Classes



Our classes and workshops are currently offered at four different locations:
Mathnasium Cary Park (MATH), Resurrection Lutheran School (RLS), Apex Parks and Rec (APR), Nextier Academy (NEXT)


NEW! For July-Aug 2014

Introduction to Programming in C

The C programming language is prevalent in competitive robotics, computer systems, and many college courses. It is a well understood language. This short course introduces the student to essential syntax and fundamental programming concepts, such as: variables, data types, expressions, loops, and modularity. Students will learn to establish their own development environment at home (homework is required). Upon completion, everyone should be able to program basic operation of a VEX Robot, compile code in a Linux environment, and write handy command line utilities. They will have a solid foundation for any future programming studies. If sufficient interest to continue, this will become a long term course at Nextier Academy.

[Thursdays Jul 24 - Aug 21, 7pm-8:30pm (NEXT), $150/student]

Introduction to Robotics

Competitive Robotics is a way many students can experience the real world of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The state of NC is beginning to research the automation processes of Germany and Japan with the intention of bringing manufacturing back to the US. Robotics and Automation are the way of the future, and students can begin now. In this short course we’ll explore a number of educational robot systems and how their use relates to real applications. Students will learn about a variety of robot drive systems, how to program in LabVIEW and C. They will also be introduced to the many options to compete themselves. If sufficient interest to continue, this will become a long term program at Nextier Academy.

[Thursdays Jul 24 - Aug 21, 5:30pm-7pm (NEXT), $150/student]

Classes and Workshops featuring LEGO®

Robotics Competition (ages 8-14)



Junior Engineering (ages 6-9)


Dragster Showdown - Jr. Engineering Workshop #1

In the first of three culmulative workshops, students will learn how to apply LEGO construction techniques to improve their own structural designs. Friendly mini challenges, will teach each student science concepts such as composite materials and structural foundations. After a quick snack, students will delve into simple machines. Through hands on activities, students will find out how wedges and levers can make useful tools. Next, teamwork will be introduced through a partner build of a complex machine using motors and gears. Students will end the workshop applying what they have learned with a dragster showdown!

[Saturday Jun 14th, 9am-12pm (RLS), $60/student]
[Saturday Jul 26th, 9am-12pm (RLS), $60/student]

Tractor Pull - Jr. Engineering Workshop #2

It's recommended that students attend Jr. Engineering Workshop #1 prior to this workshop. Students will further their exploration of complex machines by introducing gear trains. After a quick lesson on the power of gears, students will conduct hands on experiments to determine the relationship between motor speed and gear ratios. This workshop will end with a friendly tractor pull competition where students apply their knowledge of gears. How much mass can your tractor pull?

[Saturday Jun 28th, 9am-12pm (RLS), $60/student]
[Saturday Jul 26th, 9am-12pm (RLS), $60/student]

Great Ball Contraption - Jr. Engineering Workshop #3

It's recommended that students attend Jr. Engineering Workshop #2 prior to this workshop. Students will apply their knowledge of engineering, by solving a fun physics challenge of moving LEGO buckyballs! Working in teams, students will design and construct a Great Ball Contraption (GBC).

[Saturday Jul 26th, 9am-12pm (RLS), $60/student]

Classes featuring VEX®

Robotics Competition (grades 5-9)

This program is offered through the Town of Apex Parks & Rec. Classes start in July 2014. Students will be introduced to the VEX Robotics System and work in teams to build a basic robot for possible competition in the VEX Skyrise Challenge. Tournament fees and Spiritwear item are extra as they come up. Triangle Robotics League information will be available in early September.

Computer Science Programs (ages 10-14)

Computer Science Workshop #1

In this first of five workshops, that build upon each other, students are introduced to the foundations of Computer Science. Key terminology, number systems, and Boolean logic will be introduced as they explore "What is Computer Science". The Raspberry Pi computer system will be introduced and use for exercises, such as a survey of programming languages. Upon completion students will be able to convert between binary and decimal numbers, recite Boolean Truth Tables, and describe different programming languages. The fundamentals developed in this workshop will prepare students for continued studies in Computer Science.

[Saturday Jun 21st, 9am-12pm (RLS), $60/student]

Computer Science Workshop #2

It is strongly suggested that students attend Computer Science Workshop #1 prior to this program. In this second of five workshops, that build upon each other, students are introduced to Computer Operating Systems. Key concepts and terminology will be introduced as they survey a number of popular Operating Systems. The Raspberry Pi computer system will be used for hands-on exercises, such as Linux Administration. Upon completion students will be able to differentiate among the most popular Operating Systems, describe Key Features, and demonstrate familiarity with fundamental Linux commands. The fundamentals developed in this workshop will prepare students for continued studies in Computer Science.

[Saturday Jul 12th, 9am-12pm (RLS), $60/student]

Computer Science Workshop #3

It is strongly suggested that students attend Computer Science Workshops #1&2 prior to this program. In this third of five workshops, that build upon each other, students explore the World Wide Web. Key concepts and terminology will be introduced as students learn how the Internet is made. The Raspberry Pi computer system will be used for hands-on exercises, such as building a Web Server and hosting Web pages. Upon completion students will be able to describe the importance of an IP Address and how they work. Students will be able to create web pages using HTML5 and describe how a web server works.

[Saturday Aug 2nd, 9am-12pm (RLS), $60/student]

Minecraft (ages 8-11, 12-15)

Minecraft Workshop #1

Students learn how to setup their own LAN Server for Game Party. Not only will students learn how to install and configure Minecraft server software, they will also learn how to build a Local Area Network. Hands-on cabling and configuring of the network are required before students can play. After the server is configured students will spend some time creating the game world. As reward for their hard work, the students will play the game they built and designed. Common games used in this workshop include: Hunger Games and Capture the Flag.

[Saturday Jun 28th, 9am-12pm (RLS), $60/student]