Our 2017 Spring Break Programs will be held April 17-21. Each class is available to the first 10 paid registrants. We reserve the right to cancel any program without a minimum of five registrants. Registration for Coding in Minecraft is for the full week. Participants in the Spring Break STEAM Sampler programs may choose to register for a full week or for individual programs. Click the registration links to register and pay on line at Eventbrite. For more information on registration and programs, call us at 518-244-3544 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The ThinQubator children’s makerspace at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity is the perfect technology playground for kids in grades 3-5 to have a few hours a day of creative fun while dabbing with a little “STEAM” (science, technology, engineering, arts, math). Choose one or two programs for your child, or enroll for the whole week! Our instructors are Tech Valley Center of Gravity members. Click here to enroll in all five programs ($150) or pick individual programs ($30 each).
Participants will start by creating an original work of paper art – perhaps a greeting card, origami animal or 3D paper sculpture. Then, using copper tape and surface-mount LEDs, they’ll learn about electronic circuits and light it up! With a little more tweaking, they’ll learn how to add switches and let their creativity shine on demand!
Participants will use the computer to search for an image from which to create their own puzzle. Then, using design software, they will input their image and choose a cut pattern. Finally, they’ll observe while our high-tech laser cutter etches their image on wood and cuts it into the pattern they chose to create their own unique puzzle.
Little Bits tech kits are a fun and easy to use tools for creative experimentation. The color-coded motors, wheels, switches, buzzers, etc. empower kids to employ their own inventive creativity – maybe even build “a better mousetrap.”
Do you like drawing or painting? What if you could build a robot that creates its own art? In this project, participants create their own ArtBot, a robot with markers for “legs” that wobbles across a piece of paper, creating drawings as it moves. Then, they’ll customize their robot to determine the patterns it draws. This is a beginner-level project with no robotics experience necessary, and is a great introduction to circuits and simple-bot technology.
Some board games take players on a journey. Some build in questions or test skills. Others involve chance. Most allow players to choose how they will be represented in play. Since they involve others, board games also require socialization, and sometimes teamwork. This session will allow participants to design and play their own creations as a part of a team.
Do you enjoy playing and creating things in Minecraft? If so, this class will help participants take their creativity to the next level using the magic of computer programming. By unlocking the power of code, participants will gain more control over the world of Minecraft than they ever thought was possible! For the uninitiated, Minecraft is a sandbox game geared to children (a virtual world where children can create their own experiences and characters using building blocks on the site and their imaginations. Our class instructors are members of Tech Valley Game Space. Click here to register for this five-day program ($150).