The Academy @ Rubber Duck Lab

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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.   

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Science
Math
Robotics
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Classes

The classes below are listed in order of their weekly schedule (Monday - Friday) and will all take place online facilitated by a Zoom video conference. You can also search for classes by subject in the additional tabs at the top of this menu. Lastly, Rubber Duck Lab considered classes offered for teens as students at an academic level of high school, youth as students at the academic level of middle school, and kids as students at the academic level of elementary school. However, these are just recommendations. Students not at the recommended academic level may still register, but special accommodations will not be made for them in class. Though many of our instructors do offer additional tutoring outside of Rubber Duck Lab. 

Algebra - Part 1

​Instructor: Dr. Lynne
Enrollment Fee: $800​
12-Week Class; recommended for teens
​Dates: Mondays (starting September 14th) 
Times: 10:00am - 12:00pm  (PST)

Students will learn to work with a wide variety of Algebraic concepts, equations, and principles. Topics of study will include variables and expressions, exponents, functions, equations, inequalities, graphs, systems of equations, linear functions, polynomials, quadratic functions, exponential functions, factoring and radical expressions. To demonstrate the practical applications of Algebra students will apply these concepts to real-life problems as much as possible.


Learning Objectives:  Students will deepen and extend their understanding of linear and exponential relationships. Students will learn methods to analyze, solve and use quadratic functions. Students will extend the laws of exponents to square roots and cube roots and apply linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend.


Supplies or Equipment: Basic supplies and materials will be sent to students before the first class along with a supply list for additional or optional materials that the family will need to supply including a textbook.

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Adventures in Chemistry 

​Instructor: Dr. Lynne Adler
Enrollment Fee: $995
12-Week Class; recommended for youth and teens

​(if there is enough interest we will split this class into 2 sessions, one for teens and one for youth)
Dates: Mondays (starting September 14th) 
Times: 12:30pm - 2:30pm (PST)

This introductory chemistry class might be online, but it is still hands-on! Students will help design investigations to answer questions about phenomena they observe about the structure and properties of matter. They will use molecular model illustrations, animations, and physical models to help understand and explain observations on the molecular level. Students will be mailed class materials before the first class session along with receiving a list of additional materials that will need to be supplied by families. Each week students will collaboratively learn in their Zoom classroom, lead by Dr. Lynne. 


Learning Objectives: (NGSS Standards addressed)

MS-PS1-1 Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures.

MS-PS1-4 Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.


Supplies or Equipment: Basic supplies and materials will be sent to students before the first class along with a supply list for additional or optional materials that the family will need to supply.

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Pre-Calculus - Part 1

​Instructor: Dr. Lynne Adler
Enrollment Fee: $800
12-Week Class; recommended for teens
Dates: Wednesdays (starting September 16th) Times: 10:00am - 12:00pm (PST)

This course will provide a comprehensive study of functions, which are the basis of calculus and other higher mathematics courses. Students will study the properties of graphs of trigonometric, polynomial, rational, inverse, exponential and logarithmic functions. Though this class is online, hosted in a digital Zoom classroom, students will still learn collaboratively supplemented with hands-on projects. Students will explore inequalities, polar coordinates, complex numbers, conic sections, vectors, sequences and series and be introduced to limits.


Learning Objectives:  The primary objectives in this year-long (two-part) course is for students to truly understand the fundamental concepts of algebra, trigonometry, and analytical geometry, to foreshadow important ideas of calculus, and to show how algebra and trigonometry can be applied practically to model real-life problems.


Supplies or Equipment: Basic supplies and materials will be sent to students before the first class along with a supply list for additional or optional materials that the family will need to supply including a textbook.

 

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Adventures in Physics

​Instructor: Dr. Lynne Adler
Enrollment Fee: $995
12-Week Class; recommended for youth and teens
​(if there is enough interest we will split this class into 2 sessions, one for teens and one for youth)
Dates: Wednesdays (starting September 16th) Times: 12:30pm - 2:30pm (PST)

This physics class might be online, but it is still hands-on! Students will help design investigations and experiments to answer questions about forces, why some objects will keep moving, why objects fall to the ground, and why some materials are attracted to each other while others are not, and how energy is transferred from one object or system to another. Students will be mailed class materials before the first class session along with receiving a list of additional materials that will need to be supplied by families. Each week students will collaboratively learn in their Zoom classroom, lead by Dr. Lynne. 


Learning Objectives: (NGSS Standards addressed)

MS-PS2-1 Apply Newton’s Third Law to design a solution to a problem involving the motion of two colliding objects.

MS-PS2-2 Plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object.

MS-PS2-3 Ask questions about data to determine the factors that affect the strength of electric and magnetic forces.

MS-PS2-4 Construct and present arguments using evidence to support the claim that gravitational interactions are attractive and depend on the masses of interacting objects.

MS-PS2-5 Conduct an investigation and evaluate the experimental design to provide evidence that fields exist between objects exerting forces on each other even though the objects are not in contact.

MS-PS3-1 Construct and interpret graphical displays of data to describe the relationships of kinetic energy to the mass of an object and to the speed of an object.

MS-PS3-2 Develop a model to describe that when the arrangement of objects interacting at a distance changes, different amounts of potential energy are stored in the system.


Supplies or Equipment: Basic supplies and materials will be sent to students before the first class along with a supply list for additional or optional materials that the family will need to supply.

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Adventures in Robotics

​Instructor: Dr. Lynne Adler
Enrollment Fee: $1200
12-Week Class; recommended for youth
Dates: Wednesdays (starting September 16th) Times: 10:00am - 12:00pm (PST)

This class might be hosted in a digital classroom over Zoom, but students will still be getting hands-on with robotics! Students will explore designing, building and programming a variety of different kinds of robots including the Jade Robot by Mimetics. From independent builds to collaborative programming to building a robot from the ground up students will get first hand experience designing, building, and programming robots while learning about design thinking, practical applications, and building for a purposes. 


Learning Objectives: (NGSS Standards addressed) 

MS-ETS1-1 Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.

MS-ETS1-2 Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

MS-ETS1-3 Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.

MS-ETS1-4 Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.


Supplies or Equipment: A Jade Robot and other robotics components will be sent to students before the first class. The cost of required robotics equipment has been included in the enrollment fee for this class. A supply list for additional or optional materials will also be provided so that families can purchase the additional supplies prior to the start of class.

 

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Science

The classes below have been filtered to show you only SCIENCE classes and are listed in order of their weekly schedule (Monday - Friday). All classes will all take place online facilitated by a Zoom video conference. You can also search ALL Rubber Duck Lab classes by weekly schedule in the first tabs at the top of this menu.Rubber Duck Lab considered classes offered for teens as students at the academic level of high school, youth as students at the academic level of middle school, and kids as students at the academic level of elementary school. However, these are just recommendations. Students not at the recommended academic level may still register, but special accommodations will not be made for them in class; though many of our instructors do offer additional tutoring outside of Rubber Duck Lab. 

Adventures in Chemistry 

​Instructor: Dr. Lynne Adler
Enrollment Fee: $995
12-Week Class; recommended for youth and teens

​(if there is enough interest we will split this class into 2 sessions, one for teens and one for youth)
Dates: Mondays (starting September 14th) 
Times: 12:30pm - 2:30pm (PST)

This introductory chemistry class might be online, but it is still hands-on! Students will help design investigations to answer questions about phenomena they observe about the structure and properties of matter. They will use molecular model illustrations, animations, and physical models to help understand and explain observations on the molecular level. Students will be mailed class materials before the first class session along with receiving a list of additional materials that will need to be supplied by families. Each week students will collaboratively learn in their Zoom classroom, lead by Dr. Lynne. 


Learning Objectives: (NGSS Standards addressed)

MS-PS1-1 Develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures.

MS-PS1-4 Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed.


Supplies or Equipment: Basic supplies and materials will be sent to students before the first class along with a supply list for additional or optional materials that the family will need to supply.

Enroll Now

Adventures in Physics

​Instructor: Dr. Lynne Adler
Enrollment Fee: $995
12-Week Class; recommended for youth and teens
​(if there is enough interest we will split this class into 2 sessions, one for teens and one for youth)
Dates: Wednesdays (starting September 16th) Times: 12:30pm - 2:30pm (PST)

This physics class might be online, but it is still hands-on! Students will help design investigations and experiments to answer questions about forces, why some objects will keep moving, why objects fall to the ground, and why some materials are attracted to each other while others are not, and how energy is transferred from one object or system to another. Students will be mailed class materials before the first class session along with receiving a list of additional materials that will need to be supplied by families. Each week students will collaboratively learn in their Zoom classroom, lead by Dr. Lynne. 


Learning Objectives: (NGSS Standards addressed)

MS-PS2-1 Apply Newton’s Third Law to design a solution to a problem involving the motion of two colliding objects.

MS-PS2-2 Plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object.

MS-PS2-3 Ask questions about data to determine the factors that affect the strength of electric and magnetic forces.

MS-PS2-4 Construct and present arguments using evidence to support the claim that gravitational interactions are attractive and depend on the masses of interacting objects.

MS-PS2-5 Conduct an investigation and evaluate the experimental design to provide evidence that fields exist between objects exerting forces on each other even though the objects are not in contact.

MS-PS3-1 Construct and interpret graphical displays of data to describe the relationships of kinetic energy to the mass of an object and to the speed of an object.

MS-PS3-2 Develop a model to describe that when the arrangement of objects interacting at a distance changes, different amounts of potential energy are stored in the system.


Supplies or Equipment: Basic supplies and materials will be sent to students before the first class along with a supply list for additional or optional materials that the family will need to supply.

Enroll Now
Math

The classes below have been filtered to show you only MATH classes and are listed in order of their weekly schedule (Monday - Friday). All classes will all take place online facilitated by a Zoom video conference. You can also search ALL Rubber Duck Lab classes by weekly schedule in the first tabs at the top of this menu.Rubber Duck Lab considered classes offered for teens as students at the academic level of high school, youth as students at the academic level of middle school, and kids as students at the academic level of elementary school. However, these are just recommendations. Students not at the recommended academic level may still register, but special accommodations will not be made for them in class; though many of our instructors do offer additional tutoring outside of Rubber Duck Lab. 

Algebra - Part 1

​Instructor: Dr. Lynne
Enrollment Fee: $800​
12-Week Class; recommended for teens
​Dates: Mondays (starting September 14th) 
Times: 10:00am - 12:00pm  (PST)

Students will learn to work with a wide variety of Algebraic concepts, equations, and principles. Topics of study will include variables and expressions, exponents, functions, equations, inequalities, graphs, systems of equations, linear functions, polynomials, quadratic functions, exponential functions, factoring and radical expressions. To demonstrate the practical applications of Algebra students will apply these concepts to real-life problems as much as possible.


Learning Objectives:  Students will deepen and extend their understanding of linear and exponential relationships. Students will learn methods to analyze, solve and use quadratic functions. Students will extend the laws of exponents to square roots and cube roots and apply linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend.


Supplies or Equipment: Basic supplies and materials will be sent to students before the first class along with a supply list for additional or optional materials that the family will need to supply including a textbook.

Enroll Now

Pre-Calculus - Part 1

​Instructor: Dr. Lynne Adler
Enrollment Fee: $800
12-Week Class; recommended for teens
Dates: Wednesdays (starting September 16th) Times: 10:00am - 12:00pm (PST)

This course will provide a comprehensive study of functions, which are the basis of calculus and other higher mathematics courses. Students will study the properties of graphs of trigonometric, polynomial, rational, inverse, exponential and logarithmic functions. Though this class is online, hosted in a digital Zoom classroom, students will still learn collaboratively supplemented with hands-on projects. Students will explore inequalities, polar coordinates, complex numbers, conic sections, vectors, sequences and series and be introduced to limits.


Learning Objectives:  The primary objectives in this year-long (two-part) course is for students to truly understand the fundamental concepts of algebra, trigonometry, and analytical geometry, to foreshadow important ideas of calculus, and to show how algebra and trigonometry can be applied practically to model real-life problems.


Supplies or Equipment: Basic supplies and materials will be sent to students before the first class along with a supply list for additional or optional materials that the family will need to supply including a textbook.

 

Enroll Now
Robotics

The classes below have been filtered to show you only ROBOTICS classes and are listed in order of their weekly schedule (Monday - Friday). All classes will all take place online facilitated by a Zoom video conference. You can also search ALL Rubber Duck Lab classes by weekly schedule in the first tabs at the top of this menu.Rubber Duck Lab considered classes offered for teens as students at the academic level of high school, youth as students at the academic level of middle school, and kids as students at the academic level of elementary school. However, these are just recommendations. Students not at the recommended academic level may still register, but special accommodations will not be made for them in class; though many of our instructors do offer additional tutoring outside of Rubber Duck Lab. 

Adventures in Robotics

​Instructor: Dr. Lynne Adler
Enrollment Fee: $1200
12-Week Class; recommended for youth
Dates: Wednesdays (starting September 16th) Times: 10:00am - 12:00pm (PST)

This class might be hosted in a digital classroom over Zoom, but students will still be getting hands-on with robotics! Students will explore designing, building and programming a variety of different kinds of robots. From independent builds to collaborative programming to building a robot from the ground up students will get first hand experience designing, building, and programming robots while learning about design thinking, practical applications, and building for a purposes. 


Learning Objectives: (NGSS Standards addressed) 

MS-ETS1-1 Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.

MS-ETS1-2 Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

MS-ETS1-3 Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.

MS-ETS1-4 Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.


Supplies or Equipment: Robotics kits and components will be sent to students before the first class. The cost of required robotics equipment has been included in the enrollment fee for this class. A supply list for additional or optional materials will also be provided so that families can purchase the additional supplies prior to the start of class.

 

Enroll Now
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.