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Little Engineers

Grades: K-2nd

Class Experience: Beginner

9 Week Program

Course Description:

Ever looked at amazing LEGO© builds and wonder how they are put together?  What makes the build strong yet allows movement? This class is perfect for beginners with engineering in their mind’s eye. Together we will explore the parts and techniques for building strong mechanical creations, while learning the fundamentals of engineering principals. Over the length of the course, students will discover

How to use engineering techniques and processes to:

  • Use blocks to make shapes
  • How to brainstorm what equipment to use to make different builds
  • How to use gears and levers in their builds
  • Learn to improve and modify the builds to make it stronger
  • Learn to work with others
  • How to compromise as a part of a team

This class will cover the fundamentals of the building and engineering principles while making each session engaging and fun. Each student will be encourage to work the build out before touching a block and we believe that will open up the minds of students to the world of STEM and  develop a process of thinking and planning that will be very useful.

Future Engineers

Grades: 3rd-4th

Class Experience: Beginner to Intermediate

9 Week Program

Course Description:

Have your students have done every popular LEGO© set? Don’t know where to go next? We have the solution! In this class, students will learn and add their knowledge of LEGO© building equipment and engineering principles. We will start the journey of LEGO© movement with the motors and introduce gear ratios and how to manipulate the gears.

Over the duration of the course, students will be learning to:

  • Tell the difference between friction and non-friction parts
  • Determine which gearing to use for more power and speed
  • Trouble shooting when a build is not working properly
  • Learn to work with others while brainstorming
  • Identify equipment builds

This class is designed to build on the knowledge the students have on building to transition over to Robotics. The course is to learn about science as it is a great way to inspire our future generation to think about how to solve world problems. Each student is encouraged to share in their experience.

Think Like an Engineer

Grades: 4th-6th

Class Experience: Intermediate to Advanced

9 Week Program

Course Description:

Do you have a student that thinks they know everything?  We have a solution for you! Life doesn’t always come with a instruction book and neither does this class. The students are taught to look at the big picture and then cut it into smaller slices for observation. Each build will be presented in a series of mages creating an environment for critical thinking. The students will be guided along the way to deeper their understanding of how things work from the inside out

  • Develop important critical thinking skills
  • Collaborate with team members
  • Deepen their understanding of mechanical engineering
  • Imagine complex structures they cannot see

Recreate and improve the initial builds

This class will inspire and reinforce creative thinking while in a safe environment for building their knowledge of engineering. Thinking outside the box is the critical theme of the class.

On Premise After School Programs

Mechanical Courses

Imagineers in Gear (IIG) (Ages PreK 5-7) 

Let your imagination and ideas take you wherever you want to go! 

You will learn key concepts and fundamentals in putting pieces together to create a structure or setting using LEGO© materials with structural Integrity. You will and engage in fun activities that include math skills to identify pieces required to build structures and or settings.  Settings can be things like; Mountains, McDonald’s-Future, and Community are just some of the settings that will be introduced in the program.  This program offers STEAM as well diversity, self-esteem, social competency, collaboration and more. Concepts and Core values are taught to prepare students for life challenges. 

Robotics Justice League (RJL) 1st-3rd Grade (Ages 6-8)

Next steps to becoming a Master Builder in the Justice League!

As a student apprentice of robotics, a master builder must conquer the concepts of robotics. Learn the basic mechanical properties of how things work and move through a hands-on learning experience. Students will explore the use of gears, pulleys, wheels and axles, motors and so much more. This class will open new windows, leading to the fun and mechanical world of robotics. You will work in teams to create extraordinary builds. This camp will introduce to why a robot needs power transferred to its wheels from a power source located a distance away; in addition, the direction of the motion needs to be reversed so the robot will go forward instead of backward. Begin your journey in becoming a Master Builder!

Freshman Robotics (FR) 1st-3rd grade

You have gotten a little crazy and possibly even finished our apprenticeship. Are ready to stair-step your way to the top? If so, this is the first class for you to consider.  Now you can collaborate with your teammates to prepare an Infrared Wireless robot for a variety of activity-based challenges. Students will explore the use of motors, gears, pulleys and IR technology while building LEGO© Robot inventions. Each build will be followed by a thrilling challenge that illustrates the need for “simplicity” and the pitfalls of “complexity”. 

Crazy Action Contraptions (CAC) 1st-5th grade

Here’s your chance to be creative and a little wacky, too. We’ll be making some very “crazy and bizarre” contraptions that will truly amaze you. Your imagination can go “wild” with ideas on how to create even more complicated mechanical wonders. With motors, gears, pulleys, wheels of various sizes, and tons of other cool LEGO© pieces.

Wild and Wacky Walkers (WWW) 1st-5th grade

Here’s your chance to be wilder and wackier than you have ever imagined. We will be doing lots of new projects including climbing robots and robot dogs with animated eyes, mouth and tails! You can add more modifications to all your builds for a superb animated effect. Join with us as we use gears and pulleys to build and battle a world of WALKING robots! This class will introduce you to LEGO©©mechanics and simple machines that you never knew were possible! Come learn, build and play with American Robotics Academy… Where Robots Rule!

Bricks Slayers (BS) 1st-5th grade (Ages 7-12) 

Join us on an adventure that requires creative thought, time management and team communication as groups build a diverse range of off-road vehicles in challenging activities with other bots! Students learn to build bots using LEGO©s and apply different gear ratios that will enable them to modify bots to race against the clock and play tug of war! This class will discuss drive gears and the various ranges of gear ratios.  Here is your chance to learn which gear ratios are associated with speed or torque. Slay other bots in challenges with quirky modifications and diverse power plug-ins to eliminate the competition!

Junkyard Battle Royale (JBR) 1st-5th grade

Now is the time to explore and battle in uncharted territory. In this class, battle-bots evaluate the potential of a rough and dangerous area before moving in permanently. Experts need you to build a variety of very unique robots with an awesome skillset, capable of driving over any junk or obstacle and overcoming any unfamiliar elements or elevation changes in this treacherous junkyard. Use gears, structural integrity, and IR Technology to overcome the unknown. Can your robot not only survive, but thrive in the junkyard?

Olympic Robot Games (ORG) 1st-5th grade

Discover how it feels to “Go for the Gold” as you and your teammates compete in a handful of sports for this class of Robotic Olympics. Each event/sport will test your robot’s structural integrity and maneuverability. At the same time, coach your robots with wireless technology while being put to the test. Using gears, pulleys and varying degrees of traction, students will build robotic athletes. We will compete at soccer, kickball, jousting, wrestling, a MYSTERY Sport and a race across the finish line. Sportsmanship and Robotic Competition Rule!

Dumbledore Engineers R1– Grasping Reverse Engineering (DER1) 3rd-6th grade (Ages 7-12)  

Do you know any Master Builders with reverse engineering skills? Students will learn in camp that reverse engineering, also called back engineering, is the process by which a man-made object is deconstructed to reveal its designs, architecture, or to extract knowledge from the object. Camp Instructors will engage students in understanding reverse engineering is the process of taking something apart to understand how it works. The process allows junior engineers to create new LEGO© Bots and modify their Bots to have more power, torque and speed. Campers will explore the different ways to make Bots move, vibrate and dance if they want to! Students learn to think backward in reverse! 

Reverse Engineering R2: Rally Robots (REV2) 3rd-6th grade

Because life doesn’t always come with an instruction book, neither will your robots. Do you really need instructions to recreate, duplicate, or make a working model better? What’s the big picture? How do all these pieces make it happen? Teams must draw from their deeper understanding of how LEGO©s work together to make a complete enhanced robot. In the Rally series, teams will be building tanks, “off-road” suspension robots, and design their own steerable robot.  Let’s go forward in thinking by building in reverse.

Coding / Programming

Code Like a Intergalactic Champ (CLIC) (Ages 6-12) 

Build your intergalactic robot using LEGO© BOOST kit.  You will build multiple robots throughout the duration of the course.  Have your robot do every wish you command in our ALL NEW coding class! Upon completion of the robot builds, each child will learn to program the robot to conduct different tasks using the drag and drop icons on the Boost LEGO© software. Each team is provided a tablet to access the coding software. Each lesson or challenge must be met before the next step is achievable. Team and individual activities will be conducted to achieve your robot’s goal. 

Mindstorms EV3 (EV3) 5th-8th grade

LEGO© MINDSTORMS EV3 makes building, programming and commanding your LEGO© robots smarter, faster, and more fun than ever. Follow the simple steps on the software and before you know it, you’ll be in control of robots that drive, shoot, slither, walk, slam, and spin – to name just a few of the actions that come with this awesome robotics set. This course needs access to computers, and is designed for ancillary programs