In our live interactive online workshops, we will emphasize social interactions just as much as engineering. We hope that students will feel a connection to their classmates as well as the instructor and teaching assistant. All of our workshops will revolve around open-ended, engineering design challenges. Children will develop empathy as they design for their client and work on critique and collaborations skills. Students will be introduced to challenges each session and be given optional challenges to work on in between sessions. We strive to design activities that allow students to work independently.

Grade ranges listed reflect CURRENT grade level.    All times are in EDT.  Online workshops are non-refundable.

July and August workshops coming soon…

LEGO Club

THIS WORKSHOP IS CURRENTLY FULL
Wednesdays in June (6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24)
9:00-10:00
$50

This is a great way for kids to meet others with a love of LEGO. We’ll work on social connections so that all kids feel they are part of the Club. During LEGO Club, we’ll present a series of design challenges so that kids work their way through the design process, working to creatively solve problems. We’ll start off focusing on basic building skills and more toward more complex builds.

Materials required: Any LEGO bricks you have at home

JUNE
WED
 9:00-10:00 

 

LEGO Robotics Club

THIS WORKSHOP IS CURRENTLY FULL
Wednesdays in June (6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24)
11:00-12:00

$50

This is similar to LEGO Club, but for children who have LEGO’s new SPIKE Prime kit. We’ll be working on several open-ended design challenges. We’ll start with basic programming skills and move to more complex building and programming. As with LEGO Club, we’ll work to provide a sense of community among children in the class.

Materials required: Participants will be responsible for providing their own LEGO Education SPIKE Prime Kit. Please allow at least one week for shipping. 

JUNE
WED
 11:00-12:00 

 

Novel Engineering

Session 1: 6/2, 6/4, 6/9, 6/11 – FULL
Session 2: 6/16, 6/18, 6/23, 6/25
$50

In Novel Engineering, we’ll start each session by reading a short book, talking about the problems in the book, and then having the kids pick a problem to solve. The characters will become the clients and the setting will provide constraints and criteria for their designs. The students will have to think about their clients’ needs as they design creative solutions to the problems in the books. Different books will be used in each of the sessions. 

Materials required: Household craft and recyclable materials, LEGO bricks may also be used.

JUNE
TUE/THU
 9:00-10:00 

 

Elementary Engineering

NEW SPOTS ADDED!
Session 1: 6/2, 6/4, 6/9, 6/11
Session 2: 6/16, 6/18, 6/23, 6/25
$50

In Elementary Engineering, we’ll do a series of engineering design challenges that encourage students to creatively solve client-based problems. Problems will be taken from books, current events, and students’ own communities. Problems will be different each session.

Materials required: Household craft and recyclable materials, LEGO bricks may also be used.

JUNE
TUE/THU
 11:00-12:00 

 

Arduino Workshop

NEW SECTION AVAILABLE!
6/2, 6/4, 6/9, 6/11
$100

Whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned microcontroller user, this workshop provides a supportive space for learning and practicing Arduino skills. With a combination of follow-along activities and open workshop “tinker time,” students will collaborate with the instructor and each other to brainstorm, trouble-shoot, and create individualized projects suited to each student’s interests. Tuesday will be more structured projects in service of specific skills while Thursday’s projects will be more open-ended. 

Materials required: An Arduino Uno (or replica), and whatever array of accessories (jumper wires, breadboards, LEDs, buttons, sensors, shields, etc.) you may also have. We will work with whatever you have, knowing that each student may possess varying collections of materials. Participants are responsible for providing their own materials. 

For complete beginners one or both of the following sets is *highly recommended*: 

  • The Grove Beginner kit for Arduino (cheap, has lots of cool sensors, but doesn’t have motors or standalone LEDs)
  • The official Arduino Starter Kit (more expensive, but includes motors, LEDs, and other classic electronics components)
JUNE
TUE/THU
 1:00-2:30