Innovation Academy offers hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math classes and Engineering camps that are fun. With 3D printing, robots, and a PhD physicist, loads of learning is bound to happen. Time to discover your inner geek!
Classes are open to all Southern California students. We are vendors for Compass, EPIC, Excel, Gorman, iLead, Inspire, Sage Oak, Sky Mountain, Summit, and Valiant. If you would like us to become a vendor with your charter school, please send Debby an email (debbyATdevinnovatorsDOTcom).
A hands-on survey of fun STEM activities. The Mini-Maker Expo grabs kids curiosity and sucks them into the world of inventing–2018 style! No boring books or lectures or videos. Kids get their hands on 3D printers, Blinking LED art, and digital design software for making their ideas come to life. We designed the Mini-Maker Expo as an eye-catching introduction to the world of innovation and inventing. For two hours, kids are immersed in hands-on simulations designed to spark curiosity. The energy in the room is crackling with excitement.
Hands-on survey of 3D printing, 3D design, coding, and electronics. At the Innovation Expo teens explore the world of engineering–2018 style! No boring books or lectures or videos. Teens use 3D printers, 3D graphic design software, electronics, and computer coding to power up their brains. We designed the Innovation Expo as an inspiring introduction to the world of innovation and engineering. For two hours, teens are immersed in hands-on activities engineered to get them thinking about new ideas. The energy in the room is explosive.
Note about recommended grade levels
Grade level recommendations can be somewhat flexible depending on the maturity of the student. For example, a 3rd grade student who is able to read well and collaborate well with others might be able to succeed in a higher level class. However, a 3rd grade student who does not read well might have a challenging time with that same class. We would be happy to discuss specifics with parents who have questions about what might be appropriate for their student.
Curious Kids Tech Tracks
Introductory Engineering (K-5)
Young minds need loads of new experiences to push and grow. Students grow brain cells by using their hands to explore gears and levers, simple machines, sensors, robots, and a host of other tech topics.
Introductory Science (K-5)
Science is a subject shrouded in mystery, but it is really just curiosity guided by a system called the “scientific method”. We will explore many different hands-on science experiments, but at the core, we will learn how to apply the scientific method at every turn. It will be a blast (hopefully not literally!).
Creative Tech, Engineering, and Science (K-5 & 6-12)
Young innovators and designers find new inspiration and excitement using technology as a tool in the design process. We explore electronic textiles, art in 3D, math in art, upcycled technology, and other intersections between the worlds of art and technology.
Everyday Science and Engineering (5-8)
Your growing young innovator is curious about all those devices around the house and everywhere else in their world. By exposing the inner workings of everyday life like network routers, chemistry in the kitchen, internet connected widgets, the insides of devices, and other everyday things, young innovators begin forming maps in the brain for how their world works.
Advanced Technology (6-12)
The teen brain is one of the most agile, powerful processing platforms on the planet. In fact, their brain is 25% faster than the world’s fastest supercomputer! In Advanced Technology, we take teens on journeys into drone hacking, coding/apps, using Linux, games for geeks, and other topics where engaging deeply uncovers new universes.
Advanced Science (6-12)
Science is so much more than ideas in a book. We will do hands-on experiments and explore many different techniques used to isolate the core idea in each. Above all, we will learn that science, just like every other subject, is created by people and hence malleable to new discoveries and novel ideas.
Registration: Available July 1st
Location: Pinon Hills Community Center, Pinon Hills, CA
Schedule: We have two fall sessions and two spring sessions. Each session runs for six weeks. Classes will be held one day a week, either Wednesday OR Friday (not both).
Note: For Inspire Charter School families interested in a 2-day drop-off program, please see our Specialty Program page for more information. One day and 2-day options may be available for other students on a space available basis. Contact Debby (debbyATdevinnovatorsDOTcom) for more information.
- Summer Session camps will be held in Murphy NC, Orlando FL, Nashville TN, Newbury Park CA, and Redding CA.
- Times: 9am-4pm
- Ages: 12-18
- Registration Information (dates and prices): http://developinginnovators.com/camp
Innovation Tech Camp is a 4-day fully-immersive experience for teens 12-18 years old.
Your child will work hands-on with some of today’s most innovative technology — building custom inventions in fun and creative challenges alongside their peers, all in an inspiring and safe environment.
Teens love Innovation Tech Camp. Why? Because we believe learning should be fun and relevant, and every child should be able to grow to his or her fullest potential. That’s exactly what kids experience at Innovation Tech Camp.
Teens that join Innovation Tech Camp develop the tools to thrive in a challenging environment. Some of our past campers, who had never been exposed to engineering, ended up pursuing degrees in STEM-related fields after attending. Hands-on experience, team-building exercises, fun and challenging environments — Innovation Tech Camp has it all.
Just imagine: Inspired kids! Expanded minds! Unlocked potential!
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