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 in other countries. At each, highly trained tutors 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.
The certified flight instructors at Inflight Pilot Training, many of whom are airline or corporate pilots, boast a collective total of nearly 20,000 in-flight hours. During lessons within one of the facility?s well-maintained aircraft, they?ll impart years of know-how as they teach each student how to properly fly an airplane. All maintenance is conducted by the FAA-certified repair station, Modern Avionics, and the training center also offers airplane rental and ground schools.
Founded in 2002 by Erik Sanborn, a Minnesota native whose art has taken him to stages across 25 countries, the Metropolitan Ballet curates a company of skilled dancers, some with ties to such prestigious companies as the Bolshoi Ballet. The curriculum is grounded in the Vaganova method of ballet, which emphasizes a strong core and full-body perfection of movement. The company also stays busy with a full season of performances, with lavishly costumed dancers moving through dramatic stories that have ranged from Dracula to The Nutcracker.
Midwest Carry Academy's instructors teach at several ranges in the local area.
Available rentals including .22 caliber pistols and 9 millimeter pistols.
Midwest Carry Academy's shooting experts aim to imbue students with the skills needed to responsibly bear arms. The instructors' backgrounds range from the NRA to law enforcement to military, and they draw on these experiences to teach handgun and home defense courses. In these classes, teachers help both entry-level and advanced shooters hone their skills and master efficiency. Additionally, the instructors themselves continuously take new courses to further develop their skills as both teachers and gun handlers.
More than 1,200 acres worth of gardens, prairies, and woodland trails grace the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Upwards of 5,000 plant species call the arboretum home, including trees, shrubs, and Minnesota?s state flower, the Showy Lady?s Slipper. Expert naturalists happily lead visitors through the verdant space via tram or on foot, though guests can also go it alone along the arboretum?s 12.5 miles of trails and walkways. Journeys can lead anywhere from the boardwalk running through Green Heron Pond's bog to Color Me Spring?s vibrant stretch of thousands of annuals.
Amongst these pillars of the natural world stand sculptures made by world-renowned artists. More manmade artwork awaits inside the arboretum?s two galleries, which host seasonal displays of watercolors, acrylics, and photography. Guests can also get involved with the arboretum by attending forums and symposia with scholars, or participating in classes that teach skills such as flower arranging or pruning magical beanstalks so giants can't climb down.
The certified instructors at Mind Sight Firearms Training comprising a deputy sheriff and a U.S. Navy combat corpsman, share their knowledge of firearm operation during three courses that focus on self-defense, including one specifically designed for women. Believing that safe gun handling is rooted in practice, they take their students to a semi-enclosed outdoor range to hone their grip, stance, and aim.