There’s an internal conflict within LIFT Enrichment.
For over 7 years in business, we’ve excelled at just TWO things: Lego Robotics and Cooking classes for kids.
But those two programs are pretty different, as you can imagine.
Lego Robotics is all about science, technology, robotics and computer programming. A student who builds and programs their first robot experiences a sense of joy and pride when seeing it come to life. Who knows if he or she might go on to become the next Elon Musk or Steve Jobs.
Cooking is all about science, nutrition, health, culinary safety and creativity in the kitchen. A student who creates a delicious Cilantro-Lime Dressing for their Santa Fe Salad feels a similar sense of joy and pride when he finds out salads can taste delicious! Who knows if he or she might go on to become the next Gordon Ramsay or Giada de Laurentiis
What The Two Classes Have In Common
The first thing they have in common is: SCIENCE. Both classes stimulate the mind of a child and their knowledge in the culinary and mechanical worlds.
What’s the other similarity?
They both involve using your hands to CREATE something that wasn’t there before. I personally LOVE this aspect of a robot or recipe. Even as I type this on a computer, I know I’m creating something, a blog post/newsletter… but it’s not tangible. I can’t bite into it or see it move in the real world.
In this day and age where people spend a lot of time in the digital world on their phone, iPad or computer, it’s a great relief for the mind and eyes to engage in an activity that requires building something with our hands.
This is reflective of my own interest in using my hands. Here are a few quick examples from day-to-day life:
- I prefer to write things down on paper rather than type then on a computer or phone. In fact, that’s how I drafted this post. I have 3 different notebooks, each with it’s own focus.
- When I take a break from working, I almost always spend that time doing something mechanical. In the morning, I’ll brew a perfect cup of coffee with my Hand Burr grinder and Aeropress, using fantastic Sumatra beans freshly roasted from The Convservatory, a local cafe in Culver City.
- I like to read books and hold them in my hand, so I can mark them up with my pen and take notes. I just finished the Walter Isaacson biography: Benjamin Franklin: An American Life. Highly recommend!
- Having a puppy requires a lot of hands-on work as well 🙂
A New Direction With The Newsletter
Currently, we have separate blogs for Cooking or Lego Robotics posts.
However, when it comes to the weekly newsletter, we have only have one list. Moving forward, we will now have two separate lists, so you can only get the information that best serves you.
If you’ve signed up your child for a Cooking class, you’ll be on that newsletter where it’ll focus on all things Cooking: from upcoming summer camps to favorite recipes and best practices in the kitchen while cooking with kids.
If you’ve signed up your child for a Lego Robotics class, you’ll be on that newsletter which will focus on up and coming robots we’re developing, science-related post and, of course, Lego robotics summer camps.
This message is going out to everyone which is about 1,500 parents. You’ll be automatically put on both lists, and if you don’t want to be on a particular list, simply unsubscribe from it.
If you’re new to either list, you can get our free Cooking guide for kids.
Regarding our upcoming summer camp, this past week parents have been picking up spots for July and August. We’ve had particular interest in our Sherman Oaks and Torrance camps.
Locations: Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks and Torrance
Dates: Jul 24-28, Jul 31-Aug 4, Aug 7-11, Aug 14-18
Day/Times: Monday-Friday 9am-12pm (half day) or 9am-3pm (full day)