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Genius Camp | Week 2 Update

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Dear Friends,

The first half of Genius Camp is done, and it's hard to believe that the time is going so quickly! We started last week with our first of 3 planned visits to Latter Library. Genius Campers checked out books to read for fun and to research their Genius Hour project topics. Between activities, we love to see campers grabbing their library books instead of their phones and tablets!



Last week, we focused heavily on our theme for the summer, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, ART and math). Campers learned about Theo Jansen, Dutch artist and engineer who created a series of impressive kinetic sculptures called "Strandbeest", Dutch for "beach animal". By the end of the month, each camper will build his or her own mini-Strandbeest to take home!



Since Strandbeests are often referred to as "animals" and/or "organisms", campers explored the idea of living versus non-living things by comparing gummy worms and live worms. Guest teacher, Mrs. Brenda Hubbard, assistant principal and science teacher at Riverdale High School, led an additional lab exploration of living and non-living things. For our first field trip, we visited the Ogden Museum of Southern Art to see other examples of kinetic sculptures and local art.

Genius Campers even made their own kinetic sculptures powered by a simple pulley. We also made tetrahedron kites, which, like the Strand-beest, are specially designed to harness the power of the wind.

What will we do this week? Keep reading these updates and following us on social media to find out! Don't forget to scroll down to learn more about how you can support our work and our campers.

educationally yours,
Tinashe Blanchet
Founder, Lead Learner
The Learning Laboratory New Orleans

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ABC Camp: It's Not Too Late!

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PLEASE SHARE: Spaces still remain for ABC Camp, a NEW 4-week day camp for 4-7 year-olds with a focus on early literacy and the arts scheduled for July 10- August 4, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information or to register, please visit http://learnlabnola.org/abccamp.

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Support the Lab | Fundraisers + Events

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T-Shirt Sale
Visit http://mkt.com/learnlabnola to buy your Genius Camp 2017 t-shirt.  The proceeds from this sale will offset the cost of our programs.

Genius Camp Night 2017 at Louisiana Pizza Kitchen Uptown
On Tuesday, July 27, 2017, the Louisiana Pizza Kitchen at 615 South Carrollton Avenue is hosting our third annual fundraiser for Genius Camp. Register/share now on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/458225737860590

Pensacola Trip: Parents & Chaperones
For $50 + a Genius Camp t-shirt, you can join us on our trip to Pensacola, FL on Wednesday, June 28, 2017.  Parents will be given preference to attend, but additional chaperones may go if seats remain. Our itinerary includes a visit to the Pensacola MESS (Math, Engineering, Science & Stuff) Hall and some fun in the sun at Pensacola Beach.  Contact us by email or by phone at 504-475-4522 for info.

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