Engineering Course

Entry level course designed to spark students’ interest in engineering through engaging technological activities. Suitable for elementary and middle school students with interest in modern technologies.

Course Description


Entry level course designed to spark interest in Computer Science through engaging technological activities. Each week of the 3-week camp period focuses on a different topic: Programming through Video Game Design, Introduction to Robotics with Lego Mindstorms, Introduction to Engineering with 3D Printing. These hands-on activities will help students improve their problem solving and computational thinking skills. This camp is mainly intended for elementary school students, but it could also be suitable for older students with interest in modern technologies.




Topics


This course consists of the following three week-long subcourses. 1- Video Game Design: Game design course is a hands-on learning opportunity that teaches students the basics of coding while creating video games. Students will learn and apply game design principles and basic programming knowledge. By the end of the course, students will be able to create their own video games and deepen their computer science skills such as using variables, conditional statements, loops, and arrays in programming, understand game events and how to write code to respond to the events through application of coding and game design concepts.

2- Introduction to Robotics with Lego Mindstorms EV3: This course teaches the essentials of programming in an engaging environment. Students will build and program EV3 robots like professional robotics engineers. By the end of the course, students will improve their critical, spatial and computational thinking skills, and will be informed about STEM and Computer Science careers.

3- Introduction to Engineering with 3D Printing: This course is designed to teach students engineering with 3D printers. Students will participate in engineering design challenges like professional engineers in the field! They will address a real world problem by designing a solution in a CAD software and manufacture their products by following a cyclical engineering design process. Finally, students will advertise their products by shooting a video commercial of their 3D printed designs.




Prerequisites


There are no prerequisites for this course.




Offerings


This course is offered as a half-day course during summer camps.





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