3D Game Design (8-12 yrs)
In this class offered by STEM exCEL, students build on game-design fundamentals and explore their practical applications. Students learn to design and build their own game while simultaneously learning programming logic and animation. The final product is their own game that can be played on any computer. Any supply fee payable to instructor at first class.
Adventures in Game Design (8-12 yrs)
In this class offered by Digital Kidz students learn the secrets behind their favorite games and how to make a fully functional arcade-style video game that will play on a computer or on a smartphone.
Adventures in Programming (6-9 yrs)
In this Digital Kidz course, aspiring coders create animated stories and games while learning programming concepts with Scratch. With this drag-and-drop platform developed by MIT, they play with sprites and blocks to set a foundation of computational thinking, an essential skill in today's tech-driven world.
Adventures in Robotics (6-8 yrs)
This Digital Kidz program immerses students in the exciting world of robotics using the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3. Combining the LEGO building system's versatility and intuitive drag-and-drop programming software, students work in teams, make friends and create robots from day one in this adventure.
American Civics for Homeschoolers 12-18
(12-18 yrs) Freedom in America. This course examines freedom and other politically significant concepts and themes and the key political institutions and policies that have characterized the political culture of the United States from the colonial period to the Reconstruction. Students examine the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and Supreme Court decisions for their lasting impact on the American people, economy and governance. Students assess causes and consequences, and interpret data to develop evidence-based arguments.
Astronomical Seminar & Telescope Viewing
(9-Adult) The roll-top observatory at Turner Farm holds a classroom seminar and nighttime observing session focused on a specific astronomical topic each month. Topics include planets, comets, open clusters, double stars, stellar color spectrum, globular clusters, galaxies, nebulae and more. Telescopes are used to view the objects discussed in the classroom (weather dependent). Check the Analemma site for monthly topics. www.analemma.org
Family Fun Night at the Telescope 6+
(6-Adult) Have you ever wondered about the earth in space and the other objects that make up our universe? Bring your family and take a guided tour of the heavens and see the color of stars, open and globular clusters, nebulae and galaxies. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.
Homeschool Wilderness Skills (7-12 yrs)
(7-12 yrs.) Make fires, build shelters and learn about wild and medicinal plants as we explore how to survive in the wilderness. Hikes, games and art projects add to our adventures. Any supply fee payable to instructor at class.
Intro to Computer Science & Coding 5-8
In this class offered by STEM exCEL, students are introduced to programming and computational thinking. Through behind-the-computer projects including online and offline group and individual activities, students learn algorithms, functions, variables, conditionals, abstractions and more in a fun environment. Students experience developmental and project teamwork as they translate problems into graphical and written programs. Any supply fee payable to instructor at first class.
Intro to Game Design (5-8 yrs)
In this class, offered by STEM exCEL, students learn the process of designing and building games. Students define and analyze the mechanics of player experiences in addition to designing narratives, applying art and animation, programming roles, hardware and game platforms.
Intro to STEM with LEGO I (5-6 yrs)
In this pre-engineering program, offered by PlayWell, students build engineer-designed projects such as boats, snowmobiles, catapults and merry-go-rounds, then use special pieces to create their own unique design. Students explore endless possibilities using the LEGO building system.
Intro to STEM with Lego II (5-6 yrs)
In this pre-engineering program, offered by PlayWell, students build engineer-designed projects such as motorcycles, castles, airplanes and monorails, then use special pieces to create their own unique design. Students explore the LEGO building system's endless possibilities.
Intro to Telescopes (9-Adult)
(9-Adult) Class covers astronomy basics and how to set up and use your telescope. Course content depends on telescope type and includes observing selected objects in the sky using the roll-top observatory, weather permitting. You can bring your own telescope to class.
Introduction to the Marine Sextant
(9-Adult) The marine sextant is the instrument used at sea to establish a ship's position by observing the altitude of a celestial body above the horizon. Become familiar with the working parts of a sextant and learn about the proper care and storage for this precision instrument. Demonstration sextants will be available to examine first hand. The course is held in the roll-top observatory classroom at Turner Farm Park.
Jedi Master Engineering w/LEGO (7-12 yrs
(7-12 yrs) The Force Awakens in this class offered by PlayWell. Explore advanced engineering concepts such as friction, balance and eccentric motion by designing and building projects such as X-Wings, podracers, turbo tanks and more. Create motorized and architectural projects with imagination and LEGO to defend against the Empire.
Jedi Master Engineering w/LEGO II 7-12
(7-12 yrs) The Force Awakens in this class offered by PlayWell. Explore advanced engineering concepts such as transmissions, centripetal force and gear trains by designing and building projects such as X-Wings, podracers, fortresses and more. Create motorized and architectural projects with imagination and LEGO to defend against the Empire.
Junior Minecraft Modding (5-8 yrs)
In this class offered by STEM exCEL, students learn how to solve problems in a multiplayer game while building and collaborating. Programming fundamentals are reinforced through creating mods in Minecraft. Students learn to advance their programming skills writing and implementing large scale Minecraft modifications. Any supply fee payable to instructor at first class.
LEGO Robot Animals (6-9 yrs)
In this hands-on program from Science Cosmos, children work as robotic engineers, building robot models while learning various concepts in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Using the WeDo Robotics platform students build and program models with working motors and sensors. Models are tested and modified through various activities. Any supply fee payable to instructor at first class.
Meteorites: Explore Visitors from Space
(6-Adult) What are meteorites and where do they come from? What can they tell us? This course is an introduction to these visitors from outer space. Participants have the opportunity to touch and examine actual meteorites including specimens from the moon and Mars. The course is held in the roll-top observatory classroom at Turner Farm Park.
Mine, Craft, Build Adventure (5-6 yrs)
Bring Minecraft to life using LEGO in this class offered by Playwell. Resourcefulness, creativity, and cooperation come together in this unique building adventure game. Roll the dice to mine for resources and use these resources to build special items to help in our adventures. This LEGO experience is an original game designed by Play-Well instructors inspired by the popular game, Minecraft. No prior experience with Minecraft or LEGO is needed.