Social Entrepreneurship for Ages 10 and Up!

Who Knows What We are Capable Of Together?


The Social Entrepreneurship Program is not a class in any conventional way. In the truest sense, this is experiential, hands-on learning-by-doing, and is closer to real-life, grassroots community organizing than an academic how-to course .

We will working on large scale, real world projects, founded, designed and run by kid 10 years old and older. Keeping with our child-lead approach to learning, we are not simply placing kids into nominal volunteer positions for existing events planned by adults, rather kids will do the planning and decision making themselves. We will not be asking parents to fund projects for us through bake sales or other events, but will work on developing sustainable fundraising strategies of our own as necessary. This is more than a program, it is a start-up, or a a pop-up with heart . . .  it is activism in action.

As all organizers know, this means that some projects may not be completed as planned. Or some may start with one group of kids (or one single kid), and be completed by others that join up as the project grows . . . its not just like real life, it is real life.

Because of the nature of the Social Entrepreneurship projects, there will be no set meeting time for project groups. Rather, each working group will meet roughly once a week at the Lab (or other places if necessary) at times that are convenient for everyone based on the availability of group members. There will also be some amount of work to be completed at home between meeting times. Participants may also decide to form email groups, or other on-line communication channels to exchange information between meetings.

Two current Social Entrepreneurship projects: A community festival themed on all thing Pokemon, and a weekly Minecraft club. Each project required kids to seek sponsorship, recruit volunteers, and collaborate with peers to reach consensus

Children 10 years old and older (this is a great opportunity for teens!) can begin their own project with their own ideas, or may join an existing group; and small groups with big ideas are welcome to sign up together. Enrollment will be on-going throughout the year, and may encompass simultaneous on-going projects.

Participants in the program are asked for an initial 10 week commitment, and may continue with their chosen project on a month by month basis thereafter for the equivalent of monthly membership dues. It may be the goal of some projects to generate revenue so that children can pay for their own dues. And when appropriate, stipends for group members may be available.

In each project, we will emphasize the process of consensus building, and all projects will be decided on, designed, and implemented under the guidance of trained adults.

For more information on the program, to inquire about existing projects, or to begin the enrollment process with a free project consultation meeting, contact Efrim Chiavetta, Lab Director and Social Entrepreneurship Program Coordinator.

Let’s see just what we are capable of when we work together, I cannot wait to see what we come up with!

More than an Aviation Adventurer

“Adventure is worthwhile in itself”

Everyone knows that Amelia Earhart was the first female pilot to cross the atlantic solo, and that she disappeared under still unexplained circumstances in a flight in 1937. But she was also a best selling author, professor, and an early advocate for the ERA.

Under her inspiration as a Summer Camp Muse, we will not only explore flight using paper, small engines and loose parts, we will look at the art of cartography, and play with the idea of travel and adventure by creating stories of new lands and the cultures that inhabit them.

Each week during Summer Camp at The Lab in Eagle Rock, the materials and activities available for kids will be inspired by a different historical female figure that has shaped out world in bold new ways.

Get your Summer Camp passes here.

Read about Amelia Earhart in Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls.

“Think for your self . . . aloud.”

Enduring Style

Her novel silhouettes, and uncompromising sense of independence changed the shape of twentieth century fashion for women across the globe. Her designs are ingrained in our collective imagination, and her “little black dress” has become virtually synonumous with class.

During her week at The Lab Summer camp, kids will have the chance to explore their own style by creating their own fashion. Children will get a chance to design outfits, pattern, cut and sew them. We will play with all kinds of related arts, like mixing our own perfumes, and exploring the history of her  high period of the 1920’s.

Get passes for Summer Camp here.

Get ready for this fashion design week, and read up on Chanel’s story in Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls.

“Honk all you want, I’m Deaf!”

That is what the number sticker on Ashley Fiolek’s pickup truck reads, and it is a good indication of how Ashley does not let her deafness keep her from pursuing the things she wants in life. Deciding at a young age to become a motocross racer, Ashely ignored the many people that told her she would be unable to ride because she could not hear the engine wind out, or other racers approaching behind her. By the time she was 18, she won her first championship. Since then, she became the first female racer to appear on the cover of Transworld Motocross, been recognized by many deaf advocacy groups, and has worked for women’s rights in the United States and abroad.


Each week at the Lab Summer Camp, we are celebrating the life and achievements of women who have broken new ground, crossed boundaries, and shaped the world in inventive, and often astonishing ways. Ashley Fiolek  is the our first “Muse” of the Summer, and tt the Lab this week, it is all about motion! Making things move on wheels, creating kinetic art, and exploring our senses and even learning a little sign language.

Sign up for Summer Camp here!

Read more about Ashley in Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls!

The Lab for Hands-On Learning + Exploration

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Winter Camp 2017

Work, Play, Learn

The Lab for Hands-On Learning is a Homeschool and After School Enrichment Center committed to providing children 3-12 years old with the opportunity to pursue their interests on their own terms and at their own pace.

Our curriculum is emergent and child-lead, and includes elements of play-based-learning for younger children, project-based learning for school aged children, and inquiry-based learning in a collaborative and supportive environment.

Teachers at The Lab are trained to support children’s social-emotional development, and provide peaceful conflict resolution between peers. And our low adult to child ratio ensures that every child gets the attention and support they need to learn, grow, and create while they are here!

You can read more about our curriculum and philosophy here.

We know that every child and every family is different, to see if we are a good fit for you and yours, schedule a FREE TRIAL DAY by filling out the form on this page.

Flexible On-line Registration

You can buy passes and memberships on-line and use them any time you want. Class registration is available up to one hour before class begins, and passes are only deducted when actual attendance for the day is taken.

We Can Work with your Charter School of Choice

We are an approved vendor for many charter schools, ask your education facilitator how you can use your funds to pay for classes with us.


Homeschool Enrichment: M-F 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
After School: Monday 3 – 4:30 pm

Sunday Cooking Class for Adults and Teens

Health, Nutrition and Cooking with Love and Gratitude

Sunday, January 15
5 – 7:30 pm
(Contact for Location)

Gloria Williamson, RD
“Let’s Cook Together: The Seafood Edition”

Are you planning to increase your home cooked meals in 2017? Do you enjoy seafood but always prepare it the same way or avoid cooking it altogether?

Come cook with Gloria Williamson, RD, family nutritionist and personal chef. This intimate class for up to 8 people will be a cozy prep, cook and dine evening for adults and young chefs age 12 and up.

Cost of $75/person includes: nutrition discussion, sustainable buying tips, and seafood prep of 5 quick and easy dishes you can prepare at home. We will enjoy our dishes with wine and other beverages. Includes: halibut with veg in paper, shellfish, oyster shucking, broiled salmon, whole bass, and a tasty smoked trout spread. I will create sides to go along with it. Start your year off with healthy cooking!

Reserve your spot through The LAB today.
Payment will be taken online up to 24 prior.

Parent Education: November 14, 10:30-12:30

darby-saxbeDarby Saxbe, Ph.D Presents: “Stress and the Family”
November 14, 10:30 -12:30
@ The Lab
(Child Care Available)

Join us for a facinating talk about the nature of stress, including current science on its chemical and physiological effect on the brain and other body systems; how stress is shared (and managed) with in a famiy, and some tools that parents can use to elleviate stress on a daily basis.

This discussion is FREE and open to the public. Childcare is available on-site for $15 per child.

Darby Saxbe, Ph.D, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Southern California, where her research focuses on parenting, families, and the physiology of stress.

You can read more about Dr. Saxbe’s publications and her research at USC here:

You can RSVP via Facebook here.