Spring Break 2019 - Hackers (Grades 3-6)
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MONDAY, APRIL 22Marker Robots (morning)
Looking to get into robotics? This crafty lab is the perfect introduction. In this lab, students will build and design robots that can use markers to draw. See what kind of creations you can craft with your robot, and customize your robot to give it some personality and a unique appearance. This lab is perfect for artists and those looking to get into robotics.
Advanced Digital 3D Design: Build a Space Station (afternoon)
For those looking to get into 3D building, there’s no better place to start than with Tinkercad. Tinkercad makes it easy to understand 3D design by breaking it down into a few simple tools, a large array of customizable shapes, and an interface that students can pick up with ease. In this lab, students will learn the ins and outs of Tinkercad, going over object placement, grouping, and how one might go about crafting a fictional 3D house (or space station, if that’s more your speed).
TUESDAY, APRIL 23
Comic Book Design (morning)
Whether you’re a fan of writing or drawing, comic building is one of the most expressive forms of storytelling out there. Combining literature with illustration is what comic book design does best, but designing your own layout and art style is what brings this form of storytelling to the next level. Few forms of literature are as expansive as comic book design, which is what makes this lab shine. Students will get the opportunity to learn about the basics of comic book creation, helpful tools to keep their pages looking sharp, as well as some tips on how to tell an effective story.
Indoor & Outdoor Offline Coding (afternoon)
(first part inside/second part outside)
You can’t have programming without a bit of logic, and for some, getting familiar with the logic first is a great introduction to the world of programming. This class is split into two activities, one indoors, and one outside. In the first lab, students will practice coding logic through a paper exercise, practicing logic through visual representation of functions. The second activity takes the students outdoors to practice their logic through a “Simon Says”-style exercise referencing if-then statements. This activity’s a great choice for those looking to get some outdoor time, while exercising their logical thinking skills a bit too.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt (morning)
Description: See what the neighborhood has to offer! Students will take part in the teacher guided Greenpoint Scavenger Hunt in which they will tour around the neighborhood on foot to search for all the great sights Greenpoint is home to. They will be on the lookout for street names, murals, Greenpoint landmarks, and so much more as they get to learn about the community. All Students must be prepared for this trip and dress appropriately. They will bring home a handmade journal of their trip.
Game Design: Star Wars Arcade (afternoon)
Design your own Star Wars game! Students will use the tactile feature of Bloxels to create levels, and the app to bring their story to life with dialogue, change the graphics and backgrounds, and more. They will also be able to play missions as classic heroes and villains, and use your imagination to create your own Star Wars Universe.
THURSDAY, APRIL 25Camera Obscura Lab (morning)
Cameras are fascinating objects. The way they work though, is perhaps the most fascinating part. In this lab, students will get a look into the engineering that goes into building a camera, capturing light, and displaying the image it captures. Through building their own Camera Obscura, students will learn about engineering and photography to capture unique and memorable images.
Python Character Design (afternoon)
Python is a powerful coding language used for developing games, software, and more. The basics of Python, however, are simpler than you might think. This class provides an approachable introduction to programming by challenging students to combine shapes using Python to build unique characters. The basics covered in this course include generating shapes, object placement, and color picking.
FRIDAY, APRIL 26DIY Marble Run (morning)
Gravity: it’s known to send things downwards. And what shows this off better than a set of marbles? This lab is a DIY engineering crafts project known to fill an entire wall, but why stop there? Create high-speed tracks that span walls, floors, ceilings, you name it. This lab is an exercise in construction with recycled materials, encouraging an eye for decoration, detail, and personality in your builds.
Minecraft: Redstone Chain Reaction Contraption (afternoon)
This lab is an immersive look into the nature of cause and effect (in the most elaborate way you could imagine). Rube Goldbergs are what you get when you ask yourself: how can I complete the simplest task in the most complicated way possible? In this case: delivering a pie. Combine redstone, minecarts, pistons, slime, and more in this over-the-top Minecraft exercise perfect for demonstrating physics and practicing some Minecraft engineering.