“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!

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: https://dornsife.usc.edu/cf/psyc/psyc_faculty_display.cfm?person_id=1032709

You can RSVP via Facebook here.

Eagle Rock Grand Opening Open House

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March 5, 10-6 at The LAB

The Lab for Hands-on Learning and Exploration, in partnership with I Heart Eagle Rock Art Walk, is opening its doors to our new neighbors to come find out what we are all about.

Directors, Facilitators and Parents will be available to answer questions and show you around our new Eagle Rock Location.

You can check out some of the work children have been creating, while your own children do some creating of their own in a (non-messy) open lab environment aided by LAB facilitators.

We are also excited to be featuring an exhibit of photography of LAB moments by one of our parents.

Come say hello and find out about our homeschooling resources, after school programs, parent education classes and what our plans are for the coming year as we settle into the Eagle Rock Community.


You can find out more about us here: www.thelabforlearning.com

We are on Instagram at TheLabforLearning

We are pleased to be part of the I Heart Eagle Rock Art Walk, find out more here: https://www.facebook.com/WeHeartEagleRock/

Parent Education at The Lab


Does it ever feel like this applies to your life with your kids?

The Lab is pleased to hosting a class that might be able to help with that. On Mondays from February 8 – March 21, Sarah Cole, Parent educator from Echo Parenting will be conducting a workshop for parents on the art of non-violent communication. Check out the Parent Education section of our site for more details.

Parent Education


Thank you to all of our old and new friends that came out to the Aveson Spring Jubilee to help create this busy, fluttering, delicate and temporary collaborative sculpture in Farnsworth park this Sunday. We had a lovely afternoon in the sun with you all and it was truly uplifting to see this project come together throughout the day. It is a reminder to us how precious working together is, and we are looking forward to carrying the spirit of this day into our Summer Camp, starting in July 6! We are so excited, and hope to see many of our new friends there!

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You can see the rest of our photos from the day on our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Lab-for-Hands-On-Learning-and-Exploration/635816496518770