WKS857: TechKids Module 2: Bridges, Buildings and Their Buddies!
Class Number 825-30292

TechShop after-school program: ages 9-12

When: Fridays from 4-6 PM; February 15, 22 and March 1, 8

Price: $250 (includes all four lab sessions)

Dissatisfied with run-of-the-mill after-school programs for your kids? Enroll your kids in the TechKids After-School Program at TechShop Menlo Park. Every Friday afternoon, your child will be immersed in hands-on, how-to fundamentals that will supercharge their creativity and curiosity!

In this jam session for the mind, we will couple their newfound curiosity with real-world applicability: kids will learn how the everyday things around them work; how they are made and how they function. They will build things, break things and experiment ... and, in the process, learn how our technical world works and how to search for answers.

Once a week for four weeks, your child will enter the TechShop hands-on learning zone and be immersed in two hours of curiosity-charged power-learning. They won’t even realize they ARE learning until it's too late!

Module 2: Bridges, Buildings and Their Buddies

In this module on how to make structures and move things, your child will make bridges and cranes, learning how we use and leverage force to build and move the world around us. They will learn the basics (and safety requirements) of levers and pulleys, how to make rigid structures, and how to devise shapes that go with the flow. They will be introduced to how we use different materials to build things and why. They will learn about tensile, tension and compression ... and how we can use these properties to do work. In addition, they will learn the basics of how to design to transmit load through structures. They will even get to build a functioning sky crane!

The Gritty Details: Each TechKids module spans one month, with each weekly lab session lasting two hours. This TechKids series is designed for kids 9 through 12 years of age. This is a fantastic learning environment, and we work hard to ensure it remains so. As such, disruptive participants will be removed from the class; parents agree to pick them up immediately.

About the Instructor: Alan Federman, PhD, has been a TechShop member since 2007 and 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, Feb 22, 2013
Start Time: 4:00 PM
Class Length: 8 Hours
Age Range: 9 through 12 (Contact the store to register students under 13.)
Min. Students: 4
Max Students: 16
Current Students: 2
Seats Left: 14
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