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

The Robots Are Coming!!!

Spark Your Child's Imagination as Their STEM Skills Soar

The robots are here. . . and they need you!

 
Elementary and middle schoolers have a fascination with the world of automated and mechanical operations-- most especially a curiosity about the “what” “how” and “why” of things set into motion by computers.

Our RealScience! The Robots are Coming!!! Learning Enrichment Lab courses and summer camp programs capture this fascination, this curiosity, putting your elementary and middle schooler in control of their very own robotic creations as they bring them from first movements to fully programmed strength!
 

In fact, 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 language—including an image-based language for the programming created at Tufts University especially for our younger elementary schoolers, and the more robust Scratch language created at MIT's cutting-edge Media Lab for some of our older elementary schoolers, as well as our middle schoolers-The Robots Are Coming!!! provides your child with full, hands-on access to world of creative engineering and programming.
 
Our S.T.E.M.-based (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) The Robots Are Coming!!! programs include seven-week, small-group learning enrichment lab courses in Fall, Winter and Spring; four-week Robotics Challenge labs, typically in Spring and Summer,  for our most advanced students; and a range of Summer Camp opportunities.
 
For Summer 2016, we offered The 2016 Robotic Olympics!, our newest Robots are Coming! summer camp program for campers entering 3rd-5th & 6th-8th Graders and Summer Explorers! for campers entering 1st-2nd grade. Please CLICK HERE to learn more.
 
Meanwhile, during the school year, we're offering a full slate of seven-week after-school The Robots Are Coming!!! lab courses at our Ridgewood campus. . . select, local schools. . . and with our Bespoke program for your private group, at a convenient location of your choice, including:

  

  • Robots in Motion!:  Your child will put real fun into action as they advance their STEM skills building and programming a range of moving, spinning robotic devices. . . bringing motors to life. . . setting wheels and gears into action while they become become familiar with both the programming language, as well as all the necessary engineering know-how they will need to complete each project (Grades K-2 /K-3 & 3-5)

  • Robots Coming to Their Senses!: 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 (Grades Pre-K [age 4]- 1, K-2 & 3-5);
     

  • Robots: See It, Solve It!:  The joys and challenges of STEM discovery await for your child and their labmates as they focus on brainstorming, designing, building and programming a series of robotic projects that provide their own unique spin on creative, practical solutions to meet a compelling range of real-world scenarios (Grades K2/K-3);
     
  • Robots: Next Generation: Unleash your child’s imagination with opportunities to deploy NXT generation mobile technology and a made-for-robotics derivative of the age-appropriate Scratch programming language created at MIT’s Media Lab, as they build and program mobile bots that navigate through (and sometimes around) the challenges and obstacles they "sense" along the way (Grades 3-5 & 6-8);

 

  • Robots: Engage & Interact!: Now older elementary and middle schoolers can deploy NXT Generation mobile robotic technology to create robotic devices that use a range of sensors (touch, hear, see, etc. . .)  to engage and interact with environmental challenges and each other! Paired with the made-for-robotics derivative of the age-appropriate Scratch programming language created at MIT's Media Lab, students will develop their critical thinking and STEAM skills as the build and program this series of very engaging mobile bots (Grades 3-5 & 6-8);

 

  • Robots at Work:  Robots are changing the way the world works and your child may hold the key to the next great breakthrough when they roll up their sleeves to engineer and program a range of automated, workplace robots with real-world applications (Kindergarteners-5th graders).

We invite you to learn more about our current Robots Are Coming!! course schedule, as well as online registration information, by taking a look just below, or contacting or director, Erich Bassler at either 201.444.8400 or info@littleivyacademy.com.

We look forward to your child joining us for this journey of discovery, the unique opportunities to expand their imagination and S.T.E.M knowledge that awaits with The Robots Are Coming!!!


[Pictured Above: This Whirling Birds creation, using LEGO blocks and gears, plus the image-based C.H.E.R.P. programming language blocks designed especially for young, elementary school children (foreground), swings into action!]

 The Robots Are Coming!!! Course Schedule & Registration

Spring 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.


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

Act fast, there are limited spaces for the Spring line-up!


  • Robots At Work - PreK - 1st Grade
    • Dates: Seven Wednesdays, April 26 - June 7


    • Time: 4:50 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


    • Description: Robots are changing the way the world works and your child may hold the key to the next great breakthrough when they roll up their sleeves to engineer and program a range of automated, workplace robots with real-world applications.


    • Class Size: Maximum 10, Minimum 6 students


  • Robots: Engage & Interact - 3rd - 5th Grade
    • Dates: Seven Thursdays, April 27 - June 8


    • Time: 4:50 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


    • Description: Now older elementary and middle schoolers can deploy NXT Generation mobile robotic technology to create robotic devices that use a range of sensors (touch, hear, see, etc. . .)  to engage and interact with environmental challenges and each other! Paired with the made-for-robotics derivative of the age-appropriate Scratch programming language created at MIT's Media Lab, students will develop their critical thinking and STEAM skills as the build and program this series of very engaging mobile bots.


    • Class Size: Maximum 12, Minimum 6 students

Tuition for each course is as listed in the registration grid, above--- with a 5% discount for each additional Spring 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.