2013 Course Catalogue
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TECHSTARS COURSE CATALOGUE /
STEAM CATEGORIES This catalog is divided into five subject categories: Science Technology Engineering Arts Math
TECHSTARS LEVELS The TechStars classes are organized into five color-coded levels: Red Preschool (3 & 4 years old) Orange Kindergarten (5 years old) Blue Beginning - Grades 1 - 3 (6 to 8 years old) Green Intermediate - Grades 4 - 6 (9 to 11 years old) Yellow Advanced - Grades 7+ (12+ years)
TechStars Where all points lead to success! TechStars simplifies the complex world of educational technology by connecting Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and the Arts. TechStars provides students with a progressive curriculum that begins with foundational skills that rapidly lead to advanced knowledge, exploring and developing new ideas, and creating hands-on projects in an educational setting designed to make learning FUN.
Key Points: All courses: 1. are project-based & designed for FUN 2. further students exploration of technology as: a. an application tool for use in education, business, and art i. word processing, spreadsheets, graphics, databases, multimedia presentations, Internet usage, idea mapping such as Inspiration, digital applications and graphic design ii. projects build skills that students will need to succeed in school and beyond to include: reports, presentations, conducting research, etc. b. it relates to the study of the engineering and/or applied computer science/technology i. from simple to compound machines and systems ii. engineering in relation to technology to include introduction to physics & electrical engineering, programming, and robotics iii. projects include hands-on applications of engineering principles with systems, models and structures as the end product c. a skill-building tool to support general educational disciplines(reading, math, science, social studies) i. problem solving based skill practice, without drill and practice, to build creative and organized thinking skills ii. projects may thematically relate to software themes or provide hands-on practice with general educational disciplines. (e.g. language arts - write and illustrate a story; math - create your own hands-on math puzzles, science illustrate the water cycle, social studies - mapmaking)
SCIENCE COURSES UNDER THE MICROSCOPE Guess what we discover under our fingernails and under the microscope? Using a child-friendly digital microscope, students will explore the world of magnification, science, nature study & digital editing. Levels: Preschool & Kindergarten
THE MICROSCOPIC WORLD Students will use The Scientific Method as they study specimens, run experiments and learn about the microscopic world. Using a unique digital microscope, they will explore the computer side of science with digital photography & editing techniques. Level: Beginning
IT’S A SMALL WORLD It may be a small world, but with a digital microscope, you will see it in action! Observe & collect information about natural & manmade specimens. Using digital editing techniques, you will change these specimens into creative works of art. Level: Intermediate
UP CLOSE SCIENCE Explore the world using a digital microscope, natural & manmade specimens. Collect data & form your own hypotheses to solve a mystery at the Bronx Zoo. Level: Advanced
DINOSAUR DISCOVERY Practice extracting dinosaur fossils in this hands-on class. Go on your own fossil dig, analyze and assemble skeleton pieces, produce a fossil reconstruction, create a mural…and develop a movie documentary of your discoveries! Level: Beginning & Intermediate
CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION Use science to solve crimes. Work the field scene and the laboratory end of CSI with your senses, logic and forensics. We’ll use finger printing, tire tread patterns and much more! No blood, no gore…but excitement galore! Levels: Beginning & Intermediate
DINOSAUR DISCOVERY Budding paleontologists learn about dinosaurs and the techniques used in extracting fossils in this hands-on class. Go on your own fossil dig, analyze and assemble skeleton pieces, produce a fossil reconstruction, create a mural…and take home a movie documentary of your discoveries! Levels: Beginning & Intermediate
TECHNOLOGY COURSES LET’S DO ROBOTICS ROBOTS RULE Yes, We CAN learn about Robotics! With the LEGO™ WeDo Robotics Kits, you can build and program your own robotic creations. Designed by
the experts at MIT, this system teaches simple machines, engineering, and programming. In this hands-on class, robots rule! Level: Beginning ROCK & ROLL ROBOTICS ROCK AND ROLL ROBOTICS Create robots that rock and robots that roll! Using the LEGO™ WeDo Robotics Kit build a robotic monkey that plays a drum to a rock & roll beat, a lion that roars, a bird that flaps its wings, and a boat that will rock on the rough seas. Build knowledge of simple machines, engineering, programming, and teamwork in a course full of Rockin’ Fun! Level: Beginning & Intermediate
RAZZLE DAZZLE ROBOTICS RAZZLE DAZZLE ROBOTICS Move over, Hermione and Harry! Build a magic wand that controls the computer and a robot that makes an animal dance on the screen. Dazzle your friends with what you create AND what you learn! Level: Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced
VIDEO GAME ANIMATION 1 Dive into the world of video game animation by creating characters that dance, sing and interact with one another. Add sound effects and music clips to create a dynamic video animation using Scratch, the innovative programming language created just for kids by MIT. Post your animation online so that your friends, your parents, even your grandmother can see your
animation! Creativity rules in this first step of video game design! Levels: Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced
VIDEO GAME ANIMATION LEVEL2 Once you start, you don’t want to stop! Add to your previous video animation, or start from “Scratch” with an all-new creation. New skills and creative adventures await the experienced Scratch programmer! Levels: Intermediate & Advanced
VIDEO GAME ANIMATION Post your video game online for the WORLD to play! In this third level course, students focus on advanced game elements: building multiple levels, integrating animated sequences and using variables to keep track of score, high score, avatar lives and game speed. The results will a-maze you! Levels: Intermediate & Advanced
VIDEO GAME DESIGN BUILD ARCADE GAMES Design, create and edit your own 2dimentional arcade-style video game: design the action, create the characters, and edit the outcomes. Take your game home so that you can challenge your friends and
family! (Optional: AND you’ll receive a copy of the software at the last session so that you can add to your game when the class is over!) Levels: Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced
DISCOVER, DREAM-UP! Using Alice, an innovative 3D programming software you’ll design animation for an interactive game, movie or story. This object-oriented program is fun and challenging, as you discover the worlds of computer science and programming using 3D graphics in a virtual world. Let your imagination soar…if you can dreamup a concept, you can design it! Levels: Intermediate & Advanced
APP CAMP 1 Make your phone come alive with your own Android apps! Create a paint program, math practicing apps and a mole mash. Some Android phones will be provided, but if you have one, bring it to test it out! Levels: Intermediate & Advanced
APP CAMP 2 Once you’ve learned to mash your mole, you can create unique apps that use timers and sounds, and feature animated aliens. Your space shooters will launch a fantastic voyage into the app writing world. Create your own apps to share with the class…and perhaps with online stores in this Level 2 class. Levels: Intermediate & Advanced
WIK-TASTIC WIKI’S Share your expertise! Work with your team to create a wiki page dedicated to the solar system, stamp collecting, LEGO’s, jewelry-making, your favorite TV show or movie. Add a podcast reviewing the latest film, discovery of a new star, or how to create a mythical creature using LEGO bricks. This 6-hour course guides you through the steps to create your own collaborative wiki. Level: Advanced
BLOCKBUSTER BLOGS! Share your thoughts and opinions with the world! Have you ever wanted to be an armchair movie critic? Review your favorite video games? Share your fashion “nono’s”? In this 6-hour course, the world's eyes and ears are at your fingertips! Images, text and videocasts will be part of your personal blog. By the end of this course, you will be on your way to becoming a famed Internet Journalist! Level: Advanced
SKETCH IT IN 3D Develop the mansion of your dreams with performance cars in the driveway, a race track or your own skate park. During this six-session program, students will learn to draw 3D shapes, develop them into models and import images. Make your project pop with 3D! Levels: Intermediate & Advanced
PODCASTING PIZZAZZ Move over iCarly, it’s our turn to podcast! In this 6-session class, you’ll learn to create your own slide show full of your favorite things and have it posted on the Internet! Sign up today – then tell your family and friends to get ready to log on and be impressed!
technology! Watch out, Bill Gates!! The new generation is on its way!! Level: Preschool (ages 3-4)
Level: Beginning 3D VIDEO WORLDS Learn the fundamentals involved in creating your own 3D video game world! With a simple click and roll of a mouse modify your world. Develop and storyboard your design, and place animals, trees, characters, and other items in your own virtual world! If you like 2D, you will love 3-D!! Levels: Intermediate & Advanced
BLOCKBUSTER BLOGS! Share your thoughts and opinions with the world! Have you ever wanted to be an armchair movie critic? Review your favorite video games? Share your fashion “nono’s”? By the end of this course, you will be on your way to becoming a famed Internet Journalist! Level: Advanced
TECHTOTS TECHNOLOGY Does your three-year-old love the computer, but gets frustrated when the mouse doesn’t go where she wants it to go? Or does he click too many times, and the action gets frozen? Our unique 12-session course will have your preschooler ready to teach you the tricks of
KINDERGARTEN ADVANTAGE! Using specially designed ageappropriate software, young children will begin to learn about keyboarding computer graphics, word processing & spreadsheets. Emergent reading & computer skills are combined to create a powerful learning dynamic! Level: Kindergarten
TOTALLY TECHNOLOGY BEGINNING Build skills, create projects & have fun, too! Using our unique delivery system, students learn powerful technology skills as they create their own projects. Course topics include keyboarding, word processing, graphics, multimedia presentations, databases, spreadsheets, & Internet usage.
TOTALLY TECHNOLOGY INTERMEDIATE Students will use technology in challenging ways as they create their own projects. Course topics include keyboarding, word processing, graphics, multimedia presentations, databases, spreadsheets, & Internet usage.
by brainstorming different homebased business opportunities, then use your technology skills to get your businesses up and running. From designing a logo and web site to creating income statements, students will do it all. It’s never too early to start honing your business skills!
TOTALLY TECHNOLOGY ADVANCED Students build a repertoire of advanced level skills as they work on their own projects. Course topics include keyboarding, word processing, graphics, multimedia presentations, databases, spreadsheets & Internet usage. Level: Advanced
SCHOOL PRIDE Show off your school! In this advanced level class, design a marketing program to show off your school and your skills! From designing a school logo and banner to publishing a yearbook, students will do it all! Show your school pride! Level: Advanced
IT’S YOUR LIFE
DREAM VACATION Plan the vacation of your dreams! In Dream Vacation you do it all - from researching & choosing a destination, to creating a budget, an itinerary & an impressive proposal. Students build technology & decision-making skills in this unique class. Let’s order our passports now! Level: Advanced
IT’S YOUR BUSINESS Calling all entrepreneurs! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to own your own business? Start
Where will you be at age 25? Start a new job with working on Wall Street, or in a retail store. Are you married and have a child? Budget your money and pay your bills. When life happens school never looked so good! Level: Advanced BUILD YOUR OWN WEBSITE FANZINE WEB DESIGN Create your own fanzine website. What your interest? Music? Fashion? Travel? Science? Build a personal website to share your thoughts, fun images, videos, music and more. Go online with us and share your passion with the world! Level: Advanced Plus
ENGINEERING COURSES BASICS TO BUILDING AMAZING ARCHITECTS Bring building with Lego bricks to new heights! Add cool construction software on the computer and Lego simple machines on the floor. Hands-on fun with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for ages 3-6. Use your brain! Build with your hands! Levels: Pre-K & Kindergarten
FROM LEGS TO WINGS & BACK AGAIN BUILDING BACKYARD BUGS Build wild and crazy bugs with KNEX and on the computer. Mix science and technology for a buggy time but no bug repellent required! Levels: Pre-K & Kindergarten
FUNGINEERING Experiment with Lego’s to build super-cool vehicles that move! First explore simple machines – levers, pulleys, wheels -- to create Lego nutcrackers, fishing reels, and freewheeling cars -- then combine them with gears to build wind-powered land yachts and racing dragsters. Create your own amazing race in this FUN class that teaches beginning principles of Engineering! Level: Beginning
JUNIOR ENGINEERING Join us as we explore, investigate, & solve problems while we learn about the building blocks of engineering simple machines. Students enjoy
hand-on activities with levers, gears, wheels, axles & pulleys that incorporate math, science & creativity. Level: Beginning
ELEMENTARY ENGINEERING 1 This exciting hands-on engineering class combines LEGO® Education & LEGO® Technic™ materials to explore motorized simple machines by building realistic models. Student teams creatively solve challenges using concepts learned in class. Levels: Intermediate & Advanced
ELEMENTARY ENGINEERING 2 More complex concepts are introduced in this 2nd course in the Elementary Engineering series as students learn about & create compound machines using LEGO® Education & LEGO® Technic materials. More complex challenges help solidify concepts. Levels: Intermediate & Advanced
INTRODUCTION TO 3D VISUALIZATION No amount of “huffing and puffing” will blow our buildings down! Learn principles of construction and use math skills as you experiment with scale and size, staggering vs. stacking. In a hands-on class using LEGO® materials, we’ll build houses with removable roofs, castles with turrets, and towers of strength! Level: Beginning
ART COURSES DIGITAL MOVIEMAKING Join the COMPUTER EXPLORERS Film Festival. Create all the artistic elements for your movie including characters, costumes & sets. Your final movie will be available for friends and family to enjoy. Level: Beginning
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! Become the writers, directors, actors, animators, special effects creators & editors of our own movie production. From storyboarding to filming, you will make all of the creative & technical decisions. You will be able to share your movie with friends and family and hear the applause. Levels: Intermediate & Advanced
KID PIX 3D 3D GLASSES FOR 3D FUN Create a 3D animated adventure and turn it into a movie to share! Using cool characters like clown fish, mermaids and pirates at sea or elephants and giraffes in the jungle, your 3D adventure begins with this super fun class! You bring your imagination and we’ll provide the 3D glasses for an eye-popping time!
Levels: Kindergarten, Beginning
AROUND THE WORLD - SPANISH Around the World is your Passport to Fun & Learning! Use exciting
computer software and hands-on activities to explore the Spanish culture, geography and language. Sing songs, play games, create artwork and celebrate cultural festivals as you travel the world to
visit a number of different Spanishspeaking countries. Levels: Pre-K & Kindergarten
AROUND THE WORLD - FRENCH Around the World is your Passport to Fun & Learning! Use
exciting computer software and hands-on activities to introduce to explore the French culture, geography and language. Sing songs, play games, create artwork and celebrate cultural festivals as you travel the world to visit a number of different French-speaking countries. Levels: Pre-K & Kindergarten
AROUND THE WORLD JAPANESE Around the World is your Passport to Fun & Learning! Use exciting computer software and hands-on activities to explore the Japanese culture, geography and language. Sing songs, play games, create artwork and celebrate cultural festivals as you travel the world to visit a number of different Japanesespeaking areas of the world. Levels: Pre-K & Kindergarten
AROUND THE WORLD 6-7 - SPANISH Around the World is your Passport to Fun & Learning! Use
exciting computer software and handson activities to explore the Spanish culture, geography and language. Sing songs, play games, create artwork and celebrate cultural festivals as you virtually the world to visit a number of different Spanish-
speaking countries. You will keep a journal of your travels to take home at the end of the adventure.
BOT® Bee-Bot has buzzed into town to help us learn about robots and programming. Program the Bee-Bot to run through a maze, search for lost objects, and draw artistic designs. Robot fun for everyone!
AROUND THE WORLD 6-7 – FRENCH Around the World is your Passport to Fun & Learning! Use exciting computer software and hands-on activities to explore the French culture, geography and language. Sing songs, play games, create artwork and celebrate cultural festivals as you travel the world to visit a number of different Frenchspeaking countries. You will keep a journal of their travels to take home at the end of the adventure. Level: Beginning
AROUND THE WORLD 6-7 – JAPANESE Around the World is a child’s Passport Passport to Fun & Learning! Use exciting computer
software and hands-on activities to explore the Japanese culture, geography and language. Sing songs, play games, create artwork and celebrate cultural festivals as you travel the world to visit a number of different Japanese-speaking countries. You will keep a journal of their travels to take home at the end of the adventure. Level: Beginning
PROGRAMMING WITH BEE-
Levels: Pre-K & Beginning
BEE-BOT® & THE COMPUTER Bee-Bot, the robot, has a lot to share with us on the computer. You will be able to write their own programs to send the computer Bee-Bot through a number of courses and missions. Then the best part is programming your real Bee-Bot to do the same thing on the floor! You make him run and you make the fun!
Levels: Preschool, Kindergarten & Beginning
MUSIC COURSES MUSIC PRODUCER LEVEL 1 & MUSIC PRODUCER LEVEL 2 Hip Hop, Rock ‘n Roll, Ballads or Reggae ... write music in class and publish it online! These courses will have you creating music in a heartbeat. Whether you edit sounds, use instruments, add vocals or write music note-by-note the musical possibilities are endless! Clear off the bookcase now to make room for your award later! Levels: Intermediate & Advanced