​​​​​​​​​​​Course Descriptions

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.

Aerospace Engineering
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!



​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.

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.

Xbox Game Creation and Coding                                                                                                                                                          
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. 

Minecraft Coding and Game Modding with JavaScript
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 and Mobile App Development  (2 - 4 Parts)  
Build a strong foundation learning the basic concepts, tools, and functions to build beautiful and modern websites using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript.  After the basics of HTML are established, 

dive into the world of cascading style sheets (CSS).   JavaScript is introduced and you will have a chance to see it applied in game design and many other applications.  Web design concepts are 

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 - 4)
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. 


Developing Math Speed and Strategies Parts 1 and 2  (Grades 3 - 5)

Do different problems require different strategies?  Which ones require which types?
Mental computing is a part of daily life and is especially important when taking math tests.  Students practice discussing, identifying, and explaining the thought processes of problem-solving.   Problem-solving techniques focus on arithmetic, algebra, geometry, number theory, counting, and probability. This is a 2-part course.

Math Detectives:  Clues for Success       Parts 1 and 2   Grades 1 - 2

Do different problems require different strategies?  Which ones require which types?​  Students will tackle challenging brainteasers and mind-bogglers to construct solutions to real-life problems.  Math skills are strengthened as young learners engage in solving math challenges – and even create some of their own!   This is a 2-part course. 

Pre-Algebra:  Numbers & Algebraic Thinking  Grades 5 - 9   Parts 1 and 2
How is our conception of algebra impacted by our knowledge of generalized arithmetic?  The focus in this class is on operations and processes rather than numbers and computations. When algebra is studied this way, the rules for manipulating letters and numbers in equations don't seem arbitrary, but instead are a natural extension of what we know about computation.

Topics:  Numbers & Algebraic Thinking
            Geometry and Measurement
            Data, Statistics, and Probability


​Voice Lessons    Grades 5 - 11

Do you love to sing and want to be better?
This is a perfect opportunity for aspiring singers to try out their dream, do what they enjoy and become better at it. Learn from a professional singer who's passionate about sharing her love of music and proper voice techniques. Brandi Thompson is a featured singer with the world-famous “Cafe Wha?” band in NYC, and a vocalist with New York City’s best live music band “Atomic Funk Project”.   She has performed and recorded with many well-known artists, including Aloe Blacc (writer and singer of the international hit "Wake Me Up"), Robin Thicke, Pat Benatar, Sophie B Hawkins and many others. 

Lessons are semi-private with up to 3 students per class.     Private lessons are available.

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