Palm Language Center offers two levels of language classes, the first focusing on conversational facility before moving on to such technical matters as verbs, grammar, and how to pronounce “onomatopoeia” in any language. Palm's two instructors split polyglot duties between them, with European native Marie Francis taking Italian and Spanish, leaving Moroccan-born Driss Siyas with classical Arabic and French.
In 1947, a Bedouin goat herder near Israel's Dead Sea stumbled upon several caves filled with ancient parchment hidden in clay jars. These deceptively simple containers contained an earth-shattering treasure: 1,350 separate records of biblical texts, hymns, and prayers that represent nearly every book in the Hebrew scriptures. Not long after their miraculous discovery, these records would gain the name they're known by today: the Dead Sea Scrolls. Located within the Southwestern Seminary campus, the Dead Sea Scrolls & the Bible exhibition showcases 21 fragments of the original scrolls, at least 12 of which have only been seen privately until now. Curators supplement the scrolls with items such as a 20-foot-long facsimile of the book of Isaiah—one of only 12 in existence—and original tools used during the scrolls' excavation in the 1950s. At the Qumran Simulated Dig Site, Ph.D. students help visitors put such tools to work as they excavate 2,000-year-old potsherds.
Though you'd never guess it based on its white, soot-free façade, an unassuming bungalow in East Forth Worth has seen fire from every angle. The structure began its life in 1928 as a fire station to protect the area's growing population from faulty toaster ovens, and today it serves as a gallery and workspace for flame-taming potters.
Firehouse Pottery's community-driven studio enables local artists to create new work in classes for all age groups classes and then display their proudest pieces in exhibitions or among a rotating selection of paintings, drawings, and pottery on display.
Resident artist Keith Thomson creates hand-made pottery and other clay artwork under tudor half timbered gables, welcoming audiences and protégés as they enter under a gabled portico held up by thick stucco columns. The intimate space also hosts events, which range from gallery exhibitions and BYOB gatherings to book signings at which only quill pens are allowed.
The Hope Center for Autism is a public charter school that teaches prekindergarten through second grade and empowers children with autism. The center’s curriculum incorporates applied behavior-analysis techniques and low staff-to-student ratios to ensure each student receives a comprehensive education. Children also undergo anywhere from 2 to 30 hours of therapy every week in a one-on-one setting, with each session tailored to their individual needs and goals.
Since 2007, the Robots-4-U team has been teaching kids a program of STEM—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Kids absorb skills and knowledge through entertaining interactions with instructors, other campers, and robot kits. The camp maintains a 16:1 student to instructor ratio, ensuring kids receive the proper amount of individual attention. Campers build robot kits comprising a brain unit and sensory appendages, which replicate seeing, hearing, touching and reading minds. Once the bots are assembled, kids enter their creations into racing, dancing, and battle-bot challenges.