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Our Classes

Our Classes

Jr Robotics

Construct moving contraptions out of the newest educational robotics materials!

  • Students will learn about motorized construction techniques and build a foundation for our advanced course.
  • They will learn about how robots share similar features to people:
    • Computers = Brains
    • Motors = Muscles
    • Sensors = Senses
    • Batteries = Hearts
  • They will build with step-by-step instructions as well as creative design challenges.

Advanced Robotics

Unleash the creative powers of the LEGO® MINDSTORMS EV3 by building and programming real, functioning robots! Students will participate in group and individual challenges to build emerging critical and creative thinking skills.

  • Students will work in teams to build and complete a different creative challenge each class.
  • They will create robots that dodge obstacles and react to their environment using ultrasonic, touch and light sensors.
  • They will learn to program and troubleshoot complex robotic behaviors.
  • The session ends with an awesome battle-bot tournament!

 

Video Game Design

Video games are not only fun to play, but fun to create!

  • Students will learn about the digital game design process and the many different disciplines required to make games.
  • They will use a 2D game development engine called Stencyl to design, animate, program and test their own Flash game that they can play and share on the computer.
  • They will learn game design principles to make their game engaging, unique, and most of all – fun!

 

Stop Motion Animation

Bring your story to life by making stop motion animated movies! Working in teams, students build sets and characters using materials such as LEGO® bricks, white boards, and origami, then write, direct, and edit a unique story to share with the world!

  • Students will begin by learning about cameras and special software required for stop-motion animation.
  • They will learn the visual principles of animation as well as storytelling fundamentals.
  • They will complete multiple animation exercises and a final film project using everything they’ve learned

 

Bugs & Microscopes

Bugs are everywhere! Did you know that 90% of animals on earth are insects? Get to know the critters in your backyard with Bugs & Microscopes!

  • Students will begin each class with a biology lesson and discussion, then complete a creative bug-themed project.
  • They will learn to appreciate our tiny friends by building bug motels and ant farms.
  • They will explore the local wilderness to catalog bugs with hand-made microscopes and wildlife journals.

 

Tabletop Game Design

Ever dreamed of playing a tabletop game from your imagination? Students will play and study a variety of games, including puzzles, card games, and board games, then work in teams to design their own custom experiences!