The Academy @ Rubber Duck Lab

The Academy @ Rubber Duck Lab

Part of our mission at Rubber Duck Lab is to increase access to project-based learning and 21st century skill development opportunities. For this reason we have opened our facilities and equipment up for the community to use in providing academic and skill based classes that support our mission, vision, and goals. Classes offed at The Academy are led by instructors from the community who have designed their own curriculum and adopted their own pedagogues. Instructors are not Rubber Duck Lab employees but are active collaborators with our organization.   

Classes
Instructors
Classes

Western World History - Part 2

​Instructor: Susan Miller
Enrollment Fee: $600​
12-Week Class; recommended for teens
​Mondays, 10:00am - 12:00pm; January 20th - April 20th

​(No class Feb. 17 and April 13)

In this survey of Western World History, examine just how far back the geographic, ethnic, political, and religious tensions that have shaped the 20th century go! Each week students watch a curated documentary, participate in an activity and group discussions to gain new perspectives about the history of western civilization. 

Part 2 will cover the Age of Imperialism to the 20th Century. 

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Algebra - Part 2

​Instructor: Dr. Lynne
Enrollment Fee: $800​
12-Week Class; recommended for teens
​Mondays, 12:30pm - 2:30pm; January 20th - April 20th

​(No class Feb. 10 and April 13)

Utilizing projects and experiments students will learn by being introduced to practical real life applications for Algebra. Students can expect to build their fundamental Algebra knowledge then progress to advanced topics such as graphing, quadratics, radicals, and more. 

Part 2 will focus on advanced Algebra concepts and applications for future study and beyond the classroom. 

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Writer's Club

​Instructor: Susan Miller
Enrollment Fee: $300
12-Week Class; recommended for youth and teens
​Tuesdays, 1:15pm - 2:30pm; January 21st - April 21st

​(No class Feb. 11 and April 14)

Writers will share, then choose the day's offering of creative or essay topic, grammar-style practice, writing tips, and write. Collaboration is encouraged, individual needs respected. Feedback is given every week.

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Lit is Lit! Let Do a Lit Dive!

​Instructor: Susan Miller
Enrollment Fee: $275​
12-Week Class; recommended for teens
​Wednesdays, 11:00am - 12:15pm; January 15th - April 22th

​(No class Feb. 12 and April 13)

Discuss lit with others who enjoy books.  Uncover embedded meanings, laugh and share answers to the essential questions in life and identify an author’s style and writing choices.  Other than the reading, the homework is optional but encouraged. Response strategies provides clarity of understanding and include blogging, creative projects, journaling, and video/audio responses. The last two sessions will focus on writing a lit analysis essay.

 

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Analytical Writing - Part 2

​Instructor: Susan Miller
Enrollment Fee: $600​
12-Week Class; recommended for teens
​Thursdays, 12:30pm - 2:30pm; January 23rd - April 23rd

​(No class Feb. 13 and April 16)

Writers use a variety of rhetorical devices, techniques and language to build their arguments. In this class, students will analyze and practice writing analytical and argumentative essays to share and argue with the class. Students will expand their writing skills by learning to write analytically in a variety of academic and non academic mediums.

Part 1 of this class will focus on analytical writing for academics (such as science, research, or critical review).

Part 2 will focus on critical and analytical writing with some topics and genres chosen by the students.  Students may join mid-semester once they have completed the mid-semester assignment in preparation of a research project to be completed in January.

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Instructors

Meet the Academy Instructors

The Academy @ Rubber Duck Lab proudly boasts a diverse and deep pool of talent when it comes to our community of instructors! As members of the community who collaborate with Rubber Duck Lab instructors are free to develop the curriculum and classes they are passionate about! We believe passionate instructors always lead to a better learning environment and Rubber Duck Lab is excited to support local educators doing what they do best!*

Susan Miller

Started with Rubber Duck Lab: 2019

Finger Printed/Background Checked: Yes

TB Tested: Yes

Teaching Experience: 20+ years

Susan Miller is a writer, avid reader, parent, and mentor of many years with many types of learners, of many ages and environments. Her professional credentials include a B.A. in English from San Jose State University, a Masters in Education from Stanford University, and an active Secondary Ed. California Teaching Credential. Susan's mission is to create awesome learning experiences so students will develop confidence in writing and reading, connect the act of writing and reading to their lives, and find and use their voice.  As part of her creative process, Susan wants students to build on strengths toward skill mastery and step onto a path of greater self-awareness and educational responsibility.

Dr. Lynne Adler

Started with Rubber Duck Lab: 2017

Finger Printed/Background Checked: Yes

TB Tested: Yes

Teaching Experience: 20+ years

Dr. Lynne grew up in Southern California and holds a PhD in Applied Physics from Cornell University. She has taught and tutored in multiple capacities in the Bay Area over the years including at the university level as well as at local private and public schools. Transitionally, Dr. Lynne has started and led robotics teams, mentored summer programs for gifted students, and currently runs a tutoring business, Coastside Academic Coaching and Tutoring, helping elementary, middle and high school students become confident, independent learners. She's very excited be offering physics, math, and engineering classes at Rubber Duck Lab.

*Please Note: classes offered at Rubber Duck Lab are provided by individuals within the community who rent classroom space from our organization. While classes must align with the Vision and Mission of Rubber Duck Lab, none of the instructors have undergone fingerprinting or background checks, unless otherwise stated, the way our employees do and none of the curriculum has been reviewed or vetted by our organization.