 12, Minimum 6 students


    • GameMakers: First Encounters! - 1st - 2nd Grade

      • Dates: Seven Tuesdays, February 14 - April 4 ( no lab 2/21)
      • Time: 4:50 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
      • Description: Put the power of the ground-breaking Scratch Jr. programming language in the hands of your child. Bring their imagination to life as they develop the coding skills to design and program a series of their own interactive, animated games and stories.
      • Class Size: Maximum 10, Minimum 6 students


      • Robots Coming to Their Senses! - PreK - 1st Grade
        • Dates: Seven Wednesdays, February 15 - April 5 ( no lab 2/22)
        • Time: 4:50 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
        • Description: Creating robots capable of interacting with their environments is in store for your child when they engage this challenging series of project builds that deploy sensors, along with the related engineering concepts and programming commands needed to animate 'bots that make sense of the world.
        • Class Size: Maximum 10, Minimum 6 students

      Tuition for each course is as listed in the registration grid, above-- with a 5% discount for each additional Winter 2017 RealScience!, or Express Yourself! Learning Enrichment Lab for which your child registers.

      Our Learning Enrichment Lab class sizes are limited to provide your child with a robust, small-group learning environment. We will process registrations on a rolling admission basis until each class is full. Additional registrations will be placed on a wait list, and we will contact you in the event your registration is wait-listed.

       
      If you have any questions, please contact us by e-mail at info@littleivyacademy.com, or by phone at 201-444-8400.