Classroom Antics Engineering Club 2019-2020

Classroom Antics’ mission is to inspire, excite, and enrich the lives of children in today’s world focused on science and technology. To deliver educational hands-on STEM programs that promote enrichment, creativity, and teamwork in the safest environment possible. And most importantly, have fun.  Each module offers a unique engineering focus.

Power of Green

Wednesdays, September 4 – September 25
Environmental Engineering: How are the oceans, plants, and animals affected by our choices? How do we get electricity inside our homes each day? How do weather patterns play into our design choices? Put on your Environmental Engineering thinking cap as we look at new ways to protect our planet every day. First, we will go to the ocean and repurpose what most people would call “trash,” into boats, cars, and other practical items. Then, we’ll go on land and use our resources better to help overworked bees pollinate crops and cook using the energy from the sun, instead of dirty power plants. For four weeks, students will explore and invent new ways to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost.

Maker M.D.

Wednesdays, October 2 – October 30
Biomedical Engineering: How many unique creatures exist on this planet? Who studies how each of their bodies work to accomplish the important functions needed to survive and thrive? Let’s go on an adventure through the human body as we work together to discover new ways to improve life for all living creatures. In this module, we will conduct hands-on activities to learn how the brain controls our movements, build a mechanical leg for a human, and discuss how these inventions improve life for all living beings, animals, and organisms on this planet. We will even have an opportunity to design a prototype hand, complete with bone and muscle models to make it move. Throughout the module, students will design solutions for medical quandaries in everything from the human blood to a bird beak. No class 10/9

Amazing Architects

Wednesdays, November 6 – December 4
Architectural Engineering: How closely have you looked at buildings and bridges? Have you thought about what goes into designing and building these structures that people use each day? Using popsicle sticks, rubber bands, paper cups and other household materials, we will work together to build unique models of skyscrapers, suspension bridges, and ziplines. Our projects will model different structures, all the way from ancient egyptian pyramids to modern houses. We will explore scarcity of materials by paying for building supplies with Monopoly money. Each week, students will think about how people use these structures and what goes into designing and building the world around us. No class 11/27

Secret Agents

Wednesdays, January 8 – January 29, 2020
Communications Engineering: How often do you communicate with someone else during the day? How many different tools do you use to communicate? Come chat with us as we explore all the different ways humans, animals, and computers communicate with one another. Did you know spiders could send messages in their webs long before websites existed? We’ll have a chance to recreate that. We’ll also study electronic devices that allow us to communicate, as well as how people communicated over long distance before phones were invented. We’ll even build a flashlight to send messages, using a cryptic code. To do this, we’ll learn about secret codes that people have used over the years to keep their messages private and how computer engineers still use secret codes today. Students will also engineer a secret safe to keep all of their messages and belongings from enemy eyes. In this module, students will take the role of a communications engineer and talk about the many ways we connect to one another.

Space Odyssey

Wednesdays, February 12 – March 4
Aerospace Engineering: Have you ever wanted to go on an adventure where no one’s ever been before? How would you pack? What would you eat? In this adventure, we are going to OUTER SPACE as Aerospace Engineers. First, we will think about what we should pack and take a test mission to an asteroid to gather samples. Next, we will learn about what astronauts eat and design a tiny garden for the outer space atmosphere to provide fresh food on our trip. Then, we will design our space suit, learning about how different forces in space affect the human body, to make them both fashionable and functional. In the last part of this module, we will visit Mars and build a Rover out of bamboo skewers and styrofoam plates to help scientists explore the Red Planet even after we are gone. In this module, students will think like real engineers who help astronauts get to and comfortably live in outer space every day.

Get Charged!

Wednesdays, March 18 – April 15
Electrical Engineering: How often do you use electricity? How many different devices in your house use electricity? How many different devices power our world? Let’s get charged as we learn about all kinds of electrical devices, from holiday lights to city power grids. While it may seem simple for us to turn on a switch, Electrical Engineers put a lot of work into designing helpful devices that use energy efficiently. In this module, we will learn what goes on inside electronic devices, including how circuits, switches, and batteries all work together to create light, movement, or sound. Then, we will use this knowledge to build games like “Don’t Touch the Wire” buzzer game, create art with tiny “Wigglebot” robots, and even visit Cromwell’s toy shop to design our own moving toys. no class 3/25

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