More than three decades ago, educator Larry Martinek set out on a mission to develop a curriculum that would radically change the traditional approach to teaching math. Noting a "disconnect between students' basic skills training and the curriculum they [must] master in the years to come," Larry created an original teaching method designed to turn students into miniature mathematicians capable of thinking critically to solve problems. His approach, which he describes as the cultivation of number sense, strives to sharpen students’ math instincts, rather than drill them with repetitive, memory-based exercises or force them to blackmail accountants to crunch the numbers. Soon after students began using Larry's method, their test scores began to rise. In the spring of 2002, Larry's dream came true. Peter Markovitz and David Ullendorff, leaders in the education industry, made Larry and his curriculum the driving force of Mathnasium. Larry introduced his curriculum as the Mathnasium Method. Today, Mathnasium centers can be found throughout the world. Informed by Larry's visionary innovations, the program's tutors give personalized coaching that focuses on bolstering critical thinking through written materials and mental math, forsaking many of the teaching tools found in a traditional classroom. In addition, the tutors also focus on boosting students' enthusiasm for the subject, helping them overcome a lack of confidence in the classroom or their innate fear of prime numbers.
Seasoned musicians Brady Stark and William Stanton and their troupe of instructors approach guitar lessons with an easy hand, letting students follow their own musical path in styles such as classic rock, heavy metal, jazz, funk, and blues. In their guitar-strewn practice room, the duo of instructors hosts laid-back lessons for beginners and in-depth sessions in music theory for advanced students, earning enthusiastic reviews from clients both young and old. Stark, Stanton, and their instructors have a special affinity for particularly difficult music, relishing the challenges of blistering metal solos and hard-rock jams as indomitable as a speeding locomotive loaded with kryptonite.
At Hub City Aviation, friendly aviation advisers apply their years of aeronautical acumen to guide prospective pilots through the basics of flight. With this deal, cloud-skimming cadets will meet with one of Hub City's Federal Aviation Administration-certified instructors for pre-flight instruction and rudimentary regulations. After being suitably prepped, you'll spend some time behind the yoke of one of the eight high or low-wing craft in their airborne armada, with possible planes like the beginner-friendly Cessna 172N and the Piper Cherokee 180. Instructors will lead aspiring pilots through necessary flight techniques and cockpit controls, like the throttle, altimeter, and emergency Crystal Pepsi valve, then relinquish the controls to give the student a feel for the plane. Upon landing, pupils will receive a debriefing about the flight and additional information on further steps needed to become a FAA-licensed pilot and join the secret brotherhood of ozone masons.
Katsujin Budokai's experienced sensei Walt Bushey boasts 32 years of martial-arts experience under his 5th-degree black belt, and he uses his extensive knowledge to lead students in the traditional art of dento shotokan karate. Students of the self-defense-oriented martial art grapple, strike, and throw as a means to improve quick thinking, and lessons in choking submissions and takedowns inspire troubled 2"x4"s to rethink their lives of crime. Convening weekly, classes are taught in a traditional manner and instill such virtues as discipline, courtesy, respect, and perseverance into pintsize protégés. Grab today's Groupon to prepare your tween for the joint-locking portion of their college entrance exam, and check out the dojo's flexible schedule, which ensures enough slots for a slew of budding new martial artists.