This fall is a bit unusual Due to COVID-19 labs will NOT be in person but virtual.
MS and HS are VIRTUAL LABS / LABINARS ONLY.
Our mission is to encourage young people to become technology creators, not just consumers. The fall 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.
Fall Class Description (YEOT reserves the right to change projects according to the interest of students)
We continue to give our students unique experiences in our lab only program .
We have spent a lot of time thinking about how we could offer a Young Engineers of Today experience. We wanted a unique hands-on, minds-on series of “mini labs” for our students that is safe and exciting.
We plan to send kits home this fall. We will then meet virtually over several Saturdays to do different robotic projects. We will provide everything your future engineer will need to build these projects. Plus, we will meet virtually online as we code and build providing our expertise and a place for camaraderie among students who love STEM.
We plan to use Aadafruit’s Circuit Playground Express as the core of our future projects. Here is what we will be working on as we build and code:
Automatic Brake Light for your bicycle
UFO Flying Saucer movie prop
Lab dates are: * September 12, * October 17, * November 07
We plan to offer a course on machine learning using the Raspberry Pi. Machine Learning is a subset of artificial intelligence that has made striking games these past few years.
We will be sending Raspberry Pi kits home this fall. We will then meet with our students virtually over several Saturdays to do different machine learning projects using the Raspberry Pi computer and cameras. We will provide everything your future engineer will need to build these projects. Plus, we will meet virtually online as we code and make these projects together. Young Engineers will be providing the expertise and a place for camaraderie among students who love STEM.
We plan to use Tensor Flow (machine learning software) with the latest Raspberry Pi computers to explore machine learning. Here are some of the projects we will be building and coding:
Object Recognition and Raspberry Pi
Sorting marshmallows and cereal with Machine Learning
Adding “vision” to a robot
Developing a self-driving robot
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 Fall 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:
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.
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.
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.
We use everything from Sawstop Table Saws (super safe technology), to band saws, joiners and planers (making wood smooth and square).
FAB LAB PROJECTS :
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.