Camps and Classes

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Move and Groove with Sandy Roberts and Makey Makey

Classes expected to sell fast. Class size is limited! Register for one, some, or for all. Register for all four classes and save. You will also get access to a private “classroom” to share projects, ask questions and receive feedback.

Thursdays, November 5th thru December 3rd, 2020
1 – 2:30pm PT / 4 – 5:30pm ET
OR

Thursdays, November 12th thru December 10th, 2020
3 – 4:30pm PT / 6 – 7:30pm ET

No class for the week of Thanksgiving.

The Makey Makey is an invention kit designed by MIT. It allows a user to connect everyday objects to the computer and Internet. That means that you can control that computer using bananas, PlayDoh, aluminum foil, even graphite from a pencil! Using Scratch — a free block-based visual programming language designed for kids — you can code your computer to interact with the world through the kit.

In Move and Groove with Makey Makey, we’ll merge creativity and technology to make projects that will have you moving, dancing, gaming, and making music. A great blend of hands-on making and digital learning, the Move and Groove with Makey Makey series is an engaging way to get started with coding and physical computing. It’s perfect for homeschoolers looking for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) projects or families interested in adding enrichment activities at home. Each class is appropriate for beginners. Pods, clubs, educators, and libraries are welcome. Class size is limited!

Get your Makey Makey Classic and get ready to Move and Groove with Sandy Roberts!

Register for the whole series or for a single class.

  • Four 90 minute sessions starting November 5th
    Weekly, Thursdays at 1pm PT/4pm ET or at 3pm PT/6pmET
  • Online Sessions will be on the Zoom Platform
  • Program best suited for 4th through 8th graders.

All registered students will receive: a 90 minute Zoom session for the weeks they are registered, advance materials lists, and written directions to accompany the projects. Students must have a Makey Makey and access to a computer with a USB port. 

Let’s get creative and sing! Whether you choose a favorite song or make one up on your own, we’re going to bring your music to life. With Scratch we’ll record your voice, then use code to add music, create animations, and more. To control our animated song, we’ll draw an original touch pad and use the Makey Makey to connect our masterpiece together. Bet you’ll make the best music video out there!

Materials:

  • A Makey Makey kit
  • 7 alligator clips
  • 1 USB Cable
  • A computer with USB port and a connection to the Internet
  • Copy paper
  • A #2 pencil or Circuit Scribe pen

Every band needs a drummer! So we’ll customize a cartoon robot drummer in Scratch and then animate it on screen. Using code, we’ll teach our drummer bot to play some beats. Then we’ll finish up by making our own drum set from upcycled materials and connect it all together with the Makey Makey. More Cowbell!

Materials: 

  • A Makey Makey kit
  • 7 alligator clips
  • 1 USB Cable
  • A computer with USB port and a connection to the Internet
  • Scissors
  • Aluminum foil
  • Rubber bands or tape
  • Old coffee cans, oatmeal containers, yogurt cups or similar items

At the front of every rock band is the guitar hero. So let’s build our own four-string cardboard guitar and make some music. Be sure to break out the art supplies too, so your instrument looks perfect for a superstar. Using Scratch you’ll learn to code different notes, change the pitch or volume of your tunes, and more as we learn about the science of sound. So rock on!

Materials:

  • A Makey Makey kit
  • 7 alligator clips
  • 1 USB Cable
  • A computer with USB port and a connection to the Internet
  • Scissors, craft knife or cardboard cutter
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Maker tape or ¼” conductive tape with conductive adhesive or aluminum foil
  • Crafts supplies like markers, stickers, paint, etc.

So you think you can dance? Time to prove it. We’ll start by building our dance pad out of cardboard and aluminum foil. Then we’ll code our own dance-off game using Scratch. You can add animation and sounds effects too, to make your game as awesome as you like. You can even challenge your family and find out who has the best dancing skills!

Materials:

  • A Makey Makey kit
  • 7 alligator clips
  • 1 USB Cable
  • A computer with USB port and a connection to the Internet
  • Scissors, craft knife or cardboard cutter
  • Aluminum foil
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Glue stick or white glue
  • Paint or colored paper
  • Permanent markers
  • Double-sided adhesive foam squares
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Duct tape
  • A standard 9-inch pie plate (optional)
  • Hardware
    • A Makey Makey Classic kit
    • 7 alligator clips (included)
    • 1 USB Cable (included)
    • A computer with USB port and a connection to the Internet
    • Maker tape or ¼” conductive tape with conductive adhesive or aluminum foil
  • Tools
    • Scissors
    • Craft knife or cardboard cutter (optional)
  • Craft Supplies
    • Aluminum foil
    • Rubber bands or tape
    • Old coffee cans, oatmeal containers, yogurt cups or similar items
    • Corrugated cardboard
    • Glue stick or white glue
    • Paint or colored paper
    • Permanent markers
    • Double-sided adhesive foam squares
    • Ruler or tape measure
    • Duct tape
    • A standard 9-inch pie plate (optional)
    • Copy paper
    • A #2 pencil or Circuit Scribe pen
    • Crafts supplies like markers, stickers, paint, etc.

Learn Electronics the Fun
Way with Circuit Blox 800

Register to get the E-Blox 800 kit for the holidays and comes with four dedicated instructional hours. Register by December 9th to allow time for holiday shipping. Camp can be purchased separately if you already have the E-Blox 800 kit.

Saturdays, January 9th through 30th, 2021
at 10 – 11AM PST / 1 – 2PM EST
(Email [email protected] to request alternate times.)

Have fun with Dr. E-Blox as you learn how to build 3D circuits with the E-Blox Circuit Blox 800 project set that add lights, sounds and motion to your brick structures. 

In this camp you will build along with Dr. E-Blox to make 3D circuits that light colorful LEDs, launch a fan high in the air, create cool sirens, music and space battle sounds and create an induction spinner.  And everything you build can then be integrated into your own brick sets (e.g. LEGO) to enhance the play fun!  You will also be fascinated by Dr. E-Blox as he explains how all the circuits work and their STEM aspects in the real world. 

Spots are limited…sign up now so you don’t miss out on all the circuit building and STEM learning fun with Dr. E-Blox and the Circuit Blox 800 project set!

  • Four 1-hour weekly sessions starting January 9th
  • Saturdays 10-11am PST / 1-2pm EST
  • Online Sessions will be on Zoom or a like platform
  • Program is suitable for 8 and up.
  • Build Lamp & LED circuits & learn about Light
  • Build an Alarm module and learn about Sound
  • Build Motor/Fan Launching circuit & learn about motors & lift
  • Build & learn about how various types of switches work
  • Build variable light & sound circuits & learn about Resistors
  • Build a wake up alarm and learn about Photo-resistors
  • Build a delay circuit & learn about Capacitors
  • Build an Amplifier circuit and learn about Transistors
  • Build an Induction Spinner and Learn about Inductors
  • Build a sound module and learn about how Speakers work
  • Create different Sirens, Music & Space battle sounds & learn about Integrated Circuits
  • Build an Oscillator circuit and learn about 2-stage transistor circuits
  • Watch Circuit Blox Cityscape Master Build
  • And much more!

Build BOTS with Kathy Ceceri

Register today and get your materials ready.

Email [email protected]ake.co to request another session.

Please include what specific times (with time zone) and days of the week would work.

Got kids ages 7-13 who are ready for real robotics? Build BOTS with Kathy Ceceri is based on the book, Bots! Robotics Engineering with Makerspace Activities for Kids. It’s a complete robotics course you can do at home and no expensive kits needed!

In this 5-week live course, Kathy will introduce you to a different robotics system each week and guide you through a short hands-on project. Then for “homework,” you have the option to work on more advanced projects (instructions in the book) and share your creations with the class the following week!

With just ordinary crafts materials, a few recycled parts, and some low-cost, easy-to-learn electronics, you’ll learn:

  • What a robot is and what they can do
  • Different ways to power a robot
  • How robots get around, and how they pick up and move stuff
  • How sensors help robots decide what to do
  • How to create real and virtual robots and control them with free, online software like MIT’s Scratch and Microsoft MakeCode.

To do all the projects in this course, all you need  are some household supplies (such as index cards, pencils, and scissors), and some low-tech electronics. They can be found through online electronics retailers like Adafruit (see below), on Amazon, or even salvaged from dollar store devices — you’ll find out how in the first class!

To do the more advanced “homework” projects, you will also need a copy of the book BOTS! by Kathy Ceceri, a programmable microcontroller, and a few additional household items (see the Materials list below).

The book and electronics are available from Adafruit as a savings bundle or separately. The book alone is also available from the publisher, Nomad Press, (https://nomadpress.net/nomadpress-books/bots-robotics-engineering/9781619308275).

  • Five 1-hour weekly sessions
  • Online Sessions will be on the Zoom Platform
  • Program is suitable for kids 7 through 13.

About Kathy Ceceri

Kathy Ceceri is a STEAM enrichment educator, homeschooling coach, and the author of more than a dozen books of hands-on learning activities, at-home and in the classroom.

What is a robot? Explore the systems that make robots different from other kinds of machines, and how robot bodies are designed to help them do their jobs. We’ll also go over the supplies you’ll need to do the rest of the projects, with tips for how to salvage electronic parts from the dollar store, Scrappy Circuits style.

In class activity: Make a Walking Paper Robot Dog
Optional Homework: Build a robot body from materials around the house

Take a look at the systems that make robots go, including batteries and solar power, and learn how electrical circuits work.

In class activity: Make a Motorized ArtBot
Homework: Build a Solar WobbleBot

Find out how robots move themselves –and other things — using hands, arms, legs, and wheels.
In class activity: Make a Paper Fin Gripper
Homework: Build a Hydraulic Arm or Robot Hand

Discover ways to use electronic sensors that tell robots what’s going on around them by varying the flow of electricity.

In class activity: Make a Pencil pressure sensor
Homework: Design a tilt sensor

Learn how to code a robot’s computer brain, using free online programming languages: MIT Scratch and Microsoft MakeCode.

In class activity: Help write programs that make virtual and real robots respond to their environment.

Final Activity: Robot Show & Tell!

To do all the projects in this course, all you need  are some household supplies (such as index cards, pencils, and scissors), and some low-tech electronics. They can be found through online electronics retailers like Adafruit (see below), on Amazon, or even salvaged from dollar store devices — you’ll find out how in the first class!

  • Book – BOTS! By Kathy Ceceri
  • Electronics
    • All electronics you need for class – plus the other electronics projects in the BOTS! book — can be ordered in a savings bundle from Adafruit https://www.adafruit.com/product/4362
    • Electronics can also be ordered individually from the BOTS! Book Wishlist on Adafruit http://www.adafruit.com/wishlists/492180
      • What you’ll need for class:
        • 5 mm LEDs with wires (leads)
        • 1.5 volt DC hobby motor with wires
        • AA or AAA battery
        • 3 volt coin battery (such as CR2032)
      • What you’ll also need for homework:
        • 1.5 volt DC solar motor (low rpm/low inertia) with wires
        • Cheap solar garden light (or solar panel with wires)
        • Additional LEDs and coin batteries
  • Craft Supplies and Tools
  • What you’ll need for class:
    • scissors
    • index cards or other stiff paper (such as cardstock or construction paper)
    • #2 pencil or softer
    • 3 washable markers (to be built into the project!)
    • additional pen or marker
    • clear tape
    • electrical tape
    • foil tape or other conductive tape (or kitchen foil and tape or glue)
    • cork, pencil eraser, or other soft weight to attach to the motor shaft (something that won’t put an eye out)
    • optional:
      • googly eyes
      • glue dots
      • pipe cleaners
      • ruler (or markings on strip of paper)
      • 2 paper clips
  • What you’ll also need for homework:
    • Drinking straws
    • String
    • Hot glue gun
    • Small Phillips screwdriver
    • Assorted small recycled containers and/or boxes
    • Optional:
      • Aluminum foil
      • Wire cutter
      • Wire stripper

Make a Light Up Unicorn Headband with TechnoChic

Email [email protected] to request another session.

Please include what specific times (with time zone) and days of the week would work.

Unicorns are unique and special creatures – and so are you! Learn to make your own Unique Unicorn headband that lights up in this hands-on workshop. Each participant will build, design, and style their own light-up unicorn horn!

  • Two hour workshop
  • Online Session will be on the Zoom or a like platform
  • Program is suitable for all ages.
  • Workshop registration comes with the TechnoChic Light Up Unicorn Kit

Maker Camp Paper Airplanes with World Record Holder John Collins

Email makerc[email protected] to request another session.

Please include what specific times (with time zone) and days of the week would work.

World Record Holder, John Collins, shows you the tricks behind his best paper airplanes, and teaches you how to make the world record plane. And that’s just the beginning. You’ll learn proper techniques along with key folding moves. You’ll have a proper tool kit of folding skills, with which to start designing your own planes. What’s the difference between a dart, a glider, and a stunt plane? You’ll learn that too, along with throwing and adjusting tricks to make any paper airplane fly better.

  • Four 1-hour weekly sessions
  • John’s latest book that contains every plane from his world famous paper airplane show. $17.99 value FREE with sessions. International Shipping is an additional fee.
  • You’ll get John’s paper airplane hangar, a series of videos teaching planes from John’s books. $19.00 Value FREE with sessions
  • John usually charges $120 per hour for private, or semi-private classes. Four classes for $89 with a book and video instructions is a special offer through Maker Camp.

World Record Holder, John Collins, shows you the tricks behind his best paper airplanes, and teaches you how to make the world record plane. And that’s just the beginning. You’ll learn proper techniques along with key folding moves. You’ll have a proper tool kit of folding skills, with which to start designing your own planes. What’s the difference between a dart, a glider, and a stunt plane? You’ll learn that too, along with throwing and adjusting tricks to make any paper airplane fly better.

Learn the aerodynamics along with the fun flying paper airplanes.

You’ll learn at least 12 planes, 6 key origami techniques, proper folding techniques and some key aerodynamic principles: everything you need to start (or continue) designing your own paper airplanes. Time permitting, more planes will be added to each session. It’s interactive, so ask questions, suggest models to learn, and have a great time! Fly for fun, or fly for competition. World Record Holder, John Collins reveals the secrets to making great paper airplanes.


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