SUMMER of STEM - ONLINE EDITION

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Week One: June 8 – June 12 

Beginner Coding Using Scratch

10:00am-10:50am daily virtual classes

In this online camp, kids can learn what coding is and how to use Scratch (a block-based coding language platform developed by MIT) to create fun and interactive projects.

The best way to learn to code is by creating projects; the projects selected for this class incorporate all the main “types” of coding in Scratch, so that learners become familiar with each type of command blocks (events, motion, looks, sounds, controls, variables, operators, sensing, and more). Each learner will get their own account in Scratch and be in the same “class” so that they can see each other’s published projects. We will create a handful of projects together to get to know the program interface and features, as well as basic and essential skills for coding with Scratch. Learners build each project step-by-step alongside the instructor live, with time in between each step to build and tweak their own projects and ask questions.

Any age is welcome, but participants should already know how to read. Scratch can be accessed on a PC, Mac, iPad, Chromebook or any other type of notebook computer; smartphones are not recommended. Register Here

You can read more on our blog about Scratch and other free online resources for kids who want to learn coding.

Video Game Theory – Types and Subgenres

11:00am-11:50am daily virtual classes

Love video games? Interested in knowing WHY you love them or what types of games you tend to stick to? In this online camp, you’ll learn about the different major types of video games and the subgenres within each one, along with proper video game terminology and vocabulary. Discuss some of your favorite games and categorize them by type, noticing what other genres are included in gameplay beyond just the game’s main type. Analyze the most popular games of all time (like Zelda, Mario, Call of Duty, Fortnite, and more) and the most popular games today to discover what makes them so popular and how game creators make certain games “addicting” to play. At the end of the virtual camp you will have come up with a proposal for your own theoretical video game, including the story, characters and setting, game type and features of gameplay.

In the first two online meetings, our main focus will be understanding and discussing the various types of video games and what games we are familiar with that fall into each category. The next two online meetings will focus on analyzing the most popular games today and the most popular games of all time, what types of games those are, and what features of games make them popular or “addicting.” The final meeting will feature the presentation of each learner’s game proposal that they

Best for ages 9-15. Participants can join from a PC, Mac, iPad, Chromebook or any other type of notebook computer; smartphones are not recommended. We will incorporate a few Kahoot quizzes throughout the class, so a having second device like a smartphone handy to join those quizzes from will be ideal.  Register Here

 

Week Two: June 15 – June 19  

Intro to Creative 3D Modeling and 3D Printing

10:00 am-10:50 am daily virtual classes

In this online camp, kids will learn what 3D Modeling and 3D Printing are used for and how to use Tinkercad (a free, web-based program for 3D modeling) to create 3-Dimensional designs.

Each learner will get their own account in Tinkercad. Each day, we will be working on a few beginner projects together to get to know the program’s interface and features, as well as basic and essential skills for 3D modeling. Learners will watch the instructor build each project step-by-step, with time in between each step to build-in their own projects and ask questions. There will be time for creativity and flexibility in each project and class. Learners will also discuss how to find a place to 3D print their designs from this class. Learners will leave this class with the skills to design their own unique models and creations!

Any age is welcome, but participants should already be comfortable using a mouse or trackpad, as this camp involves a lot of clicking and dragging to create designs. Tinkercad can be accessed on a PC, Mac, iPad, Chromebook or any other type of notebook computer; smartphones are not recommended. When possible, laptops/computers are preferred to iPads. Register Here

 

All Camps cost $75.

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All credits for presales (purchases you made prior to April 15, 2020) will be honored and your child will have a guaranteed spot in any camp or WebQuest class (even ones that show “Sold Out”) for eighteen months. All sales after April 15 are subject to our standing policy.