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FCA Young Engineers and Scientists Club

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YES Club 2018

Starting in February 2018, Fort Caspar Academy will begin our fourth year of YES (Young Engineers and Scientists) Club.

WHO: YES Club is for 4th and 5th graders – AND 2nd and 3rd graders  (separate groups)

WHEN: Each group will meet twice a month. See schedule below. You do not need to attend all meetings to join.

WHERE: We will meet on the gym stage.

 

  • Specific topics are subject to change. Check this page for updates!
  • Members will be charged one-time dues of $15 to help pay for club supplies and snacks.
  • Please sign-up a week in advance for each class so that materials can be provided.

Club Sponsors

YES club would like to thank these generous sponsors:

High Country Fabrication

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If you would like to sponsor YES Club, please call the office or stop by one of our meetings!

This year we will have a theme!

It will be called the Harry Potter Science Semester and will feature new themed projects (think potions, magic, etc.).  Below are some topics we are looking forward to exploring. (Topics are subject to change. Please check this page for updates.)

You do not need to have read the books or necessarily like Harry Potter to enjoy the projects.

Our 2nd and 3rd year wizards will meet twice a month – typically on Wednesdays except where otherwise noted*.  Classes will be 3:30 – 5:00 in the gym.

Please join our Bloomz group for updates.


February – Chemistry & Computers

2/7  ~ Potions & Sticky Creatures ~ create some fun concoctions and learn about chemical reactions

2/27* ~ Quiddich ~ program your own game on Scratch (Please Register for this class.)

 

March – Electricity

3/7  ~ The Magical Colorful Piano ~ We will make a piano out of water!

3/21 ~ Sounds of Hogwarts ~ Build a Howler and other fun noise makers

 

April – Electrical Engineering

4/4  ~ Wands ~ We will make an interactive magic wand (sensors + software = magic!)

4/18 ~ Spells ~ Alexa – Alohomora! (think voice command electronics)

 

May – Physics and Mechanical Engineering

5/2  ~ Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes ~ (think explosions, gadgets, and funky candy)

5/16 ~ Arresto Momentum~ Our annual Egg Drop Contest!

Our 4th and 5th year wizards will meet twice a month – typically on Wednesdays except where otherwise noted*. Classes will be 3:30 – 5:00 in the gym.

Please join our Bloomz group for updates.


February – Chemistry & Computers

2/14  ~ Potions & Sticky Creatures ~ create some fun concoctions and learn about chemical reactions

2/28 ~ Quiddich ~ program your own game on Scratch (Please Register for this class.)

 

March – Electricity

3/14  ~ The Magical Colorful Piano ~ We will make a piano out of water!

3/?? ~ Sounds of Hogwarts ~ Build a Howler and other fun noise makers (Please Register for this class.)

 

April – Electrical Engineering

4/11  ~ Wands ~ We will make an interactive magic wand (sensors + software = magic!)

4/25 ~ Spells ~ Alexa – Alohomora! (think voice command electronics)

 

May – Physics and Mechanical Engineering

5/9  ~ Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes ~ (think explosions, gadgets, and funky candy)

5/16* ~ Arresto Momentum~ Our annual Egg Drop Contest!

Here are some resources from previous years …

LEGO MINDSTORMS (from 2/8/16 meeting)

Mindstorms EV3 Program – You can download the EV3 Program yourself and work on programs at home as well as go through tutorials and try challenges and games.

Programming Tips – The EV3 Programming Guide we used in class can be found at this web page. In that PDF, the topics we covered can be found here:

    • Programming Process ……………………………………37-38
    • Start a project  ……………………………………………………12
    • Workspace ………………………………………………………….15
    • Controlling motors  – forward and steering ….. 20-24
    • Creating a program (p. 25), Turning ………………31-32
    • The math of distance ……………………………………. 33-35
    • Turning with gyros …………………………………………….36
    • Using the Color Sensor …………………………………39-42
    • Wait  Block  (until) ………………………………………………43
    • Look Block …………………………………………………………45
    • My Block (advanced – subroutines) ………………49-52
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Try the Mindstorm Programming Challenge
There will be a new challenge each month. Read the PDF for details.
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Scratch Programming (from 2/23/16 meeting)scratch

In our second meeting of the Month of Code, we were introduced to Scratch, an online programming tool for kids.

Find Scratch here.

You can access Scratch on the cloud or download it to your desktop computer. If you sign up, you can save your programs to the cloud. Students learned how they can write their own programs, or modify existing programs and make them their own.

Other Programming Websites:

There are lots of other great websites and downloadable apps that offer fun and exciting ways to learn about programming and building games and apps.

These two websites offer lists off sites – including information about suggested age range, difficulty & quality, price and what device they are available on (Apple, Android, web only, etc.)

Commons Sense Media – Cool Coding Apps and Websites for Kids

Graphite – Best Apps and Websites for Learning Programming and Coding

Two I recommend you check out:

Code.org – This site has LOTS of great learning material. I especially recommend checking out the Hour of Code activities. These offer a celebrity host and a fun activity. Check out the Minecraft one for example!

If you have an Xbox and your student would like to make games instead of just playing them, check out Kodu Game Lab. There is a whole curriculum for Kodu at Studio K. (I’m thinking summer camp!)