STEM Workshops and Presentations

Presentations for Workshops, Conferences, and Educators

  • Computational Thinking Tools for Kids: Coding to learn 
  • Using Minecraft Engineering to encourage Design and Computational Thinking 
  • Leveraging Virtual Reality with your Students to encourage Design Thinking Skills
  • 3D Design & Fabrication Tools for the Young Creator
  • Developing a Makers Mindset with Duct tape Robotics

Digital Media & Mobile STEM Labs for Students

At the heart of each of our 21st Century & STEM Skills Lab’s is the principle of “Imagining, Creating, & Sharing”.  Each of the 21st century skills of: Creating, Communicating, Collaborating, Critical Thinking, and Computational Thinking are reinforced throughout these labs. We also encourage each of the students to approach their project as a “STEM” (and design) thinker where we develop their Science (asking questions), Technology (selecting your tools), Engineering (designing a solution), & Math (telling a story through numbers) thinking skills. We are highly motivated to help affect the statistics found here at code.org -> http://www.code.org/stats and believe our labs do this in as fun and engaging way was possible!

Minecraft Engineering Lab

The Minecraft Engineering Lab will introduce 3rd thru 8th graders to engineering concepts using the Minecraft game as a platform for their creations. This lab will begin with simple planning, design, and layout then progress to structural building, team building, and later to redstone object animation.

Learning to Program in Minecraft

The Minecraft Programming Lab will introduce 3rd thru 8th graders to computer programming concepts using the Minecraft game & ComputerCraft mod (turtles) as a platform for their creations and programming. This lab will begin with simple turtle programming then progress to  team turtle building, and later to advanced LUA coding of the students in-world turtles.

Game Programming & Design Lab

The Game Builders Lab is a 21st Century & STEM Skills Lab available to 3rd -8th grade students designed to improve students communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity skills by using design & computational thinking concepts to build online games, simulations, and stories. This class will introduce students to basic design and computational thinking concepts using the MIT Scratch digital media creators toolkit. We will design and develop several electronic games and simulations and show the students how to share their work online with their friends and family.

Simple Robotics with Hummingbird Electronics Kit

The Simple Robotics & with Hummingbird Lab is available for 3rd -8th grade students designed to improve students communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity skills by using design & computational thinking concepts to build simple robotics & smart machines using art & craft supplies, and then program their creation with the SNAP developers tool kit (a visual environments modeled off of Scratch). This class will introduce students to basic design and computational thinking concepts(Read more about SNAP/Scratch here).

Simple Robotics Programming with The Finch Roving Robot

Simple Robotics Programming with Finch is  available for 2nd – 8th grade students designed to improve students communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity skills by using design & computational thinking concepts to program their Finch robot to navigate several challenge courses. Students will program their Finch with the SNAP developers tool kit (a visual environments modeled off of Scratch). This class will introduce students to basic design and computational thinking concepts(Read more about SNAP/Scratch here).

3D Design & 3D Printer Fabrication

The 3D Design & 3D Printer Fabrication is a 21st Century & STEM Skills Lab available for 4th -8th grade students designed to improve students communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity skills by using design & computational thinking concepts to create 3D designs & models that can later be 3D printed on our 3D printer. This class will introduce students to basic design and basic computational thinking concepts.

Introduction to Basic Computer Programming

Introduction to Computer Programming is a one day class intended to introduce 8th – 12th grade students to computer programming and computer programming concepts. This one day comprehensive class will introduce students to programming interactive applications with Scratch, web based applications with PHP, and hardware programming with the Arduino and the Arduino programming interface.
The Program:
– 45 minutes – Terms & Terminology – introduction to Scratch
– 1 hour – The Scratch Catch Game Project
– 45 minutes – From Scratch to Code – Animated Ball with Processing
– 30 minutes – Lunch
– 1 hour – Introduction to Web Programming with PHP
– 1 hour – Web Programming with PHP – Storing Form Values in a Text File
– 1 hour – Hardware Programming – Arduino & the LED Project
– email rich.white@greenbush.org to participate

IPhone, IPad & Android Mobile Device Programmers Labs (Bring Your Own Device !)

The IPhone, IPad & Android Mobile Device Programmers Labs is  available to middle school and high school students interested in intermediate to advanced IPad, IPhone, and Android Smartphone programming. This class will introduce middle school and high school students to tablet and smartphone programming using the Corona developers toolkit. Students will program several interactive IPhone, IPad and/or Android applications that will demonstrate their understanding of computational and programming concepts. Students will be required to bring their own IPhone, IPad or Android device to this Lab !
Resources:
Corona developers toolkit
– email rich.white@greenbush.org to participate

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