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.

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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.

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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.

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Read more about Ashley in Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls!

img_0581By allowing space for flexibility with regards to curriculum planning, child and adult are able to collaborate by exploring ideas together and inspiring each other… And what we end up discovering and creating is often not what any one of us had anticipated. The Muses we are exploring this week are fashion designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy. What we made available were some embroidery hoops, fabric, fabric markers, threads, needles and felt letters of the alphabet (yes… literacy can be incorporated anywhere!) and what we ended up with were our very own superhero capes… Voila!

– Narine

Let Them Play

Introducing Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, Architecture Muse for December/January

imageAfter watching our kids throw blankets over large play blocks and calling it a castle, or closing themselves up in cardboard boxes as their secrete hide-outs, we have followed their lead and made Vitruvius our muse for the upcoming month. Marcus Vitruvius Pollio was a Roman author and civil engineer, responsible for defining Architecture as we think of it that day, with his ten volume De architectura, encompassing elements of engineering, landscaping, design, and what can be considered urban planning.

We will begin by trying to build model forts and castles that are impregnable to various kinds of attacks, then move on to skyscrapers, seeing how high we can build, and end with experiments with damns holding back water and bridges spanning hot lava.

Of course, along the way, we will be playing with all kinds of authentic building materials, and, well, power tools and earthquake machines.