Virtual Learning

EW is Rebooting

Welcome to the Einstein's Workshop Virtual Learning page. While we're all practicing social distancing and trying to find things to do, we at Einstein's Workshop will be posting videos, creating worksheets and hosting virtual learning and play! This is a brand new platform for us so keep coming back as we keep posting more content!



Share Your Projects!

Sharing ideas is one of the greatest ways to get even more ideas and to get better at your work. Have you created something awesome? Do you want to share your cool projects? Then post to social media and link us!

#einsteinsworkshop

@Einstein's Workshop

Or submit to us and we'll post for you!

 




Virtual Math Classes

We are happy to announce that Steve Heller is offering a number of great Math classes virtually! These are registered classes that will be starting with a 4 week session on April 12th. He is offering classes in:
  • Patterns and Shapes. Grades 2 - 3
  • Number Sense. Grades 4 - 6
  • Intro to Problem Solving. Grades 4 - 6
  • Symmetry for Problem Solving. Grades 7 - 9

Check out the Virtual Session 1 page for more info!

You should also check out Steve's Math Explorations Page for more info about him as well as virtual tutoring opportunities as well.




Upcoming Live Video Events

Why Live Events?
We find that students are best engaged when they get to share their ideas and hear from each other!

Why Zoom?
We understand the complexity of finding the right platform for virtual events and the concerns around privacy and safety. We have, and will continue to evaluate all virtual platforms. Zoom is currently the best platform for being able to provide - and control - a safe engagement with a room of students.

Join a Live Event!
In order to maintain the best level of safety for our students we use the following guidelines for our live events:

  • All students MUST BE REGISTERED for each event they wish to join - each individual event will use a unique meeting ID. Registration is easy and free! Use this link or the button below and select which events you would like to join.
  • 5 minutes before an event we will email the meeting ID and password to the registered email. Simply click the link and you will be dropped directly into the event.
  • Every student will be asked and required to turn on their camera momentarily to verify that they are a child. We hope that they will continue video participation! But after they are verified they can turn the camera off.
  • Meetings will be locked 10 minutes after the start. Even if you are registered you will be unable to join
We hope that these guidelines will assist us in making sure that our live events are safe and comfortable for all want to participate!
Please also read our full Live Event Terms before joining.

 

Important: All events below will have a unique ID. You must be signed up for the specific event and connect via the email sent 5 minutes before the meeting.

Click on any event for more details, such as supplies, PDFS and website addresses

Monday
April, 27

Math Stories
Theme: The Number Devil
5:00 PM
Grades 4 and up
  • The book is: The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure, by Hans Magnus Enzensberger
  • An international best-seller that makes mathematics a thrilling exploration. In twelve dreams, Robert, a boy who hates math, meets a Number Devil, who leads him to discover the amazing world of numbers. As we dream with him, we are taken further and further into mathematical theory, where ideas eventually take flight, until everyone - from those who fumble over fractions to those who solve complex equations in their heads - winds up marveling at what numbers can do.
  • Every week, a chapter will be read for 20-25 minutes, and then there will be Q&A on the subjects from the chapter.

Tuesday
April, 28

Lego Social
Theme: Fun Factories
2:00 PM
Grades K and up
  • Learn about lego motion
  • Bring your Lego collection

Wednesday
April, 29

Inventing at Home
Theme: How to Make a Board Game
2:00 PM
Grades 1 and up
  • Learn some tips and tricks for making your own board game
  • Supplies: Paper, cardboard, pens/pencils, scissors, tape, dice

Friday
May, 1

JAVA Processing
Theme: Intro to Processing
2:00 PM
Grades 4 and up

Saturday
May, 2

Storytime STEM and Activity
Theme: So That's How the Moon Changes Shape by Allan Fowler
10:00 AM
Grades K and up

Monday
May, 4

Minecraft
Theme: Social Server
3:00 PM
Grades 1 and up
  • Join a social server moderated by Einstein's Workshop staff

Monday
May, 4

Math Stories
Theme: The Number Devil
5:00 PM
Grades 4 and up
  • The book is: The Number Devil: A Mathematical Adventure, by Hans Magnus Enzensberger
  • An international best-seller that makes mathematics a thrilling exploration. In twelve dreams, Robert, a boy who hates math, meets a Number Devil, who leads him to discover the amazing world of numbers. As we dream with him, we are taken further and further into mathematical theory, where ideas eventually take flight, until everyone - from those who fumble over fractions to those who solve complex equations in their heads - winds up marveling at what numbers can do.
  • Every week, a chapter will be read for 20-25 minutes, and then there will be Q&A on the subjects from the chapter.

Tuesday
May, 5

Lego Social
Theme: Undersea Adventure
4:00 PM
Grades K and up
  • Learn about lego motion
  • Bring your Lego collection

Thursday
May, 7

Craft Project
Theme: Play with Your Food
4:00 PM
Grades K and up
  • A part interactive, part show, about cool things you can do with food and science!

Friday
May, 8

Scratch
Theme: Advanced Scratch Techniques
4:00 PM
Grades 3 and up
  • For students who know Scratch already. Students in this session should have taken a Scratch class before - with EW or others - or have moderate experience on their own.

Saturday
May, 9

Storytime STEM and Activity
Theme: Big Bang by Carolyn DeCristofano
10:00 AM
Grades and up

 




Our Teachers

Aaron

Aaron is our resident math ninja with 25 years of teaching the subject under his belt. He has a BS in Math from MIT and PHD from Duke University. Here at Einstein’s Workshop, he focuses his time and excitement on inspiring others with his same love of math, puzzles, robotics, and making.

Annika

Annika has a degree in Biology with a minor in Studio Art from Wheaton College. She has since discovered her love of teaching and expanded her skill set and enjoys teaching Java and other coding languages here at Einstein’s Workshop. However she hasn’t lost her passion for art and can frequently be found creating physical and teaching digital art on the tablets at the shop.

Adam

Adam has a degree in Psychology and studied Industrial Design at MassArt. He is passionate at Einstein’s Workshop where he enjoys teaching and inspiring students to enjoy the process of learning STEM.

Kendall

Kendall is an experienced STE(a)M instructor with a degree from Mount Holyoke. She has taught maker, design, and coding classes at maker spaces, libraries, and traditional school settings throughout the Boston metro area. Her passions have led her to serve on many boards and building committees to build schools, libraries, senior center, YMCA, parks, rail trails, and open space designs, also bringing over 150 cultural programs in arts and sciences to Mass. schools. At Einstein’s, she specializes in bringing a breadth of knowledge to our younger students by teaching cross-disciplinary classes including maker skills, biology, coding, and much more!

Corey

Corey has been prepping to teach some of the most unique and exciting classes at Einstein’s Workshop since he has a kid! Since the age of ten, he’s been running and playing tabletop RPGs and he ended up following his creative passions to achieve his BFA in Applied Theater Arts and Design. He discovered his love of teaching as a member of the Higgins Armory Museum’s Education Department and eventually found his way to Einstein’s Workshop where he specializes in Medieval history, RPG with kids, and Minecraft. Our favorite fact about Corey? He owns more than one suit of armor!

Erica

Erica is a graduate of Wentworth Institute of Technology with a BS in Industrial Design, minor in Business. She began teaching various arts classes at the age of 12 and upon graduating college and spending a year at Hasbro Toys, naturally found her way back to the head of a classroom at Einstein’s Workshop. She is passionate about teaching creative maker skills as well as high-tech fabrication techniques.

Tristen

Tristen has been working at Einstein's Workshop for many years as a programming instructor, curriculum developer, and IT (of course he got stuck with IT). His favorite language is JAVA and his favorite food is Ramen. Tristen has been teaching a highly successful coding club since 2018 and loves to work with students interested in diving into their code.

Steve

Steve received his Ph.D. at MIT in Computer Science with a minor in math, but math has always been his joy. After a long career as an innovator holding 31 patents, he finally turned toward his dream: teaching math to kids. Here at Einstein’s Workshop he is the math curriculum developer and the lead math teacher, enjoying exploring math together with his students, both in-person and online.

 




Videos

Overview of Online Resources at Code.Org

Easy Fun Banners
Make an Origami Cup
DIY Origami Paper
Simple Pop Up Cards
Easy DIY Playdoh Tutorial
2D Animation with Pencil 2D
PixilArt Tutorial
PixilArt Animation Quick Draw
Helicopter Activity
Make a Marble Run with Anything

Redstone Tutorial, Part 2
Learn Minecraft Redstone
Minecraft Education Marketplace
Minecraft Skin Textures




Printable PDF Activities

Engineering Design Workbook
Animal Tracks and Garden Printout
Playdoh Mats
Paper Helicopter Template
The Gelatine Experiment
Pi Day Activities
Working Bugs
Food Dyes and Pigments

 




Support Resources

Minecraft Skin Texture Templates

Paper Aiplanes Fold'N'Fly

 




Online Apps and Tools

Coding

code.org

Scratch Jr

Scratch

Processing
Robotics
Game Learning

Code Kingdoms
Making & Inventing

Sketchpad

Pixilart

Pencil 2D

Boxy-SVG

Inkscape

Krita

 




Other Cool Videos

 




Other Resources that We Like

It takes a village and we recognize the importance of coming together - especially in these uncertain times. Below is a list of other websites where you can find additional educational resources to supplement your child's learning. Have fun!

Virtual Museum Tours

Cincinnati Zoo Home Safaris - While the zoo is closed, they are putting out daily videos about different animals supplemented with worksheets, facts, and activities!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Read by the author, Eric Carle, himself.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems - Every weekday at 1:00pm ET, Mo Willems, creator of the wildly popular Pigeon book series and much more, will be doing short drawing events for kids. Previous episodes are also archived and there are some printables as well.

50 Bird Species and the Sounds they Make - A fun, visual website where kids can listen to a bunch of different bird sounds.

 




Live Event Terms

Live Events run by Einstein's Workshop are to be appropriate for children. Therefore in order to participate in our live events all participants must agree to the following terms:
  • Free and easy registration is required before the event. Visit this link to register.
  • Emails with the meeting information will be sent 5 minutes before the event.
  • Events will be Locked 10 minutes after the start. Even if you are registered you will be unable to enter
  • There will be a Host and Cohost in our events.
  • Before entering participants will be queued in the "waiting room" until a staff allows entry
  • Einstein's Staff will do our best to verify that all participants are children, staff or known community adults. To this end all participants will be required to provide webcam confirmation of their identity. By not having an active webcam you may be removed from the event.
  • Participants will be "muted" and only "unmuted" by the host or cohost to participate. Their audio will then be broadcast to the group in order to facilitate group participation.
  • All participants will use child appropriate language and behavior while in a Live Event.
  • Any participant who does not abide by the terms can be removed from our Live Events and barred from future participation.
  • Einstein's Workshop staff reserves the right to change or alter the terms or the participation of any participant at any time.
  • While we believe we have a very safe environment for children, we unfortunately cannot foresee all circumstances. By entering an Einstein's Workshop event you agree to waive and release any claims or causes of action as a result of you or your or your child's participation.