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Join the League After School

In the fall of 2017, the League of Young Inventors launched a new engineering and design program for kids in GRADES 1-4. Classes in our program meet once a week from 3:30 to 5:30 PM and are semester-long (Sept. thru Jan. & Feb. thru June).  Sections are kept intentionally small with no more than 12 students. School pickup is available for three students or more.

Apprentices (1st & 2nd graders)

During the 2017-2018 School Year, we will be running the Apprentices program on WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY. Students in the Apprentices program will learn about the SIMPLE MACHINES that paved (or pulled/lifted/carried/rolled) the way to the technology we use today. If interested in signing up, click below to request information.

FALL

What were humankind’s FIRST INVENTIONS? And how did we use them to become who we are today? This fall students investigated how even the humble INCLINED PLANE changed the course of human history.  Manipulating this simple concept, students designed their own inventions based on the PLANE, SCREW & WEDGE. Learn how Egyptian PYRAMID builders lifted heavy stones 300 feet or higher! Build an AQUEDUCT inspired by the Roman Empire! Make a screw pump originally designed to save ships from sinking! Projects include aqueduct bridges, SPIRAL RAMPS, LIFTING JACKS, and mini plows that are put together to make an intricate marble track.

SPRING

In the spring of 2018, students will explore how the LEVER, PULLEY & WHEEL helped us build civilizations, and then design inventions based on these simple machines. What can you do with a lever? Move the world! Build a cardboard CRANE capable of lifting a cup of rocks!  Build a CATAPULT to launch ping pong balls at the enemy’s castle! Explore the ORIGINS OF THE WHEEL that helped travel and trade across continents! Projects include elevators, trebuchets, and wheeled machines that come together to form a Rube Goldberg contraption.

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Makers (3rd & 4th graders)

During the 2017-2018 School Year, we will be running the Makers program on MONDAY and TUESDAY. If interested in signing up, click below to request information.

FALL

Power drives machines. But where does that POWER come from? And how did we ever figure out how to harness it? This fall students are exploring some of the early inventions that transformed wind, tension, and water energy into power, then create their own versions of these ingenious systems. Build a WIND-DRIVEN marble-lifter! Make a TENSION-POWERED car! Construct a WATERMILL to crank an automaton made from recyclable materials! Projects are designed to help students learn about these power sources and how they connect to early machines.

SPRING

Machines exists to make life easier.  While the apprentice program introduces students to six simplest machines, our makers delve into the complex!  In the spring semester, students journey into the ORIGINS of MACHINERY. This class traces automation from the ancient Greek, Ottoman, and Chinese Empires, to the Industrial Revolution, with storytelling and hands-on exploration of machine components. Here, a wheel isn’t just a wheel, it’s a gear that can turn one rotation of a crank into five bangs of a TRIPHAMMER, or three twirls of a ballerina.  Build an AUTOMATON robot! Design a CONVEYER BELT for your room!  Students will use what they’ve learned here to invent their own unique and fun machines that make life easier and perhaps a little sillier.

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