Intro to Complex Machines

It’s time for apprentices to deploy their problem solving, fabrication and engineering skills as they build their biggest machine yet: a hydraulic manipulator arm! Using a series of hydraulic levers, apprentices will build, operate and test a hydraulic arm capable of picking up and moving objects. Let’s get building!

Intro to Digital Arts

Get ready to dive into the world of digital art! In this Mission, apprentices will start to discover different ways they can use computers to bring their artistic ideas to the screen. Throughout the mission they will learn about new software, tools and even how they can draw computer-based images using a graphics tablet. Let’s get building!

Not-So Simple Machines

Which falls faster, a 10kg weight or a 1kg weight? Let’s find out! In this mission, apprentices are going to be building and testing all sorts of not-so simple machines, from spinning tops to coil cars. Each project will teach them about mass, motion and momentum. Let’s get building!

Intro to Simple Machines

In Intro to Simple Machines, apprentices will learn about some of the fundamental mechanisms of engineering: the pulley, the lever, the wheel, the inclined plane and the gear. They will see how all of these machines trade force for distance in a phenomenon called mechanical advantage. They’ll learn a little of the mathematics behind mechanical advantage and how to recognize devices that use it. They are also going to be building and testing their own simple machines, witnessing for themselves how mechanical advantage can amplify their strength, or their reach, when moving heavy objects.

Stop Motion Movie Maker

In this Mission, apprentices will explore various animation techniques as they work towards creating their own short animation. Creating objects in the academy with craft materials as well as digital versions using software called Blender, apprentices will learn some of the fundamental rules of animation and stop motion.

Inputs & Outputs (Circuit Playground Express)

In this Mission, apprentices are going to continue to improve their coding skills while learning about a new microcontroller. The Circuit Playground Express is similar to the micro:bit microcontrollers you have been using. However, they have a lot more inputs and outputs and that is what we are going explore throughout these projects.

Photo & Image Editing

In this Mission apprentices are going to learn to use photo and image editing software by exploring the artistic and cultural movement of surrealism. They will learn how to creatively use key tools such as layering, adjustment layers and the lasso tool. By the end of the mission apprentices will showcase their own digital portfolio full of unique and interesting designs.

Animation & Sound Effects

In this Mission apprentices are going to step into the world of animation. Using software called Blender, they will create several different short animations and learn a variety of techniques and design approaches. Apprentices will have the chance to use a graphics tablet to sketch and generate their own ideas as they storyboard and plan their final project.

Intro to Engineering

In this Mission, apprentices will learn the fundamentals of simple structures by creating scaffolding, shapes, and basic structures. In this very hands-on┬áseries of projects, they’ll learn by designing, tinkering and testing. It’s time to step into the world of engineering. Let’s get building!

Designing in 3D

In this Mission, apprentices will further develop their 3D modeling and fabrication skills while designing, prototyping and printing their own action castle game. Apprentices will explore 3D printing, adding details with a 3D pen and creating designs from scratch using software called Tinkercad. By the end of this mission apprentices will have a fully functioning tabletop game to take home and play. Let’s get building!