Classes

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Easily and inexpensively repeatable in your own home.

We strive to bring you fun, approachable, and take-home-able small group experiences!

Many students are a little fearful of building with technology. To help them a plethora of wonderful learning tools have been created. For example, Lego® MindStorms®. But they can be expensive. We start with these familiar tools and use our experience and knowledge to quickly build students’ confidence and competence to the point where they no longer need them. Students quickly develop the skills needed to use less expensive items such as solder-less breadboards, Arduino and Raspberry Pi. These items are so inexpensive that students can have their own set at home and practice what they have learned. And practice is a key part of learning any new skill.

We endeavor to create classes that encourage students to go beyond these pre-packaged systems and create their own inventions.

Jump to adult classes.

Children’s Classes

At present our classes are suitable for children 8+.

We are working on bringing content that will be suitable for 6-8 year olds. Stay tuned!

Regular Classes

Course Structure

All courses listed below consist of eight weekly sessions. Sessions are one hour in length.

Sessions consist of a mix of both directed and self-directed exploration of the topic at hand. Due to the small group setting, we can adjust the material to cater to each students needs.

Rates

Courses are all $160 for eight weekly sessions.

Some courses have optional kits available for purchase. The purchase of these is not required for classes, but they do allow student to be able to take home their creations and continue exploring and developing their skills.

Coming
soon!

Design with Minecraft

We’ll explore using Minecraft as a tool to design 3D shapes.

Students will:

  • practice using Minecraft’s advanced building tools
  • use MCEdit to share their creations
  • create an advanced Minecraft world with buildings and other structures that they can take home
  • discover 3D scanning and scan themselves into their Minecraft world
  • learn how to export parts of their world ready for 3D printing
  • discover how 3D printers work

Participants will have the opportunity to 3D print one of their creations!

We supply the computers, but students must have their own (computer) Minecraft account.

Join our mailing list to find out when classes start!

Coming
soon!

Program with Minecraft

We’ll explore controlling Minecraft with the Python programming language.

Learn how to:

  • automatically create Minecraft structures
  • draw amazing math-art
  • use electronic sensors to control Minecraft
  • use Minecraft to control robots

This course teaches basic programming. it also covers basic geometry, and introduces students to electronics.

We supply the computers, but students must have their own (computer) Minecraft account.

Note:This class requires good reading ability.

Join our mailing list to find out when classes start!

Coming
soon!

Story Telling with Minecraft

Create your own world and tell your stories!

Students will use Minecraft to create the world of their story and props. They will add voices, sound-effects, and if they want, themselves using our green screen!

We will cover:

  • brainstorming ideas
  • creating digital props in Minecraft
  • basic camera motion
  • voice recording
  • video editing
  • green screen recording

We supply the computers, but students must have their own (computer) Minecraft account.

Join our mailing list to find out when classes start!

Coming
soon!

Robot Design

Explore the mechanical design of robots and other machines!

Students will explore mechanisms using simulation software and design their own mechanisms. They will then build them using popsicle sticks, paperclips, and other household items. The adventurous can add an electric motor and battery to make a self contained moving machine!

Students will:

  • learn how to use the Algodoo simulator
  • discover basic mechanical designs
  • build their own mechanisms
  • how to use hobby electric motors and AA batteries

Join our mailing list to find out when classes start!

Coming
soon!

Control the World!

Learn the basics of microcontrollers- little computers the size of your fingers!

We’ll show you the how to add sensors, control LED lights, buzzers, and hobby electric motors. You’ll even discover how to make your own game control or joke keyboard!

You’ll learn:

  • what a microcontroller is
  • how to program one
  • adding sensors
  • controlling lights and motors
  • making your own game controller, mouse, or keyboard

Note:This class requires good reading ability.

Join our mailing list to find out when classes start!

Future Courses

These are just the beginning!

Our goal is to foster a community of young creators and help them learn the skills they need to bring their ideas to life.

Ideas for future classes include:

  • wearable electronics (smart clothes and jewelry)
  • basic electronics
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • more advanced electronics- from soldering to circuit board design

Have an idea? Please let us know!

Vacation Camps

Course Structure

A week of creativity and making. We offer a combination of structured activities and free-play to engage students and keep things fun.

Rates

These are half-day camps and cost $150 per student.

We supply the computers! But students must have their own computer Minecraft account for the Minecraft classes (this is not the phone/tablet/XBox/PS4 version!)

Some courses have optional kits available for purchase. The purchase of these is not required for classes, but they do allow student to be able to take home their creations and continue exploring and developing their skills.

Coming
soon!

Design and Tell with Minecraft

This is a week long half day camp.

The total cost is $150/student.


We’ll explore using Minecraft as a tool to design 3D shapes and to tell stories!

This camp combines and extends the content of our Design With Minecraft and Story Telling with Minecraft courses.

Participants will have the opportunity to 3D print one of their creations!

We supply the computers, but students must have their own (computer) Minecraft account.

Join our mailing list to be notified about future sessions!

Coming
soon!

Program and Tell with Minecraft

This is a week long half day camp.

The total cost is $150/student.


We’ll explore controlling Minecraft with the Python programming language. Students will also create their own stories and create Minecraft themed videos.

This camp combines and extends the content of our Program With Minecraft and Story Telling with Minecraft courses.

Note: This class requires good reading ability.

We supply the computers, but students must have their own (computer) Minecraft account.

Join our mailing list to be notified about future sessions!

Coming
soon!

Maker Camp

This is a week long half day camp.

The total cost is $150/student.


A little bit of everything! We’ll have all our resources available to students and let them self-design their own projects for the week.

We supply the computers, but students must have their own (computer) Minecraft account.

Join our mailing list to be notified about future sessions!

Adult Classes

Course Structure

Small group sessions tailored to the needs and goals of the students. Sessions are typically one hour per week.

Individual tuition is also available on request.

Rates

Unless otherwise noted, small group sessions are charged at $25 per session. Individual tutoring is typically $50 per hour.


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Coming
May!

Intro to the Autodesk 123D Suite

Need a replacement part for around the house? Or have an idea for a new mechanism? Come and learn the basics of Computer Aided Design (CAD) for 3D printed parts and start making your ideas real! We will explore some of AutoDesk’s free 123D programs. Computers will be provided in the classes, but you will need your own computer to practice at home.

Topics covered:

  • Creating objects in 123D Design
  • Using Meshmixer to prepare models for printing
  • Overview of 123D Make
Up Coming Sessions
  • May
    • Free!
    • Presented in association with the Courtenay Public Library.

Future Courses

These are just the beginning!

Our goal is to foster a community offer creators and help them learn the skills they need to bring their ideas to life.

Ideas for future classes include:

  • wearable electronics (smart clothes and jewelry)
  • basic electronics
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • more advanced electronics- from soldering to circuit board design

Have an idea? Please let us know!