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Welcome
Visitors to the Edison & Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers will enjoy 20 acres of historical buildings, historic gardens, the Edison Botanical Research Lab and the Edison Ford Museum. The newly restored buildings include the Edison Main House, Guest House, Caretaker's House and the Ford House.
Etiquette at the Edison Ford
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Historical records in the Edison archives show Mina Edison, wife of legendary inventor Thomas Edison, as a gracious hostess and interested in the well-being of children and the community. Following in this tradition, Etiquette at the Edison Ford, includes a one day (two hour) lesson in timeless etiquette and social skills.

Etiquette at Edison Ford
Regular Price: $85.00
Member Price: $75.00

Lessons in Manners for the Generations.

Etiquette at Edison Ford Saturday, January 12, 2019 Saturday, April 27, 2019 Saturday, September 28, 2019 All sessions: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

COST
Edison Ford Members $75 Non-Members $85 Children ages 6-12 will gather at the Edison Caretaker's House for a two hour lesson in good manners. This class teaches children proper introduction, handshakes, and dining etiquette during a three course meal. Each student will receive a workbook and certificate of completion.

The classes will be taught by Suzanne Willis who has been teaching similar classes at Ritz-Carlton hotels throughout the nation. Willis is a graduate of the Protocol School of Palm Beach and is a Fort Myers native. Willis created her etiquette classes in honor of her grandmother, Florence "Mimi" Black.

Age Group

 
Adventures Robotics Package
Our popular weekend engineering series returns--now featuring LEGO Robotics!

Students in GRADES 4-8 take a deep dive into the dynamic world of robotic engineering using the popular LEGO Mindstorm system. Participants will build on previous knowledge as they tackle new skills and take on new robotic challenges built entirely from LEGOS!

Adventures in Robotics Package
 
March - May 2019.

$75 for member (all 6)
$150 for non members (all 6)
Session Grades 4-8:    OPEN

 
Adventures Robotics 2018-2019
Our popular weekend engineering series returns--now featuring LEGO Robotics!

Take a deep dive into the dynamic world of robotic engineering using the popular LEGO Mindstorm system. Participants will build on previous knowledge as they tackle new skills and take on new robotic challenges built entirely from LEGOS!
Currently enrolled students in GRADES 4-8

INTRODUCTION TO LEGO MINDSTORM
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
March 31, 1-3pm
Students are introduced to the key concepts of robotics and learn about the Mindstorm hardware, software and mechanics. This foundations class teaches the basic skills to advance from concept to a roving robot.
Session Grades 4-8: Sun, Mar 31, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

MOTORS AND MOVEMENT
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
April 7, 1-3pm
Mechanical designs become more complex as students begin to learn about their motors, manipulators, and attachments.
Session Grades 4-8: Sun, Apr 7, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

SENSORS AND LOOPS
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
April 14, 1-3pm
Can you program a robot to escape a maze? Students are introduced to EV3 sensors as they learn more advanced coding skills. Boolean logic is introduced as students program a robot to make simple decisions.
Session Grades 4-8: Sun, Apr 14, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

ADVANCED SENSORS AND LOOPS
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
April 21, 1-3pm
Students apply previous knowledge with code and mechanics to design an autonomous robot that display three or more behaviors based on it's environment. Class ends with a battle of the bots!
Session Grades 4-8: Sun, Apr 21, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

ADVANCED COMPETITION TECHNIQUES
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
April 28, 1-3pm
Robotic complexity continues to increase as students are taught advanced techiniques that can be deployed at robotic tournaments. Focus of this class is to design eloquent code and mechanics to achieve a high level or repeatability and accuracy.
Session Grades 4-8: Sun, Apr 28, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

COMPLETE THE MISSION!
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00
May 5, 1-3pm
In this final class, students apply all they have learned to accomplish as many LEGO based problems as possible by the end of the class!
Session Grades 4-8: Sun, May 5, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM   OPEN

 
Homeschool Program 2018-2019 Science Scholars

Challenge the mind and foster collaboration and innovation via this eight session series in science and engineering - now for homeschoolers in Grades 1 - 8!

Advance registration required for all programs.


Electric Explorers
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00

This electrifying session begins with the hair-raising history of electricity, complete with exciting demonstrations. Next, students team up to build their own circuits, from the simple to the complex, and finally learn how these concepts apply to the world.


Arduino Academy
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00

Become a master maker and learn how to build and control a circuit with code. The small yet powerful Arduino micro-controller is examined as we explore both electronics and computer science. No previous coding skills are required.


Radical Robots Part 1
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00

Calling all future robotics engineers! Join us as we explore the fundamental concepts of robotics with the LEGO Mindstorm EV3. Students learn to program brick hardware and how to make software, focusing on motor functions and navigation. No prior experience is required.


Radical Robots Part 2
Regular Price: $25.00
Member Price: $15.00

Lessons in robotics engineering continue as students begin to utilize more advanced mechanical designs, more complicated code, and sensors. Students end the class with a thrilling test of their knowledge on the current First LEGO League competition field! It is recommended that students attend Robotics 1.


 
Emerging Inventors 2018-2019 Program
Emerging Inventors ♦ September 2018 - April 2019

One- to five-year old children and their parents, grandparents or other adult caretakers will explore the homes, gardens and museum of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates, enjoying story and music time, educational activities, science experiments, and learning valuable socialization skills!

Participants are encouraged to bring snacks or lunch to enjoy on the grounds after the program.

Bouncing Bubbles
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
The Edison Ford Wild Wizards display bubbles in many forms: from snake bubbles to bubbles that are heavier than air!

Ages 1-5
Session Bouncing Bubbles: Thu, Jan 17, 2019 9:30AM - 11:30AM   CLOSED

LEGO Art and Engineering
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
Build with LEGOS and collaborate with others to practice teamwork while creating animals, rockets, trains, and more.

Ages 1-5
Session LEGO Art: Thu, Feb 21, 2019 9:30AM - 11:30AM   CLOSED

Art, Naturally
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
Express your inner creativity through crafts inspired by nature, such as fish prints and leaf design, along the banks of the Caloosahatchee River.

Ages 1-5
Session Art, Naturally: Thu, Mar 14, 2019 9:30AM - 11:30AM   OPEN

Water, Water, Everywhere!
Regular Price: $15.00
Member Price: $10.00
What will sink and what will float? Engage in a series of water-based activities that are both fun and educational.

Ages 1-5
Session Water, Water: Thu, Apr 18, 2019 9:30AM - 11:30AM   (5 AVAIL)