Courses

Using your imagination and design skills delve into the world of Minecraft and explore how it relates to architectural and electrical design in the real world. Teams will complete a final challenge and design a plan to survive their world using the knowledge gained throughout the course.
Learn code-breaking skills and develop your own "book of secrets" as you explore the world of cryptography from Ottendorf ciphers to invisible ink. Use microscopes, GPS, and metal detectors to follow clues and unearth the "Secret of the Center".
Are you curious about the world of coding and animation? Using Scratch, MakeyMakey, and a lot of imagination design animated worlds with your own characters and backgrounds that you can control using a simple circuit and everyday objects.
Become a super sleuth and junior chemist as you learn how forensic scientists use chemistry to solve crimes. As a team of scientists you will analyze fingerprints, fibers, and handwriting samples to figure out who committed the crime.
The Curiosity rover has made it to Mars and NASA plans to send humans by 2030. What does it take to get to another planet and is it even possible? Become a NASA engineer and scientist as you explore the possibilities and then design a way to get to Mars and survive on the red planet.
What makes cars go fast and boats float? What are magnetic levitating trains? Explore the different types of transportation that makes the world move. Have fun discovering why hot air balloons fly and what makes a rocket soar. Design, build, and test your very own vehicle. The sky is the limit for imagination and adventure!
Why spend your days playing someone else's video game when you can create your own. Explore the world of game design using the free coding program, Kodu© and let your imagination go as you create your own world with characters and challenges.
Do you enjoy robotics and are an advanced LEGO programmer? Use the LEGO brain, NXT to build and program vehicles to tackle challenges designed for the next level of LEGO Robotics. REQUIRED: LEGO: Building to Explore class or programming in FLL.
How can you make a Lego alligator chomp down on a stick or a Lego monkey play drums? Lego WeDo allows you to program your Lego machines to move, make sounds, and so much more. Explore the world of Legos and programming through a variety of challenges and then create your own machine.
Have you ever wondered how a crystal forms or why a diamond can cut glass? Take a journey through the rock cycle to create crystals, explore rock features in Richmond, and go on a scavenger hunt at Lora Robins gallery to find some amazing gems.
Discover the joy and adventure that aquatic pets can bring as you explore the world of fish, frogs, toads, turtles, and other slithering slimies. Explore their habitats in our giant aquaria and learn how they survive through hands-on investigations and field trips. Take your very own aquatic pet home with you at the end of the course.
The wonders of chemistry will unfold before your eyes and mouth as you make root beer, ice cream, and goo. See what it is like to work in a chemistry lab and discover what happens when certain chemicals react with each other.
How does Alakazam have psychic powers or Machamp have super strength? If you have experience in the game Pokémon come explore the math and science behind characters and the strategy of game play. Use your new found skills and knowledge to compete in a TCG Pokémon tournament.