MAKER KIT + CLASS

MORE MAKER KIT CLASSES COMING IN JANUARY! (Will post early December)

As a part of our maker education after school programming, the one element that was missing in this pandemic was the hands on component. We have now developed the Maker Kit + Class for this reason. Each afternoon turn your home into a remote Geek Forest, as students join us online for some hands-on courses that come with a Geek Forest MAKER KIT. We are starting with 5 amazingly fun courses that will run from November 16 - December 18!

All of our classes take place over Google Meet. Once you register, you can either pick up your kit at the Geek Forest store (122 Bedford Avenue) or we can ship it for an additional $5. If you need shipping, register at least 7 days before the start of a session to guarantee standard delivery of your materials. Registrations after that point may require additional fees for expedited shipping. In addition, students will need some basic household items listed in each description!

MAKER KIT: Arcade! Mini Codable Console

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Come join us for four weeks and code your own game with a small codable console called the MeowBit! MeowBit is a handheld retro gaming computer for coding your own games with makecode. We will walk through learning the basics of coding, to developing your own characters and finally creating your own game to play on the MeowBit!

Details:
Teacher: Cal Fish
Mondays: 4-5:15pm (11/16, 11/30, 12/7 & 12/14)
Ages: 8-12
Minimum Students: 1, Max 6
Device: Computer for Google Meet
Included in the Kit: Mini MeowBit Console & Micro-USB cord
Household Materials: None

MAKER KIT: Instruments + Electro Sounds

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This virtual workshop will invite new perspectives and fun with instrument building and musical creation. Over the course of four classes students will be engaged in hands-on building at home with provided materials including the Electro Guitar Kit. Through multimedia presentation, group discussion and individual experimentation we will spend time learning about the visual and sonic possibilities of unique instruments as well as the science of sound and musical electronics. Students will finish the class with at least two new instruments and experience creating and sharing recordings and sculptures.

Details:
Teacher: Cal Fish
Tuesdays: 4-5:15pm (11/17, 12/1, 12/8 & 12/15)
Ages: 8-12
Minimum Students: 1, Max 4 
Device: Computer for Google Meet
Included in the Kit: Electro Guitar kit, Wooden Dowel, Yarn, 8 Jumbo Popsicle Sticks, 10 Pipe Cleaners, Rubber Bands, Index Cards, Paper Towel/Toilet Paper Roll, Paper Cups, Rice
Household Materials: Markers, Scissors

MAKER KIT: micro:bit Mad Science

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Join us in this four week course to dive deep and learn about micro:bit coding! With a mix of guided and self guided projects, we will explore light sensing, temperature and sounds. We will end up with functioning customized coded toys to use in our daily lives! This course features the coding of a nightlight, a thermometer, and basic micro:bits skills you can take with you even after the four weeks have concluded. All you need to join our coding journey is our Maker Kit and excitement!

Details:
Teacher: Navida Vignoles
Wednesdays: 4-5:15pm (11/18, 12/2, 12/9 & 12/16)
Ages: 8-12
Minimum Students: 1, Max 4 
Device: Computer for Google Meet
Included in the Kit: Micro:Bit, USB cable, Battery pack
Household Materials: Light source, Something to cover the light source, Paper

MAKER KIT: Stylish Circuits

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Do you have a passion for fashion and technology? This class will help you learn how to do both at once! Over the course of a month, we will learn the basics of designing, sewing, and how circuits work. By the end, you will be a master of designing things that glow AND have wonderful accessories and stuffies to show off. Everything you need for the class will be sent to you in one of our MAKER KIT boxes and can be found around the house.

Details:
Teacher: Navida Vignoles
Thursdays: 4-5:15pm (11/19, 12/3, 12/10 & 12/17)
Ages: 8-12
Minimum Students: 1, Max 4 
Device: Computer for Google Meet
Included in the Kit: Sew & Glow Kit, Shapes Template, Stuffing, Normal thread, Buttons, Printed Template, Material
Household Materials: Computer, Scissors, Pair of old Socks to used for Stuffies 

MAKER KIT: Light it up!

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In this 4-week Maker Kit course students will learn the fundamentals of circuitry and electronics through creative applications. Students will focus on projects that will teach them creative problem solving and engineering basics. We will be making simple electrical circuits and incorporating LED’s to create fully functional tech projects mixed with arts and crafts such as hacking your comics, light up pin-wheels and more.

Details:
Teacher: Navida Vignoles
Fridays: 4-5:15pm (11/20, 12/4, 12/11 & 12/18)
Ages: 8-12
Minimum Students: 1, Max 4 
Device: Computer for Google Meet
Included in the Kit: Chibitronic Sticker Sketchbook, LED Stickers, LED’s, Copper Tape, Coin Cell Batteries, Templates
Household Materials: Paper Hole Punch, Tape, Scissors, Drawing Supplies