Sizzling Summer Youth Activities LEGO WEDO ROBOTICS: Using the LEGO® Education WeDo™ Robotics Construction Set, the students are introduced to simple robotics through building models, attaching sensors and motors, and using a computer to program the model’s behavior. Some of the robot models include dancing birds, smart spinner, drumming monkey, hungry alligator, roaring lion, flapping bird, soccer kicker, soccer goalie, and cheerful fans. Students will also learn about simple engineering concepts such as pulleys, belts, gears and levels, while having a blast with their creations. *Robots are for use by students in class, only. Students will not be able to take them home. FOR ..................................................................... Ages 5*-8 *For Age 5: children need to know how to use a computer. WHEN ................................August 13-17 (Monday-Friday) TIME .......................................................9:00 am-12:00 pm WHERE ..........Queensbury WHBI School, Classroom #121 FEE ..............................Resident $240; Non-Resident $250 CLASS MAXIMUM .......................................................... 10 Science & Tech Workshops These engaging and amazing programs will not REAL only enrich your child’s intellectual curiosity; but HANDS-ON also, get him or her excited about science and SCIENCE learning! Children will use their analytical and critical thinking skills and explore topics in the science world. The kids will be having so much fun, they won’t even realize that they are learning! Summer is meant to be FUN; but hey, why not encourage learning? All instructors are trained educators in S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics/Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) BITS, BYTES & BOTS COMPUTER ADVENTURES The department welcomes Karen-Anne Doescher, owner of Bits, Bytes & Bots Computer Adventures®, to instruct the FUN-damental technology camps! Bits, Bytes & Bots Computer Adventures® provides the highest quality of technology education and the curriculum is on the cutting edge of technology. Non-linear thinking required in computer use teaches problem-solving and can lead to higher grades for students overall. These programs are designed to foster self-esteem and confidence. Kids graduate with proud feelings of accomplishment. Skills gained through these programs include basic programming, problem solving, increased manual dexterity, responsibility for small details, basic robotics engineering, and computer video game creation. Kids also gain an understanding of time management as they sometimes must perform certain tasks in specific time periods in order to achieve their goals. All program supplies and materials are included. Please have your child bring a drink and a nut-free snack each day. Young Hacks Academy Does your child have what it takes to lead in the 21st century? Young Hacks Academy (YHA) is a summer camp that uses technology to develop real-world leadership skills. Blending computer programming, problem-solving, and teamwork; YHA teaches kids to build cool video games and interactive stories about big challenges facing the world today, such as climate change, homelessness, and endangered wildlife. As serious as we are about exploring technology, YHA is also committed to having fun away from the screen, moving campers outside each day for unplugged games. No programming experience is required. For more information, visit younghacks.com or find us on Facebook: facebook.com/YoungHacksAcademy. COMPUTER VIDEO GAME CREATION If you think playing computer games is fun, think what a blast learning to program your own games will be! Your imagination is the limit as you use GameMaker software to an action game. You’ll learn about creating sprites, objects, events, and actions. Design a room, make it look the way you want, add objects, and play your game. We’ll teach you how to display health, lives, score, splash screens, and high score tables. Using drag and drop programming, you’ll be creating exciting, professional-looking games you can play with your friends. You can keep making games when you get home because we supply each child with a free, lite version of GameMaker for Windows. If you think you’ve got a great idea for a game, you want to see what it would be like to be a game designer, or you just think computer games are fun, this camp is for you. You must be experienced using a computer to take this class. FOR .....................................................................Ages 8-14 WHEN ................................August 13-17 (Monday-Friday) TIME ...............................................................1:00-4:30 pm WHERE ..........Queensbury WHBI School, Classroom #121 FEE .............................Resident: $265; Non-Resident $275 CLASS MAXIMUM .......................................................... 15 Note to parents: For your child’s safety, please inform the Department Staff, at the time of registration, and the instructor of any known allergies that exist for your child! AGENT TRAINING NEW for 2018! Whether it’s public speaking or collaborating with peers, YHA Agent Training models essential leadership techniques that will immediately help students in and out of the classroom. Agents tackle daily missions using Scratch, a user-friendly, visual programming tool that empowers students to quickly start developing their own games and stories. The challenge is to come up with a project that will not only entertain their friends; but also, teach something about topics that are impacting our local and global community. Children will receive a program t-shirt and Agent Kit, including a workbook and diploma. All materials included. FOR .....................................................................Ages 9-12 WHEN ....................................... July 9-13 (Monday-Friday) TIME .........................................................9:00 am-4:00 pm WHERE .... Queensbury Middle School, Computer Lab #177 FEE ..............................Resident $285; Non-Resident $295 CLASS SIZE .............................. Minimum 12; Maximum 20 PLEASE NOTE: Your child will need to bring nut-free lunch, snacks, and drinks each day. Please provide your child’s t-shirt size at registration. Note to parents: For your child’s safety, please inform the Department Staff, at the time of registration, and the instructor of any known allergies that exist for your child! SUMMER 2018 PROGRAM GUIDE 7