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Python Programming with Minecraft
with Cody Hutcheson
You’ve bested creepers, traveled deep into caves, and maybe even gone to The End and back—but have you ever transformed a sword into a magic wand? Built structures in the blink of an eye? In this class, students will manipulate Minecraft with the power of Python, a free programming language used by millions of professional and first-time programmers!
Students in late elementary through early high school will begin with some short, simple Python lessons and then use these new skills to modify Minecraft to produce instant and totally awesome results. Learn how to customize Minecraft, duplicate entire buildings, and manipulate blocks. Students will see Minecraft in a whole new light while learning the basics of programming.
Basic keyboarding proficiency is REQUIRED. 30 wpm recommended. Students demonstrating under a 20 wpm typing speed in class will be pulled from class for keyboarding intervention. 20 wpm is a very slow-paced typing speed that most students in this age group should be able to achieve with a few weeks of basic touchtyping practice. TypingTest.com is a free online resource you can use to assess your child's typing speed.
12 90-minute class sessions. Class does not meet March 22nd (Spring Break).
with Jessica Nunno
In this 2-hour evening winter workshop for adults and mature teens, our in-house artist Jessica Nunno will teach you the ins and outs of quilling! Quilling or paper filigree is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. All tools and materials are provided.
with Karl Liggin
This intermediate level Robotics course is intended for homeschooled students in 4th-8th grade with prior EV3 experience. Students will learn about robotics one hour weekly using LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 with the added expansion. This STEM program engages students by providing the resources to design, build and program their creations while helping them develop essential skills such as creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication.
Prerequisite: Students must have either prior experience with the EV3 Robot at home, experience on an FLL team, or have taken Robotics I.
Running with Dinosaurs
with Jessica Nunno
Aspiring paleontologists in grades K-3 will learn all about the mighty dinosaurs that once ruled the earth! Kids will learn about several prehistoric eras and engage in a number of activities designed to embrace the wonder many young children have with dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts. Students can expect to engage in activities such as as a fossil dig, building a laser cut dinosaur model, and even learning some rudimentary research skills.
Class does not meet March 22nd (Spring Break).
Slime Time: Winter Edition
with Drew Carlton
Do your kids LOVE slime, but you, not so much? Drop your K-3 kids off with Drew of "Slime Time with Drew" for this ooey, gooey, 3-hour winter workshop edition of our popular slime camp! Kids will make fluffy slime, snow foam, and have all kinds of sensory winter fun!
Includes snack. Students remaining for the afternoon Tinkerer's Workshop may also bring a lunch and receive lunch supervision at no extra charge.
with Matthew Moore
This course is the second part of a two-semester Earth & Space Science program intended for homeschooled middle school students. Both courses are recommended in sequence, but the semester long courses may be taken separately if desired.
The Space Science semester is offered in the spring, with content focused on planets, solar systems, stars, and introductory physics concepts that apply to space science, particularly light, energy, waves, mass, vacuum, and gravity. This course will include some online reading and resources to review at home, with our on-site portion focusing on hands-on projects and physics experiments.
Class meets weekly with the exception of 3/20 (Spring Break). 5/9 will be held in reserve as a weather makeup day.
with Peter Lucker
In this class for homeschooled teens, students will learn about history and techniques of street art from local Huntsville street artist Pete "Float" Lucker. Not to be confused with graffiti or vandalism, street art is visual art created in public locations, informally or formally sanctioned.
In this ten week course, students will be exposed to a variety of street art and learn techniques such as creating stencils, both by hand and with technology, applying spray paint, using digital tools to assist with art creation, and creating art on various surfaces, including canvas, found objects, and stickers.
This class is priced to include a $20 materials fee. Materials are provided, but students may wish to bring found objects or additional paint colors from home.
No class February 18th (Presidents Day) or March 18th (Spring Break).
with Jessica Nunno
Homecshooled students in grades K-3 will learn about simple machines and basic physical science concepts in this engineering mashup course through a variety of different hands‐on activities such as domino builds, bridge engineering, marble runs, tinker cars, and more!
No class 3/21 (Spring Break).