Neuron Garage

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Neuron Garage Camp Expands to 12 Locations for Summer 2020!

Austin-based day camp, Neuron Garage, is quickly gaining a loyal following as the Hands-On Building Camp where kids build with recycled materials to solve fun, weekly engineering challenges such as building a roller-coaster for a marble or fortifying cardboard castles against invasion. Their popularity and a desire to be as convenient to as many Austin families as possible is driving the camp’s expansion from 5 to 12 locations for this upcoming summer.

The summer camp will now have locations in South Austin, South Central, Westlake, Downtown, Hyde Park / Mueller, North Shoal Creek, Tech Ridge and Cedar Park.

Neuron Garage was founded by Kaylie Reed, a Montessori teacher and joined by Sam Reed, a serial entrepreneur. The husband-and-wife team has created a safe, supportive environment for hands-on learning, enhanced with best-practices Kaylie gleaned from studying neuroscience and education at Dartmouth and over a decade in the classroom.

Neuron Garage has a unique program, convenience for parents, and a powerful social mission.

For the children the camp serves as a “screen detox” and an opportunity to play and build with their hands the way children naturally love to when not distracted by technology and the noise of modern, busy lives. The weekly creative, engineering challenges that the campers tackle are open-ended, with no set solutions. And the materials they use are simple and multi-purpose. This combination unlocks a level of engagement and resourcefulness that is both joyful and transformational. Through the building process, campers build creative thinking, collaboration, and resilience — and the foundation for a vibrant future.

For parents, Neuron Garage provides a summer solution where they can confidently leave their children each day to pursue their own goals. And it offers an unusually flexible cancellation policy, so that parents can adjust summer plans as needed. In addition to enriching the lives of children, and helping parents, the other social mission of Neuron Garage is to train current and future educators on how to “guide” vs. “teach” and give them practical experience and training in project-based learning. To accomplish this mission, Neuron Garage primarily hires either current educators or college students who are on the path to working with children.

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Neuron Garage has been named best education program for the past three years by Austin Family Magazine and HappiFamli, as well as being a finalist this past year in the Austin Chronicle Reader Poll for best summer camp and best STEM enrichment program.

The weekly camps serve children ages 5-12 from 8am – 3pm with the option to extend the day until 6pm. Campers are divided into groups based on age and activities are tailored appropriately. Camp sessions begin in June and go through mid-August.