Animal Adaptations and the Grab Lab!

2 Hour Experience at Your Home
Available as one-time or a multi-week series

Have you ever seen a bird catch a worm? Or a chipmunk stuff their cheeks with nuts? How do they do it? Animals have evolved some pretty amazing grabbers and tools for survival over time.

In this experience, kids will construct their own tools and simple grabbers out of TeacherGeek connector strips and screws. They'll design and engineer solutions inspired by feathered and furry friends. By the end, kids will know how animal adaptations and nature collaborate to make certain skills and tasks possible.

Themes explored throughout the experience include: motion and stability, engineering design, animal adaptations, and fine motor development.

About Shannon

Longtime Teacher and Traveler

Shannon has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education, a M.S. from the University of Colorado, and completed post-graduate training at both Harvard and Columbia universities. Past teaching roles have included Grades K, 1, & 2 as a classroom teacher, learning support and literacy specialist, MakerSpace facilitator, and Information & Learning Technologist. She's been teaching since 2005, and has experience working in schools both in the USA and abroad: Rome, Italy; Dubai, UAE; Jeju-do, South Korea; and Virginia and Colorado, domestically.

Her passions are reading, STEM, and traveling, as she's visited over 50+ countries, 5 oceans, and all 7 continents. Shannon believes in providing students with first-hand learning experiences because children learn best by doing, inquiring about, exploring, and creating. She strives to help all her students develop the academic, professional, and information literacy skills and knowledge needed to be a happy and productive citizen of the 21st century. As Shannon puts it, "Children deserve constant reminding they each have the ability to make an impact on our world!"

Shannon is vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19.

* Fully-vetted, background checked, and interviewed

What Parents Are Saying

We LOVED everything about Grasshopper! The customer service experience was exceptional! I felt like so much intentionality was taken to ensure that the activity would be both age appropriate and fun for my kids. Our experience leader was so easy going and chatted with the kids during the experience, and really took the time to engage and get to know them. We are definitely going to be using Grasshopper again! Thank you!

- Mandi B.

Grasshopper offered my daughter an opportunity to learn in a vibrant, fun setting that was continuously customized for her attention span and interests. Her Grasshopper teacher was fun, engaging and supremely personable. She took the time to get to know my daughter before diving into anything. I felt more than comfortable leaving my daughter in such capable hands…and love that she truly learned some new things from the experience. We will be using Grasshopper regularly to broaden her horizons and expose her to new concepts in a safe and compelling way. The icing on the cake is that the experience took place in our home, at a time that was convenient for us!

- Lauren G.

Our Grasshopper experience was amazing! I have four very curious kids at different ages with different interests, and the experience had all four of them engaged the whole time. Also, as an educator, I was very impressed with how the teacher led the program. She obviously knew what she was doing, and the minute she left, my kids were asking for another experience.

- Sarah L.