Spies and espionage, banking and finance, email and social media — secret messages are used globally to secure information. The science of scrambling and unscrambling secret messages is called cryptology. Learn about code, ciphers, encryption, and enciphering. Students will enjoy cracking, decoding, and encoding while gaining an understanding of an exciting real-world application of mathematics and computer science.
Urban Planning with SimCity
Students become the mayor and planner of their own metropolis using SimCity 5. By manipulating power, taxes, employment, water systems and education, students build the city of their dreams while exploring the balance between a thriving settlement and a collapsing community. Students will be able to take home a copy of their cities at the end of the workshop.
In this class, students will enter the world of computer science by programming with SCRATCH, a graphical language developed by MIT. Students begin by creating their own calculator program using a cartoon animation and puzzle piece coding. The user-friendly format will familiarize students with fundamental programming concepts such as variables, loops and conditional statements. With these tools, students are limited by only their imagination for what they can create!
From Roomba to Wall-E, robots are becoming a part of our everyday lives. This hands-on course will challenge students to learn about robot construction, programming and control. Working in teams, students design and build small robots using the Lego Mindstorms Nxt kit, programming and controlling them through tests of various practical, real-life applications. The course culminates in the Derby Robot Face-Off –may the best bot win!
Students will learn their way around Garage Band, an accessible yet powerful music app that is commonly used in a number of cross-curricular activities. Using a variety of controllers and instruments, students will create and edit a short song project, and leave with a CD of their song. Any and all levels of experience are welcome!