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MySTEM Academy will offer ONLINE LIVE Summer Classes starting on 5/25/2020.

 

ONLINE LIVE Summer Classes (May and June): Parents can pick up the robotics kit at MySTEM Academy and students will attend classes online . Students will need to install a LEGO-provided software on their home computer and have internet and video/audio capabilities to attend this program. Each robotics kit will be cleaned after use. A security deposit check will be requested for the loaned period.

During the 3-hour ONLINE classes, students will meet on Zoom for 30 minutes and then work on individual activities for another 30 minutes. We'll repeat this pattern during the class so the kids have time to interact with their peers and work on their own creations.

 

ONLINE LIVE Summer Classes (July and August) with in-person option: Same as above for ONLINE students. In-person classes at MySTEM Academy will also be an option when Allegheny County transitions to the Green Phase. In this case, students will meet at MySTEM Academy (10850 Perry Highway, Wexford PA 15090) observing the social distancing guidelines established by the PA Department of Health. Students will have their own robotics kit/computer and sit 6 feet apart from each other. Parents may choose either option.

 

Cost: $220/student (total of 15 hours) includes $20 non-refundable registration fee 

$20 discount for multicampers or siblings

Meet ONLINE or in-person from Monday to Friday for total of 15 hours (maximum of 8 students)

  Session   Program  

Grade

(fall 2020)

  Available seats
E. 7/6-7/10 (9:00 to noon)   ONLINE: Build & Code with SPIKE Prime   3 & 4   1
G. 7/13-7/17 (9:00 to noon)   ONLINE:VEX IQ Robotics   6 & 7   2
H. 7/13-7/17 (1:00 to 4:00)   ONLINE:Build & Code with SPIKE Prime   3 & 4   1
K. 7/20-7/24 (9:00 to noon)   ONLINE:Cool Projects with Lego EV3   4 & 5   1
L 7/20-7/24 (1:00 to 4:00)   Design and Build with Lego WeDo 2.0   1 & 2   2
M. 7/27-7/31 (9:00 to noon)   SPIKE Prime LEGO Robotics   5 & 6   2
Q. 8/3-8/7 (9:00 to noon)   SPIKE Prime LEGO Robotics   5 & 6   2
4.  8/10-8/14 (9:00 to noon)   (*) Advanced SPIKE Prime Robotics for Girls   5, 6 & 7   3
R. 8/10-8/14 (1:00 to 4:00)   (*) Advanced Robotics for Competition   5, 6 & 7   FULL
S. 8/17-8/21 (9:00 to noon)   (*) Advanced Robotics for Competition   5, 6 & 7   1
T. 8/17-8/21 (1:00 to 4:00)   (*) Advanced Robotics for Competition   8   FULL
U 8/24-8/28 (9:00 to noon)   (*) Advanced Robotics for Competition   5, 6 & 7   4
               

(*) Advanced Robotics for Competition and Advanced SPIKE Prime Robotics is open to students who have taken the MySTEM EV3 classes in the past and have been recommended to register for this camp.

Design and Build with Lego WeDo

(Robotics program for grades 1 and 2) 

 

This program is designed to engage elementary students in science, technology, and engineering fields. Each student will have one Lego WeDo kit and a programming device. They will work on themed projects such as racing cars, bee pollinator, recycling trucks, and earthquake simulators. Students use motors, sensors, and a variety of mechanical elements to build, modify and program to bring their creations to life.  Students will exercise creativity, problem-solving, and critical and logical thinking while completing several hands-on activities.

 

Game Design and Programming

(Coding for grades 5 and 6)

 

In this program, students will learn concepts of computer science and computational thinking by creating games and by customizing it later with their own images, backgrounds and sounds. GameSalad Creator is web-based. Students will need access to a browser (Google Chrome or Firefox), computer with a good internet connection and audio/video capabilities for Zoom Meetings.

 

Build and Code with SPIKE Prime

(Robotics program for grades 3 & 4) 

 

In this program, students will build and test different projects every day using the new SPIKE Prime set. They will apply engineering and computer science concepts to develop problem-solving, analytical and logical skills. By starting with existing code, students will analyze data, identify problems and work to solve them by fixing the code. They will also re-design and create new prototypes to propose new solutions to improve projects. Each student will have a Lego SPIKE kit with over 500 pieces, and a programming device for a full design, building and programming experience.

Lego EV3 Robotics

(Robotics and Computer Science for grades 4 and 5)

 

Each student will have one Lego Mindstorms kit and use its elements to build and program robots to solve a series of challenges every day. They will build with motors of different powers, sensors (touch, ultrasonic, gyro, and color), and program the robot to move and turn accurately, and use sensors to detect obstacles and objects of different colors. Students will learn the fundamentals of programming blocks such as loops, conditional operations, and the use of variables to store sensor values. This is program is pre-requisite to the Advanced Robotics for Competiton.

SPIKE Prime LEGO Robotics

(Robotics program for grades 5 & 6) 

 

This program is designed to engage middle school students in science, engineering, robotics, and coding. Students will build and program autonomous robots with the new SPIKE Prime LEGO set. Each student will have a Lego SPIKE set with over 500 pieces, and a programming device. They will learn how to program the robot to move around and solve different challenges every day. Students will also experiment with building and programming arms to collect, transport, lift, and deposit using Scratch block coding. Lessons will include advanced programming concepts such as the use of reusable functions and control algorithms for accurate .navigation.  This program will promote critical thinking, problem-solving skills while exercising creativity.

Cool Projects with Lego EV3

(Robotics program for grades 4 & 5) 

 

This program is designed for students who want to build cool projects using Lego elements and program them to move. Each student will have a Lego Mindstorms 31313 Model with over 600 pieces, and build cool projects such as six-legged scorpion, lifting gripper, a humanoid robot, or another robot of their choice. They will learn the basics of programming and will be able to use the intuitive icon-based EV3 Programmer App for tablet devices or the EV3 Software for PC and Mac. This program will promote a challenging environment where students will develop problem-solving, critical thinking, and computer programming skills. 

VEX IQ Robotics

(Robotics program for grades 6 & 7)

 

This program will engage students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). They will learn key concepts of machines and motion and build and program with VEX IQ robots. Students will build their first robot by connecting and pairing the controller and the robot brain and by using the VEX IQ sensors: touch, distance, color, gyro, and touch LED. They will learn how to program using fundamentals of RobotC, a C-based programming language used to command a robot. This will include the use of conditional statements, Boolean operations, loops, functions, and how to use sensor feedback to control the robot’s motion. Each student will have a VEX IQ super kit with over 800 pieces and a progamming device. Students will exercise critical and analytical thinking.

 

Advanced Robotics for Competition

(Robotics program for students in grades 5, 6 and 7)

 

This program is designed for middle school students who want to be part of a robotics competition team. They will be challenged to think like scientists and engineers to build, test, and program an autonomous robot to solve a set of missions in a thematic Robot Game. They will learn the fundamentals of LEGO Technic elements, motors, and sensors to build a robot taking into consideration the center of gravity, torque, gearing, and appropriate balance of speed and strength. Robots will be submitted to several accuracy tests to identify improvement cycles where alternatives are considered, tested, and the designs are improved. Students will learn advanced programming such as proportional control, debugging, and decision-making techniques. Advanced Robotics for Competition is open to students who have taken the MySTEM EV3 classes in the past and have been recommended to register for this camp.

 

Basic Python Programming

(Coding for grades 6,7 and 8)

 

This camp is recommended for middle school students interested in learning basic programming in Python. Python is a high-level, object-oriented, easy-to-use syntax programming language perfect for beginners. Students will be challenged to solve several mini-projects using programming concepts such as data types, variables, operators, conditional statements, and functions. Python is growing in popularity in several application fields such as machine learning, web development, automation, and other computer science areas.

 

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