Turn the Minecraft computer game into an educational experience. Students will learn how to install, run and eventually create customized Minecraft mods. They will also set up and join a curated private server, customize graphics and gameplay, and develop their problem-solving and teamwork skills as they tackle a wide variety of challenges together with their classmates. Students of any Minecraft level can join and expect to be challenged and engaged.
Grades: 1-3, 3-6, 6-8
Students learn to plan, write, shoot, edit, and complete post-production on a digital video short film.
Students learn about the basics of film, shot composition, scripting, storyboarding, and the pre-production phase of filmmaking. Students then move on to act out scripts and shoot the film using boom mics, and professional Panasonic DVX- 100 digital video cameras.
Using Final Cut Express, students can edit their raw footage to complete the post-production phase. Students take home a DVD of their short film at the end of class.
Grades: 3-6, 6-8
Students design, construct, and program their robots to perform in sensor-based challenges, as well as robotic competitions. Course projects include hill climbing, beacon retrieval, color sensor navigation, and robot combat.
WeDo Robotics introduces young students to simple robotics systems in a fun and engaging way. Students will build LEGO models with functional motors and sensors, and learn how to control them with basic programming skills. Basic engineering concepts will be explored and a new robot model will be built and explored each class period.
Returning students looking for additional WeDo robotics challenges will use an expanded construction set to build more complex mechanisms and robots, and use their innovation and critical thinking skills to engineer their own creative solutions to exciting challenges.