The Learnatory is a 501(c)3 NoN-Profit educational organization
These are difficult times for all of us. I truly hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
I first want to thank you for your patience while we considered options during rapidly changing times brought on by this pandemic. Our parents and students are only reasons we exist and we appreciate your ongoing support and loyalty.
I want to update you on the status of The Learnatory STEAM Summer Camp.
Knowing what we do about the highly contagious COVID-19, we cannot in good conscience bring kids, teachers, and by proxy, their families into a summer camp environment. Additionally, St. Joseph's College where camp was to be held, like every other college and university, is closed due to this pandemic. Therefore, we have no choice but to cancel The Learnatory STEAM Summer Camp 2020.
In its place, The Learnatory is applying our 42-years of experience in world-class programming to develop an online Virtual STEAM Summer Camp offering rich, engaging learning experiences focusing on STEAM and adding a variety of exciting recreational activities.
Classes will be led by highly qualified academic instructors providing personalized instruction in Math and Reading and leading live, interactive STEAM classes. The physical education and recreational classes will be led by professionals from the worlds of education, sports, and dance offering activities such as virtual sports drills (like the pros!), workouts, yoga, and various types of dance from ballet to Zuumba.
We are conducting a survey to determine what in a Virtual STEAM Summer Camp would capture your needs and your child(ren)’s interests. Please take the survey to let us know what you would like to see your child(ren) doing virtually this summer. We highly value your feedback by May 31, 2020.
We are here to help address your educational enrichment needs and desires. We hope to see you in our Virtual STEAM Summer Camp in July, and in person in the Fall, assuming it is safe to do so, or back with us in Summer 2021.
As always, we are available if you have any specific questions. Please call us at (347) 787-0435 or send an email to DThompson@thelearnatory.org. We are honored to serve our families and communities.
Thank you, Families, for being the very best part of The Learnatory. Stay safe and healthy!
Debra E. Thompson, M.S., M.O.B.
Founder & Executive Director
Your support and contributions will enable us to overcome the COVID-19 impact on our organization.
Your donation can help us continue our 42-year Mission of closing the education opportunity gap for underserved
young women and minorities.
The Learnatory is in its 42nd year having helped over 12,000 students build solid foundations for admission to top colleges and universities.
The Learnatory is a pioneer in delivering interactive experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics - STEAM.
The typical student identifies one to two areas of focus and develops solid skills transferable to school and life.
The Learnatory offers introductory through advanced interdisciplinary courses in five STEAM fields, Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics with a truly global perspective.
The comprehensive STEAM Summer Camp 2020 offers:
1) Reading, Math, & Writing remediation and enrichment
2) Hands-on, interdisciplinary, problem-based, deeper
learning through real-world projects
3) Participating Business & Community partner activities
4) Authentic demonstrations of learning
5) Pre-college experiences
6) STEAM career exploration
7) A wide range of exciting outdoor recreational activities
8) Special Activity Days: Talent Show, Game Day and more!
Aerospace Engineering & Virtual Reality
Build, Code, & Take Home Your Own Tablet
Build, Code, Take Home Your Own Robot
Wearable Technology & Fashion Design
Robotics & the Internet of Things (IoT)
Pre-Med for Kids & Teens
Personal Spa Science
The Sweet Science of Making Candy
Just Crazy Science Stuff!
Ultimate Virtual Reality Game Design with Unity & Oculus Go!
Fortnight & Unreal Engine Game Design
XBox Game Design
Game Design with Minecraft
Making Platform Games
Be A YouTube Producer!
Wearable Technology & Fashion Design
3-D Animation: Modeling & Texturing
Diagnostic Assessment & Individualized instruction:
Remedial & Enrichment
Catch up or get ahead!
Make up for lost time!
Don't just play games, step directly into them with virtual reality and the Oculus Go. This all-in-one VR system—no wires or cords attached—pairs with Unity, an industry-standard game engine. Create awesome worlds you can see, hear, and lose yourself in.
After you've built your experience, take home your designs and your Oculus Go to continue crafting and improving your immersive, interactive virtual realms.
It is predicted that the wearables market will be worth $34 Billion by the end of 2020.
While invisible to the naked eye, there is a world of wearable technology around us, with multiple applications in retail, automobile, medical, and insurance sectors.
And yet, the vast potential the fashion industry has for wearable technology remains untapped. So, we're going to tap into it!
PLANNED BEFORE COVID-19
Do you wonder how people become sick; how one person infects another; which organisms cause illness and how they are controlled?
Younger campers will explore taking vitals and EKGs, components of medical history, bandaging wounds, taking blood pressure, analyze blood types and DNA, explore bandage wrapping and sterilization procedures.
This exciting, hands-on experience will empower girls in grades 4th through 6th to explore a variety of engineering fields with the freedom to be creative and innovative.
They will learn about the engineering design process as they build rockets, use biotechnology to analyze DNA, and design a device that can deliver necessary goods to “Toxic Island,” an island that has been quarantined by the World Health Organization due to a nasty outbreak of disease.
Pre-college discussions, experiences and career exploration are integrated throughout this workshop/
This course has been specifically designed for beginners who have been looking to obtain a hands-on learning experience with Python, teaching concepts of programming right from the basics and Python being the simplest language for a beginner to start with.
Students will learn how to execute their first Python program, logic, programming constructs, python syntax, command-line python, object-oriented programming using python and many more advanced concepts.
The final project will be the development of an App.
It's ironic that we planned to immerse our campers into
"Pre-Med: Microbiology & Biotechnology" BEFORE a major pandemic occurred with
Older campers will explore how people become sick, how one person infects another, which organisms cause illness and how they are controlled and other questions with an introduction to the pathogens that cause diseases. They will learn the basic structure and function of bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Present-day epidemics will be examined with some attention given to future epidemic threats.
One of the already planned projects includes developing solutions to stop a toxic virus from taking over the world. Today's events just show how important the science of Biomedical Engineering is to our campers' real world.
In this course, you will discover how to hide information, create secret messages, and share plans with your classmates, always staying one step ahead of would-be cyber attacks.
Learn how to encrypt data with programs and computers and see how cryptography principles relate to modern cybersecurity, then explore the functionality and write implementations of algorithms like SHA and RSA core to security on modern computer systems.
Are you an inventor who likes to tackle problems through design? Do you enjoy learning how and why things work? In this Engineering Immersive, you’ll explore various fields in engineering and decide if engineering is the career for you!
Projects may include designing, building and coding a programmable robot, or an RC car or line-following car. There will also be exciting activities in Mechanical, Chemical, and Electrical engineering.
The budding business person can take a deep dive into the entrepreneurial process and learn how to launch the venture they've always dreamed of. They will ideate, create, and evaluate a business plan from scratch while using best practices, case studies, and business lessons.
Week 1: Intro to Entrepreneurship and Business Ideation
The hands-on introduction to entrepreneurship begins with basic principles of how to come up with a business idea and concludes with a pitch session.
Week 2: Launch and Scale up your Business
Participants learn about management, execution and the fundamentals of how to scale up their businesses.
There's much to see here. So, take your time, look around, and learn all there is to know about us. We hope you enjoy our site and take a moment to drop us a line.
Due to recent events regarding the coronavirus, we are in the process of offering many of our STEAM courses in online and webinar formats. Look for emails regarding the online curriculum. Be sure to join our email list below.
is a copywriter and animator for Leo Burnett Advertising. He attended The Learnatory (GenTech in Chicago) from 2011 – 2013 where he produced amazing animated stories. Austin later served as an Intern during the summer camp where he helped younger children tell wonderful stories through animation.
On February 2, 2020,
a Nintendo commercial written by Austin appeared at the end of the Super Bowl game. You can see it here: https://lnkd.in/gfVRy_8
Austin’s very first animated stories done at The Learnatory can be found on YouTube:
“It’s A Colorful World” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-p8Sy625mM
“Stop This Train” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHCBlqlUYvg
is a Social Media Manager and Beauty & Glamour Influencer.
Britney attended The Learnatory (GenTech in Chicago) from 2010 - 2012. She later wrote the very first blog we ever had before most people even knew what a blog was. Today, she is a Social Media Pro!
"So happy to announce that I’m a finalist for the 2019 InfluenceHer of the Year Award by Her Campus Media. I’ve been working so hard on my content and I’m so honored to be a finalist in this category. I’ve come a long way from writing blog posts in my dorm room to now being recognized for all my hard work in this industry. Thank you so much for your support in advance. "
is a musical genius who sometimes missed game design classes for piano practice. And we now see why!
He attended The Learnatory (known as GenTech in Chicago) from 2012 – 2013 where he blossomed expressing his creativity by making video games with music. He left us early one Saturday for a music concert - and the rest is history!
After returning from Japan where he was featured on Japanese national TV, Joshua performed last summer at Carnegie Hall. In the Spring of 2018, he did a 12-day tour in Germany where he performed to a sold-out audience in Berlin.
Joshua has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Steinway Hall in N.Y. He has opened for the Jackson’s, Ramsey Lewis and TV’s Nick Canon. He has played all over Europe.
See this amazing protege in action here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTNO29aXv0U.
Check out this great video created by Austin Paramore, at the time, just 13 years old.
With absolutely no prior knowledge, he was taught and applied in these real-world 3-D animation skills in 10 days compared to what a college student typically learns in 2 years.
Today, Austin is a Copywriter and Animator for Leo Burnett Advertising in Chicago. He created a commercial for Nintendo that played at the end of Super Bowl 2020.
"I am glad that I discovered The Learnatory STEAM Program. I believe that my child has an edge and an advantage that has shifted, if not broadened, his educational path. As a parent, The Learnatory has made me a believer!
I am glad that I have found the right educational fit and I look forward to where it takes my son. This is my child’s pre-college experience. I am so smiling. Why? I see the possibilities into his future.
Thank you, Learnatory."
Loriann, Daniel's Mom
"The Learnatory is pretty cool. If I get up to go to something at 7 am on a Saturday morning, it must be pretty cool! I’m learning to do things kids my age can’t do like make video games and animations. I am going to start making Apps for the iPhone soon! I think this is a really good program – and it is fun. No stress."
Gabrielle 16 years old
"I am so pleased with The Learnatory and its summer camp! I like that it offers a wide spectrum of kids, too. I am so happy with the environment. It's priceless! Thank you for the program. Angels were shining on me the day I found this camp."