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.

Ages: Appropriate ages for Robotics, Movie-Making & Game Creation are 8-14 years, Computer Animation is for 9 years and up.

Descriptions: Click on a class name for a description:
LEGO® Mindstorms® NXT Robotics Engineering
Cool LEGO® Machines
Computer Game Creation
Stop Motion Animated Movie Making
Intro to Computer Animation
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Classes scheduled or in planning stage (check back later!)

• Movie_Making, Normandy Elementary, Littleton
Jan. 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8 2017 (4 Wednesdays)

• Game Creation, Bradford Intermediate School, Littleton
Jan. 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13 2017 (4 Mondays )

• Movie_Making, Lenski Elementary, Littleton
Jan. 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14 2017 (4 Tuesdays)

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FLL Robot Missions Practice
Robot in the Maze
Smarter Robot in the Maze

LEGO® Mindstorms® NXT Robotics Engineering

This exciting class teaches you how to build and program the LEGO® Mindstorms® NXT robots, the coolest robot available. You will use your new skills to meet such challenges as clearing objects off a board, driving through a maze, 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 NXT system or move on to the Advanced Robot Challenges. All robot classes will be taught with the LEGO® Mindstorms® NXT 2.0 robot. The robot system includes the programming language, LEGO building system, and touch, light, sound, and ultrasonic sensors.

*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

This class is perfect for children 6 to 7 years old. It is a pre-robotics, pre-engineering level that features LEGO® motorized models with sensors. Students learn how to make simple programs that move parts of the models while learning about motors, gears, pulleys, levers, and cams. Models include a hungry alligator, a singing bird, a soccer goalie and kicker, and more. No experience is necessary for this class. (Ages 6-7)

*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 in which you can design the layout, and do the programming. Using drag and drop programming, you’ll create an exciting, professional looking game you and your friends can play. In the last class, you’ll get a CD with the software (Windows PC only) and your game, so you can keep making games when you get home.

You can keep making games when you get home as the software and your game will be put on a CD for you to take home. If you want to see what it would be like to be a game designer, or you just think computer games are fun, this class is for you. You must be experienced using a computer to take this class.

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 by 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 work in pairs in this class. Also we have a strict policy regarding movie content: no violence!

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 draw objects, animate pre-made models, and use timelines and layers.
After the animation is complete, movie editing software will the 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.

Contact us at  303-841-4411 denversouth@bitsbytesbots.com