Workshop Details

Young Innovators Workshop - The Makerspace

9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Rising 6th – 8th | Day ($1350) & Residential ($1695)

Young Innovators Workshop: The Makerspace

The Makerspace at Westtown School (our Design Engineering Lab) is a creative, richly resourced studio in which students can learn through immersive action. Students will explore new ideas and ways of thinking as they learn the tools, techniques and skill sets relevant to product development.  Students will become familiar with Computer Assisted Design, CNC machining, 3D printing, laser engraving/cutting, basic construction from cardboard models to wood and metal products, Arduino programming and sensor integration, and more. Evening sessions are dedicated to the build-out of 3D printers that students will take home with them.

Arduino Workshop

8:30 – 11:30 a.m. | Rising 5th – 8th | Day $300

Arduino Workshop

Students will explore the Arduino processing board and it’s many uses in computing and machine interface. Programming the Arduino, building circuits, integrating sensors and driving machine function will be taught and applied in this hands-on workshop.

The World of Minecraft

8:30 – 11:30 a.m. | Rising 5th – 8th | Day $300

The World of Minecraft

Minecraft’s influence has exploded over time, and this program will lead students in understanding and applying fundamental tools for developing within the Minecraft environment. Students will work with logic gates, circuits, and computing in Minecraft with either Redstone or Command blocks, and will apply their learning through challenges in building, design and function of modpack-assisted structures and games.

Lego Mindstorms - (EV3/NXT)

12:30 – 3:00 p.m. | Rising 5th – 8th | Day $300

Lego Mindstorms – (EV3/NXT)

Lego Mindstorms are an essential tool in the kit of learning about coding, design, building and robotics, and are the basis for the FIRST Robotics FLL program. Students will work with motors, gearboxes, sensors and robot design in addressing functional robotic challenges. Programming the robot to perform autonomous mission completion, and developing a competitive (friendly!) robotics system to compete in a game challenge will create the capstone for this work.

From Scratch (to Python)

12:30 – 3:30 p.m. | Rising 5th – 8th | Day $300

From Scratch (to Python)

This program will take students just beginning programming to a skill and concept set that will support future inquiry. Beginning with Scratch, the basics of programming and logic will be explored, and students will learn how to apply these fundamentals to other languages such as Python. Approaches to programming (functional, logic, object-oriented and procedural paradigms) will be explored as students become more proficient in their coding.

What’s Inside? Introduction to Dissection

8:30 – 11:30 a.m. | Rising 5th – 8th | Day $600

What’s Inside? Introduction to Dissection

From earthworms to fetal pigs, students in this workshop will learn the surgical tools and techniques of dissection. Along the way, they’ll discover the anatomy and fundamental physiology of their specimens. All dissections are real (not virtual), so students should be comfortable with this type of hands-on inquiry.

Rube Goldberg Physics

12:30 – 3:30 p.m. | Rising 5th – 8th | Day $600

Rube Goldberg Physics

The fundamental laws of physics are explored in a creative and collaborative way through Rube Goldberg physics. Students will learn and apply physics principles in the design and build of Rube Goldberg machines that live at the boundary of art and science.