*New* Summer Catalog 2020

Welcome to the new summer catalog for 2020 Summer Enrichment for both Virtual and Workshop classes. Virtual Class descriptions also include any technology requirements and/or supplies for the class.

 

Virtual Classes

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. We will print a few of the students' models on our 3D printers to take home!

Requirements:

  • A computer (PC, Laptop or Mac)
  • Keyboard and Mouse
  • Stable internet connection
  • Browser Based: https://www.blockscad3d.com/
    • Make an account and have login info ready for class


If you've taken a Scratch class before then it is time to learn new blocks and new ways to use them. Scratch offers a ton of content and there is always something more to learn. Come learn more advanced projects and concepts to make truly cool programs.

Requirements:

  • A computer (PC, Laptop or Mac)
  • Keyboard and Mouse
  • Stable internet connection
  • Make an account at https://scratch.mit.edu/


Sketchup is a very flexible architectural software. Learn how to use Sketchup to create your own architectural designs, recreate the world around you, or design to build!

Requirements:

  • A computer (PC, Laptop or Mac)
  • Keyboard and Mouse
  • Stable internet connection
  • Either of these software options are Free
    • For either option make an account and test before class
    • Browser Based: https://www.sketchup.com/plans-and-pricing/sketchup-free
    • Download and Install: SketchUp Make 2017 *This is the only downloadable free version. Newer versions are paid* https://help.sketchup.com/en/downloading-older-versions


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 coding experience is necessary (Minecraft experience is a must).

Requirements:

  • A computer (PC, Laptop or Mac)
  • Keyboard and mouse
  • Stable internet connection
  • Minecraft JAVA Edition. Download and install. For computer specs and to purchase visit: https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/store/minecraft-java-edition/ You will need to create an account.
    • Pocket, Bedrock, XBOX, Playstation or any other platform will not work.


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 sequential commands and loops. In Coding for Kids students will learn through a series of hands-on projects and activities. Students will also be introduced to Scratch Jr, a tablet based programming environment developed by MIT, but this will be a minimal part in the virtual class. Make basic coding logic fun and easy to learn!

Requirements:

  • Paper, writing implement and coloring implements.
  • Only for the last day of class:
    • Students will need 2 devices. A device that can connect to Zoom. And a tablet, ipad or chromebook with ScratchJr installed https://www.scratchjr.org/.


Computers allow us to create amazing art and animations! With many different types of programs, styles and tools you can create almost anything. In Computer Art students will learn several different computer programs, the difference between raster and vector art, and how to use the many tools available. Then students will learn about flipbook animation. Students will have a chance to create their own animations and learn about framerates and onion skins. All of the art and animation programs are free to use online!

Requirements:

  • A computer (PC, Laptop or Mac)
  • Keyboard and Mouse
  • Stable internet connection
  • Pencil2D. Download and install. https://www.pencil2d.org/
  • We will be using a number of online services which will not require install.


Welcome to the world of freehand Digital Art. Students will learn how to use sophisticated computer art software tools to make incredible images. Students will also be learning fundamental art skills such as color, composition, and layering.

Requirements:

  • A computer (PC, Laptop or Mac)
  • Keyboard and Mouse
  • Optional: Drawing tablet (We use this one)
  • Krita. Download and install. https://krita.org/en/


From paper airplanes to helicopters, this hands on class will have you making all sorts of flying inventions while exploring aerodynamics and how things move through the air.

Requirements:

  • Paper, writing implement and coloring implements
  • Possibly some limited craft supplies
  • Some other items may be added but nothing beyond normal arts/crafts/office supplies


Math was invented to solve real-world problems. At the same time, studying problem-solving and puzzle-solving directly is a fun way to learn math. Join us in exploring a series of brain-challenges, some of which may span several classes, as we study basic problem-solving techniques, learn to represent problems abstractly, and effectively explore a space of possible solutions. We will learn through collaborative and fun hands-on activities.

Have you taken Intro to Problem Solving and still hungry for more? Look no further than Intro to Problem Solving 2.


Do you want to be an inventoror? Do you love to think about problems, learn about the world around you and create solutions? Learn about the design process and how to become an even better inventor, engineer and designer.

Requirements:

  • Paper, writing implement and coloring implements
  • Limited supplies. Recyclables will work great!
  • Some arts/crafts/office supplies


Learn the fundamentals of programming in a fun, visual, and interactive way. Make pictures, animations, and games that will wow your family and friends. We'll use a Java-based programming language called Processing. This is a development environment originally designed to help teach computer programming fundamentals, but has since evolved into an easy way for artists, designers, and researchers to easily produce visual software.

Requirements:

  • A computer (PC, Laptop or Mac).
  • Keyboard. and mouse
  • Processing. download and install. https://processing.org/


Free build with your friends and a TON of Lego! Each Lego Club will encourage students to think about a theme and work together to make epic creations. Students will also have access to motors, gears and technic so their creations could move! This class is light on curriculum but heavy on fun, cooperation, creativity and imagination!


Learn and play a variety of math and logic games and sharpen your reasoning. We will learn through collaborative and fun hands-on activities as we build team camaraderie and engage in friendly coop-etition.


Math is the fundamental tool for understanding everything around us. For many, numbers and math are merely memorizing facts and equations. Join us for exercises, visualizations, and explorations of what arithmetic truly means. Practice numerical fluency, propose and learn creative strategies for solving problems, and work with your group to gain a deeper understanding. Students will be exposed to abstract concepts that recur at every level of math and will gain a deeper understanding and confidence in numbers and math through collaborative and fun hands-on activities.

Have you taken Number Sense and still hungry for more? Look no further than Number Sense 2.


Math is the way we understand and organize the patterns in our lives and the world around us. Shapes are an accessible and excellent entry point for learning about mathematical ideas and analysis. In this class, we will learn through collaborative and fun hands-on activities to explore patterns in shapes and numbers. A Math Pack is needed and can be purchased and picked up at Einstein’s workshop of $15.


Polyominoes are a fun way to begin to learn about geometric organization, sequences, symmetry, and the connection between 2D and 3D figures. We will learn through collaborative and fun hands-on activities. A Math Pack is needed and can be purchased and picked up at Einstein’s workshop of $15.


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!


Symmetry is a fun, interesting, and accessible basis for all of mathematics. It’s everywhere, from mirrors to sub-atomic particles. This class uses hands-on group exploration exercises to introduce symmetry as a tool for analysis and problem-solving. Several techniques and tools will be used to solve challenges at increasing depth in a way that encourages students to think about the problems as much as the solutions. We will learn through collaborative and fun hands-on activities. A Math Pack is needed and can be purchased and picked up at Einstein’s workshop of $15.


Are you ready for an exploring adventure? Don’t forget your map! Maps and diagrams help us figure out our location in relation to a place, and help us discover all sorts of treasures along the way. In this class we’ll make pirate’s treasure maps, blueprints, and 3D models out of cardboard. We’ll explore street maps, diagrams, globes and 3D solar system maps.

Requirements:

  • Paper, writing implement and coloring implements
  • Possibly some limited craft supplies
  • Some other items may be added but nothing beyond normal arts/crafts/office supplies



Workshop Classes

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.


Students join in entertaining and educational science experiments to gain an understanding of physics including Newton's First, Second, and Third Laws of Motion, Newton's Law of Gravity, and more. We'll make a water clock and water wheel, make and play with marble runs and catapults and many other fun physics projects.


Take a virtual tour of a Mott and Bailey fort, or of a late medieval castle, and learn how and why they were built. Try on real pieces of armor crafted from cloth, leather, and steel (no diamonds--sorry!) and handle replica tools and weapons in a safe environment. Learn about the materials used in equipment and architecture and why some were better than others. Join in a mounted charge on an opposing position or try to hold the line against one!


Have you seen the PinBox 3000? It's an awesome DIY carboard pinball system (https://pinbox3000.com/). Each student will make their own PinBox and then customize it. We have laser cutters, we have mechanical parts, we have electronics. Let's make them amazing!


Einstein's Studio is a class for younger students to explore their creativity by making things they can take home. Activities will be drawn from our huge library of instructions and will often introduce students to interesting materials and techiniques with a heavy focus on their personal creativity and exploration.


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


Let's explore simple machines and robotics by using our hands and learning through experience! Students will be introduced to beginner mechanics and motion using everyday materials, crafts, powered motors, human power and more. Each week students will learn a new components, designs and building techniques. This class focuses on engineering, teamwork, creativity and problem solving.


In this class students will be introduced to several maker tools and activities including vector design, laser cutting, construction, crafting, LED lighting, and more!


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.


Ever wanted to craft diamonds from dirt, smelt up some bedrock, or add your own custom blocks? Modifications, or "Mods", are one of the coolest things about the Minecraft community. In this class we'll get you started using Java Coding to write your own mods using the Forge API. No programming experience is required.


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.


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.


Join us to learn basic mechanics with Lego. Learn how to make a truly fast car, extender claws, cranes and more. Learn how gears and belt drives work and when to use them. This class focuses on mechanics and engineering with human power and does not necessarily use motors or programming.


Minecraft is more than just a game. It is a creative tool which allows players to create amazing structures, scenes and works of art. With hundreds of blocks and items students will learn how to engage in "constructive play" as they design and build their structures. Students will work in the same world and learn the meaning of good "digital citizenship" and working together. There is no one theme for this class and students can choose to create from their imagination or use real world reference material for their inspiration.


You start with walls, a roof, and two floors. Then the rest is up to you! Learn templating, measurement, vector design, laser cutting, and LED electronics to make your house a home to call your own.


MBot is an arduino-based robot with motors and advanced sensors. This class introduces students to programming concepts and robotics through a series of fun and exciting challenges. Students will use Scratch programming to learn how to read data from the robot’s sensors and send commands to mechanical parts, bringing mBot to life as it moves, changes direction, avoids objects, and more.


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.


Are you interested in robotics? We'll take you from the basics of building and movement to advanced navigation, sensors, and teaching the robot how to make decisions for itself! LEGO Mindstorms is a great system to build your robot and then use the drag-and-drop coding software to give it commands. This is a great first step for anyone any child including students interested in competitive robotics.


Students will use the education version of Kerbal Space Program (KSP) to develop their own space mission including rocket design, launch, and orbital controls. KSP realistically simulates the flight and behavior of a user's space ship and provides an exciting and intuitive environment for learning about space exploration, from rocket design to control to orbital mechanics. You'll learn how to create your space vehicle and the rockets to launch it into orbit.


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.