Lord of the Rings. Star Wars. Legos. These are the areas of expertise of BrainStorm Studios' staff, who combine the experience gleaned from working on those films with brightly colored toy bricks to inspire young minds. Legos are used in conjunction with other technology to nurture kids' interest in STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art, and math. In different workshops, youngsters piece together bridges and towers, program robots, or build mind-boggling contraptions while principles of architecture, engineering, and physics secretly lodge in their brains. Future filmmakers can hone their craft in stop-motion-animation workshops or try their hand at storyboarding and acting in a short film. BrainStorm's creative birthday parties educationally elevate celebrations, inviting guests to create a claymation movie, a music video, or robots that solve mazes and do battle but, tragically, can't be programmed to feel love.
The staff members at Sylvan Learning's numerous learning 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 standardized testing, diagnostic tools, and one-on-one interviews.
Tutors work with students from 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. 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.
Before aspiring drivers can sit behind the wheel, they need to know the rules of the road. Guaranteed Driving School's online course highlights all the info required by the California DMV, plus practice tests that help ready students for their learner's permit exam. With that permit in hand, pupils can begin working with one of the school's certified instructors, each of whom comes licensed by the state. In-car training programs total anywhere from 2 to 56 hours, during which time instructors teach students essential skills like merging onto freeways and how far to lean back so your vehicle can jump potholes.
As a DMV-licensed traffic-violator school, Zaki Traffic School helps students return to the road after a court-ordered driving hiatus. Enrollees review course material in an online format, which employs colorful imagery and humor to illuminate the advantages of defensive driving over other forms of driving such as blindfolded. Everyone from teenagers to adults can take the state-certified curriculum in order to regain a driver's license, obtain a discount on auto insurance, or satisfy a court requirement for dismissal of a traffic ticket.
Active Driving School is fully licensed, bonded, and insured, and follows strict DMV regulations to ensure that its students are safe. They welcome teen and adult students, and have programs that include driver’s ed courses, behind-the-wheel training, and pretest practice. Under certain conditions, Active Driving School lets students use its cars to perform their driving tests, and all cars come equipped with airbags and antilock brakes that can be applied from the driver or passenger side.
NAUI instructor trainer Becky Anderson has explored the ocean blue from the lingering surf of Southern California to the crystalline fresh water-caves in the Yucatan. Becky and Private Scuba's NAUI pro-platinum aquatic faculty share essential safety and technical skills with listening ears through NAUI courses and nitrox-based instruction for divers who want to explore deeper waters or move to Atlantis. The diving team builds foundations in beginning students and heightens skills for advanced students in hands-on classes. Private scuba instructors maintain a perfect safety record, tailoring programs to meet each participant's individual goals. After mastering the basics, students can achieve certification in dive classes, making use of the facilities at Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, or learn the intricacies of rescue scuba diving to retrieve lost kittens stuck atop exposed coral reefs.