As the end of 2017 approaches and jingle bells ring in the distance, it still isn’t too late to finish that New Year’s Resolution to learn how to code.
Winter Classes at Computational Thinkers will be starting October 17th. These courses offer the perfect opportunity for you or your children to finish the year strong acquiring new skills in computational thinking. Learn how to use computer applications effectively, create your own digital world through game design, or even discover just how smart a smartphone can be! A short description of each class offered this winter can be found below, as well as more information available on our website.
Technology grows and changes faster than you can type this sentence. Don’t fall behind! Learn, build, and code your path into the future before it becomes the past!
Computational Thinking: Learn how to make the complex understandable. Through modeling, decomposition, generalizing and other hands-on techniques, students learn to apply the skills necessary for programming and beyond.
Electronic Music Production: “Music lovers learn something about technology and computing/gaming lovers learn something about music.” Using the powerful Ableton Live 9, music lovers and technology lovers meet to learn how to create and program original tracks using today’s latest technology. Also, you do not need to know how to read or play music to join!
3D Modeling with Blender: Just how do animated movies today look so realistic? With 3D modeling, of course! One of the pinnacles of how technology and art work to mutually push boundaries and imaginations, learning 3D modeling puts you right in the middle of one of the most exciting and growing fields of the 21st century.
Unity Game Design C# Scripting: On the topic of influential technology, the gaming industry has maintained its cultural and technological might for the past several decades. You may have thought to make the games that top Christmas-lists was an unknown, untouchable world, but, this course will provide you with the fundamentals behind every mobile time-passer and every console smash hit. The class is a rigorous, thirteen unit course that covers everything from scripting, environmental design to lighting and animation. The best part? You leave the course having made your very own video game. How’s that for a resume booster?
Learn to Code + The Art of Game Design: Similar to the Unity Game design course, this course introduces you to the pivotal elements of video game design, however, a focus is taken on the role of coding in the process. Some of the subjects covered include code grammar & graphic basics, binary & hexadecimal number systems, as well as maintaining lessons in core computational thinking concepts.
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence: A word often associated with sci-fi films, AI (Artificial Intelligence) is much more than a plot device in your favorite tech-themed drama. AI is how humans and computers ultimately understand each other. The study of AI may seem complicated, but it is actually extremely simple and powerful. Having an understanding of how AI works in the technologies we use every day is critical to pursuing any career in technology. This course uses computational thinking and interactive lessons for students to fully understand how AI and technology learn, adapt and work with humans.
Drone – Learn to be an Operator: Technology has finally allowed all of us to be the National Geographic explores we’ve always dreamt of being. See the world from a literal bird’s view. These drone classes are perfect for those with a sense of adventure, a passion for photography, and an interest in technology. Offered at both the photography and videography levels these classes do more than just teach you how to fly, they teach you how to soar. Combining lessons in system overviews as well as navigation and weather, this well-rounded class ignites the hearts of those ready to harness the advances of technology to explore the world around them.
Baby Boolean Logic: Babies, yes, babies, can learn advanced computing concepts. The essence of computational thinking is to break down the complex to the simple and understandable. By breaking down schema building, generalization and specific feature searches in fun, enjoyable and hands-on games, babies, yes, babies, begin to think computationally about the world around them. This will aid in their ability to learn challenging concepts throughout life.
So, have you been naughty or nice this year? Well, Santa is converting his list to the cloud and if you want to make the cut, you better be sure you take some Computational Thinkers classes this winter before you get emailed a lump of coal!