Digital Manufacturing Camp at the Handsmith Micro-factory
Co-ed: ages 7 to 14
June 5 – 16, 2017
June 19 – 30, 2017
July 10 – 21, 2017
You’ll Learn to:
- Discover basic electronic circuit design concepts.
- Use variables, methods, and loops within the Arduino programming interface (IDE).
- Assemble and program a functional persistence of vision device.
- Basic soldering and hardware termination.
- Print final projects on state of the art Formlabs Form2 3D printers (clear, tough, grey resin).
- Learn how to use OHM’s law.
- Basic 3D design skills using SolidWorks CAD design software.
Top Skills Gained:
Software & Hardware Skills Development
- Arduino Programming intro to C/C++
- Basic concepts of POV and practical applications
Basic C programming
- 3D SLA printing
- Computer Aided Drafting
STEM & 21st Century Skills Development
- Principles of system design
- Electrical engineering
- Physics and mathematics
Skill Level | Is This Engineering Course Appropriate for Your Student?
The course has no prerequisites. It is ideal for children who like building, making, creating, and programming. The Arduino MCU teaches C/C++ programming and electrical prototyping and allows students to build and program soft circuits. The resultant wearable technology teaches programming in a fun way with immediate results!
8:45 – 9:00 am: Campers check-in between 8:45 and 9 am
9:15 am: All Campers meet for morning announcements and team-building activities.
9:30 am: Split into course groups, and start creating!
12:00 pm: Lunch time and activities. Please inform us of any dietary restrictions or allergies. We will be walking downtown to support our local restaurants. Details will be included in your itinerary.
1:00 pm: Back to the labs to collaborate and create!
3:30 pm: Break….
4:00 pm: Return to lab
5:00 pm: Wrap-up your projects for the day.
5:00 pm: Pick-up time for Campers.
5:1 Ratio Guarantee
We guarantee small class sizes, with a maximum of 5 students per instructor. At Handsmith, our teaching philosophy is that innovation and curiosity are driving forces. We provide hands-on, direct instruction in a fun, engaging environment. Professional instructors guide your child through the curriculum with one-on-one teaching. The exciting laboratory environment is ideal for fostering creativity and allowing your child to reach his or her potential.
Our staff is comprised of engineers and teachers. Some of our instructors are tech industry professionals, others are Purdue students.
Meals & Technology
Lunch, fruit, water and technology kits will be provided at no extra charge.
Friday for Families
On the last day of camp, instructors present each student with a personalized Diploma and students’ key accomplishments. Afterwards, students unveil their final projects to their families demonstrating all that they learned in just two weeks of camp.
Why Handsmith Summer camps?
A report from Burning Glass, a job market analytics firm, found that there were as many as 7 million job openings in 2015 in occupations that required coding skills and digital design skills. They also found that programming jobs overall are growing 12% faster than the market average. It is imperative to foster interest in these skills at an early age. Our camps make learning digital design exciting and fun.
This first two sessions of this summer program were designed with girls ages 10-14 in mind. While many tech programs are great for girls, we feel the pervasive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) gender gap needs to be addressed in innovative ways. We designed this program as a collaborative, technical learning environment focused on girls.
Code.org reports that while over 50% of the U.S. population is female, women make up only 12% of Computer Science undergrads. Similarly, women comprise nearly half of the U.S. labor force, but hold only 4.6% of top leadership positions (according to catalyst.org). Many girls are missing out on future STEM careers and opportunities to innovate and create change. This summer camp is not about special treatment for girls, rather it’s about fostering tech and leadership skills in a setting that’s unlike traditional summer programs.
Tuition and Contact Information
Tuition and fees: $1000 per two-week session, and includes all software, access to printers, print materials, Arduinos, lunch and snacks.
All proceeds from these camps will benefit Handsmith’s mission of providing enabling devices for those in need.
Preregistration: Register by April 30th and enjoy a $50 discount.
For more information, contact Lisa Wever, M.Ed., Ed.S, at [email protected] or at 804-822-0247