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Courses and Registration



 

July 13-17, 2015: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

1st Week Morning Classes

Fun with Fairy Tales

Price: $195.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 4-5

Instructor: Kristen (Johnson) Joplin

Tuition: $195

Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, and Jack and the Bean Stalk: What do these all have in common? They are famous fairy tales. Come learn about a variety of fairy tales while creating these beloved stories with LEGOs. Participants will listen to many different fairytales and will develop their own creations based upon the fairy tale of the day. Participants will work with the instructor to develop their own fairy tale. They will produce their own fairy tale book and will use LEGOs to build scenes from their very own tale using early engineering skills!

Available Spaces: 7

LEGO Theater: Fantasy Fun

Price: $195.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 4-5

Instructor: Nicole Stewart

Tuition: $195

Now is the time for you to take center-stage! In LEGO Theater, you will have the opportunity to create a story and perform with your LEGO creations and make them come alive! While building LEGO creations, we will let our imaginations lead the way! We will create stories in a fantasy world with characters such as dragons, wizards, fairies, or your own invention. Then, with the help of the instructor, you will perform them at the end of the week.  You will tell the story of your LEGO creation, that you have worked on all week, for the class (and parents!). Come and be a STAR in LEGO Theater: Fantasy Fun!

Available Spaces: 8

WeDo It Write with WeDo Robotics

Price: $250.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 5-6

Instructor: Pat Whittaker

Tuition: $250
This course is designed for “little LEGO® lovers” who enjoy building with LEGO® materials and having opportunities to share what they have learned. Participants will be introduced to the very basic elements of robotic programming through the LEGO® WeDo Program which encourages participants to investigate, create, problem solve, and share their thoughts through discussion and creative writing. Their robot models and stories will be shared during our LEGO® LOVERS THEATER presentation.

Available Spaces: 0

Fun With Roller Coasters

Price: $195.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 6-8

Instructor: Shirley Versemann

Tuition: $195

Explore the ups and downs of roller coasters! Teams must organize and work together to integrate hills, curves, loops, and jumps as they construct fun roller coasters which may span up to 40 feet in length.

Available Spaces: 0

Creative Construction with WeDo Robotics

Price: $270.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 6-8

Instructor: Jessica Kammerer

Tuition: $270
Get creative with STEM learning! Working in groups of two, participants will use LEGO® WeDo robotics with expansion sets to build models that will develop skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Once familiar with the basics, participants will be encouraged get creative with their model designs and programs.

Available Spaces: 0

WeDo Robotics Construction Site

Price: $270.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 7-8
Instructor: Julie Ream
Tuition: $270
Have you ever wondered what kind of work is done on a construction site? Let’s build our knowledge of this type of workspace by constructing a drawbridge, forklift, tower crane, elevators and a safety gate. We’ll discover how these machines work and help construction workers get their jobs done quickly and safely.

Available Spaces: 0

LEGO® WeDo Robotics Challenge

Price: $270.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 7-9

Instructor: Kathie Eckelkamp

Tuition: $270

Catapult to success! Participants in this class will be engaged with building machines to meet a challenging task such as launching a paper ball a long distance and creating a car that can run straight up a steep ramp.

Available Spaces: 1

Creative Writing with WeDo Robotics

Price: $270.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 8-9

Instructor: Lindsay Lombardo

Tuition: $270

Do you love to write stories? This course is designed for students who enjoy building with LEGO® WeDo Robotics and bringing their stories to life. Students will be able to write a story about their Robots they build. Their awesome writing will bring the robots to life!

Available Spaces: 3

Strategy Games

Price: $195.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 8-10

Instructor: Kasey Healy

Tuition: $195

Do you LOVE to play games?  Do you become obsessed with finding the winning strategy to a game or with improving your skills at a game?  This class will involve playing a variety of types of games including individual, strategy, social, and card games like Outburst, Apples to Apples, Blokus, Qwirkle,  and many more.  Playing fair and the art of winning and losing will be emphasized.

Available Spaces: 10

Beginning EV3 Robotics

Price: $290.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 8-10

Instructor: Michael Vordtriede

Tuition: $290

This introduction level course will explore LEGO’s latest Mindstorms robotics kit. You will create a rover controlled by another brick. The rover will use sensors to take readings and send data back to the controller using the brick’s on-board Bluetooth capabilities. You will program both the rover and the controller and determine what kind of missions your ROV will take on.

Available Spaces: 0

FIRST® LEGO® League Competition Simulation with LEGO® NXT Robotics

Price: $270.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 8-10
Instructor: Kathie Reuter
Tuition: $270
Compete! Participants will receive an introduction to the LEGO® NXT robotics set while they design, build, and program a LEGO® NXT robot. Participants will compete with their robot in missions on a past FIRST® LEGO® League competition field.

Available Spaces: 0

Architecture for Tomorrow: The City of the Future

Price: $195.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 9-11

Instructor: Professor Jessica Senne

Tuition: $195

Ever wonder what the city of the future would look like? What if in the future people lived on the moon or in complex communities underwater? This exciting course will explore all of these possibilities and more! Students will creatively express ideas for the city of the future, and will have the opportunity to design their cities through 2D drawing and 3D model-building. Ideal for any young dreamer interested in art, architecture, and/or building!

Available Spaces: 0

Creative Collaboration with EV3 Mindstorms Robotics

Price: $290.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 9-11
Instructor: Karen Engelkenjohn
Tuition:  $290
Students in this class will work in teams of two to build and program EV3 models. Students are encouraged to get creative with their robots and to make things that can interact with models made by other teams.  Robots can race, dance and sort colored objects. This class is for students who love challenging technical building with LEGOs and who enjoy working with other young engineers.

Available Spaces: 1

Survival Through Architecture

Price: $195.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages:  9-11

Instructor:  Erik Taylor

Tuition: $195

The potential for natural disasters is a problem every architect must face when designing structures.  Floods, earthquakes and high winds all have the capacity to cause damage.  Architects must find ways to protect people and property with their designs.  Students will be given the opportunity to tackle these challenges through a hands-on design and construction process where they build, test and rebuild their creations in simulated conditions.  The ground will shake, the rivers will swell and the winds will howl.  Will their structures be the ones to survive?

Available Spaces: 6

Geometric Origami

Price: $195.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 9-12

Instructor: DeLynn Stoneburner

Tuition: $195

Designed to familiarize and apply geometric vocabulary and concepts through origami. Students will internalize geometric properties through hands on manipulation of 2D geometric shapes and origami creation of 3D forms including hexahedrons and dodecahedrons. Students will explore all five platonic solids.

Available Spaces: 7

Arduino Boards: Endless Possibilities

Price: $250.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 10-12

Instructor: Dr. Tom Spudich

Tuition: $250

This course will offer students to work on beginner and intermediate programming skills as well as develop basic electronic knowledge to eventually create Arduino projects on your own.  There will be some introductory material, then the students will work with displaying text on graphic and LCD displays to possibly expanding to powering LEDs, detecting radiation with photodiodes and possibly building simple robot systems.

Available Spaces: 6

NXT Robotics Sumo Wrestling

Price: $270.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 10-12

Instructor: Evan Goff

Tuition: $270

Design a sumo wrestling LEGO® Mindstorms NXT robot to grapple processor-to-processor and force your opponent outside the ring. Implement effective programming strategies to leverage the robotic sensors you have chosen and earn the rank of yokozuna (“grand champion”). Students will learn how to use ultrasonic, touch, light and other useful NXT sensors that will be helpful in the design of their sumo wrestling NXT robots. Robust programming design will be emphasized, including the use of NXT loops, switch statements and data wiring. Dynamic use of variables will also be taught with the intent of showing students how to account for different scenarios their robots might encounter… Ganbatte!

Available Spaces: 1

Advanced EV3 Robotics

Price: $290.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 12-15
Instructor: Mike Beck
Tuition:  $290

For those who have EV3 experience, this course will take participants to the next level. Participants will learn about the advanced features of the eV3 including Bluetooth messaging, the use of variables and math blocks, MyBlock creation, and advanced use of sensors. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own questions and ideas for the group to investigate.

Available Spaces: 6

Stop Motion Animated Fairy Tales

Price: $250.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 8-10

Instructor: Michael Dragoni

Tuition: $250

In this class, students will learn to bring their stories to life by using stop-motion animation.  Using professional cameras and techniques, students will create motion videos out of time-sequence pictures.  No prior experience in animation required. After learning the basics of storytelling and character development, students will write, develop, and produce a short film starring LEGO® figures using LEGO® built scenes.  Their final product is a well-edited movie with sound and voice.  Students will recreate a fairy tale.

Available Spaces: 5


 

July 13-17, 2015: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

1st Week Afternoon Classes

Meet Dash and Dot

Price: $205.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 6-7

Instructor: Kristen (Johnson) Joplin

Tuition: $205

We're excited to add a new robotics platform to our lineup! Dash and Dot are robots for young children to learn early programming skills through play. Using iPads, students will learn to program Dash to move, play music, and respond to Dot. Take a look at www.makewonder.com

Available Spaces: 11

The LEGO® WeDo Robotics Match-My-Build Challenge

Price: $250.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 5-6

Instructor: Pat Whittaker

Tuition: $250

Do you like to build with LEGOS? Then you will enjoy this opportunity to create and build your very own robots and structures and challenge your classmates to match your build. You will also learn about using motors, gears and cam to, hopefully, get your model to move. There will be individual and team challenges. So get READY, SET, BUILD!

Available Spaces: 7

Introduction to LEGO® WeDo Robotics

Price: $270.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 6-7

Instructor: Kathie Eckelkamp

Tuition: $270

Create all sorts of robots! Participants will learn the basics of the LEGO® WeDo robotics set and will build and program many different animals and machines.

Available Spaces: 0

Amusement Park with LEGO® WeDo Robotics

Price: $270.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 6-8
Instructor: Julie Ream
Tuition: $270
Who doesn’t love race cars, Ferris wheels, carousels, swing rides, and carnival games? What if you could build these things, and have an amusement park of your very own? Join us on this engineering adventure to explore the inner designs and working systems of these rides and games. Hop on and strap in, because this is going to be awesome!

Available Spaces: 3

LEGO® WeDo Robotics Vehicle Challenges

Price: $270.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 7-8

Instructor: Jessica Kammerer

Tuition: $270

Do you love cars, trucks, and aircraft? Come learn how to construct a racecar, bulldozer, helicopter, and even a space shuttle using LEGO® WeDo kits! Then, learn how to program these machines to do amazing things! Participants will be required to use critical thinking skills to program their vehicles to perform various tasks. After learning how to construct and program different models of machines, participants will have the opportunity to design and build their own!

Available Spaces: 0

Let’s Be Engineers

Price: $195.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 7-8

Instructor: Nicole Stewart

Tuition: $195

Join us as we all become engineers! We will invent, design, and build using our imagination and various materials. As an engineer, you will have the chance to solve specific problems by imagining, planning, creating, and then improving! We will even help literary characters solve the problems they face! You will also have the opportunity to learn about real-life engineers and what they design and build in the real world! Come use your imagination and be an engineer!

Available Spaces: 10

Soccer with WeDo Robotics

Price: $270.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 8-9

Instructor: Lindsay Lombardo

Tuition: $270

Calling all soccer and sports fans!  Participants will use LEGO® WeDo Robotics to produce the perfect mixture of fun and learning.  Participants will build a goal kicker, a goal keeper, and cheerful fans.  Put on your favorite soccer or sports shirt and head to this fun soccer adventure!

Available Spaces: 6

Physics of Toys

Price: $195.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 7-9

Instructor: Shirley Versemann

Tuition: $195

The design of many toys involves the principles of physics. Investigate the importance of understanding these principles and how they are key to the construction of fun, hands- on toys that you will make, take home, and share with others.

Available Spaces: 7

Playing with Polymers

Price: $195.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 8-10

Instructor: DeLynn Stoneburner

Tuition: $195

What do diapers, slime, and playdough have in common?  They are all made from polymers.   Explore the multiple uses of polymers and other basic chemistry through hands on science.  Gain exposure to and practice the scientific method in daily experiments.  Use chemistry to form crystals, conduct experiments, and create various polymer substances.

Available Spaces: 2

Beyond Building Blocks

Price: $195.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 8-10

Instructor: Kim Lewis

Tuition: $195

In this course, we will research, build and test different designs of bridges and buildings. Each day we will experience a new building task and new building materials. Future engineers, this class is for you!

Available Spaces: 11

Beginning EV3 Robotics

Price: $290.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 8-10

Instructor: Michael Vordtriede

Tuition: $290

This introduction level course will explore LEGO’s latest Mindstorms robotics kit. You will create a rover controlled by another brick. The rover will use sensors to take readings and send data back to the controller using the brick’s on-board Bluetooth capabilities. You will program both the rover and the controller and determine what kind of missions your ROV will take on.

Available Spaces: 0

Coding

Price: $195.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 9-11

Instructor: Dan Healy

Tuition: $195

Code powers our digital world. Every website, smartphone app, computer program, calculator and even microwave relies on code in order to operate. This makes coders the architects and builders of the digital age. Everyone will learn methods programming basics and advanced code alike.   This class requires logical thought and patience. Armed with those two things- everyone can create amazing code!

Available Spaces: 0

Creative Collaboration with EV3 Mindstorms Robotics

Price: $290.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 9-11
Instructor: Karen Engelkenjohn
Tuition:  $290
Students in this class will work in teams of two to build and program EV3 models. Students are encouraged to get creative with their robots and to make things that can interact with models made by other teams.  Robots can race, dance and sort colored objects. This class is for students who love challenging technical building with LEGOs and who enjoy working with other young engineers.

Available Spaces: 1

Advanced EV3 Robotics

Price: $290.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 9-11
Instructor: Mike Beck
Tuition:  $290

For those who have EV3 experience, this course will take participants to the next level. Participants will learn about the advanced features of the eV3 including Bluetooth messaging, the use of variables and math blocks, MyBlock creation, and advanced use of sensors. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own questions and ideas for the group to investigate.

Available Spaces: 8

An Artist’s Environment

Price: $195.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 10-12

Instructor: Kelly Eggers

Tuition: $195

What do artists and scientists have in common? They use their keen observational skills to survey what they see and experiment with what they can touch. In this course students will embrace the scientist and artist within them as they interact with materials from nature. They will discover unique ways to manipulate those materials into works of art.

Available Spaces: 14

NXT Pathfinder Robotics

Price: $270.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 10-12

Instructor: Evan Goff

Tuition: $270

Find the path through challenging LEGO terrain full of traps and pitfalls! Program your autonomous robot to navigate the greatest distance within the least amount of time required. Leverage ultrasonic, touch, rotation and light sensors to enable your robot to stay on the right path. Robust programming design will be emphasized, including the use of NXT loops, switch statements and data wiring. Dynamic use of variables will also be taught with the intent of showing students how to account for different scenarios their robots might encounter… Good luck, Pathfinder!

Available Spaces: 6

Stop Motion Animated Movies

Price: $250.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 10-12

Instructor: Michael Dragoni

Tuition: $250

In this class, students will learn to bring their stories to life by using stop-motion animation.  Using professional cameras and techniques, students will create motion videos out of time-sequence pictures.  No prior experience in animation required. After learning the basics of storytelling and character development, students will write, develop, and produce a short film starring LEGO® figures using LEGO® built scenes.  Their final product is a well-edited movie with sound and voice.  Students will have the option of creating an original story.

Available Spaces: 2

Arduino Boards: Endless Possibilities

Price: $250.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 12-15

Instructor: Dr. Tom Spudich

Tuition: $250

This course will offer students to work on beginner and intermediate programming skills as well as develop basic electronic knowledge to eventually create Arduino projects on your own.  There will be some introductory material, then the students will work with displaying text on graphic and LCD displays to possibly expanding to powering LEDs, detecting radiation with photodiodes and possibly building simple robot systems.

Available Spaces: 0

EV3 Robotics Game Masters

Price: $290.00

Date: July 13, 2015

Ages: 12-15

Instructor:  Erik Taylor

Tuition: $290

LEGO® is all about building the problem-solving skills of students through the use of robotics.  This class takes it one step further.  Students will become game masters through the design, building and testing of their own obstacle courses.  Raw materials and LEGOs will be provided to give students an opportunity to build their missions.  These missions will then be tested by their classmates through the use of EV3 robots that students build and program themselves to complete the challenges.  Previous experience with robotics is recommended.

Available Spaces: 11


 

July 20-24, 2015: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

2nd Week Morning Classes

Lions, Tigers, and Bears, Oh my!

Price: $195.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 4-5

Instructor: Kristen (Johnson) Joplin

Tuition: $195

In this session, participants will use LEGOs to learn about and build a series of fun, interactive, and engaging animals and their habitats. Participants will explore land, aquatic, and prehistoric animals. As participants use early engineering skills, they will view and listen to both fiction and non-fiction stories about many different types of animals. Participants will also be writing short stories to accompany their creations! As a final project the participants will be creating their very own zoo with a variety of animals they have learned about over the week. A perfect class for a little zoologist!

Available Spaces: 0

The LEGO® WeDo Robotics Match-My-Build Challenge

Price: $250.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 5-6

Instructor: Pat Whittaker

Tuition: $250

Do you like to build with LEGOS? Then you will enjoy this opportunity to create and build your very own robots and structures and challenge your classmates to match your build. You will also learn about using motors, gears and cam to, hopefully, get your model to move. There will be individual and team challenges. So get READY, SET, BUILD!

Available Spaces: 0

Introduction to LEGO® WeDo Robotics

Price: $270.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 6-7

Instructor: Kathie Eckelkamp

Tuition: $270

Create all sorts of robots! Participants will learn the basics of the LEGO® WeDo robotics set and will build and program many different animals and machines.

Available Spaces: 0

Wild Animals with LEGO® WeDo Robotics

Price: $270.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 6-8
Instructor: Carin Rook
Tuition: $270
Come join us on a Wild Animal adventure as we create robotic animals with LEGO® WeDo and learn about their behaviors and wild habitats.  Use your imagination to create a new creature for your classmates to discover.  It is sure to be a ROOAAARRRing good time!

Available Spaces: 0

Edible Architecture: Who’s Hungry for Creativity?

Price: $195.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 7-8

Instructor: Professor Jessica Senne

Tuition: $195

Always enjoyed playing with your food? Well, then this course, which explores the possibilities for creating architecture with food, is for you! Interested in building a tower of spaghetti? No problem. Want to create a space station from gum drops, and then save the project for a treat later? You bet. The architectural possibilities are endless when building from what you can get from the grocery store!

Available Spaces: 7

Soccer with WeDo Robotics

Price: $270.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 7-8

Instructor: Lindsay Lombardo

Tuition: $270

Calling all soccer and sports fans!  Participants will use LEGO® WeDo Robotics to produce the perfect mixture of fun and learning.  Participants will build a goal kicker, a goal keeper, and cheerful fans.  Put on your favorite soccer or sports shirt and head to this fun soccer adventure!

Available Spaces: 3

Meet Rube Goldberg

Price: $195.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 7-9

Instructor: Shirley Versemann

Tuition: $195

Best known for his “Inventions” cartoons, Rube Goldberg made use of common everyday items to accomplish simple tasks in the most complex way. We will turn away from traditional thinking and work to perform a simple task in a very complicated fashion.

Available Spaces: 2

Creative Construction with WeDo Robotics

Price: $270.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 8-9

Instructor: Jessica Kammerer

Tuition: $270
Get creative with STEM learning! Working in groups of two, participants will use LEGO® WeDo robotics with expansion sets to build models that will develop skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Once familiar with the basics, participants will be encouraged get creative with their model designs and programs.

Available Spaces: 0

FIRST® LEGO® League Competition Simulation with LEGO® NXT Robotics

Price: $270.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 8-10
Instructor: Kathie Reuter
Tuition: $270
Compete! Participants will receive an introduction to the LEGO® NXT robotics set while they design, build, and program a LEGO® NXT robot. Participants will compete with their robot in missions on a past FIRST® LEGO® League competition field.

Available Spaces: 0

EV3 Step 2 Robotics

Price: $290.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 8-10

Instructor: Michael Vordtriede

Tuition: $290

This course will expand your knowledge and experiences with LEGO’s latest Mindstorms robotics kit. You will create a rover controlled by another brick. The rover will use sensors to take readings and send data back to the controller using the brick’s on board Bluetooth capabilities. You will program both the rover and the controller and determine what kind of missions your ROV will take on.

Available Spaces: 9

Math Games Master

Price: $195.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 9-11

Instructor: Kim Lewis

Tuition: $195

Students will enjoy exploring algebraic concepts through the use of hands-on experiments, competitions and online gaming. Concepts may include, but will not be limited to balancing equations, solving for unknown variables, fluency in algebraic thinking and problem solving.

Available Spaces: 11

EV3 Robotics and Natural Disasters

Price: $290.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 9-11

Instructor: Jamie Pegg

Tuition: $290

Students will work in teams of two to build robotic models with the EV3 Mindstorms System working with the Nature’s Fury challenge from the FIRST LEGO® League and learning about natural disasters. Students will learn how to write programs to bring the models to life in this introductory-level course.

Available Spaces: 0

Advanced Stop-Motion Animation

Price: $250.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 9-12

Instructor: Michael Dragoni

Tuition: $250

For students who have either completed a stop-motion course at Maryville Summer Robotics or have extensive experience creating stop-motion films.  This course will focus on advanced techniques such as green-screening, lip syncing, special effects layering, and character design.

Available Spaces: 6

NXT Pathfinder Robotics

Price: $270.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 9-12

Instructor: Evan Goff

Tuition: $270

Find the path through challenging LEGO terrain full of traps and pitfalls! Program your autonomous robot to navigate the greatest distance within the least amount of time required. Leverage ultrasonic, touch, rotation and light sensors to enable your robot to stay on the right path. Robust programming design will be emphasized, including the use of NXT loops, switch statements and data wiring. Dynamic use of variables will also be taught with the intent of showing students how to account for different scenarios their robots might encounter… Good luck, Pathfinder!

Available Spaces: 0

Fibonacci in Art and Nature

Price: $195.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 10-12

Instructor: DeLynn Stoneburner

Tuition: $195

Explore the Fibonacci sequence through nature, art, and mathematics. By learning to graph the Fibonacci sequence, participants will be able to mathematically create precise spirals. Student developed spirals will be transformed into individual works of art by applying the connections they have discovered between math and nature. The Fibonacci sequence will also be used in the discovery and exploration of the golden ratio found in both art and nature.

Available Spaces: 10

Did Picasso Like Geometry?

Price: $195.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 10-12

Instructor: Susan Miller

Tuition: $195

Using Geometer's Sketchpad, compasses, ruler and protractors, students will create their own artwork while familiarizing themselves with the Geometer Sketchpad program.  Vocabulary of Geometry, Geometry in architecture and dimensional drawing and measurement will be the focus as students combine technology with hands-on experience.

Available Spaces: 11

Engineering the Next Race to Space using iPads

Price: $250.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 10-12

Instructor:  Erik Taylor

Tuition: $250

NASA plans to return to the moon and establish a permanent scientific outpost using a new space transportation system.  This requires an engineering process of design to successfully launch, land and explore.  Students will be given the opportunity to research, create and test rockets, probes, landers and rovers that fulfill NASA's mission parameters.  Through use of iPad applications and hands-on construction, students will design and problem-solve the next race to space.

Available Spaces: 1

Coding

Price: $195.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 11-13

Instructor: Dan Healy

Tuition: $195

Code powers our digital world. Every website, smartphone app, computer program, calculator and even microwave relies on code in order to operate. This makes coders the architects and builders of the digital age. Everyone will learn methods programming basics and advanced code alike.   This class requires logical thought and patience. Armed with those two things- everyone can create amazing code!

Available Spaces: 0

Advanced EV3 Robotics

Price: $290.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 12-15
Instructor: Mike Beck
Tuition:  $290

For those who have EV3 experience, this course will take participants to the next level. Participants will learn about the advanced features of the eV3 including Bluetooth messaging, the use of variables and math blocks, MyBlock creation, and advanced use of sensors. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own questions and ideas for the group to investigate.

Available Spaces: 11


 

July 20-24, 2015: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

2nd Week Afternoon Classes

Meet Dash and Dot

Price: $205.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 5-6

Instructor: Kristen (Johnson) Joplin

Tuition: $205

We're excited to add a new robotics platform to our lineup! Dash and Dot are robots for young children to learn early programming skills through play. Using iPads, students will learn to program Dash to move, play music, and respond to Dot. Take a look at www.makewonder.com

Available Spaces: 9

WeDo It Write with WeDo Robotics

Price: $250.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 5-6

Instructor: Pat Whittaker

Tuition: $250
This course is designed for “little LEGO® lovers” who enjoy building with LEGO® materials and having opportunities to share what they have learned. Participants will be introduced to the very basic elements of robotic programming through the LEGO® WeDo Program which encourages participants to investigate, create, problem solve, and share their thoughts through discussion and creative writing. Their robot models and stories will be shared during our LEGO® LOVERS THEATER presentation.

Available Spaces: 7

Introduction to LEGO® WeDo Robotics

Price: $270.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 6-7

Instructor: Lindsay Lombardo

Tuition: $270

An alligator can teach Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).  Yes, you heard right!  Working in groups of two, participants will use LEGO® WeDo Robotics to create many different animals and machines.  Once familiar with the basics of WeDo, participants will be encouraged get creative with their model designs.

Available Spaces: 4

Simple Machines with LEGO® WeDo Robotics

Price: $270.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 6-7
Instructor: Carin Rook
Tuition: $270
Do you love LEGO®?  Do you love science?  This is the place for you!  In this class we will be learning about simple machines and how they work in our world.  Come ready for exploration in machines and WeDo robots!

Available Spaces: 0

Playground Engineering with LEGO® WeDo Robotics

Price: $270.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 7-8

Instructor: Jessica Kammerer

Tuition: $270

Have you ever had a great idea for an invention? In this course, participants will learn the basic steps of the engineering design process to create new inventions. We will look at different pieces of playground equipment for inspiration, and then participants will be challenged to design, create a prototype, construct, and program their own playground pieces using the LEGO® WeDo kits.

Available Spaces: 5

Let’s Be Engineers

Price: $195.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 7-8

Instructor: Nicole Stewart

Tuition: $195

Join us as we all become engineers! We will invent, design, and build using our imagination and various materials. As an engineer, you will have the chance to solve specific problems by imagining, planning, creating, and then improving! We will even help literary characters solve the problems they face! You will also have the opportunity to learn about real-life engineers and what they design and build in the real world! Come use your imagination and be an engineer!

Available Spaces: 7

LEGO® WeDo Robotics Challenge

Price: $270.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 8-9

Instructor: Kathie Eckelkamp

Tuition: $270

Catapult to success! Participants in this class will be engaged with building machines to meet a challenging task such as launching a paper ball a long distance and creating a car that can run straight up a steep ramp.

Available Spaces: 1

Playing with Polymers

Price: $195.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 8-10

Instructor: DeLynn Stoneburner

Tuition: $195

What do diapers, slime, and playdough have in common?  They are all made from polymers.   Explore the multiple uses of polymers and other basic chemistry through hands on science.  Gain exposure to and practice the scientific method in daily experiments.  Use chemistry to form crystals, conduct experiments, and create various polymer substances.

 

Available Spaces: 4

Stop Motion Animated Movies

Price: $250.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 8-10

Instructor: Michael Dragoni

Tuition: $250

In this class, students will learn to bring their stories to life by using stop-motion animation.  Using professional cameras and techniques, students will create motion videos out of time-sequence pictures.  No prior experience in animation required. After learning the basics of storytelling and character development, students will write, develop, and produce a short film starring LEGO® figures using LEGO® built scenes.  Their final product is a well-edited movie with sound and voice.  Students will have the option of creating an original story.

Available Spaces: 0

Creature Features: Artistic Animals in the Making

Price: $195.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 8-10

Instructor: Kelly Eggers

Tuition: $195

How do fish breathe underwater? How does a Blue Dragon float on the water’s surface? How do camels survive in the desert? Have you ever seen a Peacock Mantis Shrimp? Students will explore animals and the different habitats they live in. Using what they learn, students will create unique creatures and habitats through art.

Available Spaces: 8

EV3 Robotics Step 2

Price: $290.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 8-10

Instructor: Michael Vordtriede

Tuition: $290

This course will expand your knowledge and experiences with LEGO’s latest Mindstorms robotics kit. You will create a rover controlled by another brick. The rover will use sensors to take readings and send data back to the controller using the brick’s on board Bluetooth capabilities. You will program both the rover and the controller and determine what kind of missions your ROV will take on.

Available Spaces: 3

EV3 Robotics and Space

Price: $290.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 9-11

Instructor: Jamie Pegg

Tuition: $290
Students will work in teams of two to build robotic models with the EV3 Mindstorms System. Then they will learn how to write programs to bring the models to life. Students will be working with the Mission Mars challenge from the FIRST LEGO® League and learning about space in this introductory-level course.

Available Spaces: 0

The Physics of Roller Coasters

Price: $195.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 9-11

Instructor: Shirley Versemann

Tuition: $195

Investigate the way engineers create chills and thrills in roller coasters. Learn about speed and acceleration, and analyze the effect of gravity on “g” forces in dips and turns. Use imagination, teamwork, and engineering skills to construct a roller coaster out of nothing more than paper and tape. Then compete against each other for the most exciting ride!

Available Spaces: 0

EV3 Straight to the Moon

Price: $290.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 10-12

Instructor:  Erik Taylor

Tuition: $290

Google's Lunar X Prize has developed a challenge to build and program a robot that can land on and move along the surface of the Moon. Teams of engineers are attempting this monumental feat, and so will you. Using construction materials and EV3 LEGO® Robotics Kits, teams will be challenged to replicate a lunar landscape and then build a robot that can navigate its way through and over the terrain.  Previous experience with EV3 is recommended.

Available Spaces: 6

Strategy Games

Price: $195.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 10-12

Instructor: Kasey Healy

Tuition: $195

Do you LOVE to play games?  Do you become obsessed with finding the winning strategy to a game or with improving your skills at a game?  This class will involve playing a variety of types of games including individual, strategy, social, and card games like Outburst, Apples to Apples, Blokus, Qwirkle,  and many more.  Playing fair and the art of winning and losing will be emphasized.

Available Spaces: 9

Project MEGSSS Logic Bootcamp

Price: $270.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 11-13

Instructor: Dr. Doug Hunt

Tuition: $270

This is “Math Beyond the Numbers.” Antecedents? Connectives? Contrapositives? If you enjoy logic games, are curious, persistent, and willing to try, try, again, this is the course for you.

Parents: This will be an intense, 5-day introduction to formal logic à la Project MEGSSS’ summer programs for high talent math kids. For more information about project MEGSSS and optional programs, visit www.MEGSSS.org.

Available Spaces: 7

Advanced EV3 Robotics

Price: $290.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 11-13
Instructor: Mike Beck
Tuition:  $290

For those who have EV3 experience, this course will take participants to the next level. Participants will learn about the advanced features of the eV3 including Bluetooth messaging, the use of variables and math blocks, MyBlock creation, and advanced use of sensors. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own questions and ideas for the group to investigate.

Available Spaces: 9

NXT Robotics Sumo Wrestling

Price: $270.00

Date: July 20, 2015

Ages: 12-15

Instructor: Evan Goff

Tuition: $270

Design a sumo wrestling LEGO® Mindstorms NXT robot to grapple processor-to-processor and force your opponent outside the ring. Implement effective programming strategies to leverage the robotic sensors you have chosen and earn the rank of yokozuna (“grand champion”). Students will learn how to use ultrasonic, touch, light and other useful NXT sensors that will be helpful in the design of their sumo wrestling NXT robots. Robust programming design will be emphasized, including the use of NXT loops, switch statements and data wiring. Dynamic use of variables will also be taught with the intent of showing students how to account for different scenarios their robots might encounter… Ganbatte!

Available Spaces: 5