Let the Adventure Begin!

At Narrative Learning, we believe that learning with others is an incredible adventure. 

For learners (generally ages 9 and up), we host online learning adventures for small groups of 3-12 participants. We meet using Zoom videoconferencing software. Your learner can join from anywhere in the world. Our learning guides are experienced facilitators who are passionate about exploring topics with students. We love constructing adventures in response to learner questions and ideas so don’t hesitate to get in touch.

The following adventures will begin soon. We are actively scheduling groups. To create a new group, we need one learner committed to a time slot.:

Unlocking the Arduino

The Arduino is an easy way to explore the world of electrical engineering. In this adventure, learners will discover how to build a circuit on a breadboard, program a game that uses blinking lights and buttons, and create a responsive circuit using a sensor before taking on more complex projects. Learners who are fairly new the Arduino need to start with a new group while experienced Arduino users are welcome to jump in at any time.

Current groups: 

  • Mondays at 3:00pm Eastern beginning September 9

Forming groups for Fall 2019

The Mystery of Music

Music holds the fabric of culture together. There are physical constraints on sounds we produce and long-standing artistic conventions. In this adventure, learners will explore topics such as how to build an instrument, the historical and cultural evolutions of music, and the impact of changing instruments in musical ensembles. This adventure is best for learners who want to do a deep dive into the art and science of sound, creating their own instruments along the way.

Current groups:

  • Mondays at 2:00pm Eastern beginning September 9 (limited to high school level learners as we will be exploring the mathematics of sound in depth)

Forming groups for Fall 2019

Patent Pending

Inventions have changed the world as we know it. In this adventure, learners will explore the fascinating world of intellectual property by considering questions like What does it mean to have an ideaWhy would people apply for patentsHow are objects manufactured to be distributed in stores, and How have websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo changed how inventions happen. This adventure is best suited for budding engineers, inventors, and entrepreneurs.

Forming groups for Fall 2019

The Story of Science

Come and read with us! Together we explore the real science behind some of your favorite non-fiction or fiction books. No matter your interests, we are here to read with you. Example books used in The Story of Science are The Twenty-One Balloons, Carrying the Fire, The Great Quake, and Radium Girls. Our groups are organized around specific books so inquire about groups in progress. 

Current reading groups include:

  • Tuesdays at 9:00am Eastern beginning September 3 (Astrotwins: Project Blast-Off followed by Astrotwins: Project Rescue)

We are actively preparing to read:

  • How Music Works: The Science and Psychology of Beautiful Sounds, from Beethoven to the Beatles and Beyond
  • The Twenty-One Balloons

Encounter New Worlds

Learning, at its core, is a collaborative effort to find and craft the story. At Narrative Learning, we encounter new worlds and craft the story together. 

If your learner wants to take a deep dive, we host writing groups where 3-6 learners collaborate to tell the untold stories of the world around them. We celebrate big questions while immersing ourselves in a joyful learning community. Groups meet online on a weekly basis through Zoom videoconferencing software to explore and craft the story together. If your learner has an idea for a new world to explore, let us know!

We are currently exploring the worlds of:

Campania, AD 70

Encounter Roman communities nurtured by the fertile soils of southern Italy. Learners will discover the ins and outs of ancient Roman society while finding the stories that hold the community together. The nearest big cities are Pompeii and Herculaneum, and Mount Vesuvius looms large in the background. Like the Romans, we will be recording our stories in Latin for future explorers to find.

Pisa, 1581

Galileo Galilei is about to make observations that transform history. While he is studying medicine, he notices that a swinging chandelier paces with his heartbeat. Overcome by curiosity, Galileo goes home and sets up a pair of pendulums, ushering a new series of experiments that question the foundations of the universe. Learners will encounter scientific practices through hands-on reenactments of Galileo’s experiments. Like Galileo, we will be carefully documenting our results to see if our findings match predictions from physics.

Current groups:

  • Fridays at 11:00am Eastern beginning September 13

Forming groups for Fall 2019

Menlo Park, 1875

Thomas Edison has just opened his laboratory in New Jersey and wonders what new inventions are ahead of him and his team. Learners will discover how engineering really happens through investigating the journals left behind. While Thomas Edison has a dream of bringing sound and light to every American home, there is a lot of work to be done. Like the engineers at Menlo Park, we will be drafting our stories in invention notebooks and seeing if we can convince the patent office that we have working ideas.

Forming groups for Fall 2019

Cape Canaveral, 1962

The Space Race is heating up! Get to know the scientists and engineers working to land a man on the moon and return him safely to earth. Learners will write themselves into the story alongside known historical figures. What are the essential questions to ask before committing to the mission? Can the team meet Kennedy’s deadline of landing a man on the moon before the decade is out? Together we will be working on technical reports, mission logs, and news releases. 

Current groups

  • Tuesdays at 10:00am Eastern beginning September 10

Forming groups for Fall 2019

We are always adding more learning opportunities. Get in touch with our Learning Team to see if our programs are a good fit for your learner.

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