BrainStorm - A creative place for kids!

IMAGINATION MATTERS!

WORKSHOPS, CAMPS & SPECIAL EVENTS

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SPECIAL EVENTS

MINECRAFT NIGHT
(Ages 7-14)

Do your kids love Minecraft? Do Mom & Dad want a night out? Well, have your kids join us on select Fridays or Saturdays for Minecraft Nights! Pizza and drinks provided. See schedule for dates / times.


MINECRAFT OLYMPICS
(Ages 7-14)

Perfect your Minecraft skills and then put them to the test! Play fun challenges and cool games with your friends!!


MINECRAFT UNIVERSITY

Minecraft University: ROBOTICS I & II
(Ages 7-14)

Minecraft & Robotics are so much fun, we thought why not combine the two! Play Minecraft and explore programming and robotics through lots of fun games and challenges. Programming within Minecraft allows kids to explore problem solving and logic in a fun and engaging environment. Students will learn programming concepts that can be applied to other higher level languages, like C# or Java.

Minecraft University: ENGINEERING I & II
(Ages 7-14)

This class will allow kids to explore engineering and design concepts using Minecraft. Students will learn how to engineer strong structures such as bridges or towers in Minecraft and then print their design out on our 3D Printer! After their creation has been made, we will put it to the test with one of our Engineering challenges. Students will also have an opportunity to design and print their own Minecraft project, action figure or just about anything!! It's awesome!!!

MineCraft University: CIVILIZATIONS I & II
(Ages 7-14)

Minecraft University I & II: CIVILIZATIONS allows students to explore History and experience the challenges faced by civilizations throughout time!

Minecraft is a true phenomenon and gamers young and old are using it in numerous creative ways! The game's ability to engage and excite provides countless opportunities for a unique and innovative approach to education. Game Based Education allows teachers to connect students with traditional subjects in a new way that is both interactive and creative, providing kids with an opportunity to experiment in a collaborative environment where they learn by doing. In our Minecraft classroom, students can explore science, history, mathematics and even electronics using Redstone!

MineCraft University: ROCKETRY I
(Ages 7-14)

Our Minecraft University: Rocketry class lets students break the chunky bonds of gravity and launch themselves into space! Create your very own spaceship. Explore new planets and moons. Embark on a mission to the Moon and build a Lunar Base. This high-tech, space-focused class will surely be out of this world!!

Minecraft University: PYTHON MODDING I & II
(Ages 9-17)

Python is an easy to learn, powerful programming language. Minecraft is a fun and creative game that kids love. Put the two together and you have an engaging class that will allow kids to discover the power and fun of programming. Students will learn to how to build blocks and structures using programming and also discover how to create their own mini-games in Minecraft. Python may be simple to use, but it is a very high-level programming language and you will be amazed with what it can do!

Minecraft University: JAVA MODDING I & II
(Ages 10-17)

Create your own mods in Minecraft by learning Java™! This engaging high-level class allows students to discover how to make their own custom weapons, blocks and even biomes. Let them unlock the secrets to programming and watch their imagination ignite by discovering how to add new armor or just about anything they can dream up to Minecraft. Students will write code in Java™ which is a powerful programming language with numerous applications from laptops to datacenters, game consoles to scientific supercomputers, cell phones to the Internet, Java is everywhere! This is an intermediate course and students should have some prior programming experience.

ENGINEERING

LEGO®
Engineering: Medieval Machines
(Ages 6-9)

Siege the castle! LEGO® Engineering provides areas of interest for every child and a great backdrop to learning. Students explore engineering, physics and architectural concepts by building castles, catapults, trebuchets, and rubber-band powered battering rams. The possibilities for learning and FUN are endless!

LEGO®
Engineering: Modern Machines
(Ages 6-9)

Ready, Set, LEGO® ! In this class, students will create amazing motorized machines, including two-wheel drive racers, gravity defying hill climbers and 4x4 mega-machines capable of navigating even the toughest terrain. Students will then test out there designs through a series of challenges that are fun and educational!

3D Modeling & Printing: Action Figures!
(Ages 9-16)

Kids love action figures! Toy figurines are representations of whatever fascinates them, from a favorite cartoon character, to a creature they have dreamt up. With 3D printing, kids now have an opportunity to bring their creations to life. Using intuitive 3D modeling software, kids will design a computer model of their creation and then "print" it out into a real world object made of ABS plastic using our 3D printer. It's a cool time to be a kid!!!

3D Modeling & Printing: Inventions!
(Ages 9-16)

Inventions! Kids will explore engineering and what it takes to create your own product. With 3D printing, kids now have an opportunity to bring their creations to life. Using intuitive 3D modeling software, kids will design a computer model of their idea and then "print" it out into a real world object made of ABS plastic using our 3D printer.

 

ROBOTICS

XtremeBots I & II
(Ages 7-14)

Explore the exciting world of robotics using the amazingly versatile LEGO® MindStorm® Robotics system! BotSports consists of numerous challenges for the engineer and thinker, including: Maze Solving, Robot Obstacle Courses, Robot Racers, and of course BotBattles. Not only are there a large variety of mechanical, engineering and programming concepts involved, but a great deal of strategy and ingenuity is also required. From building and programming the robot, to formulating a strategy for the competition, its a lot of fun!


BattleBots
(Ages 7-14)

BattleBots is just plain fun! Design, build and program the most awesome bot possible and then go head to head against other campers creations!! It's engineering in action!!!


LEGO Robotics I: Mission to Mars!
(Ages 7-14)

Introduce, excite and inspire kids to the wonders of space! Learn what forces act upon a rocket that is flying through our atmosphere or through space. Discover how to make an autonomous rover that can reveal the mysteries of Mars! Create robotic arms to check for signs of life!! And, see if you can discover the aliens!!!

Introduction to JR. FIRST Lego League Robotics Competition (Ages 6-9)

Focused on building an interest in science and engineering in children ages 6-9, Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) is a hands-on program designed to capture young children's inherent curiosity and direct it toward discovering the possibilities of improving the world around them. Just like FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®), this program features a real-world challenge, to be solved by research, critical thinking and imagination. Guided by adult coaches and the Jr.FLL Core Values, students work with LEGO elements and moving parts to build ideas and concepts and present them for review.

Introduction to FIRST Lego League Robotics Competition
(Ages 9-14)

FIRST® LEGO® League is an international program that introduces children to the fun experience of solving real-world problems by applying science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Guided by adult mentors and their own imaginations, FLL participants solve real-world engineering challenges, develop important life skills, and learn to make positive contributions to society. Every year, a new challenge is unveiled to FLL teams across the world, requiring teams to strategize, design, build, program, test, and refine a fully autonomous robot capable of completing the various missions of the FLL International Robot Game using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology. Teams also search the web, talk to scientists, visit the library, and develop compelling presentations that relates to a problem or opportunity facing the world today. When children build and experiment, they live the entire process of creating ideas, solving problems, and overcoming obstacles.

Introduction to the FIRST Tech Challenge
(Ages 12-17)

The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is an exciting robotics competition designed for high school students from grades 9-12 (typically ages 14-18) and 8th grade students 13 years and older who are prepared to participate in a high school program. FTC is designed for those who want to compete head to head, using a traditional sports model. Teams of up to 10 students are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete against other teams. Team members, are required to develop strategies and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Kids also apply real-world math / science concepts and develop problem-solving, organizational, and team building skills. Participants are eligible to earn a place in the World Championship and can qualify for nearly $9.7 million in college scholarships.

 

FILMMAKING & ANIMATION

Animation Workshops
(Ages 7-14)

Write, Create, Animate! Kids explore storytelling and creative thinking by creating Lego stop-motion animation movies. We begin by brainstorming the initial story idea, then we write and storyboard the script and finally we build the sets and animate the characters! Afterwards, we professionally edit the film, add voices and special F/X.

Filmmaking Workshops
(Ages 9-17)

Have an aspiring filmmaker in the family? Theny will love this course! We begin by brainstorming, writing and storyboarding the script for your epic saga. Once complete, kids grab costumes and act out their story on our set. Afterwards, we professionally edit the film, add sound and special F/X.

 

VIDEO GAMES & APPS

Video Game Design I & II
(Ages 9-17)

Mental flexibility, working effectively with a team and using creative thinking to solve problems are all essential skills that are needed for success in today’s world. Using video games as a device to create an engaging learning experience, this class is designed to develop each of these skills for kids 9 years old and up. The students will analyze a variety of games to identify various elements – such as gameplay mechanics, user interface and what makes a game “fun.” Next, the student will learn several game design tools that their team will use to create an original game design, paper prototype and real working video game!


APP & GAME DEVELOPMENT
(Ages 9-17)

Create apps and games on an iPad, iPhone, Android, PC, Mac or Windows Phone! Students can write code in a touch-friendly editor where you compose programs using an intuitive interface and a touchscreen. The programming concepts learned transfer to traditional languages such as Java or C#. Students will make a variety of cool games and awesome apps during the course of the class!!


 

PRIVATE & CUSTOM WORKSHOPS

Contact us for information about private and custom workshops!