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COURSES and TEAMS

All courses, other than the Robotics Development Team, Chess Competition Teams, and Code Development Team programs are 4 weeks long. To register, click on the Register button next to each course or go to our online Registration page.

Time Monday Tuesday Thursday Friday
4:30-5:30 Making Mods
for Minecraft
LEGO Robotics
Battlebots
Minecraft Madness!
Survival Island
5:30-7:00 Robotics Development
Team

(10 weeks starting
in January)
Chess Competition
Team
(10 weeks
starting in January)
Code
Development
Team
(10 weeks
starting in January)

Minecraft Madness!, $40

summer minecraft camp


4:30-5:30
Friday, 1/11 – 2/1
Grades K to 8


Child FName, LName, Grade
Parent Cell Phone:


Join the Minecraft Madness! Minecraft is a widely popular 3D video game that lets users explore, construct, create, and interact inside an open and changeable virtual world. Because of its educational potential, Minecraft has evolved into an excellent (and engaging) way for students to learn about computer science, technology, and other STEM-related subjects. If students are already Minecrafters, our courses will help to satisfy their love of the game. If they are not familiar with Minecraft, these courses are a wonderful way to get started on developing a digital literacy that will aid them throughout their academic careers.

Both experienced and new Minecrafters are welcome, as each of our monthly courses introduces a new world or civilization, with different missions, quests, or challenges. These tasks encourage students to learn, to think strategically, and to work together to accomplish their goals. Students do not need a Minecraft account as we use a proprietary curriculum where kids access Minecraft using our accounts and explore and learn in our networked server.

Making Mods for Minecraft, $60

4:30-5:30
Tuesday, 1/8 – 1/29
Grades 3 to 8


Child FName, LName/Grade
Parent’s Cell Phone:


scratch programming

It’s fun to play Minecraft but it’s even better to start learning how to program modifications (mods).

Students will be introduced to the basics of programming to include loops, events, coordinates, and variables, while at the same time having fun using this new knowledge to make awesome mods.

Robotics, All Levels, $60

4:30-5:30
Thursday, 1/10 – 1/31
Grades K to 8


Child Name/Grade
Parent Cell:


Summer courses

Learn to build some amazing robots! (Can you tell our puppy robot from a real dog?) Students are introduced to the basics of robotics while working hands-on with various LEGO robotic systems, including Mindstorms, Mindstorms NXT, and EV3. Students design and construct different robots and then use computers to teach them to move, react, and solve various challenges.

Each month there are separate Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced sections for new and returning students.

STEM Teams Registration

To register for one or more of the teams, please click on the button below.

IMPORTANT: Winter teams can only be registered before January (prior to the start of the programs).

Register for Teams

Chess Competition Team, $340

5:30-7:00
Monday, 1/8 – 3/12
10 weeks, 
Grades 3 to 8*
(*parents of interested younger children should contact us)
New enrollees are required to also
register for the mandatory training sessions.

jr chess team 2

This 10-week course is designed specifically for students who are looking to take their chess game to the next level.

In the Competition Team, your children will:

  • learn and practice more advanced skills, tactics, and strategies
  • get started on or increase their United States Chess Federation (USCF) chess rating
  • participate in the Academy’s once a month rated quad tournaments
  • participate in one travel scholastic chess tournament

Read more about the team here.

New enrollees are required to register for the mandatory training session.

We appreciate families who refer their friends to our programs. If you have referred one or more families and they register, we’ll give both families a $10 credit towards their fee. Just ensure you’ve listed the families’ names.

Registration for the Winter season is only available in January, so don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!

Code Development Team, $375

5:30-7:00
Thursday, 1/10 – 3/14
10 weeks, 
Grades 5 to 8

code team

In this 10-week course children will work within small groups to develop and program an app for the Android. Within this framework, kids will learn:

  • the engineering and technological design processes for developing software applications
  • the basics of coding to include fundamental concepts in loops, variables, conditions, etc.
  • the elements of a good, functional app
  • the importance and aspects of user interface

Read more about the team here.

Registration for the Winter season is only available in January, so don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!

Robotics Development Team, $290

5:30-7:00
Monday, 1/7 – 3/11
10 weeks, 
Grades 3 to 8

spring development team 1

This 10-week course is for kids interested in furthering their robotics knowledge. Students who have just completed their FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics team season can continue to hone their skills for next year. Kids who were interested but missed being on the team this season, can join the development team and get a taste of what to expect next year. Either way, the development team program is a wonderful way to continue to encourage your child’s robotics interest.

Students will be divided into small teams where they will work on teamwork, building, and programming a robot for this season’s FIRST LEGO League (FLL) challenge, Into Orbit.  The last class will involve FLL-style competition where friends and family are invited to attend. Each child will receive a robotics team t-shirt and the winning team will receive a trophy.

Although it’s helpful to have prior robotics experience, it is not necessary as long as your child is interested and enthusiastic about participating in this program.

Read more about the team here.

Registration for the Winter season is only available in January, so don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!