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Huntsville STEAM Works

Middle School

Pixel Perfect Minecraft Art


with Jessica Nunno

Calendar Next session starts Dec 27, 2018 at 9 am

Have you ever wanted to create retro-style pixel art... in Minecraft? In this Pixel Perfect 3-hour workshop, students in grades 3-6 will receive instruction from a working professional Lowe Mill artist and contribute to a dyamic realm of retro art in our ever-growing Minecraft gallery world. Computers provided.

Includes snack. Students remaining for the afternoon D&D for Kids session can bring a sack lunch and receive free lunch supervision.

Pokémon Economics


with Karl Liggin

Calendar Next session starts Jan 17, 2019 at 11 am, runs for 15 weeks

Economics is described as the science of choice, centered on the principle that society has unlimited wants that depend on scarce resources. 

In this class, teens will learn about economic concepts through an analysis of the online Pokémon card game and its player driven market system. Concepts such as fiat currency, supply & demmand, market equilibrium, opportunity costs, and trade will be discussed by the class as they observe trends in the game economy over time.

This class is for grades 7-12. Advanced 6th graders may be admitted with instructor approval. Students will be expected to have permission from parents to play the Pokémon Trading Card Game online (no extra cost) outside of class at least a couple hours a week in order for students to build up virtual items of value to analyze and discuss in class.

No class March 21st (Spring Break).

Python Programming with Minecraft


with Cody Hutcheson

Calendar Next session starts Feb 8, 2019 at 11 am, runs for 12 weeks

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. 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).

Robotics II


with Karl Liggin

Calendar Next session starts Jan 15, 2019 at 11 am, runs for 15 weeks

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.

Space Science


with Matthew Moore

Calendar Next session starts Jan 16, 2019 at 9:30 am, runs for 15 weeks

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.

Street Art


with Peter Lucker

Calendar Next session starts Jan 21, 2019 at 10 am, runs for 10 weeks

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).

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