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APP CAMP 1
Make your phone come alive with your own android apps! Create a paint program, math practicing apps and a mole mash. Some android phones will be provided, but if you have one, bring it to test it out!

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APP CAMP 2
Once you’ve learned to mash your mole, you can create unique apps that use timers and sounds, and feature animated aliens. Your space shooters will launch a fantastic voyage into the app writing world. Create your own apps to share with the class… and perhaps with online stores in this level 2 class.

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ARCHITECT MARKETPLACE DESIGN
Levels: Intermediate and advanced
Platform: WIN
Peripheral & Software: Trimble sketch up 8, Windows movie maker, digital movie camera
Additional software: Royalty free music and sound effects

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BLOCKBUSTER BLOGS
Share your thoughts and opinions with the world! Have you ever wanted to be an armchair movie critic? Review your favorite video games? Share your fashion “no-no’s”? By the end of this course, you will be on your way to becoming a famed internet journalist!

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BUILD YOUR OWN WEBSITE
Create your own fanzine website. What your interest? Music? Fashion? Travel? Science? Build a personal website to share your thoughts, fun images, videos, music and more. Go online with us and share your passion with the world!

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DREAM VACATION
Plan the vacation of your dreams! In Dream Vacation you do it all – from researching & choosing a destination, to creating a budget, an itinerary & an impressive proposal. Students build technology & decision-making skills in this unique class. Let’s order our passports now!

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ROBOTICS 1 WITH NXT
Get ready to take control! Using the NXT brick from LEGO®, build robots, program them to accomplish tasks, respond to external stimuli, and overcome challenges such as navigation, avoiding and/or climbing over obstacles and moving objects. Control the robot with the NXT programming language. Get your brains in gear and your robots moving in this 12-16 hour course!

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ROBOTICS 2 WITH NXT
Can a robot clean your room, do your homework or mow the lawn? Build and program complex robots to act as an automated sentry, to check office doors, and to listen and look for intruders. Your robot can go into dangerous places to check for obstacles, and pick up explosive objects. This course will help get you ready to participate on a competitive robotics team. Move over NASA! We’re on the move!!

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LET’S DO ROBOTICS
Yes, We CAN learn about Robotics! With the LEGO™ WeDo Robotics Kits, you can build and program your own robotic creations. Designed by the experts at MIT, this system teaches simple machines, engineering, and programming. In this hands-on class, robots rule!

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ROCK & ROLL ROBOTICS
Create robots that rock and robots that roll! Using the LEGO™ WeDo Robotics Kit build a robotic monkey that plays a drum to a rock & roll beat, a lion that roars, a bird that flaps its wings, and a boat that will rock on the rough seas. Build knowledge of simple machines, engineering, programming, and teamwork in a course full of Rockin’ Fun!

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RAZZLE DAZZLE ROBOTICS
Move over, Hermione and Harry!
Build a magic wand that controls the computer and a robot that makes an animal dance on the screen. Dazzle your friends with what you create AND what you learn!

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VIDEO GAME ANIMATION 1
Dive into the world of video game animation by creating characters that dance, sing and interact with one another. Add sound effects and music clips to create a dynamic video animation using Scratch, the innovative programming language created just for kids by MIT. Post your animation online so that your friends, your parents, even your grandmother can see your animation! Creativity rules in this first step of video game design!

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VIDEO GAME ANIMATION 2
Once you start, you don’t want to stop! Add to your previous video animation, or start from “Scratch” with an all-new creation. New skills and creative adventures await the experienced Scratch programmer!

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VIDEO GAME ANIMATION 3
Post your video game online for the WORLD to play! In this third level course, students focus on advanced game elements: building multiple levels, integrating animated sequences and using variables to keep track of score, high score, avatar lives and game speed. The results will a-maze you!

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VIDEO GAME DESIGN
Design, create and edit your own 2-dimentional arcade-style video game: design the action, create the characters, and edit the outcomes. Take your game home so that you can challenge your friends and family! (Optional: AND you’ll receive a copy of the software at the last session so that you can add to your game when the class is over!)

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WIK-TASTIC WIKI’S
Share your expertise! Work with your team to create a wiki page dedicated to the solar system, stamp collecting, LEGO’s, jewelry-making, your favorite TV show or movie. Add a podcast reviewing the latest film, discovery of a new star, or how to create a mythical creature using LEGO bricks. This 6-hour course guides you through the steps to create your own collaborative wiki.

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SKETCH IT IN 3D
Develop the mansion of your dreams with performance cars in the driveway, a race track or your own skate park. During this six-session program, students will learn to draw 3D shapes, develop them into models and import images. Make your project pop with 3D!

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PODCASTING PIZZAZZ
Move over iCarly, it’s our turn to podcast! In this 6-session class, you’ll learn to create your own slide show full of your favorite things and have it posted on the Internet! Sign up today – then tell your family and friends to get ready to log on and be impressed!

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VIDEO WORLDS
Learn the fundamentals involved in creating your own 3D video game world! With a simple click and roll of a mouse modify your world. Develop and storyboard your design, and place animals, trees, characters, and other items in your own virtual world! If you like 2-D, you will love 3-D!!

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MINECRAFT – A NETWORKED ADVENTURE
Discover, create and learn, as you access to a proprietary Minecraft mod created only for TechStars! Learn fundamentals of computer networking through this Minecraft experience that also allows you and your friends to work in multiplayer mode as you mine, craft and build together to survive. Working with a partner, use your skills to explore all the secrets the world has to offer, including a mysterious castle filled with challenges. No matter whether you are new to Minecraft or already love the program, this program is for YOU!

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