The Art of Masque & Mardi Gras

Learn the art of Masque performance from professional clown and mime, Caprice Rothe, who also carries the title of “E.T.’s hands”. Youth will make their own custom masks and learn to portray the individual presented by the mask.

Caprice was the movement instructor at the South Coast Repertory for many years and has to her credit many techniques in Mask making.

Read more about Caprice Rothe.

Sewing with Electronics

This is a fun, easy-in way to get your girls to learn electronics and your boys to learn sewing. Includes use of the Arduino Lilypad Protoboard and various lilypad components. Conductive threads, recycled wires will be used. Two computer workstations will be provided. For dedicated workstation, the student must bring his/her laptop. *** NO TAKE HOME ELECTRONICS ***
Session 1 – Using a needle and thread, conductive thread, copper wire, conductivity. Demonstration of Lily Twinkle and lily tiny projects. Diodes, simple circuits.
Session 2 – Use of the Arduino Lilypad
Participants may purchase components at any time during the class series.

Practical Electronics for Beginners

This is a practical, hands-on, lightweight approach to learning electronics.
Participants will use an Aduino board in simple circuits and program behaviors using models in Processing, a language similar to the C programming language. They will implement logical instructions that create electrical responses and subsequent visual physical responses. **This is not a comprehensive C programming class.**

Simple, single component circuits will be assembled and programmed, providing a foundation for other exploration.

Section 1: 1/ Simple LEDs – Digital and analog output. 2/Button presses.
Section 2: 3/ Programming a light sensor 4/ Motors or Variable Resistors

***Must bring own laptop*** Limited # of shared laptops available. Limited Capacity
Note: Participants will have access to the SparkFun Inventors Kits during class as well as tools and test equipment. A personal Kit may be purchased anytime for an additional cost.

Can I Make Things Move?

Explore problems and techniques encountered when attempting to make things move. A variety of materials will be used. Each of 4 sessions will introduce a 15 minute topic followed by individual constructive play.
Start any day, different projects each day.

Can I Make Things Move? Jurassic Park Mechanism

For these sessions, participants will be provided with mechanisms that were used to open and close the gates on a Jurassic Park advertisement.  (motorized with cam/linkage) They will create a take home project of their own design.

Day 1: Kids will talk a bit about battery types and formats and change the form factor for the battery supply.

Day 2: Hack a power supply to power the mechanism.

Day 3: try to figure out how the mechanism worked.

Day 4: They will then visualize an action that they can use this linkage to perform.

Can I Make Things Move? Olde Fashioned Machines

For these sessions, participants will be building scenes that use motors, pulleys, gears in their very own action scene.  They will create a take home project of their own design.

Day 1: Videos for inspiration, parts list, simple machines, brainstorming.

Day 2: Independent project working time.

Day 3: Independent project working time.

Day 4: Project working time and group show.

Can I Make Things Move? LEGO machines

For these sessions, participants will be using LEGO in various problems presented to he group.  They will create a take home project of their own design ***on the last day only.***

Day 1: Wheelies

Day 2: What’s in the box.

Day 3: Stage Movements

Day 4: Building up.  Free play with parts.

Experiments in Conductivity

2nd through 5th grades.

Use a Multi Meter while exploring experiments in conductivity.Participants will learn the continuity test feature of the multi meter, and build their own personalized continuity test board (including tricks as they see fit). Conductivity of various new and unusual materials, as well as familiar foods and materials.


LED Pop Up Greeting Cards

LED Pop-up Greeting Cards

Simple Circuit LED Pop-Up greeting card or Series & Parallel circuit LED Pop-Up greeting. Participants will learn about conductivity and be exposed to multiple novel conductive materials. They will discuss the circuits being implemented to make and decorate their projects. They will learn the basic features of a multi-meter and do resistance tests.

English Christmas Crackers

English Christmas crackers are a must have at your Christmas or New Years’ holiday celebration!

One Gazillion Dominoes

As I work through the content for the spring, I really want to do some Rube Goldberg activities.

Now, those of you who were in the first Rube Goldberg project series will know that Dominoes are a key part of Rube Goldberg activities.

So Domino-Knock-Down we will do. Just not yet.


So I will try for the fall, but if you have dominoes, please let me know!