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Computer Science and Robotics – I

01/14/2020 – 04/07/2020   TH, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Ages 5-8 | Grades K to 2th

Students will build robots and learn to code in a fun, supportive environment! Students learn to build robots using Robo Robo Kid robot kits – Lego-compatible bricks plus sensors, motors, and a CPU. Programming the robots is as simple as swiping a card in a card reader. Students learn to code on the robots, with online game-based curriculum, and with unplugged activities. Students will learn to program using commands like loops and events. Students learn to collaborate with others meaningfully, investigate different problem-solving techniques, persist in the face of difficult tasks, and learn about internet safety.

Part of each class will be devoted to teaching life skills, including self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.

Computer Science and Robotics – II

01/14/2020 – 04/07/2020   TU, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Ages 9-15 | Grades 3rd to 8th

Students build robots using RoboRobo Kits, creating robots that increase in complexity throughout the semester. New students start with the first level of the RoboRobo Kits, while continuing students will move onto higher levels of the kits. The students learn how to build robots using metal frames and beams, attaching sensors and motors, and programming them with a block-based editor. Coding continues to increase in functionality, both on the robots and with more challenging online puzzles and unplugged activities. Students will create interactive stories and games that can be shared with families and friends.

Part of each class will be devoted to teaching life skills, including self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.

Robotics with micro:bit & Python

01/15/2020 – 04/08/2020   W, 5:45 PM – 7:15 PM

Grade: 5th – 8th

Robotics with micro:bit & Python – In this class, we will learn to build robots using the micro:bit, legos and sensors. We will be building robotic devices that can interact with our world – perceiving temperature, light sound, distance and more. This class will also focus on programming in Python, a text-based language that is easy to learn and very popular in professional programming. We will focus on control flow, functions, data structures and classes. Students will create robots of their own design using agile iterative design practices.
Material: micro:bit Innovation Kit required.

Battle Bots

04/14/2020 – 05/05/2020   TU, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Ages 8-11 | Grades 3rd to 6th

Let’s get ready to RUMBLE…or at least show off our mad robotics skills! In this 4-week class we will use RoboRobo robotics sets to create and build BattleBots. Students will learn about different sensors, motors, and the importance of engineering. In the last two weeks of class, students will test their robots and use their findings to modify the hardware and software to improve their robots for the final battle. New, current, and returning students are all welcome!

Games in Python

04/15/2020 – 05/06/2020   W, 5:45 PM – 7:15 PM

Ages 9-14 | Grades 4th to 8th

This 4-week class is all about having fun with Python. We will use Python to build a game and learn how to program with Object Oriented Programming. This class will also introduce Pygame, the most popular Python gaming module. Students will need to come into the class with a basic understanding of Python, including looping, conditionals and lists.

Interactive Art with micro:bit

04/14/2020 – 05/05/2020   TU, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Ages 9-14 | Grades 4th to 8th

Creativity and design go hand in hand in this Interactive Art class. Students will learn how to program the micro:bit (a tiny programmable computer) and use it to explore the world of art and computer science. Students will use craft materials to build characters that move, make sounds and play animations. This class is perfect for students new to the micro:bit and programming.

Introduction to Scratch

04/16/2020 – 05/07/2020   TH, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Ages 8-14 | Grades 3rd to 8th

Calling all aspiring innovators! Dive into programming logic with Scratch, the drag-and-drop creative learning environment developed by MIT Media Lab. You’ll use code blocks and characters to gain a foundation in computational thinking, creating animated stories and games. Bright visuals and engaging design enhance the learning process, making it easy for you to develop essential STEM skills for our tech-driven world.