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Engineering For Kids- Winter/Spring Classes

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Jr Mechanical Engineering-Widgets & Gadgets (Thursdays): The Junior Mechanical Engineering classes introduce our youngest engineers to fundamental concepts of energy, materials, and movement. Through open and focused exploration, students explore and construct their own roller coasters, catapults, cars, and more.  Mechanical engineering is one of the oldest disciplines of engineering, as many inventions from Ancient Greece, China, and Persia continue to be used to this day with little modification. Mechanical engineers are responsible for designing parts of machinery, both on small and large scales, as systems of machines and maintaining these systems to achieve optimal performance.

Jr. Scratch and Makey Makey Musical Adventures (Thursdays):
When your favorite song comes on the radio do you sit quietly or do you dance around and play the air drum solo? In Musical Adventures With Scratch and Makey Makey, we are going to explore how different sounds are created and we will create our own interpretations of common musical instruments like drums, piano, guitar, and even a recorder, and we will create our very own dancing program, all through the use of Makey Makey and Scratch to bring our music to life! The last day will end with a bang, or at least a really great mini concert from all of our students!

App Mechanical Engineering-Master Machines (Thursdays): During the Mechanical Engineering unit, students use the Engineering Design Process to design, create, test, and improve a variety of machines and mechanical systems. Students learn basics of energy, traction, aerodynamics, and durability while constructing roller coasters, eggstreme defense vehicles, and an incredibly fast air-powered custom dragster.

App Hardware Engineering-Get Wired with Makey Makey (Thursdays):
Imagine designing a piano using celery or a creating a custom digital training program. Now, envision playing video games using just your body, a bit of wire and your own imagination. In our hardware engineering program, students engineer their own customized video game controllers using a Makey Makey device and materials that can be found in just about any kitchen. Through application of circuitry, acoustical engineering and video game design, students discover new ways to interact with technology, all while creating unique designs in a fun collaborative environment.

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