The word "sport" usually conjures up images of fierce football or basketball games. But at Techno Chaos, the sport of technology is on full display. Here, youngsters are encouraged to employ the center's 100,000 Legos and technical equipment to craft functioning robots, uncanny replicas of Super Mario Brothers characters, or miniature battery-powered trolleys that help Lego people avoid rush-hour traffic. As they grasp engineering and math concepts via classes, leagues, and robot rumbles, visitors to Techno Chaos also engage in healthy competition and learn team-building skills.
In 1985, drawing from his own struggles with learning to read, Dr. Ken Gibson set out to change the way we learn. After convening with other experts to discuss challenges children were facing in the classroom, he cocreated a cognitive-skills program that eventually became the foundation of the LearningRx centers.
The clinically proven brain-training method, which is used on adults and children alike, consists of specific targeting, one-on-one coaching, and immediate feedback. Using professional cognitive tests, the centers first identify where strengths and weaknesses lie in their clients’ cognitive framework. From there, they are able to tailor mental workouts that help strengthen those areas of the brain and even create new neural pathways. The brain-training method can be beneficial for struggling students, adults wanting to remain competitive in the workplace, and the elderly.
At The Tutoring Center, pages flip and numbers crunch as smiling students reinforce study habits during one-on-one tutoring sessions. Tutors employ the trademarked Rotational Approach to Learning, which was first developed to assist children with ADD and ADHD. The system breaks down material into 15- and 30-minute intervals to boost students’ understanding and retention. Academic subjects include basic overviews of reading, writing, and math as well as advanced programs that teach memorization strategies, stress management, and how to decode the hidden messages in Sudoku puzzles.
The Language Factory's interactive classes and engaging curricula spur the development of language centers in growing minds, giving kids a head start in future communications with continental chums. Language-sponges aged 4–13 can enroll in group classes that quickly immerse them in a thick bouillabaisse of soupy foreign words and culture. Sage teachers well versed in lingual niceties and child-herding keep classes engaged through song, leading students in stirring renditions of the handful of French songs not about pizza pies. Through language games, tongues will learn the fricatives that they'll need to argue with Parisian cab drivers or Spanish conquistadors.