Apprentice Engineering Programs

3rd Grade to 5th Grade

Kelvin the Robot

Apprentice engineers are natural builders. Our apprentice programs are designed for students to be exposed to the Engineering Design Process, which means to design, build, test and improve. Activities are very hands-on with concrete goals in mind.

Aerospace Engineering

Up, Up, and Away

During the Aerospace Engineering classes, students use the Engineering Design Process to design, create, test, and refine a variety of flying machines. They construct a shock absorbing system designed to protect two marshmallow astronauts in a lunar vehicle, create their own air-powered rockets, and assemble a hot air balloon model that actually takes flight!

Apprentice Chemical Engineering

Mix It Up

During the Chemical Engineering classes, students use the Engineering Design Process to design, create, test, and refine various mixtures and solutions with different chemical properties. They develop solutions to clean up an oil spill, synthesize their own rocket fuel, and investigate the secrets behind color pigmentation.

Apprentice Civil Engineering

Building Up

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.

Apprentice Electrical Engineering

Electrified

During the Electrical Engineering classes, students use the Engineering Design Process to design, create, test, and refine basic electronics and circuits. Students experiment with Snap Circuits® to discover the capabilities of major electronic components. In addition, students build their own flashlights and explore the world of magnetic energy by building their own Magnetic Levitation vehicle.

Apprentice Electronic Game Design

Invader Defense—Alien Invasion!

Video games are everywhere and in almost every form you can imagine. In the Electronic Game Design: Invader Defense class, we will create our own version of an invader defense game where we will defend against an invasion. We will use the Engineering Design Process to create a storyboard to outline the rules of play and characters for our game. Then, we will use Clickteam Fusion 2.5® to bring our storyboard to life with programming. At the end of the class, everyone takes home a working Windows-compatible game (Clickteam Fusion 2.5® does not support Mac or Android operating systems).

Apprentice Electronic Game Design

Invader Defense—Bug Invasion!

Eek! The bugs are after our birthday cake!! In Electronic Game Design: Bug Invasion, we will create our own version of an invader defense game that is set in a home where we have to defend our birthday cake from an infestation of ravenous bugs! We will use the Engineering Design Process to create a storyboard to outline the rules of play and characters for our game. Then, we will use Clickteam Fusion 2.5® to bring our storyboard to life with programming. At the end of the class, everyone takes home a working Windows-compatible game (Clickteam Fusion 2.5® does not support Mac or Android operating systems).

Apprentice Electronic Game Design

Invader Defense—Shark Attack!

Watch out! It’s a shark attack! In Invader Defense: Shark Attack, we will create our own version of an invader defense game that will allow us to protect a coral reef from hungry sharks. We will use the Engineering Design Process to create a storyboard and outline the rules of play for our game. Then we will use Clickteam Fusion 2.5® to bring our storyboard to life with programming. At the end of the class, everyone takes home a working Windows-compatible game (Clickteam Fusion 2.5® does not support Mac or Android operating systems).

Apprentice Electronic Game Design

Platform Games

During Electronic Game Design: Platform Games, students will use ​​Clickteam Fusion 2.5® to create their own video game. A platform game is a side-scrolling, Mario-type game where students program characters and a two-dimensional obstacle course. They attempt to avoid or overcome enemies and reach an end goal on multiple levels. At the end of the program, everyone takes home a working Windows-compatible game (Clickteam Fusion 2.5® does not support Mac or Android operating systems).

Apprentice Electronic Game Design

Pong—Monkeying Around!

If you have ever played the common game of Keep Away, then you already have a basic understanding of Pong: Monkeying Around! We will use the Engineering Design Process to create a storyboard that will outline the rules of play and characters for our game based on the basic rules of ping-pong. Then, we will use Clickteam Fusion 2.5® to bring our storyboard to life with programming. At the end of the program, everyone takes home a working Windows-compatible game (Clickteam Fusion 2.5® does not support Mac or Android operating systems).

Apprentice Electronic Game Design

Pong—Pong in Space!

They say that in space no one can hear you scream… with joy while playing your very own version of the classic video game, Pong—Pong In Space! We will use the Engineering Design Process to create a storyboard to identify and capture the rules of play and characters for our game. Then, we will use Clickteam Fusion 2.5® to bring our storyboard to life with programming. At the end of the program, everyone takes home a working Windows-compatible game (Clickteam Fusion 2.5® does not support Mac or Android operating systems).

Apprentice Electronic Game Design

Pong—Under the Sea!

Video games are everywhere! Who would not want to be able to build their own? In this class, we will create our own version of the classic video game, Pong, but with a twist: it take place under the sea! We will use the Engineering Design Process to create a storyboard that will outline the rules of play and characters for our game. Then, we will use Clickteam Fusion 2.5® to bring our storyboard to life with programming. At the end of the program, everyone takes home a working Windows-compatible game (​​Clickteam Fusion 2.5® does not support Mac or Android operating systems).

Apprentice Electronic Game Design

Racing Games

During Electronic Game Design: Racing Games, students will use Clickteam Fusion 2.5® to create their own video game. Students design a racetrack, race cars and an environment in which their cars compete. At the end of the class, everyone takes home a working Windows-compatible game (Clickteam Fusion 2.5® does not support Mac or Android operating systems).

Apprentice Electronic Game Design

Tower Defense Games

During Electronic Game Design Tower Defense, students will use Clickteam Fusion 2.5® to create their own video game. A tower defense game is one in which the programmer creates towers to defend a base which fires at passing enemies. At the end of the class, everyone takes home a working Windows-compatible game (Clickteam Fusion 2.5® does not support Mac or Android operating systems).

Apprentice Environmental Engineering

Go Green

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.

Apprentice Hardware Engineering

Get Wired with MaKey MaKey

Imagine designing a piano using celery or acreatinga custom digital training program. Now,envisionplaying video games using just your body, a bit of wire and your ownimagination. In ourhardware engineering program, students engineer their own customized video game controllers usingaMakeyMakeydeviceand materials that can be found in just about any kitchen. Through application of circuitry, acoustical engineering and video game design, students discover new ways to interact with technology, all while creating unique designs in a fun collaborative environment

Apprentice Industrial Engineering

A-Line Productions

During the Industrial Engineering classes, students use the Engineering Design Process to design, create, test, and refine efficient systems for production. Students explore foundational concepts of industrial engineering such as: assembly lines, safety, stamping, sorting and distributing materials. Students see just how fun and creative industrial engineering can be as they create their own ice cream factory and 3-D copies of designs.

Apprentice Marine Engineering

Making Waves

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.

Apprentice Mechanical Engineering

Master Machines

During the Mechanical Engineering classes, students use the Engineering Design Process to design, create, test, and refine a variety of machines and mechanical systems. Students learn basics of fluid mechanics, simple machines, and other design and engineering concepts while constructing roller coasters, egg-drop vehicles, and an incredibly fast air powered dragster they keep at the end of the course.

Apprentice Robotics Engineering

Robotics 101

During the Robotics 101 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.

Apprentice Robotics Engineering

Da'Vinci's Designs

During the Da’Vinci’s Designs robotics course, students will use LEGO® MINDSTORMS® to find viable solutions to some of the same challenges that Leonardo Da’Vinci was once faced with. These “ancient” real-word problems include making a mobile bridge, the perfect siege machine, and yes, even creating a masterpiece of art like the Mona Lisa.

Apprentice Robotics Engineering

Envirobots

During the Envirobots course, students design and program robots to help accomplish environmentally friendly tasks. By creating robots that can transfer nuclear waste, mine raw minerals, and deliver food and goods more efficiently, they will be sure to contribute to a more sustainable environment.

Apprentice Robotics Engineering

Mission to Mars

During the Robotics Mission to Mars classes, students design and program robots to explore an unknown planet, find safe shelter, and collect soil samples from the planet. Students use LEGO® Robotics and computers to learn principles of robotics, computer programming, and teamwork.

Apprentice Robotics Engineering

Ocean Missions

During the Robotics Ocean Missions classes, students design and program robots to protect the ocean and ocean life by releasing a dolphin into the ocean, fixing a broken pipeline, and maintaining an oil platform. Students use LEGO® Robotics and computers to learn principles of robotics, computer programming, and teamwork.

Apprentice Robotics Engineering

Rescue Robots

During the Rescue Robots classes, students design and program robots to respond to simulated disaster situations such as moving rubble and retrieving targets. Students use LEGO® Robotics and computers to learn principles of robotics, computer programming, and teamwork.

Apprentice Robotics Engineering

Robo Battles

During the Robo Battles classes students create, program, and control robots designed to perform challenges such as the SumoBots Challenge, Jousting Challenge, and the Catapult Challenge. Students use LEGO® Robotics and computers to learn principles of robotics, computer programming, and teamwork.

Apprentice Robotics Engineering

Robot Surgeons

During the Robot Surgeons classes, students design and program robots to function as medical robots by accomplishing a task that would cure a disease or address an issue within a human organ. Students use LEGO® Robotics and computers to learn principles of robotics, computer programming, and teamwork.

Apprentice Robotics Engineering

Robotic Olympics

During the Robotics Olympics classes, students design and program robots to compete in simulated Olympic events such as a sprinting in a race, throwing a basketball, and shooting a puck into a hockey goal. Students use LEGO® Robotics and computers to learn principles of robotics, computer programming, and teamwork.

Apprentice Software Engineering

Scratch Video Sensing

What’s more fun than playing an interactive video game? Writing one! Video sensing allows students to design and program their own video games and then test them by interacting with the program via webcam. In this Scratch program, students work together to create their own games, art, and musical instruments while exploring coding foundations. Get up and get moving with Engineering for Kids and Scratch: Video Sensing!

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