2017 Courses

2017 Course Schedule


        
 
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002 - Design and Build your own Rube Goldberg Machine

Rube Goldberg was a cartoonist with a wild sense of invention, creativity, and humor. He drew complicated inventions, laboriously contrived to perform a simple operation. In this class we will design and build wild and wacky machines (think of the game Mousetrap). Your own imagination and creativity are all you need to build a super Rube Goldberg machine. We will use every type of part imaginable to create our inventions: marble tracks, rubber bands, pipes, clay, levers and more! Students leave with a machine of their own creation made from parts we have used all summer.

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Session I Periods: 1
3

Session II Periods: 4

Fees: $50

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003 - Introduction to Rocketry

Build and launch rockets as you use hands-on learning to explore fundamental scientific concepts including Newton's Laws and Bernoulli's Principle. Maximize flight performance through experimentation and the changing of variables. Learn how to safely launch rockets under the careful eye of our rocket experts and their assistants.

  • Build an assortment of introductory rocket kits
  • Build an assortment of homemade bottle rockets
  • Tool safety and correct usage will be strongly emphasized
Each week campers will compete in launching competitions which will test the students' ability to accurately judge launch variables including weight, aerodynamic efficiency, rockets engine size, launch angle, wind speed, and direction. Prizes will be awarded for all competitions.

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Session I Periods: 1
4

Session II Periods: 1
4

Fees: $85

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011 - Multi-level Chess

Campers will learn to play chess for fun and mental agility. Chess is an excellent forum for competition and sportsmanship. Chess develops life skills including focus, reasoning, decision-making, and strategic thinking. It's the king of games and the game of kings (and queens)!

Topics include:

  • Rules of Play
  • Understanding the Chessboard : Ranks, Files Diagonals
  • Pieces: Names /Values / Moves
  • Algebraic Notation: Reading and writing chess moves
  • Check / Checkmate / Stalemate
  • Attack / Capture / Defend
  • Special moves: Castling / Promotion / En passant
  • Basic Checkmates
  • Tactics: Pins / Forks / Double attacks
  • Full Game
  • Time, Space, Material
  • Solving Checkmate Problems

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Session I Periods: 1

Session II Periods: 1
2

Fees: $0

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016 - Warhammer Level I

Warhammer is a tabletop strategy game where you play as the general of an army. Warhammer takes the skill and strategy of chess and transforms it into a game of endless moves and possibilities. Here you will build and customize your very own army. Campers literally build their army, everything from gluing to painting is yours to control. Once your army is built, the world of Warhammer awaits your challenge! This is a multi – level class, beginners and advanced campers welcomed!

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Session I Periods: 1

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Fees: $80

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026 - Strategic Computer Games

Do you like computer games? Did you ever wonder what the games you played were actually about? If the answer is yes, then this is the right class for you. We've assembled a collection of exciting strategic computer games that we think the kids will love and learn from. Some are largely popular and others are not widely known. These games are based on different themes in history, science, math and social studies. Campers will realize their connection to real life, historic, scientific, mathematical and historic themes showcased in these games. They will also learn critical thinking and problem solving skills through the use and analysis of these games.

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Session I Periods: 1

Session II Periods: 1

Fees: $25

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027 - Minecraft! What Will You Create?

Minecraft is a game about discovery. Discovering what's beyond the horizon. Campers will explore new cave systems, projects others have created, and new features released into updates. Campers will be in an environment of like-minded people who share the same passion for Minecraft. Unexperienced players are welcomed and encouraged to join this class.

Campers will learn: architecture, electronics, sculpture, texturing, landscaping, action, photography, decorating, music, trading, storytelling, adventure and modding.

The game is being used to teach more than just computer skills. It easily lends itself to science, technology, engineering and math explorations. But beyond that, language teachers are strengthening communication skills, civics teachers are exploring how societies function, and history teachers are having their students recreate ancient civilizations.

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Session I Periods: 1

Session II Periods: 1
3

Fees: $35

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031 - Intro to 3D Printing and Design - The Next Dimension

Discover Camp was the first camp in the country to integrate this emerging technology into a summer camp class. In this course campers will begin to explore ways to design and create real 3D objects and bring them to life. Campers will be introduced to the world of 3D printing by learning how this groundbreaking technology works and where it is presently being used in society. They will learn how to navigate and use websites such as Thingiverse.com and tinkercad.com. At first, students will learn to print designs that currently exist then campers will move on to modifying existing designs or creating and printing their own original designs.

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Session I Periods: 1
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4

Session II Periods: 1
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Fees: $125

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032 - 3D Inventors (Advanced 3D printing)

Campers will be given weekly projects or challenges in which they will design and test their own 3D printed creations. They will be learning how to use advance 3D design techniques such as multipart prints as well as moving parts. Campers should be have experience using 3D designing software, and be comfortable creating and printing their own designs.

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Session I Periods: 1
3

Session II Periods: 1
3

Fees: $125

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041 - Raspberry Pi is Delicious

Campers will get to work with their very own Rasperry Pi mini-computer, while learning the basics of the Linux operating system as it relates to the Pi. Projects may include making a video game console or hand-held unit, a small robot, a small server (Minecraft, anyone?), weather station, email notifier, or DIY tablet.

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Session I Periods: 1

Session II Periods: 1

Fees: $260

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044 - LEGO WEDO Robotics

LEGO Education WEDO is an excellent way for some of our younger campers to transition from classes like LEGO engineering to the Mindstorm classes. It combines the children's love of LEGO building with programming. Campers will build a variety of models such as lions, soccer players, ferris wheels, centrifuges, cars, helicopters and cranes. After students have built the models they will write programs that control the model's behavior. Campers will gain experience writing programs using sequential, loop and logic based structures in a Graphical User Interface environment, which make use of tilt and motion sensors and control motors and lights.

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Session I Periods: 1

Session II Periods: 1

Fees: $25

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