3D Modeling: SolidWorks for Beginners

This workshop introduces the techniques and tools used for creating solid geometric models within the context of engineering design. Participants explore basic SolidWorks modeling, tools, multi-view drawing interpretation, and dimensioning techniques. The class uses an interactive lecture and lab with a focus on hands-on learning. Students develop analytical-thinking and modeling abilities for use within a variety of professional contexts, as well as capabilities specific to the methods and approaches used with Computer-Aided Design (CAD).

*This class is specifically designed for those who have not yet been introduced to SolidWorks through the Enrichment Academy.

 3D Modeling: SolidWorks Projects

This workshop introduces the techniques and tools used for creating solid geometric models within the context of engineering design. Participants explore basic SolidWorks modeling, tools, multi-view drawing interpretation, and dimensioning techniques. The class uses an interactive lecture and lab with a focus on hands-on learning. Students develop analytical-thinking and modeling abilities for use within a variety of professional contexts, as well as capabilities specific to the methods and approaches used with Computer-Aided Design (CAD).

*This class is designed for those who have prior experience with SolidWorks through the Enrichment Academy, but would like to increase their experience and fluency through more projects. This course may be taken several times, focusing on different skills and tools for modeling.

3D Modeling: Tinkercad

For those who love painting and sculpture, this course adds a new dimension to these skills through the use of an entirely new medium of expression. Students are shown how 3D models are designed using computers and turned into physical objects using a 3D printer. Students design projects, have one or two simple models printed during class, and are shown how to use professional 3D printing services so they can produce fancier models from home.

Advanced Mechanics and Design with LEGO

This interactive class incorporates tools and tasks that promote the development of skills in technology, science, and mathematics. The course begins with an exploration of the fundamental mechanical principles behind all six simple machines, and then integrates complex mechanisms such as gears, cams, and a working motor into student-created LEGO® designs. Lessons include in-depth focus on how real-life mechanisms work through investigation of pneumatic and renewable energy models. Students work together as young scientists, engineers, and designers using measurements and data analyses to describe and explain outcomes. They envision and create LEGO® models, then observe the behavior of these models for reflection and re-design for a better product.

 Beginning Code 

This class is an introduction to the basics of coding. Coding develops critical-thinking skills and gives insight into how computers work, allowing for engaging independent and group activities. A person of any age can learn to code, and then he or she can apply these skills across multiple areas of learning, design, and creativity. In this class, students perform “unplugged” activities (i.e., without the use of a computer) as well as plenty of computer-based exercises.

 Computer Programming with Scratch and Python

A computer is fun to use, but coding brings this to a whole new level by allowing for control of the computer’s functions. This course explores the basics of coding using Scratch, a free product available through the MIT Media Lab. Scratch allows students to create interactive stories, games, and animations, and then enables them to publish these products within an online community. The application emphasizes the use of critical thinking, logical reasoning, and creativity. Python is a second-step language for teaching programming that can be used at the introductory level or for more advanced exploration. Use of coding enables students to begin using computers as tools, and develops skills that are critical for the 21st-Century learner. 

 Fun with Photo Editing 

During this activity-filled course, students explore photo editing through the use of free, web-based applications such as Pixlr and GIMP. Students discover how to adjust pictures, create collages, and produce other types of digital photo displays. Though the course utilizes digital cameras, the focus is on the exploration of the photo-editing software.

 LEGO® Mindstorm: Robotic Engineering

Robotic designs bring science, technology, engineering, and mathematics projects to life. LEGO® Mindstorm kits engage students in hands-on, teamwork experiences, allowing for exploration. This class is beneficial to students with a basic knowledge of LEGO® building, but requires no prior skills in engineering. By the end of the class, students can build solid structures and are proficient in the use of motors, sensors, and programming. The class engages creativity through vigorous robotic-design challenges.

LEGO WeDo: Robotics through Simple Machines

In this course students program, design, and build basic machines while working with LEGO® WeDo Kits that inspire critical-thinking skills, problem-solving ability, and creativity. The project-based process develops teamwork skills, while still nurturing free-building and exploration. Students are guided through a dynamic curriculum that is both exciting and instructive.

Math Circle

Math Circles are informal meetings where students explore complex mathematical topics in groups while guided by a professional. This innovative educational program teaches topics through discovery, problem solving, and interactive exploration. Individuals develop skillsets and logical reasoning, allowing them to “think like a mathematician” when approaching novel concepts. Participants involved in math circles explore, create, and communicate problem-solving techniques; increase critical-thinking skills; and develop a true enjoyment of mathematics.

Minecraft through History

This exciting and interactive class explores United States history through the architecture and icons of this great nation. Students traverse the cultural and topographical landscape by piecing together the Transcontinental Railroad, study Revolutionary War strategy by building Bunker Hill, consider the Continental Congress by creating Carpenter’s Hall, and explore early Florida history through the architecture of the Castillo de San Marco. While studying these great feats, student explorers design and build iconic landmarks of American history.

 Mixing Audio with Soundtrap

This course explores the recording and production features of Soundtrap, a versatile online tool that provides a fully functional audio studio for use with a laptop, phone, or tablet. The familiar multi-track timeline interface enables the individual to break down the components of a composition to adjust the key of selected loops, reduce distortion, and add affects. Individuals record through a computer microphone or plug-in instrument, and layer an extensive collection of loops and software instruments for compilation and mixing. Soundtrap’s versatile functions can also be used to record stories with voice actors and sound effects, produce high-quality interviews, create audio letters for family members, design audio documentaries of a vacation, and other engaging projects. With imagination, there are no limits to this application. Projects can be stored to a cloud for access anywhere, removing limits to creativity and allowing individuals to collaborate across a wide array of projects.

 More To Math – Developing the Mathematical Mind

This class gets first- to third-grade students excited about math by taking learning out of the textbook and making it personal. Activities strengthen understanding of how math problems are constructed and solved through the use of LEGO® bricks, and hands-on projects make concepts more accessible. Lessons follow the Common Core Standards for Mathematics and offer opportunities for advanced learning. LEGO® bricks provide tools for modeling a wide range of mathematical problems, and activities encourage students to discuss, write about, and share ideas as they learn.

 Video Basics

This course explores the fundamentals of video production using the web-based software, WeVideo. Filming, recording, and editing techniques are practiced within projects that incorporate the use of cameras, tripods, and microphones, as well as appropriate shot composition, tilting, and framing. Projects include research and writing techniques that enhance communication with the audience. This interactive class results in completed student-driven video products.