Classes

All classes are 75 minutes per week for 8 weeks and cost $275 (unless otherwise noted). Class registration includes a membership to the drop in space for the duration of the class.

 

Coding
Game Learning
Making & Inventing
Robotics

Coding for Kids

Grades K-1

Get introduced to the world of coding! What is coding? What does it do? Why is it so important? Learn the basic language of code such as of sequential commands and loops. In Coding for Kids students will learn through a series of hands-on projects and activities as well as in Scratch Jr, a tablet based programming environment developed by MIT. Make basic coding logic fun and easy to learn!
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Intro to Electronics: Fun with Circuits

Grades K-1

In this hands-on class students will learn the basics of electronics and the principles of circuitry. Through fun activities, they will use Snap Circuits to bring their learning to life by making motors spin, lights shine, and speakers blare! Students will be exposed to circuit components and will eventually graduate from snap circuits to a real wired circuit.
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Learning Robotics with LEGO

Grades K-1

New to LEGO robotics? Then this is the class for you! Students will investigate motorized models with Lego WeDo and learn about gears, belts, and motors. After building each model, students will solve challenges that will exercise their creativity and problem solving skills in addition to improving their understanding of how the machines work! The class will culminate in a project of the student's own design and integrates Lego and motor power.
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Young Inventors Squad

Grades K-1

This is your chance to build and re-engineer components of everyday objects and recycled materials into your own cool gadgets! Students will engage in guided challenges to develop a working knowledge of physics concepts and engineering skills by making science gadgets to take home.
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Minecraft Adventure Team

Grades K-2

Do you want to learn how to play Minecraft? Join us on an epic adventure as we work together to explore, build and learn about this amazing world. What can you do in Minecraft? What is Creative Mode and Survival Mode? How do people build those amazing architectures? Why is this game so fun and why is it considered educational? Answer these questions and more with the Minecraft Adventure Team!
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Minecraft Club

Grades 1-3 and Grades 4-6

Join a group of like minded builders, crafters and adventurers playing Minecraft. Play on two servers, one in creative mode for unlimited building of epic structure and one in survival mode for the ultimate adventure. Play with our seasoned staff and focus on building and growing as a group in this one-of-a-kind experience.
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Computer Art and Making Things

Grades 2-3

Modern making is so much more than just working with our hands. By using computers and technology we can make anything look professional! Learn simple computer art and design programs to make awesome images and 2D art. Then we will apply what you learned to make objects in our laser and vinyl cutters to make many cool and useful objects that you will take home!
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Handmade Robots: Simple Machines

Grades 2-3

Let's explore simple machines and robotics by using our hands and learning through experience! Students in Handmade Robots will be introduced to beginner mechanics and motion using some everyday materials, crafts and robotic components. Each week students will learn a new component and then be challenged to work together to engineer a design which meets the goal of the project. This class will include components of learning, engineering, teamwork, creativity and problem solving.
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Lego Junior Engineers

Grades 2-3

Take Lego robotics to the next level with WeDo 2.0. Students will learn how to build simple machines with motorized parts such as winches, pulleys, drive trains and more! Add sensors and program your creations to respond to their environment. Then work together to design a machine to meet the challenge of the day! No previous Lego experience is necessary for this class.
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Scratch Programming

Grades 2-3

Learn basic concepts of programming using the incredibly popular program Scratch, developed by MIT. Scratch is a "block based" coding software which teaches students how to program by snapping together digital blocks of code. Animate stories and create simple game mechanics. No previous programming experience required!
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Sewing with STEM

Grades 2-3

Sewing is more than just fabric and thread - it's a method of making that can be enhanced with other tools and materials to create boundless potential! In this class we will be covering the basics like threading needles, hand sewing, and a little machine sewing, but we're not going to stop there. We'll use sewing as a lens through which to span the width of STEM doing projects on topics from heat energy to geometry to 3D visualization and maybe even some electronics! Sewing isn't just for patching jeans in this class.
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Minecraft Animation: Storytelling

Grades 3-5

Telling a good story is a powerful modern tool. It can help you be creative, to show off your talents and even to promote yourself. In Minecraft Animation: Storytelling students will work in groups to outline plots, describe scenes and write scripts. Then they will jump into Minecraft to create their backdrops and set their scenes. Students will film their stories in Minecraft using screen capture software, narrate with their scripts and edit their videos. *Student films may be made available publicly on the web but will not contain students faces or any identifying information.
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Creating 3D Prints with BlocksCAD

Grades 4-5

Learn how to design awesome 3D objects using BlocksCAD, a software program developed at Einstein's Workshop. BlocksCAD combines 3D modeling with block-based coding for an easy to use and educational experience. Print up to 3 of your designs on one of Einstein's Workshop's 3D printers!
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Code Kingdoms: My First Minecraft Mod

Grades 4-5

Learn to create your own Mods for Minecraft using this simple tool for teaching JAVA! Code Kingdoms is a coding interface which allows students to code on several levels from very simple "block coding" with pictures, to more complex JAVA. This class is a great introduction to more advanced coding and no experience is necessary.
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FLL Robot Skills Team

Grades 4-5

Are you new to First Lego League? Have you not made a Mindstorms robot that can navigate yet? Are you curious about competition but not sure if you are ready? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions then this is the class for you! FLL Robot Skills Team is an opportunity for students new to Mindstorms robotics and competition to get a year of experience with the robots before taking on the full FLL competition.

On the Robot Skills Team students will learn basic to advanced robotics skills. They will use the current year competition board to practice their skills. However this team will not do the research project/presentation or attend the competition as a team (they are invited to come and watch so that they see what it is like). The Skills Team will help students to learn the skills needed to be more successful in future years.
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First Lego League (FLL)

Grades 4-5 and Grades 6-8

During the fall (September to December), students can register for FIRST LEGO League (aka FLL) to participate in a global competition, in which they will be assigned an Einstein's Workshop staff member as a coach to progress their average of 6-person team through the season's challenge. There is a robotics challenge course and a research project and presentation portion to FLL. The season culminates on an all-day Saturday regional competition in mid-December.
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Great Ball Contraption with VEX

Grades 4-5

Great Ball Contraptions are machines which use complicated interactions to move balls from one place to another. There are many examples of these mechanisms from the huge contraption in the Boston Museum of Science to the Chain Reaction event held at MIT every Thanksgiving. Have some fun experimenting with machines and robotics as we build a series of contraptions using the VEX robotics system.
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Redstone Engineering with Minecraft

Grades 4-5

Take your Minecraft Engineering to the next level with Redstone. Redstone is a type of circuit used in the Minecraft world to make analogue devices of all kinds. Learn how to wire your buildings, create lights, hidden doors, automation and even simple logic through gamified learning.
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Programming with Tynker

Grades 4-5

Learn to program with Tynker, an online free block based coding interface with loads of features! Tynker is very similar to Scratch with additional support for animations, interactions and game making. Join us as we explore this awesome new software to get kids excited to code!
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Arduino Electronics and Programming

Grades 6-8

Arduino is a powerful open-source computer and electronics tool for learning and prototyping electronics. Hobbyists and professionals use Arduino to create custom projects and to design and test products and services. In this intro level class students will learn the basics of buttons, switches and potentiometers, LED and motor control, and programming.
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Digital Art

Grades 6-8

Welcome to the world of freehand Digital Art. Students will learn how to use sophisticated computer art software to make incredible images. From the very beginning we will employ the use of drawing tablets so that students have all of their tools and skills at their fingertips. As they learn to use these amazing tools students will also be learning fundamental art skills such as color, composition, and layering.
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DIY RC Racer

Grades 6-8

Did you know that you can make your own RC cars using simple and inexpensive parts? Sure you can always buy a kit, but in this class we will teach students to understand the components of an ESC (Electronic control system), steering, balance and design. Students will work to build their own custom racers which they will take home!
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Game Design with Unreal Engine

Grades 6-8

What does every great game start with? A great level! We'll explore what goes into making gameplay epic in this fast-paced design course using Unreal Engine, a powerful open-source industry tool used in many of today's top games.
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Learn to Code: Python

Grades 6-8

Python is a very popular programming language. Learn Python basics in this introductory class which uses the trinket.io interface so your student can work on their code, and share it beyond the class.
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Java Minecraft Modding

Grades 6-8

"Modding" is a way for students to program advanced modifications (or Mods) to Minecraft by learning how to edit and add to existing back-end code of Minecraft. Students will learn about the syntax and command framework of JAVA, and apply these concepts to change Minecraft's gameplay and visuals.
This is an into class and no programming experience is required.
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Minecraft Modding Club

Grades 6-8

Modding club is a chance for students who have some familiarity with modding to work on specific projects and thrive in a collaborative environment. Our instructors will spend time helping students 1 on 1 to help them apply advanced approaches and learn and work on big projects.
Students enrolled in Modding Club should have already taken Java Minecraft Modding.
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