Latin teachers, upper school students, parents and tech companies, including BitSpace, FreeGeek and PowerUp Tech Academy, teamed up to create a wide variety of courses for middle schoolers in the first annual Builder Day.
The day focused on creating and the goal was for students to try things they had never done before, explore topics outside of their regular day and engage in each session with hands-on activities.
Offerings included "Yeah, right, let's build an app - App building for sarcastic people with PowerUp Tech Academy," "Go Ahead, Scratch that Itch – Game Building with Ms. Hansberry and US Students" and "String's the Thing! String Art with Ms. Manning."
If your students want to learn more, below is some information about the organizations that partnered with us:
Power Up Tech Academy
offers coding classes, private lessons, events, camps and parties for ages 6-13. Class sizes are small, with a 4:1 ratio, and focused on creating working projects. The curriculum
starts from the very basics, and progresses to advanced concepts and professional programming languages like Python
. Along the way, kids learn to make video games
, Minecraft mods
is Chicagoland's premier youth-only maker lab--a place where students can learn to use real tools to build real things. Kids work with our guides to learn how to use hand tools, power tools, electronics, robotics, 3d printers, laser cutters, CNC milling machines, computer modeling and design software, computer game development software, virtual reality, and new media to design and build just about anything. We try to live up to our goal of inspiring and guiding the next generation of inventors, entrepreneurs, and problem solvers by teaching children to be producers rather than consumers of technology. Our guides are experts from the fields of architecture, design, engineering, and computer programming. Bit Space offers after-school classes
, day-off camps
, birthday parties
, summer camps
, and more. We've been in the Lincoln Square neighborhood of Chicago for three years, and we opened our second location in Wilmette in the spring of 2017.
is a not-for-profit organization that recycles used computers and parts to provide functional computers, education, internet access and job skills training to those who want them. Check out their site to find out ways you can help further that mission.