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Make a Light Up Unicorn Headband

Register for the workshop & get your kit. Register early to allow for shipping time.

Tuesday, Sep 15, 2020
from 1:00 – 3:00 PM / 4:00 – 6:00 PM PDT

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 Tuesday September 15th,
  • 1pm-3pm PDT / 4pm-6pm EDT
  • Online Sessions will be on the Zoom Platform
  • Program is suitable for all ages.
  • Workshop registration comes with the TechnoChic Light Up Unicorn Kit


Let’s Make A Movie!

Camp expected to sell fast. Register Today!

Thursdays, Sep 17 thru Oct 15, 2020
at 1:00 -2:30 PM PDT / 4:00 – 5:30 EDT

What makes a great story? How do movies get made? Let’s learn by doing!

In this 5 week camp, you’ll learn how to be a great storyteller by making your own movie. You’ll explore writing, storyboarding, casting, shooting, editing, and even have your own film premiere! 

  • Five 1.5-hour weekly sessions starting September 17th,
    Thursdays 1pm-2:30pm PDT / 4pm-5:30pm EDT
  • Online Sessions will be on the Zoom Platform
  • Program is suitable for ages.

Class Materials:

A video camera or smartphone with a video camera and microphone. A smartphone with Adobe Premiere Rush (free) or other video editing software.

Breakdown:

  • Week 1: What makes a great story? Outlines, Scripts, and Storyboards. At home challenge: Write a script and/or create storyboards
  • Week 2: Cameras, Casting & Planning your shoot. At home challenge: Shoot the main scenes in your movie
  • Week 3: Editing Video. At home challenge: Edit the first draft of your movie
  • Week 4: Adding Details: Titles, Effects, Voice Overs, and Music. At home challenge: Finish your movie and invite friends to the Film Festival!
  • Week 5: Film Festival!

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, October 1st thru October 24th, 2020
at 1:00 -2:30 PM PDT / 4:00 – 5:30 EDT

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 — we’ll merge creativity and technology to make projects that will have you moving, dancing, gaming, and having fun.

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

  • Four 1.5-hour weekly sessions starting October 1st
  • Thursdays 1pm-2:30pm PDT / 4pm-5:30pm EDT
  • Online Sessions will be on the Zoom Platform
  • Program is suitable for 4th through 8th grades
  • Students must have access to a Makey Makey and 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.

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 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. 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. Then 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 today to get the E-Blox 800 kit and 4 personal online instructional sessions. Camp can be purchased separately if you already have the E-Blox 800 kit.

Wednesdays, October 14th thru November 4th, 2020
at 1:30 -2:30 PM PDT / 4:30 – 5:30 EDT

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 October 14th
  • Wednesdays 1:30-2:30pm PDT / 4:30-5:30pm EDT
  • Online Sessions will be on the Zoom 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.

Wednesdays, October 28th thru November 25th, 2020 offered at two separate times:

12 – 1pm PDT / 3 – 4pm EDT
OR
3 – 4pm PDT / 6 -7pm EDT

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!

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 a more advanced project (instructions in the book) own and share your creation 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. 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 starting October 28th
  • Wednesdays offered at two separate times to choose from
    12-1pm PDT / 3-4pm EDT & 3-4pm PDT / 6-7pm EDT
  • Online Sessions will be on the Zoom Platform
  • Program is suitable for kids 7 through 13.

What is a robot? What are some different kinds of robots, and how are their bodies designed to help them do different things? 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

Explore programming by learning 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!

  • 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 Adafruithttp://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 or other conductive tape (or kitchen foil and tape or glue)
    • 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


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