SMALLab Multi-day School Workshop


Schedule a SMALLab workshop for your school!

We are currently offering workshops in select cities. Please provide your city, state and email and we\’ll get back to you with schedules and availability.

SMALLab student learning

With the SMALLab Multi-day Workshop, you can bring the field trip directly to your campus!

Classes are only $14 per student!

Sign up today for an onsite workshop, and select from a variety of course offerings in Math and Science. Classes are aligned with Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards for elementary and middle school.

Our experienced educators will deliver an award winning embodied learning experience. Your students will be engaged and inspired. All of this delivered at your school, without the additional expenses of an off-campus field trip.

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How does it work?

Our professional installation team will arrive on your campus one day prior to the workshop. They will spend 1 day installing SMALLab in your classroom.

Throughout the workshop, your participating teachers will bring their classes to the SMALLab classroom. One of our highly experienced SMALLab educators and a technical assistant will host the classes, working with your teachers to deliver an embodied learning experience that is engaging, inspiring, and effective!

On the last day of the workshop, our installation team will return after school. They will remove the SMALLab equipment, returning your classroom to its original configuration, ready for regular use the next day.

Classes are Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards aligned.

We currently offer a variety of science and math classes that are Common Core and Next Generation Science Standard aligned.

SMALLab is installed in schools across the US, including elementary, middle, and high school campuses. We have developed a large content library that includes numerous learning scenarios, and over 1,000 learning activities. It has been honed over years of use in classrooms, and refined through our research regarding student learning.

We have drawn from this library to craft a variety science and math classes for middle and elementary school students like those you see listed below. Please contact us for the complete list of available classes, descriptions, and standards mapping.

Elementary School Example Classes

Class

Description

Standards Alignment

Elementary Fraction ActionNolan Elementary Middle School - Fraction Lab - SMALLab

Students experience a number of game-based learning scenarios with a focus on comparison and equivalency between fractions. The complexity of the fractions is variable according to grade level. Common Core Math Standards

  • Numbers and Operations – Fractions
    • 3.NF Develop understanding of fractions as numbers
    • 4.NF Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering
    • 5.NF Use equivalent fractions as a strategy to add and subtract fractions

Time BanditsTwin Rivers - McKeesport Area SD - SMALLab Learning

Students begin by reasoning through a 3d view of the Earth, it’s axis rotation, and it’s orbital pattern. This is the foundation for understanding that there are repeated patterns. This gives way to multiple representations of time. Common Core Math Standards

  • Measurement and Data
    • 1.MD Tell and write time
    • 2.MD Work with Time and Money

Next Generation Science Standards

  • 1-ESS1 Earth’s Place in the Universe
    • ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System – Seasonal patterns of sunrise and sunset can be observed, described, and predicted.
  • 5-ESS1 Earth’s Place in the Universe
    • ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System – The orbits of Earth around the sun and of the moon around Earth, together with the rotation of Earth about an axis between its North and South poles, cause observable patterns. These include day and night; daily changes in the length and direction of shadows; and different positions of the sun, moon, and stars at different times of the day, month, and year.

Number Literacy

Students experience a number of game-based learning scenarios with a focus on comparison and equivalency between fractions. The complexity of the fractions is variable according to grade level. Common Core Math Standards

  • Counting and Cardinality
    • K.CC Know humber names and the count sequence
    • K.CC Count to tell the number of objects
  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking
    • 1.OA Understand and apply properties of operations and the relationship between additional and subtraction
    • 2.OA Work with equal groups of objects to gain foundations for multiplication
  • Number and Operations in Base Ten
    • 2.NBT Understand Place Value

Middle School Example Classes

Class

Description

Standards Alignment

Numbers & EquationNolan Elementary Middle School - SMALLab

Students engage in a series of game-based learning scenarios, encountering multiple representations of numbers and equations that will strengthen their mathematical foundation. Common Core Math Standards

  • The Number System
    •  6.NS Apply and extend previous understandings of numbers to the system of rational numbers
  • Expressions and Equations
    •  6.EE Apply and extend previous understandings of arithmetic to algebraic expressions

Motion Mapping
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Students begin by reasoning through a 3d view of the Earth, it’s axis rotation, and it’s orbital pattern. This is the foundation for understanding that there are repeated patterns. This gives way to multiple representations of time. Common Core Math Standards

  • Expressions and Equations
    • 7.EE Solve real-life and mathematical problems using numerical and algebraic expressions and equations
    • 8.EE Understand the connections between proportional relationships, lines, and linear equations
  •  Functions
    • 8.F Define, evaluate, and compare functions
  • Ratios and Proportional Relationships
    • 7.RP Analyze proportional relationships and use them to solve real-world and mathematical problems

Next Generation Science Standards

  • MS-PS2 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
    • PS2.A: Forces and Motion – The motion of an object is determined by the sum of the forces acting on it; if the total force on the object is not zero, its motion will change. The greater the mass of the object, the greater the force needed to achieve the same change in motion. For any given object, a larger force causes a larger change in motion.

Systems & Interactions
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Systems thinking is a key 21st Century Skill. In this class, students encounter a number of real world examples of systems, and develop fluency with the nature of systems and their dynamics.. Next Generation Science Standards

  • MS-PS1 Matter and Its Interactions
    • PS1.B: Chemical Reactions – Substances react chemically in characteristic ways. In a chemical process, the atoms that make up the original substances are regrouped into different molecules, and these new substances have different properties from those of the reactants.
    • LS2.A: Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems – Organisms, and populations of organisms, are dependent on their environmental interactions both with other living things and with nonliving factors.

Classes are only $14 per student

We charge $14 per student participant per class period with a minimum of 10 classes per workshop. For this price, each student will receive 50 minutes (depending on your class duration) of high quality, embodied learning activity that will inspire and augment their regular instruction.

For example, say you have 2 middle school math teachers, each teaching 5 periods per day with 25 students in each class. Workshops would likely run for 2 days, and the total cost to provide the SMALLab experience for all of their students will be 2 x 5 x 25 x $14 = $3500.

Say that you have a science department with 3 teachers, each teaching 4 periods per day with 20 students in each class. Workshops would likely run for 3 days, and the total cost to provide the SMALLab experience for all of their students will be 3 x 4 x 24 x $14 = $4032.

If you later choose to purchase SMALLab for your school, the workshop costs can be applied to your purchase or subscription fee.

Is there a minimum or maximum class size?

We can accommodate class sizes from 8 – 35 students.

Can my teachers participate in the instruction?

Yes! Our educators all have classroom teaching experience, and know the value of the teacher/student relationship. This is a co-teaching opportunity that can be as rewarding for teachers as it is for students.

What are the room requirements?

SMALLab can install in most conventional classrooms. We require a room with a drop-ceiling and removable tiles in order to temporarily install our equipment. The drop ceiling must be a minimum of 9’ 6” tall. The room dimensions should be 25’ x 25’. All desks and other obstructing furniture should be cleared from the room. Approximately 25 chairs should remain for use during the workshop. Other room configurations can sometimes be accommodated, and please submit the form above with any specific questions.

We will need access to conventional power that can be provided from standard outlets in the room. We do not require internet access.

SMALLab is a low-touch installation, and we do not need to drill holes or make any other modifications to your room. When the workshop is complete, the room will be left in the exact configuration as we found it.

What is embodied learning?

Embodied learning is an emerging field that blends the learning sciences and human computer interaction. Cognitive scientists have discovered compelling evidence that nearly all of our experiences are in some way grounded in the body. Embodied learning is kinesthetic, collaborative, and multimodal.

Not only is embodied learning fun and engaging, it has been demonstrated to have a significant positive impact on student achievement with a series of research studies funded by the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.