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S.T.E.A.M. Opportunities at WKCTC

Paducah, KY (August 4, 2016) West Kentucky Community and Technical College is again offering science, technology, engineering, art and math (S.T.E.A.M.) opportunities for elementary through high school students.

Bill Kunnecke, WKCTCs Program Director of the STEAM Initiative, will teach the workshops that will be held in the colleges Emerging Technology Center (ETC). The cost is $150 for the four, six or eight-week courses.

Adult/Child LEGO EV3 Robotics Workshop - $150/pair
August 4 September 22, 5:30 7 p.m.
Age: 10 100 years old

This workshop meets eight consecutive Thursday evenings in ETC, Room 214. Participants are welcome to join the workshops through Thursday, August 11.

During these workshops, a young person with a NOT as young person will be paired to experience LEGO EV3 Mindstorm Robotics, learning the magic behind making robotics appear to have human characteristics.

Pairs of participants will start by building a basic mobile robot and use it as a tool to understand the Guided User Interface (GUI) software-programming interface. Next, pairs will systematically incorporate four different robotic sensors on the mobile robot.
Challenges for each sensor added will be provided. Finally, pairs will choose a non-mobile robot and create an interactive robot model to share in show and tell near the end of the workshop.

The workshop is ideal for those interested in the annual FLL/RCX robotics competitions. Learn more at USFirst.org or rcxrobot.org. Each year the FLL competition is held in December and the RCX competition is held March, both on the WKCTC campus.


The Magic of Minecraft
August 15 24, 4 5:30 p.m.
Age: 3rd 5th Grade

These workshops will be held every other Monday in ETC computer lab, Room 223.

Minecraft is a web-based education experience that has been compared to a virtual LEGO environment. Since August 2015, it has provided a supervised environment for educators to develop curricular goals at Minecraftedu.com. This six-week offering will extend the experienced Minecrafter into connecting their skills into topics such as computer programming math and science. Rich exploration of these and other appropriate topics will provide a creative outlet for participants.


Tynker with Coding
August 16 - October 25, 4 5:30 p.m.
Age: 3rd 4th Grade

These workshops will be held every other Tuesday in ETC computer lab, Room 223.

Students will develop basic skills in computer science through a virtual gaming platform using the web educational website Tynker.com.

During this six-week offering, students will develop characters, solve puzzles and create games while learning the seven basic tools of computer coding. Topics covered to create games include keyboard/mouse interaction, conditional loops, fluid motion, parallax scrolling, local and global variables, functions, and object cloning.

Maker Space Monthly
August 20 November 19, 10 a.m. noon
Age: 7th 10th Grade

These workshops will be held every third Saturday of each month listed above.

Students will be provided resources that facilitate them going through the design process of engineering while practicing the scientific method associated with the sciences.

They will walk through some pre-designed projects the first month but will be challenged to develop their own once they learn the resources provided in this makerspace. Sample of resources: Makey Makey Kits (Go to YouTube and type Makey Makey An Invention Kit for Everyone), Brick Pi Robots, Lego Robotics Kits, and more.

Initial sessions will also include these experiences: How to make a banana music keyboard and How to create LED lighting on a five-cent budget.
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Register for workshops at (270) 534-3335 or online at ws.kctcs.edu/westkentucky, click on S.T.E.A.M. Opportunities.