Courses are suitable for In-School, After-School, Weekends, No-School Days, and Special Workshops
Engineering Design and It's Process
The Engineering Design Process and the Action Research Model serve as the foundation for this introduction to Engineering. Your child will help design innovative solutions in the fields of mechanical or civil engineering to address a real issue impacting the community. The field is subject to change based upon the community need selected and the interest of the class.
Robotics and The Internet of Things (2 - 4 Parts) Grades 6 - 11
This class will absolutely stun you! You will amaze yourself by building a robotic arm that you control over the Internet to make perform
incredible tasks - just as real robotic engineers do! You will learn about robotics as you build your own personal robotic arm. Using
your very own Aduino or Raspberry Pi, you will build a simple computer, too, and learn to program it to make it control your robotic arm
to perform a myriad of tasks applying serious science and learning concepts to design, create, and engineer a functional robot. You will be
introduced to the basics of motors, gears, sensors, batteries, programming and assembly of mechanical/electrical devices. Projects include
programming, ultra sound, light, touch, and other robotic sensors. You will be prepared to enter your personal robots in group events and
competitions. And, this is only the beginning! College, here I come!
Rockin’ Robotics! Grades 1 - 2
Engineering principles become second nature in learning the concepts to design, create, engineer, and program a robot. The basics
of motors, gears, sensors, batteries, assembly of mechanical and electrical devices are explored with the programming of light sensors.
Amazing Robotics! Grades 3 - 5
While learning concepts to design, create, and engineer a functional robot, skills include programming, ultra sound, light, touch, and other
robotic sensors plus the basics of motors, gears, sensors, batteries, programming and assembly of mechanical and electrical devices.
Robotic skills are applied in several exciting events!
Civil Engineering To Get to the Other Side
"Javier Builds a Bridge", a story about a boy who needs a safe footbridge to get to his island play fort, introduces the principles behind bridge design. When civil engineers design bridges, they must take into account factors like balance and motion - and so must Javier. Learn about “push” and “pull” as you explore how forces act on different structures. Use what you know about balance and force as you experiment with beam, arch, and suspension bridges—and learn how to design challenge, students plan, build, and test your own bridges.
Biomedical Engineering: No Bones About It
Apply the engineering design process to the fields of biology or medicine to solve healthcare problems, and you’re thinking like a biomedical engineer. The storybook "Erik’s Unexpected Twist" will grab your attention in biomedical engineering about an exciting rescue mission where engineering saves the day for a boy with an injured knee and explore your own feet to make recommendations about sneaker design. You will actually design a knee brace that will restore the range of motion to a model that could help Erik's injured knee.
Optical Engineering: Lighting Up The Dark
Optical engineers design all kinds of devices that use light to do something useful—from lasers and telescopes to fiber-optic communication systems. Learn how an Egyptian boy uses what he learns from optical engineers working inside ancient tombs to develop an ingenious system for lighting the dancers in a school performance as you learn to think like an optical engineers exploring how light interacts with different materials. Then you will design a system to illuminate hieroglyphics in a model tomb.
Environmental Science: The Power of Nature
Students become creative green engineers! Items that would ordinarily be discarded are collected and used to create toys, sculptures and household objects. In this green engineering class, kids use recycled materials to construct a toy car that travels by air power.
Discoveries Using Virtual Reality
Go places your school bus can’t! Travel to planet Mars while your feet are still firmly planted on the ground right here on Earth. Discover amazing marine-life creatures like sharks, whales, coral fish, stingrays! Explore outer space and peer into places you’ve never been! Or, take a trip through the human body using your own, personally-built virtual reality gear to solve a medical mystery.
The Power of Electronics and Magnetism - Elementary
A great introduction for elementary students to the world of Electrical Engineering! Students build electronic devices including a motion detector, tone generator, oscillator, radio, and more. Learn the roles of amplifiers, resistors, capacitors, transistors, and much, much more as they create a wide variety of electronics projects.
Powerful Electronics - Middle School
Explore the basics of electronics as they enter the world of electrical engineering using solderless electronics breadboard, switches, connection wires, red and green light emitting diodes (LED), and more to build numerous projects including a burglar alarm, water detector and AM radio station.
Introduction to Electrical Engineering and Computer Science I (2-Part Course)
This MIT-based course provides an integrated introduction to electrical engineering and computer science, taught using laboratory experiments with mobile robots. You will learn fundamental design principles from electrical engineering and computer science as well as perform exciting projects.
Remote Control Car Building, Programming, and Racing
Prepare race cars and drive them on a closed circuit race course practicing each of the major turn configurations including hairpin, 30/45/90 degree, chicane, and more! Aerodynamics, suspension, drive train, battery technology and more are explored about telecommunications, AM/FM frequency, 2.4 GHz digital communications, automotive engineering, and technology.
This exciting, hands-on class takes off with a look at the principles of flight, aerodynamics, and simple Newtonian physics by identifying the principles in action in the real world. Learn about lift, gravity, mass/weight, speed/velocity, acceleration, and thrust & drags as you build and fly your own airplanes both virtually and as models.
Electrical Engineering: Control The Power!
From the smart phone to the television to the watch on your wrist, see the amazing impact of electronics and magnetism!. Applying the Engineering Design Process, you will grasp the power that comes with building circuits that make bells, buzzers, and connections as you design and develop your own incredible projects.
Designing Your Own Wearable Technology
Wearable technology is the next new wave of technology, and it’s bound to drive a lot of the innovation in the consumer electronics industry. In this high-tech class, build wearable circuits into your clothing and accessories using all the materials, boards, and sensors to help you create the wearable electronics of your dreams. Even beginners will be thrilled seeing their imaginations come to light! From sneaker to jackets, we can expect to see a lot more watches, glasses, fitness gadgets, and wristbands in the years to come. Become part of the future!
COMPUTER SCIENCE AND CODING
Scratch, a graphical programming language developed at MIT, introduces young people to basic programming concepts. You will learn how to create interactive stories, games, animations, computer games, and interactive projects as you learn to think creatively, problem solve, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.
Making Python as Easy as Pi
Python reads like kindergarten math! What do you expect from a programming language named after the British comedy group
Monty Python? Computer science comes to life in this action-packed class that bridges the gap between abstract computing and
real-world applications of the Engineering Design Process. Using the Raspberry Pi, a credit-card sized microcomputer, you will learn
how to use Python for a surprising range of exciting do-it-yourself projects.
Have No Fear! Coding is Here!
For those with little or no programming experience, gain an understanding of the role computation can play in solving problems.
It will develop your confidence in your ability to write small programs that accomplish useful goals. A major focus will be on
learning programming concepts. An introduction to Python will enable you to create your own simple game.
Game FUN-damental and Development with Python
In this fun and comprehensive Python game development class, students will learn how to successfully develop their very own computer game with the Python programming language. Step-by-step, they will learn how to create a game menu, how to develop characters and items, how to make characters move using key commands, and how to input different settings to make their game more challenging and fun! Students also get a look at the many other applications of Python.
Personal Spa Science
This fun, smell-good, feel-good class helps you take care of your mind and body (as well as your soul!) creating your personal spa! Learn to really relax through meditation, yoga, and other mindfulness practices that reduce stress and make feel so good! Then, with 100% safe ingredients - most of which you can find in your kitchen - learn to make your very own line of products like lip balm for those winter-chapped lips, soaps, body scrubs to bubble baths, lotions, bath oils, lip gloss, nail polish, and fragrances.
Explore the fascinating world of chemical reactions that produce light, called chemiluminescence. Mix up a magical blue light in a test tube using the glowing chemical luminol and other substances. With some cool chemical reactions, even coins and radishes begin to glow. Learn about the electromagnetic spectrum, including visible and invisible light.
Mixing elements of chemistry with world culture and history, this class will teach to you make different flavorful candies and real, decadent, dark chocolate while learning the science behind all those delicious products seen on candy counters and grocery stores.
Fun with Kitchen Chemistry
Turn the kitchen into a personal science lab performing fun science experiments good enough to eat! From dancing raisins to the science of popcorn, see how chemical reactions add flavor, making delicious kitchen creations that are actually works of pure science magic. The kitchen becomes a science laboratory as you concoct safe experiments that explore changes in matter, chemical reactions, and creating solutions.
ANIMATION, MOTION GRAPHICS, AND SPECIAL EFFECTS
The Magic of Animation in Motion Graphics
Learn to design video effects and animated sequences in this motion graphics class. You learn how to layer and composite video,
add video effects to footage, and design motion graphics like title sequences, lower thirds, and text animations. The special effects
using the fun "green screen" technique is explored.
Art & Animation
Explore the power of programming with Multimedia Fusion 2® creating interactive characters and adventures with the tool used by
so many multimedia professionals, game creators, and creative people from all walks of life! You will learn to think as game designers
do considering how to make Level 2 just a bit more challenging than Level 1.
Character Animation in Games
Become amazed when you apply the Principals of Animation to create your own stylized 3-D characters for your video games. Learn about anatomy, character modeling, skeletons, skinning, kinematics, rigging,walk cycles, facial animation, and muscle deformations – truly a step in the direction of a professional animator!
3-D Modeling for Games
Create breathtaking 3-D characters and assets in amazing realistic, full-color detail! Learn professional 3-D modeling, animation, and special effects using the popular software Blender®!
Through the wide array of tools available, build your own 3-D objects and animate them. Get a strong introduction to motion graphics – the techniques used on most sports presentations
and numerous commercials. The special effects you create will amaze you!
3-D Texturing & Lighting
After mastering the concept of the X-, Y-, and Z- axis, you quickly move into basic texturing, working with primitive
objects and lighting using the professional software Blender! Developing skills in box modeling, spline modeling, and
rendering, you are on your way to developing professional level animations. Apply changes in translation, scales, and
rotation through space and time.
3-D Level Design
Level design is the art of creating believable environments, stages and missions for video games. Explore topics including
architecture, flow, pacing and puzzles. Using a 3-D level editor, investigate technical design issues including the
construction, texturing, lighting and scripting of modern game levels. The roles, duties and challenges of the level designer will also be discussed.
3-D Special Effects
Learn the tricks used by professional animators by focusing solely on create amazing 3-D visual special effects! By the end of the class, you will have a well-functioning 3-D character or other asset in an exciting environment of your own creation!
3-D Advanced Lighting & Rigging – with an Intro to Special Effects
The Advanced Lighting and Effects Module teaches everything from basic 3-point lighting to complex Hollywood-style lighting systems using Blender. The Effects lessons cover the exciting world of digital effects, such as realistic explosions and hair. This class also teaches about various lighting, hair, clothing, compositing for effects, smoke, and lighting.
GAME DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT
Xbox Game Creation
Make games for the Xbox360®! At your own level, unleash your imaginations as Xbox 360® players become game creators!
Learn easy-to-use game creation techniques and programming skills that make building personal playgrounds simple.
Video Game Creation & Animation
Why play someone else’s game when you can make your own? You will use one of the most flexible, powerful, and full-featured
authoring tools available today to create superior and impressive multi-level arcade or platform video games with no programming skills.
Delve in to the world of Minecraft! You will see first hand how changes in programming can alter the game by changing the way blocks,
items or mobs (animals or creatures) look, modify or add new landscapes and terrain or new options for things like speed or graphics.
3-D Game Creation
Create breathtaking 3-D characters and assets in amazing realistic, full-color detail! Learn professional 3-D modeling, animation, and special effects using the popular software Blender®! Through the wide array of tools available, you will build your own 3-D objects and learn to make them move using animation.
WEB DESIGN AND APP DEVELOPMENT
Web and Mobile App Development (4 Parts)
explored as you consider the website or app you will develop. Collaborate and go into "project mode" to create original solutions to designing a website
or app. You'll partner with a community organization for whom you will design and implement user interfaces and web-based databases, and code your own modern and beautiful website and/or app.
Mobile App Development
As MIT says, "Anyone Can Build Apps That Impact the World" and you will put that idea to the test in this class. Learn real-world software development. Using a graphical interface,
this introduction to software development will use visual objects to create an application that can run on Android devices.
Full STEAM Ahead! An Introduction to STEAM (Grades 1 - 3)
Both imagination and logic are in full gear during the mind-blowing projects created during this exciting exploration into the world of STEAM! Examine the mysteries, discoveries, and creativity of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math through a variety of fascinating hands-on experiments and projects in each field.
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