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Upcoming Programs

Coding with Drones and Lego Robots

For students in grades 3-5

 

This program is designed to engage elementary school students in science, technology, and engineering. Students will program drones to maneuver and grasp and transport objects in the air. They will be presented with a series of challenges and play several aerial games using the logic of programming language. Students will also have the opportunity to create several project-based robots using LEGO components, and use visual blocks to program the robots to move, sense the environment, and make decisions. Projects include a space rover that moves and collects material, an intelligent recycling robot, and an earthquake simulator, among others. Students will exercise creativity, problem solving, and critical and logical thinking while working collaboratively, sharing experiences, and completing hands-on activities.

 

                                   WHERE: Vincentian Academy

                                                   McKnight Road, Pittsburgh PA, 15237

                                     WHEN:  Saturdays 9:00 - 12:30

                                                   1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10 and 2/17

                                       WHO:  Marcel Bergerman and Maria Yamanaka

                                                   Ph.D. and M.Sc. Carnegie Mellon University
                                       COST: $330

Build Cool Projects with Lego EV3 Robotics

For students in grades 4-6

 

Imagine a robotics kit that can take any shape you want. The EV3 kit with the intelligent brick and sensors can be used to build fascinating robots like rovers, Rubik's cube solver, a crushing claw spider, a Star War R2D2 clone, a humanoid robot, and several others. Students will first build a rover-like robot and program it to move and turn accurately and use sensors to detect obstacles and objects of different colors. They will then be exposed to the fundamentals of programming blocks such as loops, conditional operations, and the use of variables to store sensor values. After mastering the basics of Lego EV3 building and programming, students will select, build, and program a robot of their choice. This program will end with an exposition of the students' projects to classmates and parents to celebrate their accomplishments.

 

                                   WHERE: Vincentian Academy

                                                   McKnight Road, Pittsburgh PA, 15237

                                     WHEN:  Saturdays 9:00 - 12:30

                                                   1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10 and 2/17

                                       WHO:  Marcel Bergerman and Maria Yamanaka

                                                   Ph.D. and M.Sc. Carnegie Mellon University
                                       COST: $330

3D Modeling and 3D Printing

For students in grades 6-8

 

3D modeling and 3D printing technologies have been largely used in in aerospace, architecture, art, engineering, fashion, medicine and other industries, and have played real, practical roles in our daily lives. In this program, students will use 3D modeling to design objects and bring them to life with the power of 3D printing. They will start learning the basics of industry-standard CAD software, create a design file, and use solid modeling tools and features to create their first CAD object.  The object will be imported into Cura, a software that slices a 3D drawing and translates it into the individual layers used by 3D printers to create a physical model. Once the first cycle of the design & manufacturing process is completed, students will review software, material, and printing technology constraints and make improvement plans for the next cycle. Student will also experiment with existent CAD libraries to use as inspiration to create their own models.

 

                                   WHERE: Vincentian Academy

                                                   McKnight Road, Pittsburgh PA, 15237

                                     WHEN:  Saturdays 9:00 - 12:30

                                                   3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7 and 4/14

                                       WHO:  Marcel Bergerman and Maria Yamanaka

                                                   Ph.D. and M.Sc. Carnegie Mellon University
                                       COST: $330

Summer Camp 2018

2018 summer camp registration will open in January 2017.

 

 

 

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