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WKS834: TechKids Module 1: Electricity and Its Friends!
Class Number 776-27802

TechShop After-School Program: ages 9-12

Fridays from 4 PM -6 PM; December 7, 14, 21, 28

Price: $250 (includes all four lab sessions)

Not satisfied with run-of-the-mill after-school programs for your kids? Enroll them in the new TechKids After School program at TechShop Menlo Park. Each Friday afternoon, through four consecutive weeks, they will be immersed in hands-on, how-to fundamentals that will open their portals of curiosity! This is STEM the TechShop way!

In these jam sessions for the mind, we will couple your kids' curiosity to real-world applicability: they will learn how everyday things around them work, how they are made and how they function, by building things, breaking things, and experimenting ... they won't even realize they ARE learning until it's too late!

Module 1: Electricity and Its Friends

How to make electricity, how to get it where you want it, and what to do with it once you get it there! In this module, your child will make conductive, insulating, and battery dough! They will learn the basics and safety requirements of electricity and how to use it to do work; how electricity is used to make digital information, and why. In addition, they will learn about magnetism, the special relationship it has with electricity, and how we can use this to do things. Finally, they will learn the basics of how electromagnetism is used to transmit energy through space -- and will even get to build a crystal radio receiver!

The Gritty Details

Each TechKids module spans one month, has four lab sessions (once per week) lasting two hours each. This TechKids series is designed for kids 9 through 12 years of age. This is a fantastic learning environment; we work hard to ensure it remains so. For this reason, disruptive participants will be removed from the class, and parents must pick them up immediately.

About the Instructor: Alan Federman, PhD, has been a TechShop member since 2007 and an instructor since 2008. Alan is a physical scientist and has worked as a software engineer for NASA, Yahoo, Cisco, and other Internet-related companies. He has been involved in STEM education since 1999 as a mentor for several national championship high school robotics competition teams and has published in Make Magazine and Servo Magazine.

TechShop Location: TechShop Mid-Peninsula
Room / Area: Conference Room
Instructor: Alan Federman
Class Date: Friday, Dec 21, 2012
Start Time: 4:00 PM
Class Length: 2 Hours
Age Range: 9 through 12 (Contact the store to register students under 13.)
Min. Students: 4
Max Students: 16
Current Students: 8
Seats Left: 8
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