Each day at Neuron Garage begins with time for your children to connect on a personal level and enjoy time with each other. This seemingly casual part of the day is actually an essential time to create community and forge relationships that become important during the challenging, and sometimes frustrating, building times when campers often need to collaborate in order to succeed.
We try to keep the schedule each day similar so that campers know what to expect. However, we do take extra time on Monday mornings to play together in order to establish a sense of community and make sure that each camper feels connected. Group activities sets a positive, collaborative tone and encourage new and old friendships.
We ease into the weekly Building Challenge with a Mini-Challenge on Monday afternoons that is designed to warm up hands and brains and make sure campers are ready to dive into the main Building Challenge on Tuesday.
For the rest of the week, your children spend each morning designing, building, and testing their ideas. This time of intense focus is followed by time to refuel and socialize at lunch. Before refocusing on the week’s Building Challenge, campers have time to play inside or outside while spending quality time with friends.
The afternoon is devoted to more time tinkering, testing, and tweaking their designs. Each day there is time built in for campers to test or present their work to peers. Practice public speaking and learning to give and receive feedback is always done in a way that is inspiring, and never hurtful. As the day ends, the group comes together one more time to share insights and reflect on their experiences.
Smiling, messy campers, fired-up to come back the next day!
Your children leave smiling from the fun times with their friends and the deep satisfaction that comes from engaging in an intriguing challenge. While they will be tired, and likely a bit messy, after a good night’s sleep, they will wake up eager to get back to their work and their new, supportive community.
Pause and Reflect.
Throughout the week, when we come together as a group, your children are asked to consider questions such as:
- Do you learn more from success or from failure?
- Where did you spend the most time: in your Comfort Zone, your Challenge Zone, or your Panic Zone?
- What strategies did you use to move from your Comfort Zone to your Challenge Zone? From your Panic Zone back to your Comfort Zone or your Challenge Zone?
- Did you work better today on your own or with others?
- Who did you inspire today? Who inspired you?
Fridays are all about celebrating hard work and personal growth! We have an Exposition at the end of each week where campers are able to test their contraptions or display their projects. We also make sure to have extra time to play together as a community and enjoy our new friendships before departing.
Extend the Fun with Extended Hours.
You may choose to extend the day as late as 6pm. Our goal for Extended Hours is that when parents arrive, campers beg for just five more minutes. We believe that campers need some down time in the later afternoon. During Extended Hours, we take a break from the weekly Building Challenges and offer crafts and other fun activities that involve building with recycled and other simple materials. These activities reinforce creativity and fine motor skills, which leads to more successful building. There is also plenty of time for campers to play inside and out.