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Code Breakers (8-12 yrs)

(8-12 yrs) Join Black Rocket Productions to learn coding language basics such as HTML, JavaScript and CSS through a series of web projects and design challenges. Projects will be available on a Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects.


Coding & Game Design with Scratch (10-14 yrs)

(10-14 yrs) Students learn programming concepts using a drag-and-drop platform in the MIT-developed Scratch program. Students use pre-made art or create their own, then program them to walk, talk and interact with objects while learning logic and visual programming then create a simple 2D video game in this C3 Cyber Club class.


Coding & Game Design with Scratch (6-10 yrs)

(6-10 yrs) Students learn programming concepts using a drag-and-drop platform in the MIT-developed Scratch program. Students use pre-made art or create their own, then program them to walk, talk and interact with objects while learning logic and visual programming then create a simple 2D video game in this C3 Cyber Club class.


Crazy Chemworks (6-11 yrs)

(6-11 yrs) This action-packed Mad Science chemistry introduction program is bubbling over with classic experiment and crazy concoctions. Students perform hands-on experiments using real tools the apply scientific concepts as if they were professional scientists.


Digital Kidz Programming (8-12 yrs)

(8-12 yrs) In this Digital Kidz adventure, aspiring coders incorporate robotics and technology with collaborative STEAM activities to learn essential programming concepts. Using drag-and-drop software, sprites and code blocks students create animations, video games and robotic programs. Students use the Sphero EDU robot to create a painting, navigate a maze or have a dance party.


Digital Kidz Robotics (6-8 yrs)

(6-8 yrs) NASA is in the market for a new planetary rover to explore the recently discovered planet of Albion 3. Students construct and program a robot to explore the planet's surface, identify geological formations and detect obstacles. Combining the versatility of the LEGO building system and intuitive drag-and-drop programming software, this Digital Kidz adventure has students work in teams, making friends and creating robots from day one.


Exploring the Moon (8-Adult)

(8-Adult) The Moon is as old as the Earth, and its surface is marked by craters and lava flows billions of years old. Explore these lunar features through a high-powered telescope and learn about their origins. See where the Apollo lunar landings occurred, and discuss what the astronauts found. Class meets rain or shine with alternate viewing sessions available for cloudy days. Advance registration required, no walk-in registration available.


Homeschool Science- Vertebrate Classification 6-12

(6-12 yrs.) How does an animals body covering, like fur, feathers or scales, help it to survive? Learn the how mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds and fish are classified. Indoor discussion followed by an guided park tour. We use exploration, observation and lab skills to explore this topic.


Homeschool Science-Environmental Engineers 6-12

(6-12 yrs.) Did you know that beavers are a keystone species and they created the wetland habitat at Huntley? Learn about what a keystone species is, the beavers life cycle, adaptations and impact on the environment. Indoor discussion followed by a guided park tour. We use exploration, observation and lab skills to explore this topic.


Homeschool Science-Wetlands are a Natural Treasure

(6-12 yrs.) What environmental factors need to come together to create a wetland habitat? Join us as we learn about this regionally rare habitat and discuss the importance of wetlands to wildlife and people and how we can protect them. Indoor discussion followed by a guided park tour. We use exploration, observation and lab skills to explore this topic.


Homeschool-Sketching through History & Science

(6-12 yrs.) Did you know that 100 years ago, most field scientists were accomplished artists? Without portable cameras, biologists needed a way to capture their discoveries, and art was their tool. Study the techniques used in making a field sketch page, learn some basic drawing skills, and get to know the stories of long ago explorers and scientists. A field sketch kit is included.


Intro to Computer Science & Coding 6-12

(6-12 yrs) In this STEM exCEL class, students are introduced to programming and computational thinking. Through behind-the-computer projects including online and offline group and individual activities, students learn algorithms, functions, variables, conditionals, abstractions and more in a fun environment. Students experience developmental and project teamwork as they translate problems into graphical and written programs. Any supply fee payable to instructor at first class.


Intro to Game Design (6-12 yrs)

(6-12 yrs) In this STEM exCEL class, students learn the process of designing and building games. Students define and analyze the mechanics of player experiences in addition to designing narratives, applying art and animation, programming roles, hardware and game platforms.


Intro to Telescopes (8-Adult)

(8-Adult) Now that you have received a new telescope, how do you set it up and use it? Or are you considering buying a telescope? This course goes into introductory basics of astronomy, observing the sky, and what you need to know to setup and use your telescope. Will provide hands-on use of telescopes and observing objects in the sky in the Roll-Top Observatory if the weather allows. Attendees can bring their own telescope for assistance and advice. Advance registration required, no walk-in registration available.


Introduction to Astronomy (8-Adult)

(8-Adult) Do you wonder where our calendar and the days of the week came from? Why are days 24 hours long? This class covers these questions and others in the light of what astronomy had to do with them. We explore the basic types of astronomical objects from the smallest to the largest and their motions through the universe. The course will be held in the roll-top observatory at Turner Farm Park with an observing session weather permitting.


Meteor Astronomy (10-Adult)

(10-Adult) This class covers basic meteor astronomy including what meteors are, their origins, best time to view, fireball reporting, past meteor showers videos. An optional observing session is held outdoors after class, weather permitting. Advance registration required, no walk-in registration available.


Meteorites-Exploring Visitors from Space (8-Adult)

(8-Adult) What are meteorites? Where do they come from? What do they tell us? This class is an introduction to these visitors from outer space. Participants will be able to examine actual meteorites including specimens from the Moon and Mars. The course will be held in the Roll-Top observatory classroom at Turner Farm Park.


Minecraft You-Tube Animators (8-12 yrs)

(8-12 yrs) Learn the same skills professionals at Pixar and Disney Animation Studios use. Discover the process of keyframing and tweening, how to use it to bring your own animated stories to life and how to publish your content on YouTube. Student projects will be available on a password protected Black Rocket website to share with friends and family. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.


My First 3D Video Game (8-12 yrs)

(8-12 yrs) In this Black Rocket classic, students go the limitations of traditional 2D game design to create an immersive 3D world. Learn the physics behind 3D games, explore beginner event scripting, level design, controlling the flow of gameplay and storytelling. Projects will be available on a password-protected Black Rocket website.


NASA Family Science Nights 7-10

(7-10 yrs.) Using NASA educational materials, explore the skies with a new topic each week. Use telescopes in addition to nightly activities which engage children and their adults in learning about the night sky. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and learn what the future holds for space exploration and travel. Games, crafts, night hikes and more feature in this exciting STEAM series. At least one adult, and no more than two adults, must attend with each child’s family group.


Nebulas, Star Clusters & Galaxies, Oh My! 8+

(8-Adult) We are familiar with the stars and planets that we can see when the Sun sets. However, the night sky contains many wonders that are visible with binoculars or modest telescopes. This fun and interactive presentation is designed as an introduction to the most common of these astronomical “deep sky” objects. After the class, look through the telescopes in the observatory (weather permitting). The course is held rain or clear skies in the Roll-Top Observatory.


Origin of our Universe - The Big Bang 8+

(8-Adult) We all want to know how our universe began, how stars and galaxies evolved, and what is this stuff called dark matter and dark energy. In this seminar we'll look at what astronomers try to answer these big questions about the big bang. We'll also look at some of the astronomers and what their observations revealed. The course will be held in the Roll-Top observatory at Turner Farm Park with an optional observing session (weather dependent).


Python Progammers (8-12 yrs)

(8-12 yrs) Python is the world's fastest growing programming language favored by Google, NASA and Youtube. Learn how to code with Python to create engaging apps and games in this Black Rocket Productions class. Each lesson takes you step-by-step on a programming path that lets you challenge friends with fun content you create from start to finish. Students work in pairs or teams for most of the program. Returning students can create more advanced projects.


Robotics, Engineering & Coding (8-12 yrs

(8-12 yrs) This Digital Kidz program immerses students in the exciting world of robotics using the LEGO Mindstorms EV3. Students learn teamwork while building robots and using programming principles, such as events, loops, variables and functions to navigate a maze, rescue the science rover, compete in BattleBot competitions and defeat the zombies.


Science, Science (6-10 yrs)

(6-10 yrs) See big science ideas through the lens of simple science. Each week students discover and explore the science all around us including motion, energy, mass and the forces of nature through hands on activities guiding them to a deeper understanding of the how's and why's of our world. Any supply fee payable to instructor at first class.


STEM Challenge Using Lego (8-12 yrs)

(8-12 yrs) Master your engineering skills in this PlayWell class. Students apply physics, engineering and architecture concepts to engineer-designed projects such as boats, snowmobiles, arch bridges and battletracks, then use special pieces to create their own unique design. Students explore endless possibilities using the LEGO building system.


Stemtree Coding (6-12 yrs)

(6-12 yrs) This Stemtree program teaches students to create and develop computer programs (games, stories, etc.) instead of playing them. Students learn computer programming concepts in a fun and interactive way by combining media elements to create and share stories, animations, games, music and more and using basic reasoning and problem solving skills. They also create their own computer programs to implement computer games and combine multiple topics (Science, Engineering, Teamwork).


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