The Innovation Playground

Serving Your Family

Elk Grove, Sacramento & San Francisco Bay Area

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The Joy of Learning Robotics

Spark and nourish your child’s interest in Robotics, Coding & Engineering in a way that is Meaningful, Memorable & Motivational.

No more restrictive and boring coding playpens here!

The Experience

A UNIQUE ROBOTICS & MAKER PLAYGROUND

Meaningful Projects

Meaningful Projects

Your child learns best when they are actively working on meaningful projects they care about – generating new ideas, designing prototypes, refining and making it better

Collaborative Peers

Collaborative Peers

Learning flourishes as a social activity, with young people sharing ideas, collaborating on projects, and building on one another’s work.

Purposeful Passion

Purposeful Passion

When students work on projects they care about, they work longer and harder, persist in the face of challenges, and learn more in the process

Joy of a Playful Spirit

Joy of a Playful Spirit

Learning involves having a playful spirit to experiment – trying new things, tinkering with a variety of materials, testing boundaries, taking risks, iterating again and again.

Testimonials

What Parents Are Saying

“The thing I liked about the program is the structure and the environment. It was very comfortable for my son to want to learn.”

“I thought the challenges were fun and gets the mind twirling. The thinking challenges are quite valuable, especially as a team, because diverse ideas come into play in the process of seeking effective solutions. Thank you, Fred & Sharon & Family!”

“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for my kids to think outside the box. What stood out was the hands-on learning! My children had fun!”

“What stood out was the seamless team dynamic with the kids. Great stuff! I truly hope this great opportunity continues. Thank you both for bringing this jewel to the Elk Grove community. And welcome home!”

“Very valuable!! Your lessons encourage creative thinking and teamwork and cooperation! The teamwork and creative thinking that was encouraged. I love your enthusiasm for the subject matter and encouragement for the kids!”

“I think they [the skills we focused on] are critical to the future success of our children. What was unique was that the kids of all ages and backgrounds interacting with each other in a fun learning environment. Your enthusiasm for the subject and overall knowledge is apparent. My child was super excited afterward. Thank you!!”

“Your teaching style really stood out and engaging! Our son responded very well to that!”

John, Parent of 8 year old

“It is a fun learning program with a unique approach to stimulating the minds of the students.”

Coleen L. Parent of 10 y/o

About Us

Sharon Jaravata, Lead Curriculum Designer & Teacher
Fred Jaravata, Director of Educational Innovation
Sharon Jaravata, Lead Curriculum Designer & Teacher

Sharon Jaravata, Lead Curriculum Designer & Teacher

Sharon is a veteran teacher of 18 years.  She has taught 2-6th grades.  As an Experienced Elementary School Teacher (English Plus/ELD) she has demonstrated a history of working in both Public and Independent schools.

Sharon is skilled in the effective use of Educational Technology, K-12 Education, Common Core State Standards, Design Thinking, Parent Engagement, Lucy Caulkins Writer’s Workshop and Classroom Management.

Sharon graduated from National University with a Masters of Science in Instructional Administration since 2010.

Find out more about Sharon here on LinkedIn.

Fred Jaravata, Director of Educational Innovation

Fred Jaravata, Director of Educational Innovation

With over 20 years in K-12 specializing in Educational Technology (Edtech), Innovation, and Learning, Fred is a recognized Edtech leader in the makerspace movement in schools. He has presented in many local and national Edtech events and conferences for several years sharing strategies and insights to create a successful and empowering technology program for students.

It is Fred’s belief that, educational technology and innovation must be meaningful, memorable and motivational to empower all students. He is an active proponent of student-centered Design Thinking principles in his teaching.

Fred holds a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from the University of San Francisco since 2010. He has taught K-8 at Convent & Stuart Hall, Schools of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco for 18 years and currently teaches high school AP Computer Science at Sacramento Country Day School.

You can learn more about Fred on LinkedIn.

Resources

Dear Families and Friends,

As many students want to keep going with the tools we use in our program, we are making them available for you here to continue at home.

Before digging into the awesome resources we know and trust, here is an important disclosure:

Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, we will earn a commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please understand that we have real-world experience with all of the resources listed, and we recommend them because they are helpful and useful to you and your families, not because of the small commissions we make if you decide to buy something. We can help answer any of your questions regarding these resources.

Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you and your family achieve your learning goals.