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​Welcome Horizon Charter School Families! 

Academy Learning Centers is pleased to offer a 21st century S.T.E.M. program for grades K-8 at Horizon Charter Schools:
• "Destination Imagination" project-based learning curriculum.
• Robotics and Programming on the LEGO WeDo and MindStorms platforms.
• Game Coding and Programming Logic on a web-based platform.
• Hands-On Science Adventures
• Math Facts Fluency labs and Disguised Learning (K-5th math games)

• Arduino Electronics

• NASA Rocketry

PLUS: Math Homework Lab (Grades 6-8), Writer’s Workshop, Grammar Power!, Book Reporting (Grades 4-8), and Early Readers Book Club (K-4). Coding and critical thinking are now considered fundamental skills that belong in every curriculum. Our STEM Program offers two programming platforms to create games and and build and program actual robots. In our Young Engineers program each student problem-solves alongside their teammates in a project-based learning environment. We can also supplement your the core curriculum you choose with our Reading, Writing, and Math classes.

STEM - Core Curriculum

ROBOTICS

LEGO WeDo (grades 2-4)

"LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 makes science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and coding come to life. The unique combination of the LEGO brick, classroom-friendly software, and engaging, standards-based projects results in a resource that builds students’ confidence to ask questions, define problems and design their own solutions by putting STEM learning directly in their hands.


The LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 curriculum pack is built on Next Generation Science Standards and delivers key science content to second through fourth grade students. The curriculum facilitates and supports a clear, easy-to-follow journey through subjects, including: life-, physical-, earth- and space sciences, and engineering. Features 17 projects totaling more than 40 hours of instructional content."


LEGO MindStorms (5-8)

The LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 Core Set contains the software and elements to start teaching STEM subjects using robotics to middle school students.
LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 enables students to build, program, and test their solutions based on LEGO building bricks and real-life robotics technology.
Through hands-on learning, LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 will enable your students to: understand forces and motion; graph and interpret rotation sensor data; develop robots capable of complex thinking using logical structures and sensor feedback; understand that complex systems are created from subsystems; and design, build and program a fully-functioning robotic system.


Why Robotics? Just ask Forbes magazine. It gives the answer under the title: "Why Kids Learn Better Playing with Robots" (http://www.forbes.com/sites/jennchoi/2014/06/12/good-news-education-is-evolving-the-proof-is-in-the-play/).  

Most of time spent in every class is hands-on learning through automation and robotics: students learn how to code and have their robot play out their commands while constructing them with gears, sensors, and more.  No coding experience necessary!

Game Coding and Computer Programming (2nd - 8th)
In today’s digital world, coding is a fundamental skill alongside math and reading. Use creative computing platforms to program and built games and more. Scratch, Tynker, and Hopscotch use engaging programming curriculums and projects with “drag and drop” visual blocks. This is in contrast to traditional programming language like Python or Javascript, where discouragement is likely among young learners. The platforms we introduce provides exciting activities so children can learn the programming concepts they need to code in any language without all the frustration. With Tynker’s courses and activities, kids have fun while they learn, so they stay engaged and continue learning and creating.

Instant Challenges (K - 2nd)
Do you like to use your imagination and try out your ideas? Using the "Destination Imagination” approach, little learners get hands on practice in team-building and strategy. Each day has fun-filled activities with a specific goal in mind using critical thinking and creative skills. You and 3 or 4 team members will strengthen your problem solving abilities, self confidence, presentation skills, teamwork skills, and help you to "think on your feet”.  Materials fee: $5

The Destination Imagination (DI) Challenge Program (3-8)
Although this program can fit any K-college level student, we offer DI as a class for grades 3 - 8 to build a team that can eventually compete. DI has seven new project-based learning Challenges each year that, among other disciplines, focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Each Challenge is open-ended and is designed to teach students the creative process from imagination to innovation. Materials fee: $10

Hands On Science Adventures (3rd - 5th) and Little Hands On Science (K - 2)
Calling all learners who love to do hands-on exploring, using their senses. Students will be exposed to chemistry and the physical, life sciences by using the scientific method and inquiry. Students will be encouraged to ask questions, observe, gather data, and draw conclusions. Most projects will be taken home. Materials fee: $10.

Reading / Writing
Early Readers’ Book Club: Ocean Adventures or Little Critters Camp (K-2)
This class channels our little students’ AMAZING creativity to form an adventure novel. Students will learn to develop, write, illustrate and publish an original book that will be on display in our Academy library.

Writers Workshop: Grammar Power! (grades 3-4 and 5-6)
Whether a student is an excited writer or if he needs a motivational nudge, this class promises to make writing fun. Using high interest books or children’s magazines, we will captivate his interest and teach him how to write while we incorporate "paired texts" and different genres and purposes in writing. We use the “Step-Up-to-Writing” approach as we outline simple step-by-step instructions to assist students through the process of writing and structuring paragraphs and essays.  Upon finishing this course, students will be confident writers of the paragraph and essay.
Math


Disguised Learning - Math Games (grades 2-3 and 4-6)
Math Games is fun learning! With Math Games, students engage in calculation and computation without even realizing they are actually learning! The games are offered in both team and individual formats, giving a little friendly competition to motivate intrinsic learning. This goal of the class is to foster a love for learning and using math, allowing children who may have been intimidated by numbers and operations to conquer that fear and blast through their "math barriers.”

Math Facts Fluency Lab (3rd - 4th)
Trail blaze through the world of math facts… it’s all around us. Learners will enjoy solving math problems while playing math games that involve addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division practice (Each activity is formed around your learner’s strengths and weaknesses).  Games and activity involve flashcards, time, money, and word problems.

Math Homework Lab (5th - 8th)

M.A. provides an open forum for students to bring their questions, homework, and frustrations, or just be a part of a community of learners where review and front loading can happen.

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