Learning Lab Classes Description

MinecraftEDU: Traveling into The Future

This class will immerse students in the expansive world of Minecraft, and will challenge student’s ingenuity and problem solving skills as they navigate through several engineering challenges. Students will learn how to use teamwork and manage resources like an engineer in the real world. Building in Minecraft allows students to experiment with designs and materials, all without the risks associated with building structures in reality.

 

3D Printing: Minecraft Creations

3D printing represent boundless opportunity for creating even our wildest of ideas! In 3D Printing, students will explore the basic concepts of 3D printing and computer aided design, or CAD, to bring their most awesome creation to life! Students will take their design and learn how to extrude it into a 3D model that can then be modified and printed.

 

Engineering & Tech Club (6 - 12 year olds)

In our Engineering & Tech Club students will explore different engineering units during the 8 weeks of classes.  In each unit students will use the Engineering Design Process to design and create different engineering projects. Units: Aerospace Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Marine Engineering, Robotics, Civil Engineering & Environmental Engineering.

Aerospace Engineering classes introduce our young engineers to fundamental concepts of aircraft and spacecraft design. Through open and focused exploration, students explore and construct airplanes, rockets, hot air balloons, and more.

Chemical Engineering classes introduce our young engineers to fundamental concepts of solids, liquids, and solutions. Students investigate the properties of several crazy concoctions and make their own samples of bubbles, play dough, flub, and more.

Industrial Engineering classes introduce our young engineers to fundamental concepts of simple machinery, cooperative building, and the assembly line process. Through open and focused exploration, students explore and construct simple machines and then use an assembly line process to produce a delicious treat!

Mechanical Engineering classes introduce our young engineers to fundamental concepts of energy, materials, and movement. Students explore and construct six different toys throughout this unit, including spinners, magical boomerang cans, wind-up whirligigs, and more.

During the Environmental Engineering classes, students use the Engineering Design Process to design, create, test, and refine basic solutions related to alternative energy and environmental issues. They learn principles behind crafting efficient wind-powered machines and discover how those machines can be used to help reduce the use of fossil fuels. During the culminating project, students test different materials to discover which ones most effectively clean up after an oil spill.

During the Marine Engineering classes, students use the Engineering Design Process to design, create, test, and refine several types of marine based devices and vehicles. Students construct working prototypes that teach and reinforce the concepts of above water transportation, underwater exploration, and harnessing the power of water. They gain exposure to careers in naval, ocean, and marine engineering as well as naval architecture.

During the Robotics program, students will learn the basics of designing, programming, and controlling a fully functional robot. Using LEGO® MINDSTORMS®, mathematical concepts, and engineering principles students will brainstorm, plan, test, and modify sequences of instructions to accomplish a given task. Students will also learn the sequence of communication between the robot, and the programmer by collecting and analyzing data using the robot's sensors.

During the Civil Engineering classes, students use the Engineering Design Process to design, create, test, and refine a balsawood bridge designed to withstand the greatest force. They examine several different types of bridge designs and discover how the forces of tension, compression, bending, torsion, and shear are distributed throughout their structures.