A lifelong songwriter and performer, Sharman Nittoli's accolades include co-writing the Frank Sinatra song "Here's to the Band." As an instructor, she harnesses her experience to help students find their own musical voice through lessons in piano, voice, songwriting, and recording.
Ross Cohen loves technology; he studied at the New York Institute of Technology, founded his own web design company, and even opened InvenDesign to work exclusively with 3-D printers. But there's something that fascinates him even more than circuitry. He started InvenDesign as a celebration of his own "young entrepreneurial spirit," and to help others explore their own. He uses 3-D printing technology to create product prototypes, artwork, and other, more esoteric designs for clients. But you don't need to be a technophile to reap the benefits?he also teaches people how to use the technology through classes. The classes explore the techniques used to adapt other media and transform them into 3-D printed objects, allowing customers to scan in favorite photographs or cartoon characters run over by a steam roller before printing out a fully 3-D version. Students also learn how to create original 3-D models on the computer, which can then be printed to create toys and tools.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: 3D Printed Items
Pro Tip: Have an open mind
Good for Kids: Yes
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous centers understand that each child learns differently. Therefore, they don’t try to implement a uniform tutoring system; instead, they design custom lesson programs based on the results of a skills assessment using diagnostic tools and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, illuminating topics ranging from basic reading and writing to remembering complex algebraic formulas without having them tattooed on your chest. Many of Sylvan’s instructors work in local schools, so they are intimately familiar with common curricula and understand how to gear lessons toward optimal results. Camps and after-school and summer classes can ready high-schoolers for the rigors of the ACT or the SAT, or they can help students to wow college-admissions officers with their superior essay-writing skills.
Though Sylvan Learning sometimes offers a discounted rate online, this Groupon still presents the best deal available.
Every day at Action Film Academy, students get in all-out brawls filled with headbutts, roundhouse punches, and sometimes bodies tossed through plate-glass windows. Don't worry, though. They don't get injured, and they're not even mad at each other. They're just doing classwork designed to prepare students for roles in action movies as fighters and stunt doubles.
The preparation process is rigorous and thorough. The academy's instructors, headed by veteran martial artist and stunt coordinator Michael DePasquale Jr., cover a wide swathe of topics to ensure their students stay safe and convincing in the midst of a movie melee. Their courses cover fight choreography, body reactions, and lessons on head snaps, which help make a phantom punch to the face or a mean-spirited insult land with real impact.