The life of a teenager is filled with drama -- from a group of theater kids' tech week to speedskating crashes to dealing with everyday stresses of growing up-- as seen through the final film projects of Teen Learning Lab students. These teens were showing the world how they saw the world. The films provided … Continue reading Film rough-cuts focus on teens’ lives with honesty, clarity and humor
Much to do before we end the Point-of-View Project: final student film projects; canoe trip at Skokie Lagoons to test underwater Remote-Operated Vehicle; complete ROV for Marine Advanced Technology Education competition on April 27; register for next year; make something yummy for final potluck lunch. Busy but fun!
This Friday, April 12, is our last Open House before General Registration begins on May 1 for the 2019-20 Self-Evidence Project. Sit in on our classes, learn about next year's classes and ask questions. Fill out the Contact Us form, and we'll email back lickety-split with times and locations!
Visit Teen Learning Lab on April 12 to sit in on our classes, meet instructors, and learn about next year's Self-Evidence Project. Fill out a Contact form for location and times.
"Gum" An argument among friends that ends badly. Students staging a quiet rebellion at a school. Siblings squabbling in a car. A struggling musician consumed by jealousy. All were subjects of clever, creative narrative films produced over the last month by groups of Teen Learning Lab students. Screenshot from a student group film about siblings … Continue reading Presenting…student group films!
In a field trip to the Chicago Botanic Garden last week, Underwater Robotics students role-played to discover more about human impacts and environmental management practices that can create a sustainable future for all life on earth. Using a creative board game, students made decisions and explored the repercussions of their decisions on land management and … Continue reading The Game of Life of our Planet
Two teens girls walk down the hall, chatting. Suddenly, a teen lunges out of a side door, falls on the floor, papers and pencil scattering across the path of the two girls. Nimbly, one of the girls steps over the sprawled figure. "Cut!" yelled the teen director. In another room, several girls, hushed, watch intently … Continue reading Action! at Teen Learning Lab
Why I love group projects at TLL.
The last couple weeks have breezed by, and Week 18 unintentionally turned out to contain many lessons in picking up things. First, the instructor with the key and the equipment had a car malfunction about a mile from TLL. After plenty of emergency texting, a small caravan of students' families arrived to empty the car … Continue reading Lessons: What students need to pick up to learn more
Scenes from favorite movies. Photos of pets. Favorite songs. On Friday, the teens presented the first of their film assignments in the "Secret Language of Film" course. The assignment was to create a personal "mix-tape" that showcases each teen's favorite media. The shorts varied from photos of family to short cuts in between horror movies, … Continue reading The Mix-Tapes of Their Lives
How can we help teens see beyond themselves? How can we help them understand this world from other points of view? These are the questions underpinning Teen Learning Lab's theme, "Point of View." Teens looking at the Akeley camera. Like most teenagers, the teens at Teen Learning Lab are also engrossed with the project of … Continue reading One Day: From “Seeing” to Really “Seeing”
When do we ever get the chance to really show others what we are thinking about? In TLL's film class, students are putting together "mix-tapes" of images that are meaningful to them, much like an old mix-tape of favorite songs. In preparation, students also turned in their flip-books, their homework over the winter break. In … Continue reading Mix-tapes of their lives, breadboards & de-salination
A "Big Idea" in education circles is how meaningful learning takes place when students learn to solve real-life problems. Which is what Teen Learning Lab is all about.
Teen Learning Lab students celebrated the end of the Fall semester with a holiday potluck lunch--complete with tables of desserts. The Film Class concluded its rapid study of film history and aesthetics. For their final project, students needed to analyze a favorite film. For a thorough analysis they needed to carefully watch the film three … Continue reading We learned. And ate.
Underwater Robotic students at Teen Learning Lab on Friday moved closer toward the construction of their ROV. In past weeks the students worked with pipe cleaners to determine a good design. In week 11, they broke into teams with PVC pipe and began measuring and cutting the pipe to build a larger model.
"Are my arms supposed to be this tired?" wondered one TLL student, about halfway through a canoe trip up the North Channel of the Chicago River. Thanks to the Friends of the Chicago River, TLL Underwater Robotics students spent last Friday afternoon paddling amid great blue herons, mallards, and the chewed remnants of beavers, all … Continue reading Paddling Chicago River For Science