Complete descriptions of the technology classes available from Computer Explorers in the Northeastern Chicagoland area.

COMPUTER EXPLORERS TechStars Programs 2013-14

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3D Animation For 3D Fun-New!

(Ages 6-8)

Revolutionary new software puts feature-film quality 3D storytelling into the hands of kids! Work with a partner to create a 3D animated adventure and turn it into a movie to share! Video narration lets you star in your own animated adventures, and easy path animations let 3D characters interact on screen. Eye-popping 3D backgrounds, and a hundred video backgrounds provide a Hollywood setting! You bring your imagination and we’ll provide the 3D glasses for an eye-popping time!

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3D Animator Studio: Look Who’s Talking

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(Ages 8+)

Do you have what it takes to develop the next Disney/Pixar Animated Blockbuster?! In this great program, work with a partner & learn what it takes to be a 3D Animator as you explore the CrazyTalk software with a partner to bring life to characters and creations. Want to know how the E*Trade Baby talks? How they created the Annoying Orange?? Join us in the 3DAminator’s Studios to find out?

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3D Modeling with Google SketchUP

SketchUp

(Ages 9+)
If you can dream it, you can build it in 3D!!! Learn to use Google SketchUp 3D modeling software and build amazing 3D models: mansions and castles, race tracks, skate parks or space ships. Or model your own house or town & put it into Google Earth for everyone to see! Get inside your model or animate it to give your family & friends a virtual tour on the last day of class!

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3D Programming & Design- New Coding Platform!

(Ages 8-12)

Using Alice, an innovative 3D programming software created by Carnegie Mellon University, 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.  In Alice’s interactive 3D interface, students drag and drop graphic tiles to create a program, where the instructions correspond to standard statements in a production oriented programming language, such as Java, C++, and C#.  Get a head start on your programming career with this great program!

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Classes at these locations:

Braeside Elementary

South Park Elementary

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3D Video Game Worlds

3dvid

(Ages 8-12)
Want to continue on the path toward becoming a Video Game Programmer?
Learn the fundamentals involved in creating your own 3D video game world! Work in teams to develop and storyboard your game design and learn to place animals, trees, characters – modify your own virtual world! Also learn the basic subsystems and scripting entailed in a 3D game system. If you liked 2-D, you will love 3-D!!

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Beginning Video Game Programming

LOGO

(Ages 5-7)
Take your first step toward becoming a Video Game Programmer! This course will introduce you to the programming concepts of LOGO, an amazing programming language with which you can program your own simple animations. YOU control what the computer thinks and does!

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Camp All-S.T.A.R.

(Ages 5-7)
New! Camp All S.T.A.R.

Feed your child’s need for technology and fun with our specialty camp that emphasizes Science, Technology, Art and Recreation in a classic camp atmosphere. Daily hands-on activities create learning communities to spark campers’ interest and ignite their excitement for building, creating and problem- solving. Projects with COMPUTER EXPLORERS will emphasize technology, including digital arts, robotics, engineering and programming.

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Claymation Cinema

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(Ages 6-12)
Film your very own claymation animated movie! Students will create characters out of clay and bring their creations to life by using digital cameras and animation software programs. They will learn animation concepts, develop a plan for their story, storyboard the details of their animation movie, and discover creative ways to build the characters. Some examples of claymation movies include: James and the Giant Peach ™ and Wallace and Gromit™. All students will get a copy of their movie to take home after the class is complete.

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Comic Book Heroes

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(Ages 9-12)
Transform yourself into an environmental superhero and help solve one of the earth’s biggest problems. Working in teams, you’ll use innovative comic book software, digital art and your own photos to illustrate your solution. Be creative; be inspired; be a hero!

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Cosmic eComic Books

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(Ages 7-10)
Dream of being a graphic novelist? Work with a partner to write and design your own comic book tales. Create your own characters (even scary looking monsters!) for your comic book scenes. Animate your story and see it come to life in a special comic book player!!

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Digital Cartoon Workshop

DCQ

(Ages 7-9)
Transfer yourself into a 2-dimensional cartoon! Students create a toon in their own image from hundreds of customizable clipart images … and then create a cartoon strip featuring custom backgrounds, speech bubbles, wacky toons, and special effects. As animators, directors and producers, students record sound and dialogue to make their cartoon adventure come alive in video.

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Digital Movie Making

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(Ages 6-8)
Let’s make a movie together! We’ll sing songs, tell stories & learn how to use a digital camera as we create our own masterpieces. We will do it all – from filming the movie & downloading it to a computer to story-boarding & adding special effects. To accommodate children of different age groups and with different interests, we have Film Making classes that will feature the Harry Potter series, and other popular children’s’ characters. Watch out Hollywood – we are on our way!

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Digital Moviemaking and Storytelling

moviemaking and storytelling

(Ages 4-6)
Let’s make a movie together! We’ll sing songs, tell stories & learn how to use a digital camera as we create our own masterpieces. We will do it all – from filming the movie & downloading it to a computer to storyboarding & adding special effects. Watch out Hollywood – we are on our way!

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Digital Music Producer

Music Producer

You can be a disc jockey, dance contestant or composer! This course will have you and a partner creating digital dance music in a heartbeat … Whether you edit sounds, use instruments, add vocals or write music note by note, you’ll want to make a CD of your masterpiece. With over 5,000 sounds and your imagination, the musical possibilities are endless! Tell your friends and family to get ready!

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Digital Photography for ME!

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(Ages 5-8)
Say cheese! Using a digital camera and special software, students will take digital photos & add special effects to them using special graphic art editing tools. They’ll create their very own multimedia show and illustrate their own books filled with surprises! Children will work in teams for these sessions.

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Digital SuperSleuth De-TECH-tives

COMPUTER EXPLORERS TechStars Programs 2011-12

(Ages 6-12)
Sherlock Holmes meets the 21st century! Use logic, technology and forensic science to solve mysteries. Work in teams to conduct field investigations and lab analysis using a digital microscope and other fun resources! We’ll use fingerprinting, tire tread patterns and much more, including a final “whodunit”! Think CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) with NO blood, NO gore…but excitement galore! If possible, we’ll even have a visit from some REAL detectives, courtesy of our local law enforcement friends!

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Dinosaur Discovery

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(Ages 5-7)
Technology + Arts + Reading + Dinosaurs=PREHISTORIC FUN!!!
Budding paleontologists learn about dinosaurs and the techniques used in extracting fossils in this hands-on class. Working in teams, you will go on your own fossil dig, analyze and assemble skeleton pieces, produce a fossil reconstruction, create a mural…AND create a documentary about your findings! Everyone will receive a copy of their documentary to share with friends & family!

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FUN-GINEERING

FUN-Gineering

(Ages 9+)
Students work in teams using LEGO® simple machine kits to learn about structures and forces, levers, wheels and axles, pulleys and gears! Then, they will bring their machines to life while exploring motors and energy. The class will culminate with a Catapult Challenge where teams will compete against each other to build the ultimate catapult machine!

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Green Screen Adventures

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(Ages 9-12)
Climb Mount Everest, swim the depths of the ocean, or battle dinosaurs! Using a green screen and special photo-editing techniques, you will venture into real or imaginary locations and film the trip to share with friends. Experiment with photos and unique drawing software to set the scene for fantastic adventures. Don’t stay at home – jump into a green screen and find yourself some fun!

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Intro to FUN-GINEERING

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(Ages 4-6)
Young engineers will build working models of simple machines such as a seesaw, a rolling vehicle, and merry-go-round using Lego® Educational kits. Work in teams and have a great time working on activities designed around creativity, exploring, investigating and problem solving in a fun group environment! While building these fun and interactive models, they will learn about levers, pulleys, gears and wheels and axles!

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Intro to Robotics

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(Ages 3-5)
BeeBot™ has buzzed into town to help us learn about robots and programming. Students will learn in a group environment how to give BeeBot commands to program his movements. With hands-on fun and minds-on creativity, BeeBot will spark the youngest imaginations!

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Intro to Robotics and Programming

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(Ages 4-6)
Intro to Programming:
BeeBot™ has buzzed into town to help us learn about robots and programming. Students will learn in a group environment how to give BeeBot commands to program his movements. With hands-on fun and minds-on creativity, BeeBot will spark the youngest imaginations!
Robotics:
BeeBot our robot friend needs your help in accomplishing his missions! Write your own programs to send the computer BeeBot through a number of courses and missions. Then the best part — programming our real BeeBot to do the same thing on the floor! Hands-on fun and minds-on creativity.

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Jr. FUN-GINEERING

JR FUN-Gineering

(Ages 6-8)
Engineers will build working models of simple machines such as a crane, rolling vehicle and a merry-go-round. They will learn about levers, gears, pulleys, wheels and axles using LEGO® Simple Machines kits. Students will work in teams on activities designed around creativity, exploring, investigating and problem solving in a fun group environment.

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Level 3, Advanced Video Animation Programming (Ages 10+)

 

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(Ages 10+)

In this advanced level course, using Scratch, we’ll focus on advanced game elements: building multiple levels, integrating animated sequences into games and using variables to keep track of score, high score, avatar lives and game speed.  Working with a partner, we’ll build multiple games including a maze game and a side scrolling space shooter game.  Time permitting, you & your partner will be able to work on designing an independent original advanced game project which can be posted online.

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Lights! Camera! Action! Digital Moviemaking

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(Ages 6-12)
Join us for the COMPUTER EXPLORERS Film Festival. Students create all the artistic elements for their movies including characters, costumes & sets. They handle all of the movie’s technical details including using a digital movie camera, digital editing & special effects. To accommodate children with different interests and different age groups, we offer this class featuring Harry Potter, Toy Story,  Webkins, and other popular characters. They will bring their final movies home on CD for all to see.

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MineCraft – A Networked Adventure

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(Ages 9+)

TechStars grants you access to a PROPRIETARY Minecraft world you can’t get on your own! Learn fundamentals of computer networking through this unique Minecraft experience that also allows you and your friends to work in multiplayer mode as you mine, craft and build together to survive. Working with a partner, use your skills to explore all the secrets the world has to offer, including a mysterious castle filled with challenges. No matter whether you are new to Minecraft or already love the program, this program is for YOU!

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Mobile App Inventors Workshop

Mobile App Inventors Workshop

(Ages 9+)

Learn how to make an Android phone come alive with your own apps! Working in teams, you’ll write your own voice recognition app, remote controller, compass, altimeter, and much more. Some Android phones will be provided, but if you have one, bring it to test it out! When you’re done with the workshop, you will be able to take home your apps to continue development!

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Robotics Adventures

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(Ages 7-9)
Yes, We CAN learn about Robotics! With the LEGO™ WeDo Robotics System, young children can build and program their own robotic creations. Designed by the experts at MIT, this unique system teaches children about simple machines, engineering, programming and so much more. Young imaginations soar! Students will work together in teams of two.

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Rock n’ Roll Robots

rockrollrobots

(Ages 8-12)

Create robots that rock and robots that roll! Using the LEGO™ WeDo Robotics System, robots may include a monkey who plays a drum to a rock & roll beat, a lion that roars, a bird that flaps it wings to create a big wind, a sleeping giant who will awaken on your command and a boat that will rock on the rough seas. All around Rockin’ Fun! Students will work together in teams of two.

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Secret Agent Spybots

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(Ages 8-12)
Students will become Secret Agents with Spybots! After building LEGO® Spybots we’ll use state-of-the-art software to download exciting missions into a programmable remote controller and then complete daring missions while racing against time to become the ultimate secret agent team!

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TechZONE

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(All ages)
Do you love all things high-tech? Have you ever wondered how to create a Podcast? Curious about Green Screen photography or digital movie making? Want to explore the world of engineering with LEGOS®? Join a TechZone or TechClub in your area and find out! As a group, we’ll choose 2-3 topics from a list including these activities and more, to explore fun and exciting technology tools in this 10-week session! Then we’ll work in teams on projects that are guaranteed to raise your Hi-Tech IQ! NOTE: Exact topics will vary by location!

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TechZone Jr.

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(Ages 5-6)
Do you love all things high-tech? Have you ever wondered how to create a Podcast? Curious about Green Screen photography or digital movie making? Want to explore the world of engineering with LEGOS®? Join a TechZone or TechClub in your area and find out! As a group, we’ll choose 2-3 topics from a list including these activities and more, to explore fun and exciting technology tools in this 10-week session! Then we’ll work in teams on projects that are guaranteed to raise your Hi-Tech IQ! NOTE: Exact topics will vary by location!
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Video Game & Puzzle Design for K2

   

 
 
 

(Ages 6+)

Love VIDEO GAMES & PUZZLES? Create your own interactive games, puzzles & quizzes in this cool class! Working with a partner, you’ll customize your game’s “designs,” add challenges and levels of difficulty, then share them with the class – YOU’RE in control! At the end of the program, you’ll be able to download your flash files (.swf) from our Cloud to challenge your family & friends!

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Video Game Animation

videogameanimation

(Ages 8+)
Dive into the world of video game animation by creating characters that dance, sing and interact with one another. Working in teams, you’ll sound effects and music clips to create a dynamic video animation game by using software created just for kids. Creativity rules in this fun version of video game design!

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Video Game Animation II

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(Ages 8+)
Go further into the world of video game animation by creating characters that dance, sing and interact with one another. Expand upon what you learned in Video Game Animation I. Working in teams, you’ll sound effects and music clips to create a dynamic video animation game by using software created just for kids. Creativity rules in this fun version of video game design!

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Video Game Robotics

video game robotics

(Ages 8+)
Build robotics and use them as controllers for your Scratch video animation projects!! You and your partner will use LEGO Robotics kits to build a controller for your Scratch game (think Wii). This amazing course uses the most innovative tools available to experiment with robots & sensors that communicate with the computer to control your games!

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Website Design

(Ages 8-12)

Create your own fanzine website. What your interest? Music? Fashion? Travel? Science? Sports? Work with a partner to build a personal website and share your thoughts, fun images, videos, music and more. Go online with us and share your passion with the world!

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