After-School Enrichment

Join one of our exciting after school classes during the school year. You can program and challenge other robots using LEGO® Mindstorms® NXT robots, learn to program your own computer games using GameMaker software and make stop-motion animated movies. Email us to get started in setting up our programs at your child’s school. Students should bring a snack to the program as we do not provide food.

Descriptions: Click on a class name for a description:

LEGO® Mindstorms® EV3 Robotics Engineering
Cool LEGO® Machines
Computer Game Creation
Stop Motion Animated Movie Making
Intro to Computer Animation
Coding in Scratch

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Classes scheduled or in planning stage (check back later!)

• Game Creation, Normandy Elementary, Littleton
Sept. 13, 2017 (4 Wednesdays)

• Robotics Engineering, Bradford Intermediate School, Littleton
Sept. 18, 2017 (4 Mondays )

• Robotics Engineering, Lenski Elementary, Littleton
Sept. 5, 2017 (4 Mondays)

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FLL Robot Missions Practice
Robot in the Maze
Smarter Robot in the Maze
LEGO® Mindstorms® EV3 Robotics Engineering

This exciting class teaches you how to build and program the LEGO® Mindstorms® EV3 robots, the coolest robot available. You will use your new skills to meet such challenges as clearing objects off a board with a light sensor, driving through a maze with a touch sensor, or beating your opponent at LEGO® Sumo, a BBB favorite.

You don’t need any experience with robotics or programming to begin your robotic adventure. Students who took our robotics After School Class can take this for a more solid foundation and to work with the new EV3 system or move on to the Advanced Robot Challenges. All robot classes will be taught with the LEGO® Mindstorms® EV3 robot. The robot system includes the programming language, LEGO building system, and touch, light, sound, and ultrasonic sensors. Grades 3 and up.

*Robots are for use by students in class only, and no parts may be taken home.

Educational benefits: Students will be introduced to object-oriented computer programming concepts (“drag & drop”commands), if/then/else statements, and use of variables; developing logic and problem-solving skills, requiring attention to multiple details and procedures.

Cool LEGO® Machines

In this class, students build motorized models from LEGO pieces and learn how to make simple programs that move parts of the models while learning about motors, gears, pulleys, levers, cams, and also sensors. Models include a hungry alligator, dancing birds, a roaring lion, a flapping bird, and a wagging dog. No experience is necessary for this class. (Grades 2 to 3).

*Models are for use by students in class only, and no parts may be taken home.

Computer Game Creation

If you think playing computer games is fun, think what a blast learning to program your own games will be. In this class, we’ll teach you how to make an exciting car racing game, a space game, or another. We’ll show you how to design the game level, add various objects, and health, lives and score, and put in a background and sound. Using drag and drop programming, you’ll create an exciting, professional looking game you and your friends can play. The completed game will be made to run without the need of software.

You will take your completed game home on a CD. (Windows PC only) (Grades 3 and up)

Educational benefits: Students will be introduced to object-oriented computer programming concepts (“drag & drop”commands), if/then/else statements, and use of variables; developing logic and problem-solving skills, requiring attention to multiple details and procedures.

Stop Motion Animated Movie-Making

In this class, students make stop-motion animated movies using Lego® sets and characters. They film the movie with a webcam following a story, add titles, credits, music and their own narration. Students will be given a CD with their movies, so they can view them at home with friends and family. Bring your imagination to this class! Please be aware that students usually work in pairs in this class. Also we have a strict policy regarding movie content: no violence or inappropriate action. (Grades 3 and up)

Educational benefits: Students will use organizational skills while being introduced to concepts of animation using computer animation and movie-making software, the various parts of a movie, stages in production including planning, filming and basic editing techniques.

Intro to Computer Animation

In this basic class students will learn how to create their own short animated stories, or cartoons. Students will learn how to animate pre-made models, and use timelines and layers.
After the animation is complete, movie editing software will be used to add titles and sound.
At the end of class, students will be given a CD with all the animation projects the class has done. This class is great for anyone interested in art and computer animation.
Note: This class should not be confused with our stop-motion movie class which uses LEGO figures. In this class, all work is done on the computer. No experience is necessary. (Grades 4 and up).

Coding in Scratch

In this introductory class students learn how to write code in the Scratch programming language, designed by MIT. They will learn how to make objects move, animate sprites, use if /then and repeat loops, use sensors, and sound. We will also learn how to make simple games with backgrounds, sound effects, health and score, and simple animated stories. Students will be given a CD (Windows OS only) with their projects and instructions for downloading the free software at home. No experience needed; very little typing. (Grades 3+)

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