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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Advanced Python: Python Arcade Workshop
Students taking this class should have prior Python experience -- taking an HMTech Python class in a previous year, learning Python in school, or being self-taught and self-motivated. This class will give students the opportunity to use Python programming to create and modify interactive games. Students may work at different levels of experience and personal initiative: following explicit step-by-step instructions, modifying code to give it their own touch, or taking things to the next level and creating a simple game of their own design. As a class effort, the goal will be to create an arcade-like experience for the HMTech showcase, allowing students to create a fun environment that shows off their creativity and skills to friends and family.
Students will have fun learning anatomy and physiology concepts and applying them to fun hands-on activities. Students will participate in a dissection activity.
Chemistry, Chemistry, Chemistry!
In this course you will complete fun hands-on chemistry experiments!
Circuit Playground - Microcontrollers
Would you like to learn electronics, with an all-in-one board that has sensors and LEDs built in? Circuit Playground is here, and it's the best way to practice programming on real hardware. No soldering or sewing required! Including Programming NeoPixels, Motion Sensor, Temperature Sensor, Light Sensor, Sound Sensor, Speaker, Push Buttons/Switches!
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.
In the class students will explore the vast variety of the STEM field. Some topics will answer the questions:
- How do planes fly?
- What is the electromagnetic spectrum?
- What is Material Science
Everyday STEM 2
In the class students will explore the vast variety of the STEM field.
Introduction to Python Programming
Python is one of the most popular programming languages. Its ease of use has made it a great tool for beginner programmers, data scientists, and many experts around the world. Expand your toolset by learning programming fundamentals using the Python Programming Language.
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.
Covers cyber security concepts, malware, and teaching students how to make sure their computers stay secure.