Though many students come to Mathnasium having fallen behind their classmates, a mathematically advanced child sparked the learning program’s creation. As founder Larry Martinek’s young son, Nic, developed an appetite for higher-level math concepts, Larry found himself developing an entirely new teaching language to explain them in an age-appropriate way. The kind of instincts he sought to build up couldn’t be nurtured by drills and rote memorization. Instead, they required a deeper understanding of the principles at the root of mathematical operations, delivered in a way that grade-school kids could apply throughout their academic careers.
In just a decade’s time, Larry and his team have established Mathnasium centers in most U.S. states and more than a dozen other countries. At each, tutors who earned a 700 or higher on the math portion of the SAT develop custom learning plans for students in grades K–12 based on The Mathnasium Method. The system combines an education strategy of conceptual, tactile, and visual techniques with a curriculum structure that ensures kids can count, think proportionally, and tell the difference between a multiplication sign and a plus sign by scent alone. Tutors allow some time each session to help students with the concepts in their math homework, and the centers regularly check report cards and standardized tests as further measures of progress.
Blue Line Aviation LLC unlocks the skies near RDU and Smithfield airports with aircraft management, flight training, aircraft rental, and aerial tours. The FAA–certified instructors, which include company president Trey Walters, help students grab the yoke and soar toward private, instrument, commercial, and flight-instructor ratings. These lessons can take place in a student's own aircraft or in one of Blue Line Aviation's airplanes.
The West Cary Tutoring Center promises academic improvement, a stimulating environment and innovative techniques to help your child succeed in school. We can also boast that our students have fun while learning and are motivated not only by success and improvement but also our grab-bag program.
The educators behind Mad Science propagate a love of science, technology, engineering, and math through programs that immerse kids in exploration. Rather than standing at a lectern and droning on about static electricity or the life cycle of a cootie, the educators meet kids at eye level for experiments that actively instill principles of questioning and observation. Although their methods are fun, they're also meaningful—lessons align with STEM objectives and enrich classroom science curriculums. Scientists typically host workshops at school facilities, but also can transport their rockets, lasers, and slime to birthday parties and inquiry-based field trips.
TechShop RDU is a 20,000-square-foot smorgasbord of inventive creativity and tools for people of all skill levels. The DIY workshop offers dozens of different classes covering everything from metal welding to silk-screening to robot-building and laser engraving. The safety and basic usage classes will get you up to date on a specific tool or machine. Obsoletify regular visits to the mechanic with a one-hour class on changing your car's oil, or terrify tailors everywhere by learning how to fix and enhance your own clothes with a sewing or embroidery class. Other classes include laser cutting & etching, aluminum casting, and precision vector cutting of printed material from a digital file. The two-month membership allows for unlimited access to TechShop RDU's facilities, so you can breathe new life into old projects with tools not found in most private workshops. The TechShop includes full wood working and metal shops, with milling machines, lathes, and a 5' x 8' CNC ShopBot router. Neophyte inventors from ages 12–17 are welcome as well, but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to ensure they don't break physics.
The professional instructors at Raleigh Bartending School eagerly impart their pouring wisdom on casual learners and up-and-coming barkeeps. A four-hour mixology class gives pupils a taste of the tricks and techniques needed for successful liquid slinging in a fun, hands-on environment. The full certification course prepares students to serve alcohol responsibly, maximize tip revenue, and identify and halt bar-joke set-ups before they come to earth-rending fruition. After watching demonstrations from professional instructors, students build their bar-cred with hands-on experience, learning hundreds of cocktail recipes, business skills, and bar setup. After completing an intensive 40-hour course, graduates earn the legal ability to serve alcohol for fun and profit and gain access to the school's job-placement program, as well as the right to serve as official judicator for all small-claims bar bets. Classes operate on a flexible schedule based around student availability.