Makers Workshops

Kids Pre-K through 12th grade

Looking for a fun & educational activities for your kids? Do you want to show them what digital technology is all about? Our Makers Workshops at a Digital Adventures Learning Studio is a perfect solution. Kids can select from projects on 3D Printing, Lego Robotics, Movie Making/Animation, Video Game Design or Minecraft Modding that they are sure to enjoy. At the conclusion of each project, there is either a digital or physical artifact to help solidify the power of using technology to fuel innovation.

Sunday | 9:00AM | $75/child | 2 hours | 2 Projects

Sunday | 9:00AM | $115/child | 3 hours | 3 Projects


Makers Workshop Topics

Select a course to learn more about our wide variety of technology topics for kids

Virtual Reality

Video Game Coding and Design

Technology Platforms:
Scratch, Construct, Unity, Roblox
Features:
Individual iMac, 8:1 Student-Instructor Ratio
Skill level:
All skill levels

In this course, kids will get a behind the scenes look at how video games are created and have the opportunity to design their own awesome games. If your kid likes to play video games, they will love creating their own!

We select technology platforms for students based on age and ability level. Read more about our platforms below.

Platform details


Scratch

Scratch

Grades Pre-K through 4

Scratch is a visual coding language that's fantastic for beginners. Students are able to drag and connect blocks of code together to create instructions for games, animations and interactive stories.

Students still learn coding fundamentals, like logic, loops and variables, but do so in a beginner-friendly enviornment that focuses on the big ideas instead of spelling and grammar.


Construct

Construct

Grades 1+

Construct is an event-based game development platform that lets students build 2D games with a wide range of complexity.

Students gain significant experience with event-based coding and building cause-and-effect relationships using technology.


Unity

Unity

Grades 5+

Unity is like Photoshop for game development. It's an extremely robust engine that's used by both hobbyists and professional developers. High-quality commercial games that have been built using Unity include Kerbal Space Program, Crossy Road, Hearthstone and Monument Valley.

Students gain experience with both visual design and text-based coding in the C# Coding language. Students will be exposed to all fundamental aspects of object-oriented coding, including classes, methods, logic, loops, variables and coding design.


Roblox

Roblox

Grades 3+

Roblox is a popular multi-player game that also comes with a coding environment. Students can build on the base functionality of the original game to create their own custom projects.

Students gain experience with text-based coding in the Lua coding language. Students will be exposed to all fundamental aspects of scripting, including functions, logic, loops, and variables.


Digital Design

Visual Arts

Technology Platforms:
Photoshop, iMovie
Features:
Individual iMac, 8:1 Student-Instructor Ratio
Skill level:
All skill levels

During this course, we bring beautiful technology interfaces to life. We enable kids to develop their unique design signature through a series of exciting projects (movie making, animation) focused on unleashing their inner artist. If your kid likes to make their own arts and crafts, they will love the digital equivalent!

We select technology platforms for students based on age and ability level. Read more about our platforms below.


Photoshop

Photoshop

Grades 3+

Photoshop is an industrial-grade image-editing software used by professionals around the world to modify photos, designs and illustrations.

Students learn how to use this robust image editing program to unleash their imagination on real photos to turn them into fantastic images. Students will learn the technical skils needed to manipulate images as well as the design principles to make them look good.


iMovie

iMovie

Grades K+

iMovie is a widely available moviemaking program for creating trailers, music videos, greenscreened scenes, stop-motion movies and more!

Students learn the technical skils needed to create movies as well as the design principles to make them look good.


Digital Creations

3D Printing

Technology Platforms:
Tinkercad, 123Design, Fusion 360
Features:
Individual iMac, 8:1 Student-Instructor Ratio
Skill level:
All skill levels

For this course, kids will explore one of the newest and coolest technologies ever developed by bringing three dimensional computer designs to life right before their eyes. If your kid can't get enough of building with Legos, this is the course for them!

We select technology platforms for students based on age and ability level. Read more about our platforms below.


Tinkercad

Tinkercad

Grades K+

Tinkercad is beginner-friendly, drag and drop 3D modeling program that lets students create suprisingly detailed 3D prints. It doesn't require students to have any CAD experience - they just drag and resize shapes in space.

Students learn 3D modeling techniques as well as the constraints and advantages of 3D printing as a manufacturing technology.


123Design

123Design

Grades 3+

123Design is an intermediate-level 3D modeling program that lets students create more complex projects than would be possible in Tinkercad.

Students learn precision modeling techniques including extrusions, fillets, chamfers and more.


Fusion 360

Fusion 360

Grades 5+

Fusion 360 is a more advanced 3D modeling program that lets students create highly precise models using professional-level modeling techniques.

Students learn specialized modeling techniques over and above what is possible in 123Design, including sculpting and subdividing with edge loops.


Awesome Machines

Robotics and Electronics

Technology Platforms:
LEGO WeDo, LEGO EV3, Raspberry Pi, Cozmo
Features:
Individual iMac, 8:1 Student-Instructor Ratio
Skill level:
All skill levels

During this course, kids unlock the wonderful world of technology creation using simple drag and drop commands. Kids will also learn to control powerful robots with basic commands and build their own computer. If your kid likes to play with remote control devices (cars/helicopters), they will love learning how to build, control and automate real world devices!

We select technology platforms for students based on age and ability level. Read more about our platforms below.


LEGO WeDo

LEGO WeDo

Grades Pre-K through 4

LEGO WeDo is a popular introductory LEGO robotics platform for kids. Students select from a small, simplified set of parts to create programmable projects that move! Coding is done using drag and drop software on a tablet, so no keyboarding or mouse skills are required.

Students learn about the sequenced nature of coding as well as how to use motors and sensors to create robots and interactive mechanisms.


LEGO EV3

LEGO EV3

Grades 1+

LEGO EV3 is a robust robotics platform that can be used for very complex projects but is also accesible for new learners. Students have access to a rangle of gears and other meachnical parts as well as multiple motors and sensors. Coding is done using the drag and drop LEGO Mindstorms software.

Students learn coding fundamentals as well the basic building blocks of robotics and mechnical design, including gearing, power transmission and structural integrity.


Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi

Grades 5+

The Raspberry Pi is a fully functional computer that fits in the palm of your hand! It's used by hobbyists around the world to teach computer science and prototype a wide range of robots and sensor-based projects. Unlike a normal computer, the Raspberry Pi contains output pins to hook up circuits of custom electronic components.

Students learn how to code in the Python coding language and also learn the basics of building circuits and electronics engineering.


Cozmo

Cozmo

Grades Pre-K+

Cozmo is a programmable robot that's designed to teach kids how to code. Younger students benefit from a built-in drag-and-drop coding interface, while older students can create more complex programs in Python.

All students learn sequencing and scripting fundamentals. Older students working in Python will also learn program desdign and object-oriented programming fundamentals


Digital Hackers

Minecraft Modding

Technology Platforms:
Minecraft, Minecraft Modding (Java)
Features:
Individual iMac, 8:1 Student-Instructor Ratio
Skill level:
All skill levels

During this class, we explore modifying this popular game. If your kid wants to unleash their inner hacker to make their favorite game more fun, they will love this course!


Minecraft

Minecraft

Grades K+

Minecraft is a popular world-building game that lets kids build amazing virtual creations inside the Minecraft universe. In addition to LEGO-style block-construction features, Minecraft also electro-mechanical simulation objects including Redstone (electricity), switches, gates and pistons.

Students learn the ins and outs of this virtual electro-mechanical system in Minecraft and end up leaning a lot about electronics and circuits along the way!


Minecraft Modding

Minecraft Modding

Grades 3+

Minecraft is coded using the Java programming language and the developers made it very easy to extend the game with your own customizations.

Students learn to use Java to create their own custom items, armor and mobs in Minecraft. Students will be exposed to all fundamental aspects of object-oriented coding, including classes, methods, logic, loops, variables and coding design. We recommend that students are comfortable typing on a keyboard before starting any of our Minecraft Modding projects.


Ultimate Adventure

All topics

Technology Platforms:
Programming, Robotics, 3D Printing, Animation, Minecraft Modding, App Development
Features:
Individual iMac, 8:1 Student-Instructor Ratio
Skill level:
All skill levels

Experience our Digital Guides favorite projects in our Ultimate Adventure Course. Use the newest and coolest technologies in an interactive and exciting environment. Check out our other single-topic courses for more specifics on the platforms that are used in the Ultimate Adventure course.

Ada's Adventure

All topics

Technology Platforms:
Programming, Robotics, 3D Printing, Animation, Minecraft Modding, App Development
Features:
Individual iMac, 8:1 Student-Instructor Ratio
Skill level:
All skill levels

Women have substantially impacted not only the development of the field of computer science but also are active contributors to leading the technological developments of the future. Ada's Adventures seeks to increase the interest of young women in the study of computer science by incorporating the stories of pioneering and modern-day women into our popular Ultimate Adventure course. Check out our other single-topic courses for more specifics on the platforms that are used in the Ada's Adventure course.

Lil Coders

All topics

Technology Platforms:
Scratch, Scratch Jr., Lego WeDo
Features:
Individual iMac, 8:1 Student-Instructor Ratio
Skill level:
All skill levels

Lil Coders incorporates thematic storytelling and project-based learning into a can't miss educational experience that enables young kids (4, 5 & 6 year olds) to embark on a fun-filled adventure through the awe-inspiring world of technology. Our projects revolve around block-based coding that requires minimal literacy and simple LEGO robotics projects. The main objective of the Lil Coders course is to ensure that students have a lot of fun making their ideas real with technology. Students will naturally become more independent as they complete more projects, but we let students learn at their own pace, with plenty of room for play and exploration.


Scratch

Scratch

Grades Pre-K through 4

Scratch is a visual coding language that's fantastic for beginners. Students are able to drag and connect blocks of code together to create instructions for games, animations and interactive stories.

Students still learn coding fundamentals, like logic, loops and variables, but do so in a beginner-friendly enviornment that focuses on the big ideas instead of spelling and grammar.


Scratch jr

Scratch Jr

Grades Pre-K through 2

Scratch Jr is a visual coding language for pre-readers that's a simplified verion of Scratch. Students are able to drag and connect blocks of code together to create instructions for interactive stories.

Students still learn coding fundamentals, like logic, loops and variables, but do so in a beginner-friendly enviornment that focuses on the big ideas instead of spelling and grammar.


LEGO WeDo

LEGO WeDo

Grades Pre-K through 4

LEGO WeDo is a popular introductory LEGO robotics platform for kids. Students select from a small, simplified set of parts to create programmable projects that move! Coding is done using drag and drop software on a tablet, so no keyboarding or mouse skills are required.

Students learn about the sequenced nature of coding as well as how to use motors and sensors to create robots and interactive mechanisms.


Digital Apps

Web and mobile app development

Technology Platforms:
HTML/CSS, Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, MIT App Inventor
Features:
Individual iMac, 8:1 Student-Instructor Ratio
Skill level:
All skill levels

In this course students learn how to use professional-grade tools to build web and mobile applications. If your kid wants to create their own website or design tech solutions for real-world problems, they'll love this program!


Web Apps

Web Apps

Grades 5+

Ruby-on-Rails is one of the most beginner-friendly web application frameworks. It's been used as the foundation for many popular web apps, including Twitter, Groupon, Airbnb and Genius.

Students learn how to build fully-functional, database-backed web apps. Students work with HTML, CSS, Ruby and JavaScript to learn all fundamental aspects of object-oriented coding, including classes, methods, logic, loops, variables and coding design. We recommend that students are comfortable typing on a keyboard before starting any of our Web App projects.


MIT App Inventor

MIT App Inventor

Grades 2+

MIT App Inventor is a drag and drop framework for building Android and iOS mobile applications. It's the easiest way for students to get up and running with mobile development.

Students still learn coding fundamentals, like logic, loops and variables, but do so in a beginner-friendly enviornment that hr on the big ideas instead of spelling and grammar.



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