Des Plaines Park District

Tech Stars—Computer Explorers

COMPUTER EXPLORERS

Des Plaines Park District offers their community cutting edge STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programs with COMPUTER EXPLORERS. COMPUTER EXPLORERS TechStars™ programs are designed around 21st Century Learning, STEM initiatives and Next Generation Science Standards using software, apps and supporting peripherals to fully engage the student with proper instruction for enhancing and extending their academic readiness, develop problem-solving expertise, creativity and to practice team-building.

Intro to Programming
Ages 5–7
This course will introduce non-readers or early readers to the concepts of programming with Logo. Using iconic point & click commands to develop math, logic and problem solving skills as they explore and create a project they can imagine.
Min/Max: 6/10
4 Weeks
Computer Explorers, Instructor
Rosemont Park District, TBA
Tuesdays, 4:30–5:30p, 10/10–11/7
R: $68/NR: $85, #2553309-1

Robotic Engineers
Ages 8–12
This course builds knowledge of simple machines, engineering, programming, and teamwork using the LEGO® WeDo Robotics System, as students focus on the concept of sensing and responding to external stimuli.
Min/Max: 6/12
4 Weeks
Computer Explorers, Instructor
Rosemont Park District, TBA
Tuesdays, 5:45–7:00p, 10/10–11/7
R: $85/NR: $106, #255310-1

Intro To Robotics and Programming
Ages 5–7
Bee-Bot, our robot friend, has a lot to share with us on the computer. Young programmers will be able to write their own programs to send the computer Bee-Bot through a number of courses and missions. Then the best part is programming our real Bee-Bot to do the same thing on the floor! In this unique class, students are able to go from the virtual computer activity to the concrete 3-dimentional one!
Min/Max: 6/10
4 Weeks
Computer Explorers, Instructor
Prairie Lakes, Mountain View 3
Tuesdays, 4:30–5:30p, 11/14–12/12*
R: $68/NR: $85, #255311-1
*No class 11/21

Coding and Programming with Minecraft
Ages 8–12
The next level of our Minecraft program is here! Are you tired of having to mine the “boring” stuff? Did you know you can create and program Minecraft ROBOTS to do your mining for you? Learn how to code using the Minecraft ComputerCraft Mod and put those robots to work. Working with a partner you’ll start out programming with a graphical interface and then evolve to text-based coding as you learn to program with Lua. Soon you’ll be able to focus on mining what YOU want!
Min/Max: 6/10
4 Weeks
Computer Explorers, Instructor
Prairie Lakes, Mountain View 3
Tuesdays, 5:45–7:00p, 11/14–12/12*
R: $85/NR: $106, #255311-1
*No class 11/21