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Technology programs for Middle School students

Keyboarding | Digital Media | Coding | Video Game and Virtual Reality- Virtual Experiences | Robotics | Engineering | 3D Printing | Filmmaking | Stock Market Challenge | Creating Mobile Apps | Technovation – Technology entrepreneur program (extended program for girls). Programs will run in 8 – 10 weekly sessions for an hour to an hour and a half each.

Focus – Technology and Design

Middle school students explore and develop an understanding of the scope and characteristics of technology and the core con­cepts of technology. They recognize the relationships and the connections between technology and other fields of study while working to understand the attributes of design and apply the design process through a series of hands-on activities. Students develop skills in the areas of assessing the impacts of products and systems, researching, problem solving and developing an attitude of safety and inquiry, while working collaboratively with others. 

Technology programs for High School students

Cryptography | Technovation – Technology entrepreneur program (extended program for girls). | Coding – girls who code | Garage Band | Create Mobile Apps | Digital Media | Filmmaking | 3D Printing | 3D modeling and animation | Video Game Design and Virtual Reality – Virtual Experiences | Programs will run in 8 – 10 weekly sessions for an hour to an hour and a half each.

Erik Trautmann / Hearst Connecticut Media

Erik Trautmann / Hearst Connecticut Media

Focus – Technology, Invention and Engineering

Students develop an understanding of the cultural, social, economic, environmental, and political effects of technol­ogy; the role of society in the development and use of technology; the influence of technology on history. Students use engineering design, troubleshooting, research & development, invention and innovation, and experimenta­tion in problem solving while learning to use and maintain technological systems. 

Program details:

3D Video Game and Lab Makers - Develop a game concept that goes well beyond the limitations of traditional 2-D game design classes. Learn the physics behind 3-D games, explore beginner event scripting, level design, controlling flow of game play, and storytelling. Design their first action figure or a new creation! Using professional-level modeling software, sculpt, texture, and learn to render your own 3-D creation. If you can dream it, you can make it!

Code Breakers – Learn the basics of coding languages like HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS through a series of Web projects and design challenges each session.

Mobile App Design – Students will customize their own game app. Use specialized game development tools, students will explore the world of phone-based and tablet applications. In addition to learning the basics of mobile app design and game development, students will also see firsthand how the world of app publishing functions.

Video Game and Virtual Reality (VR) Experience – Develop games using a unique game engine and learn advanced-level editing, simple 3-D modeling, intermediate event scripting, and the impact of game play on user experience. Student will embark on an epic adventure in virtual reality! Learn the foundations of VR design by creating their own virtual worlds, exploring simulated environments, and crafting memorable 3-D experiences. Students will work in pairs or teams for most of the program.

Filmmaking – This program is for high school students interested in writing, directing, editing, and acting in short videos, while learning the art of visual storytelling. Begin with shooting exercises that strengthen framing and composition skills. Learn how to tell a dramatic and visually interesting story by writing short scenes and then more complicated scripts. Develop and write scripts using professional scriptwriting software. Learn the art of storyboarding and pre-visualization, gaining comfort with equipment and directing actors. Learn editing techniques are taught using a professional digital editing system.

CryptographyA method of storing and transmitting data in a particular form so that only those for whom it is intended can read and process it. Students learn techniques such as microdots, merging words with images, and other ways to hide information in storage or transit and scrambling plain text. Students learn procedures and protocol that meet some or all of the confidentiality, integrity, non-repudiation and authentication criteria.

Technovation – With the help of volunteer mentors, students produce mobile “startups” that will help address problems in their local community. In 2015, the United Nations came together and created The Global Goals - these are the blueprints of a happier world for us all. This is their chance to join the movement by using code to fix a problem they see in their your local community. Compete in the yearly technovation challenge against girls from around the world.

3D Modeling and Animation – Students have the opportunity to design realistic 3D models using Autodesk Maya, the industry standard 3D modeling software used in some of their favorite animated movies and also adobe photoshop. Students work in a 3D space, use polygon and curve modeling techniques, apply lighting and texturing and practice keyframe animation. Students will gain skills in project planning, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving and technical design.

Stock Market Challenge – Virtual stock exchange. Create a custom stock market challenge (HOW THE MARKET WORKS) using the simulator that performs like a real brokerage with virtual money. Student practice real trading using INVESTOPEDIA. This Fantasy Stock Trading offers students the opportunity to learn and practice trading without any risk.