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Creating Tomorrow's Engineers Today!

Spring 2021 Semester

This spring is a bit unusual Due to COVID-19 labs will NOT be in person but virtual.


HS > SATURDAY FROM 10:00 -2:00
DATES : Jan. 9th, Feb. 6th, Mar. 13th, Apr. 17th

Our mission is to encourage young people to become technology creators, not just consumers. The spring classes will continue to focus on inquiry-based learning where kids solve exciting challenges using critical thinking skills. All of our students will design, build and create using math and science. We will cover the following topics.

Spring Class Description (YEOT reserves the right to change projects according to the interest of students)

This spring we will focus on two major areas:

  • Steam Train Engines -( we are engineers after all )
  • Making your very own “Arduino”.

Your students will receive a very detailed and complex laser-cut steam locomotive to build.

They will receive their very own soldering supplies and tools to make a custom “Arduino”

They will be introduced to Autodesk Eagle Cad to learn how to design circuits.

They will learn about surface mount soldering.

Please note that we reserve the right to make minor changes on the curriculum if we feel that these changes will make our students’ experiences better.

We will meet on four Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm to build these projects together online. The cost is only $492.00.

Lab dates are : * January 9, * February 6, * March 13, * April 17

We promise you that no other local STEM program is doing these kinds of projects where students get to work with all of the equipment we have in our lab.

Please remember that technology is always changing, therefore we may do different projects than the ones listed below.

This Spring our students will be using new rapid prototyping equipment including 3D printers, laser cutters and vinyl cutters to begin learning how to make almost anything. We hold ALL our labs at the Charlotte Latin Fab Lab. A fab lab is a small-scale workshop offering (personal) digital fabrication. A fab lab is generally equipped with an array of flexible computer-controlled tools that cover several different length scales and various materials, with the aim to make "almost anything. Charlotte Latin Fab Lab is one of the few fab labs in the southeast. Here is a list of just some of the equipment found in the lab:

  • Over 10 3D printers
  • Two Shopbot CNC Machines
  • Three Laser Cutters
  • Five Vinyl Cutters

We have small class sizes (ten students or less) taught by experienced teachers so all students will have the opportunity to safely use all of this leading edge technology.

Listed below are some of the tools that we will use in lab to transform software ideas into real world products by cutting material away or building up materials to make almost anything. This technology promises to do for manufacturing what desktop publishing did for writing. Your child will learn how to safely use this equipment and the math and science that makes it all possible.

3D Printing
Taken right out of the future, 3D Printing is the process of making three-dimensional solid objects from a digital object. It almost seems like a magical process. Your child will learn about 3D Printing and drawing. Using a 3D printer, they will manufacture their very own product they designed. This experience will help them in the near future, as 3D printers become part of the everyday world. While some programs may have a few 3D printers, we will have 10 printers at our disposal.

Laser Cutter
Replace the router on a CNC machine with a laser and you get a laser cutter. While 3D printers are the “celebrities” of the world of digital fabrication, laser cutters are the workhorses. Your child will learn to safely use the laser cutter to engrave and cut materials to create products not possible any other way.

Othermill - Milling Machines
The Othermill is a portable, precise milling machine that allows you to create 2D and 3D objects out of durable materials, such as wood, metal, and plastic using digital designs.

Shopbot - CNC Router
A ShopBot is an amazing do-all tool for precisely cutting, carving, drilling or machining all kinds of things from all kinds of materials. With a ShopBot, you use software to design your parts on your personal computer. Then, like a robot, the computer controls the cutter to precisely cut your parts. In the past, tools like ShopBots were strictly industrial tools and were referred to in factories as CNC (for Computer Numeric Control) tools.

Woodworking Tools
We use everything from Sawstop Table Saws (super safe technology), to band saws, joiners and planers (making wood smooth and square).


Listed below are the types of projects we will do this year.  The projects often change when we find better ones for our students.  All of our projects are make and take in nature so your student will bring home projects to share with the family.


Required Forms

Please save these forms and fill them out & get them back to us 1 week prior to the start of the semester.

Campus Map

Media Release Form

Minor Medical Treatment Authorization