Winter 2017 Learning Lab

February 4 – March 11

Download and print the Learning Lab application (PDF)
Download the Winter Learning Lab Brochure


9:30 – 11:00 Classes

goldstar Who Says Science Fair Projects Are Only for the Big Kids?! – Instructor: Shona Lamond
Ages: 3-4
Do you like to experiment? Do you like to see what happens when you mix two liquids in the kitchen (with your parents’ help, of course!)? Join us to conduct science fair experiments like the pros! We’ll test reactions when elements are mixed, and try to find answers to big questions like, how fast is the speed of sound. Can you change air pressure to get an egg inside a bottle without breaking it? Make a hypothesis, conduct experiments, create logs and analyze results. It’s the scientific method!

goldstar How Is It Made? – Instructor: Kristin Soifer
Ages: 4-5
Curious about – well, everything? Bring your destructive hands to us and take stuff apart with a purpose! Fabric, marker ink, paper and more – we’ll take things apart and figure out how they are made. After the destruction (always fun!), we’ll make new versions of the items. Share good stories to encourage your creative (de)construction projects, but don’t worry – no books will be at risk! STEAM concepts (science, technology, engineering, math, art and design) active here.

goldstar Take an Adventure through Space! – Instructor: Lauren Payne
Ages: 4-5
Future astronauts, fasten your seat belts and prepare for lift off! Join us as we explore the planets and find other space adventures! Measure the distance of each planet to the sun using toilet paper. Create a meal fit for an astronaut. Can you show the first-quarter and crescent moon phases using Oreo cookies? Construct constellations of stars using toothpicks and marshmallows. These and more: Science, math, art and lots of fun!

goldstar Science Experiments for Fun and Feeding! – Instructor: Beth Crites
Ages: 5-6
Do you think science experiments are fun? Do you like to eat snacks? You will love this class! We’ll follow a science topic, do an experiment and eat the results! Explore the life cycle of the butterfly, from eggs to caterpillar to chrysalis to our flying friend. What parts of our ‘butterfly’ can you eat? Use candy to make different kinds of rocks. What do you know about clouds and how can you eat them? Apply scientific principles to these experiments and more!
We cannot accommodate children with peanut and nut allergies in this class.
Special Fee: $5

goldstar Create Your Own Picture Book! – Instructor: Barbara Vaden
Grades: K-1
You know lots of good books, but have you ever thought of making one yourself? We’ll go ‘inside’ some all-time favorites including “Cat in the Hat,” “Harry the Dirty Dog,” “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” and more, to find out what makes them good books. How do authors organize information and ideas? What is the sequence of events? Plan, write and illustrate your own picture book. What writing style will you use? What pictures will you draw? Take home your original creation!

goldstar Engineering & Problem Solving – Instructor: Abby Leeper
Grades: K-1
Are you a problem solver? Can you build a paper airplane that can carry cargo as well as fly far distances? How can you build a house so it can withstand the rumble of an earthquake or the winds of a tornado? What shape of bridge will support the most weight and allow cars to travel safely? Bring your engineering, creative thinking and problem-solving skills to solve a different problem each week! Make a plan, test your design, share ideas with other students to improve your design, then redesign, build and test your plan. STEM practices at work, as we create, build and experiment!

goldstar Cooking: Merriment with Math – Instructor: Taylor Gudgel
Grades: 1-2
A dash of this, a pinch of that? No way! We’ll be halving fun as we precisely measure, stir and cook our way through recipes you’ll take home. How much flour do you knead for no-bake cookies? How many tablespoons in a cup? What are the ingredients for homemade ice cream? Cut a recipe in half, then double another one. Lots of recipes! It may sound like fractions and math, but it measures up to fun!
We cannot accommodate children with peanut and nut allergies in this class.
Special Fee: $5

goldstar Codes & Ciphers for Colonial Spies – Instructors: Carrie Ziolkowski and Susan Schneider
Grades: 1-3
Secret codes and complex ciphers: Do you have what it takes to be one of George Washington’s spies? Go undercover and test your spy skills as we explore the ways messages were sent during the Revolutionary War. Learn a different code each week and collaborate with fellow spies as you work together on a scavenger hunt. Solve ciphers, decode messages, build a Jefferson cipher wheel and tackle challenges, all for the cause of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness!

goldstar Bodysmart Anatomy – Instructor: Megan Hernke
Grades: 2-3
Take an up-close and personal view of our human body systems – the digestive, integumentary, skeletal, nervous, respiratory and cardiovascular! How do your human organs work together to make one amazing machine? Examine a pig’s heart and sheep’s brain in your quest to probe the human condition. Map your circulatory system and connect it to the digestive system for the care of the heart. Make sure you don’t have a weak stomach when we demonstrate how the stomach digests food! This inside-out approach to your body is not for the faint of heart! Models, diagrams, craft activities and food!

goldstar Chemistry for Kicks – Instructor: Morgan Moody
Grades: 3-4
Every day your world is shaped by chemical reactions! If you think slime is fun, you can thank the wonders of polymer chemistry. Lightning bugs glow because of luminescence. You owe the food you eat to photosynthesis. Experiment with an acid/base indicator using cabbage, and separations/chromatography using inks; consider units and density; make slime/goo; explore phases of matter; examine atoms, molecules, and the periodic table; and investigate much more. Get a kick out of chemistry!

goldstar Graphic Novels: Embrace the Genre – Instructor: Megan Mills
Grades: 3-6
Caught in the graphic novel craze? Reach your apex, where comics and narrative meet! Create a book of your own, as we embrace the genre through authors including Raina Telgemeier, Cece Bell, Jeff Smith, and Gene Luen Yang. Discover techniques authors and artists use to develop story ideas ranging from the pitfalls of growing up, to historical events, to simply out-of-this-world adventures!How do these artists use technology to their advantage?Use special inks to create your backdrops, and consider the technical side of how the experts create their books. Art + literature + comics? A novel idea!

goldstar Experiment in the Biomedical Sciences – Instructor: Robert Linnenbom
Grades: 4-5
Explore six areas of biomedical science as we run inquiry-based experiments in a laboratory setting each week. Apply the scientific method and critical thinking skills to support our investigations into the what, how and why of density, molarity and serial dilutions, diffusion and membrane permeability, surface tension, DNA extraction, and anatomy of breathing. Lessons adapted from curriculum developed by the Young Scientist Program through the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine.

goldstar Put Yourself in the (Statistics) Game! – Instructor: Chuck Baker
Grades: 4-5
Love to track sports statistics and analyze the game? What if you were the athlete? How can you use statistics to improve your own performance? Throw a ball, then use the Vernier Video Physics app and analyze trajectory, position and velocity graphs. Then determine the best path for a basketball shot. Perform simple activities – jump, run, etc. – and create Google spreadsheets, graphs and algebraic equations to set goals for improvement and predict future success! Join this sports ‘lab’ to get to the heart of statistics: ranges, means, box plots, histograms and more!

goldstar Revolutions through History – Instructor: Art Koenig
Grades: 4-8
What incites people to revolt against their government? How do you alter or abolish a given system of leadership? Why do revolutions succeed or fail? Consider revolutions in early Rome, the American colonies, France, Haiti, Russia and Iran – one each week. Examine the personalities of the leaders on both sides of each conflict. Determine the weapons used to accomplish the leaders’ goals. What were the conditions surrounding the revolution? And can we consider the types of foods people ate in each era?

goldstar Courts and Trials – Instructor: Sakina Ahmad
Grades: 5-6
What is the difference between a criminal case and a juvenile case, a bench trial and a jury trial, and a jury and a grand jury? What is a verdict? What is evidence and how important is it in a trial? Learn the answers to these questions and many more about our legal system. What do the people who work in our judicial system do on a day-to-day basis? Experience the steps to prepare a case for trial, and explore the roles of witnesses, jurors and citizens. Our final activity: a mock trial!

goldstar The Fashion Designer in You! – Instructor: Chandria Howard
Grades: 5-8
Focus on fashion! Start with basic techniques by identify-ing fibers, fabric and your focus. Then move into advanced tips like balance and proportion (off-balance hemline, anyone?). Use fabric swatches as you consider your own unique style, and incorporate that style into an original pattern for a skirt or pajama design. Add fashion details as you select fabric, pin, cut and sew. Express your own voice as you add flourish to your fashion statement!

goldstar Checkmate! – Instructor: Stephen E. Randoll
Grades: 5-8
Interested in a future that includes chess? Plan to try the tournament world? Start here with a formal introduction for the novice and amateur player. Learn how the pieces move and how to record your games, as well as how the pieces work together to produce checkmate. Learn basic principles of the game. Join this stepping-stone for tournament play and advance your skill level. More advanced students find challenge in this class.

goldstar Robotics Technology Using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 Kits – Instructor: Lisa Hummel
Grades: 6-8
Build and program working robots which respond to commands and to their environments, including color sensors. The sky’s the limit with LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 robotics kits! Choose your own challenges, as you work with multiple sensors, motors, and intelligent units. How will you make your robot move, “see,” “hear,” avoid obstacles, speak, and otherwise interact with what’s around it? Work with a team and apply the engineering process to test solutions based on real-life robotics technology. Problem-solving skills and creativity will prove that the possibilities are endless!


11:10 – 12:40 Classes

goldstar How Is It Made? – Instructor: Kristin Soifer
Ages: 3-4
Curious about – well, everything? Bring your destructive hands to us and take stuff apart with a purpose! Fabric, marker ink, paper and more – we’ll take things apart and figure out how they are made. After the destruction (always fun!), we’ll make new versions of the items. Share good stories to encourage your creative (de)construction projects, but don’t worry – no books will be at risk! STEAM concepts (science, technology, engineering, math, art and design) active here.

goldstar Who Says Science Fair Projects Are Only for the Big Kids?! – Instructor: Shona Lamond
Ages: 4-5
Do you like to experiment? Do you like to see what happens when you mix two liquids in the kitchen (with your parents’ help, of course!)? Join us to conduct science fair experiments like the pros! We’ll test reactions when elements are mixed, and try to find answers to big questions like, how fast is the speed of sound. Can you change air pressure to get an egg inside a bottle without breaking it? Make a hypothesis, conduct experiments, create logs and analyze results. It’s the scientific method!

goldstar Take an Adventure through Space! – Instructor: Lauren Payne
Ages: 5-6
Future astronauts, fasten your seat belts and prepare for lift off! Join us as we explore the planets and find other space adventures! Measure the distance of each planet to the sun using toilet paper. Create a meal fit for an astronaut. Can you show the first-quarter and crescent moon phases using Oreo cookies? Construct constellations of stars using toothpicks and marshmallows. These and more: Science, math, art and lots of fun!

goldstar Science Experiments for Fun and Feeding! – Instructor: Beth Crites
Grades: K-1
Do you think science experiments are fun? Do you like to eat snacks? You will love this class! We’ll follow a science topic, do an experiment and eat the results! Explore the life cycle of the butterfly, from eggs to caterpillar to chrysalis to our flying friend. What parts of our ‘butterfly’ can you eat? Use candy to make different kinds of rocks. What do you know about clouds and how can you eat them? Apply scientific principles to these experiments and more!
We cannot accommodate children with peanut and nut allergies in this class.
Special Fee: $5

goldstar Engineering & Problem Solving – Instructor: Abby Leeper
Grades: 1-2
Are you a problem solver? Can you build a paper airplane that can carry cargo as well as fly far distances? How can you build a house so it can withstand the rumble of an earthquake or the winds of a tornado? What shape of bridge will support the most weight and allow cars to travel safely? Bring your engineering, creative thinking and problem-solving skills to solve a different problem each week! Make a plan, test your design, share ideas with other students to improve your design, then redesign, build and test your plan. STEM practices at work, as we create, build and experiment!

goldstar Create Your Own Picture Book! – Instructor: Barbara Vaden
Grades: 1-2
You know lots of good books, but have you ever thought of making one yourself? We’ll go ‘inside’ some all-time favorites including “Cat in the Hat,” “Harry the Dirty Dog,” “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” and more, to find out what makes them good books. How do authors organize information and ideas? What is the sequence of events? Plan, write and illustrate your own picture book. What writing style will you use? What pictures will you draw? Take home your original creation!

goldstar Checkmate! – Instructor: Stephen E. Randoll
Grades: 1-4
Interested in a future that includes chess? Plan to try the tournament world? Start here with a formal introduction for the novice and amateur player. Learn how the pieces move and how to record your games, as well as how the pieces work together to produce checkmate. Learn basic principles of the game. Join this stepping-stone for tournament play and advance your skill level. More advanced students find challenge in this class.

goldstar Cooking: Merriment with Math – Instructor: Taylor Gudgel
Grades: 2-3
A dash of this, a pinch of that? No way! We’ll be halving fun as we precisely measure, stir and cook our way through recipes you’ll take home. How much flour do you knead for no-bake cookies? How many tablespoons in a cup? What are the ingredients for homemade ice cream? Cut a recipe in half, then double another one. Lots of recipes! It may sound like fractions and math, but it measures up to fun!
We cannot accommodate children with peanut and nut allergies in this class.
Special Fee: $5

goldstar Bodysmart Anatomy – Instructor: Megan Hernke
Grades: 3-4
Take an up-close and personal view of our human body systems – the digestive, integumentary, skeletal, nervous, respiratory and cardiovascular! How do your human organs work together to make one amazing machine? Examine a pig’s heart and sheep’s brain in your quest to probe the human condition. Map your circulatory system and connect it to the digestive system for the care of the heart. Make sure you don’t have a weak stomach when we demonstrate how the stomach digests food! This inside-out approach to your body is not for the faint of heart! Models, diagrams, craft activities and food!

goldstar Show Your Style with Fabric Art – Instructor: Chandria Howard
Grades: 3-5
Fiber and fabric lovers, weave a kaleidoscope of fabric art! Apply color, texture and design elements, and especially your originality to different art forms. Experiment with various art media and different fabrics. Make your own fabric design with food-color dyes. Create a fabric wall hanging. Sew beads, buttons, sequins, ribbons and other embellishments onto your fabric artwork. Entwine fabric, fashion and feeling into every fiber project you create!

goldstar Harry Potter: Good and Evil – Instructor: Art Koenig
Grades: 3-6
You know the Harry Potter movies. You have seen the merchandise and probably know what colors of Bertie Bott’s to avoid. What about the stories behind the stories? The books are full of magic, werewolves, vampires, trolls and the epic battle of Good versus Evil! Where does all that come from? Who are the heroes and villains and who falls in between? Why does love protect Harry as well as it does? How does the magic wand reflect the personality and area of expertise of the characters? Make your own judgments as we pose questions, play games and indulge in trivia devoted to the wizarding world. “Fantastic Beasts” will certainly be fair game during one session of the class!

goldstar Robotics Technology Using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 Kits – Instructor: Lisa Hummel
Grades: 4-5
Build and program working robots which respond to commands and to their environments, including color sensors. The sky’s the limit with LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 robotics kits! Choose your own challenges, as you work with multiple sensors, motors, and intelligent units. How will you make your robot move, “see,” “hear,” avoid obstacles, speak, and otherwise interact with what’s around it? Work with a team and apply the engineering process to test solutions based on real-life robotics technology. Problem-solving skills and creativity will prove that the possibilities are endless!

goldstar Chemistry for Kicks – Instructor: Morgan Moody
Grades: 5-6
Every day your world is shaped by chemical reactions! If you think slime is fun, you can thank the wonders of polymer chemistry. Lightning bugs glow because of luminescence. You owe the food you eat to photosynthesis. Experiment with an acid/base indicator using cabbage, and separations/chromatography using inks; consider units and density; make slime/goo; explore phases of matter; examine atoms, molecules, and the periodic table; and investigate much more. Get a kick out of chemistry!

goldstar I Survived! Fatal Flaws & Disasters – Instructor: Megan Mills
Grades: 5-8
Fascinated by disasters? The Titanic, the Hindenburg, Pompeii. Natural or human-made, we want to know: Would I survive? Investigate first-hand accounts and re-create models of some of the greatest disasters in human history. Put yourself in the shoes of an individual trapped in The Great Chicago Fire and use materials available then to plan an escape. Simulate and investigate the wind power of F1-F5 tornadoes and hurricanes. Create a model of the Titanic. Did poor engineering, human error or negligence play a role in any of these disasters? What do we know about the people who survived? Would YOU?

goldstar Experiment in the Biomedical Sciences – Instructor: Robert Linnenbom
Grades: 6-8
Explore six areas of biomedical science as we run inquiry-based experiments in a laboratory setting each week. Apply the scientific method and critical thinking skills to support our investigations into the what, how and why of density, molarity and serial dilutions, diffusion and membrane permeability, surface tension, DNA extraction, and anatomy of breathing. Lessons adapted from curriculum developed by the Young Scientist Program through the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine.

goldstar Put Yourself in the (Statistics) Game! – Instructor: Chuck Baker
Grades: 6-8
Love to track sports statistics and analyze the game? What if you were the athlete? How can you use statistics to improve your own performance? Throw a ball, then use the Vernier Video Physics app and analyze trajectory, position and velocity graphs. Then determine the best path for a basketball shot. Perform simple activities – jump, run, etc. – and create Google spreadsheets, graphs and algebraic equations to set goals for improvement and predict future success! Join this sports ‘lab’ to get to the heart of statistics: ranges, means, box plots, histograms and more!

goldstar Courts and Trials – Instructor: Sakina Ahmad
Grades: 7-8
What is the difference between a criminal case and a juvenile case, a bench trial and a jury trial, and a jury and a grand jury? What is a verdict? What is evidence and how important is it in a trial? Learn the answers to these questions and many more about our legal system. What do the people who work in our judicial system do on a day-to-day basis? Experience the steps to prepare a case for trial, and explore the roles of witnesses, jurors and citizens. Our final activity: a mock trial!


For more information regarding any of these events, please call 314.962.5920 or email us at info@giftedresourcecouncil.org