Kids’ STEAM Classes

Robotics & Engineering Courses

Our robotics and engineering STEAM classes are for grades K - 12. Each project contains multiple sessions/modules that can be done daily or at your child’s own pace.

This Connected Chef CS series is rooted in algorithmic thinking. 

Learners will understand the sequential role of : 

  • Algorithms = writing your idea out in plain language 
  • Peusudo code = writing minimalist fine tuning instruction
  • Actual code = Unambiguous instruction for your computer

Because the most important use of computer science is problem solving, this series will a focus on programming for the sake of applying problem solving skills to: 

  • Literacy [ understanding logic and data types]
  • Fitness [create an algorithm to generate a workout routine]
  • Nutrition [ make a list of content in your fridge and make a meal generating algorithm]
  • Self expression [music, art, sculpture, dance]
  • Natural and Man made disasters [ Robotics]

Robotics & Game Making

Grade K-2

Game Design and Robotics (1)

Your child will have a blast during this digital literacy series where they will practice the skill of following instructions step by step while they learn to create their very own game.

During this series, your child will be introduced to the idea of computers and computing by posing questions such as “what is a computer?” and “how do computers work? They will learn about the different parts of a computer and their functions.

By using a beginner level platform called Scratch Jr. your child will then learn to create a game making their own step by step instructions and then apply them to real life. We will be making a game out of clearing the kitchen table, loading the dishwasher, organizing their room, making the bed and more!

Level:
Beginners
Ages K - 2nd Grade

Materials/Technology needed: 

Access to a Mac or PC

Internet connection 

Make your own video game

Grade 3-4

Karioki Crosby will lead your child through real world gaming with Scratch programming.

In this project your child will design and program a unique game about  a topic that is serious to them. They will learn how to utilize Scratch, a kid friendly coding platform. This project will test your child’s creativity, problem solving and engineering mind. 

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This project consists of 7 sessions with a run time of 90 minutes each

Lesson 1

  • Introduction to Scratch
  • Make a scratch account
  • Join the class!

Lesson 2 

  • Introduction to serious games
  • Game remix challenge
  • Mercury in the ocean

Lesson 3 

  • Hack the graphics
  • Tell your story
  • Add a powerful sprite

Lesson 4 

  • Mechanics
  • Code the score boards
  • Sound effects

Lesson 5 

  • Animate your sprite
  • Choose an issue
  • Design your game

Lesson 6

  • Fully realizing your idea
  • Things to keep in mind
  • Build your game

Lesson 7 

  • Test your emulator
  • Add a clear button 
  • Customize your button

Materials/Technology needed: 

Access to a Mac or PC

Internet connection 

Build your own mobile app!

Grade 5+

Karioki Crosby will lead your child through MIT mobile App inventions! 

In this project, your child will be introduced to coding through MIT’s “App inventor 2”. They will learn what coding is & how to execute it.The goal of this project is for your child to walk away with a drawing app that THEY’VE created. Your app can be installed on your Android device or you can run your app in your simulator.

This project consists of 5 weekly sessions with a run time of 90 minutes each.

Lesson 1

  • Introduction to MIT app inventor
  • Setting up your emulator
  • Starting your first App

Lesson 2 

  • Digital design
  • Code editing
  • Drawing on a canvas with pixels

Lesson 3 

  • Coding 
  • Adding logic
  • Customizing your canvas

Lesson 4 

  • Test your emulator
  • Add a clear button 
  • Customize your button

Lesson 5 

  • Program your button
  • Remix, test , reiterate
  • Share out

Materials/Technology needed: 

Access to a Mac or PC

Internet connection 

Details for all virtual robotics & engineering classes

Joining a Virtual Class :

1. The link to join your class will be sent via email 30 minutes before the start of class.

2. Please be sure to download the Zoom app to your device prior to class.

3. At the time of your class, click your class link to log in & get cooking. (We recommend joining 5 minutes to class to get situated.)

Adult Supervision:

We have worked to develop these classes so that children can engage with little to no parental assistance. If there is any feedback you have on improving this experience in that way, please let us know!

We understand the need for parents to have their own space in this time and our hope is that these classes can offer that opportunity.

Code for Cooks: create your own digital recipes

Age 12+

Poster for code cooks (1)

 

Using Python, your child will create algorithms inspired by the food you have in your home to make their very own recipes and kitchen creations. They will learn how to use modules in python to generate random dishes and add spontaneity and spice to your family meals.

This class is designed for your child 12+ to engage in a mind stretching workshop that tests their critical thinking and creativity. As with all workshops, we try to ensure they are as hands off for parents as possible.

Beginners
Ages - 12 and up!
5 sessions

Materials/Technology needed: 

Access to a Mac or PC

Internet connection