The classes for students in grades 6-8 are designed to teach students basic fundamentals and apply what they have learned to fun hands-on activities. This year the students will get a choice of 3 classes in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
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Students will have fun learning anatomy and physiology concepts and applying them to fun hands-on activities. Students will participate in a dissection activity.
Bridge Basics & Building Challenges
Students learn the basic engineering principles to build bridges. They will explore the complexity of choosing and building bridges to help them understand the engineering principles that underlie the structures that enable us to cross water, land, and roads. Students will work in teams as they participate in challenges to test their bridge designs and engineering skills.
Career Planning (8th graders only)
The purpose of this class is to teach students basic job hunting skills. Students will learn how to write a resume, how to interview, and how to design a path to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
Chemistry, Chemistry, Chemistry!
In this course you will complete fun hands-on chemistry experiments!
Electrical Engineering with Project Boards
Come and learn how to become an electrical engineer. We will plan, design, prototype and build electronic circuits and systems. No experience necessary, but engineering requires math. Once applied, you'll have all the experience necessary to design and build your own circuits. How cool is that? How about an alarm system to catch someone in the act? Or how about a sound amplifier to hear conversations from a distance? How about an AM radio? It is all possible. And the possibilities are endless, at any age
This course will combine science, math and art using fractals! Fractals are beautiful patterns found everywhere in the world around us. Students will become fractal detectives as they discover fractals in trees, rivers, flowers and more! They will zoom into algebraic fractals using Xaos, free fractal software on the Fractal Foundation web site, and create fractal art, such as cutout cards and tetrahedrons of marshmallows and toothpicks. Come see why fractals are SMART: Science, Math, and Art!
Game Design: Programming with Java
Computer programming is not only a highly valued skill, it can be a lot of fun and can be a powerful tool for creative expression. Java is a popular and convenient object-oriented programming language. It has been used for interactive web pages and a variety of computer and device applications and games. This year, we will try to better accommodate new as well as repeat students by using a "go-at-your-own-pace" style. We will guide students through a tutorial of basic Java concepts, and encourage students to help each other. When students are comfortable with these basics, they can then use Java programming to compete in a multi-player taxi game over a local network. Being competitive will require students to write Java code to direct their taxis along the best routes and manage their taxi companies efficiently. While programming is a challenge, we hope to show students that it can be extremely fun and rewarding.
This course will mystify the mind as it explores the world of science through experiments using common household items. Experiments include working with eggs, vinegar, tools, magnets, water, soap, and even fire. This course will go over the science behind what drives each experiment but as the world is still not fully understood by the top scientists to ever live, some things will remain a mystery! Any allergies need to be discussed with the instructor.
Money Matters 101
This course will teach students the basic principles of managing money. It will be an interactive and hands-on experience that will allow students to balance checkbooks, pay bills, create budgets and handle unexpected expenses.
This course will teach students how to learn problem solving skills, operate and optimize a remote control car to maximize it's performance.
Renewable Energy and the Physics Behind It
Renewable energy is the new big thing! But what is it exactly? This course will dive into what are the common renewable energy sources and provide a hands on opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with them. There will also be introductions to thermodynamics, electrodynamics, and the physics behind how renewables work. Students will examine the pros and cons of renewables themselves and learn why there is a shift towards them!
Students will learn how robots work while using math, science, and technology in exciting robotic challenges. Students will work in teams to design, build, program and test robots to perform a variety of challenges against the clock. Note: This is a beginner's class and is for students who do not have any experience with Lego MindStorms.
Software Design Using Python Programming
In this course, students will be introduced to computer programming through the use of Python and Turtle Graphics.
-Python is a simple, easy-to-learn, programming language. It is also robust, so it can be used to write basic programs as well as large, professional applications. Python's ease of moving from simple commands to complex software development makes it an ideal vehicle for an introductory experience in computer programming.
-Graphics is a drawing system developed in the Logo programming environment that was originally used for introducing students to programming. The "turtle" in Turtle Graphics is an on-screen cursor which can be given movement and drawing instructions and is used to produce line graphics. Students can understand the actions of the turtle by imagining themselves in its place and thinking in terms of commands such as "move forward," "turn right," and "raise/lower the pen."
Studentsnts will use Turtle Graphics in Python and some simple mathematics to explore concepts such as variables, loops, and functions to draw interesting pictures.
Come learn basic electronic components and topics, build your own cricket or line tracking robot.
Website Design using HTML and CSS
Students will learn how to create their own website.