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Thirty Days: Lost in Space (Basic Programming & Circuit Design) – Ages 10 – 16

Monday, July 10 2023 @ 7:00PM Tuesday, August 29 2023 @ 8:00PM EDT


Jonathan Meola

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5 – 10

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Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday


Summer 2023


Monday, July 10 2023 @ 7:00PM EDT
Tuesday, August 29 2023 @ 8:00PM EDT
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We’re sorry to say it, but you seem to be stuck 100 feet underwater on some alien planet. No worries though, we’ve dealt with this situation thousands of times.

We know this may sound overwhelming, but you need to learn to code and wire so you can fix your destroyed control panel.

While you’re at it, we detected a few other “minor” repairs you will need to complete. Your solar panel is offline, the air ballast system has failed, your security systems aren’t working, and the worst problem of all, your entertainment system is down.

Again, nothing to stress out over. It’s all fixable with the right tools and training. This repair kit has an excellent success rate, and we will walk you step by step through each repair mission.

It will take you exactly thirty days to repair your shuttle. We will guide you through all the steps necessary, from coding and wiring to setting up your fancy new hardware.

Starting with those dang lights, it’s kind of hard to fix complex systems if you can’t see them. We will then work all the way through each system problem and get you back online, so that your shuttle can take off from this backward planet!

30 Lessons. 30 Missions. 30 Days.

Together, over the course of thirty days, we will work through this mission.

We will meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Dates for all thirty (30) sessions are listed below:

Week 1: July 10, 11, 12, 13

Week 2: July 17, 18, 19, 20

Week 3: July 24, 25, 26. 27

Week 4: July 31, August 1, 2, 3

Week 5: August 7, 8, 9, 10

Week 6: August 14, 15, 16, 17

Week 7: August 21, 22, 23, 24

Week 8: August 28, 29

All classes will be interactive and together we will be building various electronic components to solve the challenge.

If a child misses class, they can watch the recording to complete it on their own. The sequence must be followed to fully complete the challenge.

Students MUST have the kit purchased and in hand BEFORE the first day of class! They will be working on it from Day One. Please note that the kit costs $97.00 when bought directly from the manufacturer. However, the instructor is keeping track of various sales and promotions that may reduce the price by up to 30%. For more information, please contact him directly at jonathan@opententacademy.com.

Click the image above for the kit’s listing on Amazon.com (opens in new tab)

NOTE: Registration deadline is now July 5, 2023. There must be a minimum of 5 students to run this class.

Rated 5.0 out of 5
5.0 out of 5 stars (based on 27 reviews)

Learning to love the past

Rated 5.0 out of 5

History. This was definitely not my strongest area as a homeschool mother. I knew to provide my kids with what they needed, I had to look at outside resources. Taking a leap of faith, I registered both my 7th and 8th grader for U.S. History with Jonathan Meola.

Learning history through simple short stories using. “A History of US,” has been fun to read-a-loud. With a subject I once disliked myself, I’ve been able to power through, and engage with my children learning to love the past. Mr. Meola is a phenomenally fair instructor, and has allowed our kids to use their creativity for the semester project. The kids have enjoyed this area most about the class. Seeing their creations from the past come to life is a gift in itself. Thank you, Jonathan! You have lit a fire for history within my children!


Thanks for making homeschooling so much easier for us parents

Rated 5.0 out of 5

We have absolutely loved Jonathan’s Ancient Civilizations class this year.

He is so organized, and his classes are expertly taught – my son usually makes me leave the room but I will often go back and listen to the recordings and watch some of the videos because they are so interesting.

We are thrilled that OTA is now a vendor with our charter school, and since Z will be in middle school next year, we plan on signing up for a lot more classes.

Keep up the excellent job and thanks for making homeschooling so much easier for us parents!



Rated 5.0 out of 5

What a fantastic course combining hands-on STEM & Social Studies.

I loved watching my children learn about key landmarks around the world with such eagerness and curiosity.

They dove into the history, architectural marvel, geography, and engineering in an engaging fun way.

Mr. Meola is a wonderful teacher and this class is highly recommended!

Michael Zrihen

Best Course EVER!

Rated 5.0 out of 5

During our family new year’s celebration, everyone completed a year-in-review questionnaire. One question asked, “What are you most proud of that you accomplished this past year?”

Without hesitation, our daughter blurted out “I learned to write a five-paragraph essay!”

Our daughter, who up until this past semester would only write science lab reports, should be proud of this accomplishment. She willingly dedicated days to completing required essays, and we owe this success to Lights! Camera! Action! class.

Mr. Jonathan’s enthusiasm, instruction, encouragement and feedback all generated a newfound level of confidence within our daughter. Plus, the course spurred everyone in our family (including grandparents) to watch incredible movies, which normally would not be in our Netflix queue. Mr. Jonathan’s impact reached beyond our daughter.

LR, Florida

Amazing course!

Rated 5.0 out of 5

I would like to say thank you. My daughter, Laura, was so inspired by OTA’s Lights! Camera! Action! class. She WANTS to improve at writing instead of shying away from the process that she finds so difficult. She is putting her heart and soul into trying. I am seeing improvement and I am seeing enthusiasm that just were not there before. You have no idea how joyful that makes me. This latest essay was really, really hard but a bit less overwhelming than the prior two. Slowly the elements that Laura is learning in class are sinking in. I appreciate all that you do for the class! Thank you!

JC, Vermont

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