The seasoned and passionate chefs at Classy Kids Cook helm after-school cooking classes ($45/class) designed to teach burgeoning culinarians, age 4–18, how to create their own healthy creations from scratch. During these fun and interactive classes, students will learn how to follow recipes and properly measure ingredients in the well-stocked kitchen space, sizzling up healthy dishes devoid of junk food or Play-Doh cardamom. Teachers guide participants through a new dish each class, so it’s a good idea to peruse the class calendar before reserving a spot. Past dishes include sausage-cheddar quiches, minestrone soup, turkey-avocado club sandwiches, and 400-foot sculptures of Martin Fillmore made out of sautéed asparagus.
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.
Beyond whisking passengers in comfort and style on charter flights, the team of FAA-certified flight instructors at FlightGest, Inc. trains aspiring aviators to soar among the clouds themselves. Operating out of Raleigh-Durham Airport, the teachers conduct proficiency training and lessons in everything from introductory flights to private pilot's licenses aboard a fleet of fully-equipped aircraft such as Cessna 172 and Piper aircraft. Both new and experienced pilots can also practice executing maneuvers and handling difficult situations inside the FAA-approved single- and multi-engine flight simulators that are equipped with a full instrument panel.
Since 1995, FTA Firearms Inc.'s team of retired law enforcement officers and NRA-certified instructors have trained clients ranging from civilians to police personnel in firearm safety and responsibility. The staff primarily certifies students for concealed carry permit applications with a 12-hour course divided into two classroom sections and a private range session, during which pupils run through practical shooting exercises. FTA Firearms Inc.'s crew additionally teaches visitors basic marksmanship skills, offers in-depth analysis of self-defense laws, and trains women in proper gun handling. Instructors hold courses at various locales depending on size and demand, and private and group classes are also available at special rates.