This momi and her 11-year-old son just came from a place where her boy learned stop motion animation. He is joined by other curious kids almost his age, and others even younger than him. Together, they made a short animation about Zombie Apocalypse using toy soldiers, Lego’s, and building blocks. Of course, everything wouldn’t be successfully weaved together without their imagination and great interest in technology and the arts. The place is called Sparklelab, and it is finally coming to a location near you soonest.
My son is excited for July. We were told that Sparklelab will open its first franchise location in Quezon City. This means we need not travel to San Juan for his Get Reel class. We live in Quezon City and he could even enroll in Sparklelab’s after school classes should he wishes to.
What Sparklelab does?
Sparklelab designs playful learning experiences for youngsters in the field of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). Through its after-school and summer workshops, the kids will use their imagination, nurture their creativity, and explore Technology and Sciences to create unique toys, games, and gadgets. Yes! At Sparklelab, kids as young as 3.5 years can be a scientist, an artist or even an engineer. It is because Sparklelab aims to prepare our kids for a successful future by exposing them to critical 21st-century skills such as imagination, exploring, experimenting, and designing to name a few. At the end of the class, Sparklelab guarantees to have created problem solvers, innovators, and life-long learners.
People behind Sparklelab
Founded in 2013, Sparklelab first came in the country through the initiative of Rosanna Lopez. Ms. Lopez graduated from Georgetown University and holds an MA from Teachers College at Columbia University. She also earned another masters degree in Digital Arts from the Universidad Popeu Fabra. For a decade, she worked in the field of education with the United Nations, UNICEF, and the Institute of Play in New York.
This year, Jacqueline van den Ende joined Sparklelab as CEO. She has a background in private equity and founded multiple successful companies including Lamudi Philippines and De Kleine Consultant in the Netherlands, UK, and Sweden.
Behind these powerful ladies are Sparklelab’s team of investors who have studied at Harvard, Wharton, Georgetown, and Stanford. These entrepreneurs and investors believe in revolutionizing education to better prepare kids for success in the 21st century.
Kids between 3.5 to 6 years old can join a special program called Bytesize, while those between 7 and 18 years old may choose from the following workshops:
This is a series of workshops that focus on game design and development. Throughout the workshops, youngsters play games, modify them, and play them critically and reflectively. Through this workshop, the kids learn how to design an objective, define rules, and develop mechanics and challenges.
From board games, card games, and role-playing games to digital and virtual games, kids will surely emerge as pros in the gaming world.
Kids are left to experiment with a variety of materials for them to discover and imagine the possibilities each material affords. They learn how to bring their toys to life, make them talk, move and see.
This is the workshop which my son just joined. Together with his new found friends, they made a storyboard, directed their chosen materials, and expressed their concept into a film.
The workshop my Big Bunso eyes for the next time. Here, they will learn and discover how to build their own robots. They are also expected to earn new skills in coding, soldering, and creating quirky little creatures through artificial intelligence.
Stitches and Circuits
How exciting it would be to create your own shoes that light up or how about your own solar powered head gear? Stitches and Circuits focuses on e-textiles, wearable technology, and soft circuits. This workshop is undeniably perfect for every geeky fashionista!
Sparklelab Schedules and Fees
A workshop consists of six sessions of three hours each. A morning session is from 10 am to 1 pm, while an afternoon class is from 2 pm to 5 pm. The group size is between 5-12 kids. At PHP 8,500 per workshop, your young man or woman would definitely learn something truly extraordinary this summer.
Sparklelab has the whole of May and part of June for workshops. Want to check the schedules? Momi Berlin shares Sparklelab’s website and Facebook for schedules and added information. Sparklelab is also open for a free trial any time!
Make learning extraordinary at Sparklelab
As a mom, I love my kids to excel in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. Because these are the fields which I believe would all the more help them be successful in the future. Thus, when I learned of Sparklelab, I hurriedly grabbed the opportunity to try what it could offer. And I have witnessed how Sparklelab was able to bring the joy of learning to kids even at a tender age of three.
If your kids still do not have something to do this summer, I encourage you to let them try Sparklelab. Because at Sparklelab, they have such extraordinary ways for individuals to learn and discover their full potential.
Momi Berlin Directory
Devoted. Compassionate, Instinctive. Berlin loves to write personal narratives, thrilling discoveries, and mommy tips that make daily living the happiest. She shares the small house with her husband and their five boys.