Science & Technology

Classes vary from term to term. Please check current program schedule for activities available this semester. 
3D Design & Engineering
Instruction:  MakerState
From villages to castles to spaceships, from unicorns to dragons to alien beings, we’ll dream it and build it using Minecraft, TinkerCad, and LEGO Digital Design. Let’s create! Coding is the new literacy! With ScratchJr, we’ll program our own interactive stories and games. In the process, we’ll learn to solve problems, design projects, and express ourselves creatively on the computer. Screen time can be creative, fun, learning time. Let’s code!
Feats of Physics  – Fall’21 
Instruction: Bill Louden Science
We will bounce, fly, spin, and roll our way through Newton’s Laws of Motion; build electric play dough circuits and answer the age-old question: Magnets, how do they work? Finally we will build and launch real model rockets. Each class features exciting demonstrations, hands-on experiments, and a take-home project.
Filmmaking Workshop 
Instruction: Take Two Film Academy 
In this workshop students work together to create, act, shoot, direct and edit their own short films. Throughout the process children learn the technical and creative skills needed to transform their ideas into fully realized works. By the end of the term participants will have at least one short film that they have made and posted online.
EARTH-ology Science – Winter’22
Instruction: Bill Louden Science 
In this epic program Brainy Bill asks some BIG questions, like What is our planet made of? What kinds of things live on it? and What’s up with weather? Explore answers to these questions and more as we grow crystals, examine real fossils, peek inside carnivorous plants, and mix up some photochromic slime! Each class features exciting demonstrations, hands-on experiments, and a take-home project to keep your child science-ing!
My First Code with Scratch Jr. 
Instruction: MakerState
Coding is the new literacy! With ScratchJr, we’ll program our own interactive stories and games. In the process, we’ll learn to solve problems, design projects, and express ourselves creatively on the computer. Screen time can be creative, fun, learning time. Let’s code!
Minecraft Engineering
Instruction: MakerState 
Let’s build giant pixel art, adventure quests, circuit-based musical instruments & contraptions, and Hero’s Journey stories, all within a secure MakerState server. Minecraft is an open-world, creative game that promotes collaboration and problem-solving in an immersive environment where the only limit is the imagination.
• Skills Learned: 3D Design, Minecraft Engineering, Animation, Creative Arts, Story-Crafting
Slime-y Science! – Spring’22
Instruction: Bill Louden Science 
Slime-making has captivated young scientists for years, and the real fun is exploring all of the different varieties. In this program, Brainy Bill will lead students through the science of slime, featuring a new stretchy, sticky mixture each week. We’ll whip up up fluffy slime, crunchy slime, and even potato slime, to name a few. Along the way, we’ll learn the science of polymers, acids, molecules, and more!
Science at Work! – Spring’22
Instruction: Bill Louden Science 
Join ‘Brainy Bill’ in an exploration of STEM careers and the great scientists of the past and present. We’ll build a telescope to gaze at the stars, design the next super-conducting material, and learn how to decode DNA. Along the way we’ll learn about the people and organizations that move science forward. Our program will feature exciting demonstrations, hands-on experiments, and a take-home project to keep your child science-ing!
Science Wonders with Professor Apple – Fall’21
Instruction: WonderHut Science
Explore, experiment, and get excited about science. Every week students delve into different subjects, using stories, science-based art projects, artifacts and tools. Topics include botany, animal studies, survival skills, weather, geology, and other exciting subjects in chemistry or space travel. A place to wonder!
Science Wonders with Professor Apple – Winter ’22
Instruction: WonderHut Science
Our Winter workshop will start by exploring Magnets and Magnetic force. Then we will focus on Simple Machines and their parts — the wheel and axel, pulleys and levers. For our final unit students delve into basic electricity and circuits. All classes involve fun hands-on projects that children take home.
Science Wonders with Professor Apple – Spring ’22
Instruction: WonderHut Science
Our Spring workshop will leap into outer space and space travel by exploring the Solar system and Astronauts. Classes will focus on Geology, Botany, worms, insects and pollinators. Our workshop will wrap up with a brief history of flight and its basic principles. Each session will involve hands-on projects that children take home.
Scratch Coding & Game Design
Instruction: MakerState
In this introduction to computer programming students learn how to create their own video games using MIT’s block-based coding language for kids. SCRATCH allows you to combine art, animation and programming with our own heroes and adventures. Love playing games? This class is for you!
• Skills Learned: Coding, Game Design, Animation, Story Crafting, Creative Arts
Stop Motion Animation
Instruction: Take Two Film Academy 
Have fun with Tech & Media!  In this workshop children will learn stop motion, rotoscoping and pixilation techniques to create short animated videos. Over the course of the term students will have the chance to create characters with clay, legos and puppets, and send them on original adventures they get to write, shoot and edit. Imagination a must!
VEX Virtual Robotics & Game Coding 
Instruction: MakerState 
Let’s design and build our own VEX virtual robots with sensors and bot brains to solve mazes, navigate obstacle courses, draw creative patterns and electromagnet coin-collecting games in this fun introduction to robotics, computer programming, artificial intelligence, and creative problem solving.
• Skills Learned: Robotics, Hands-On Engineering, Coding, Creative Arts
WHOA!-ology Science – Fall’21
Instruction: Bill Louden Science 
Explore the strange, the smelly, and the slimy world of science! From rockets to rainbows, students will roll up their sleeves and learn to test hypotheses through hilarious, hands-on experiments. Each session will feature a different topic from chemistry, earth science, physics or engineering, complete with an awesome take-home experiment to keep your child science-ing! 
WOAH!-ology Science – Winter’22 
Instruction: Bill Louden Science
How do you make an elephant’s toothpaste? Can you really walk on oobleck? How many rubber bands does it take to explode a watermelon? There’s only one way to find out! In this sensational series, “Brainy Bill” Louden will give your student the opportunity to safely recreate all of the big (and messy) science they see on the internet. From diet soda geysers to Rube Goldberg machines, pendulum waves to “fluffy” slime, your young scientist will get to experience the all of the most spectacular science, minus the screen!