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.
Spring 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 . This spring we are going to make solar power weather stations that will connect to the Internet. Your students will be able to make basic weather observations and check data over their own phone. This is a great project that combines electronics, programming, 3D printing and the Internet Of Things.
Also, we will make an interesting clock that uses magnets and a ball on a track to tell time. Students will get to use CNC machines, laser cutters, and soldering irons to make their very own clock. They will also get to do some molding and casting using advanced techniques we have not done in the lab before.
Finally, we want to give high school students who have been with us for several years a chance to work on these projects or pick a project of their own personal choice.
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.
All of our projects are make and take in nature so your student will bring home projects to share with the family. NEW THIS YEAR
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:
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.
Our Lab ONLY Program Classes for the spring semester start Thursday, January 23rd, and end Thursday, May 14th, 2020. ( Every other Thursday lab : MS & HS 5:00 -7:00 PM ). For students residing outside of Charlotte and who are unable to attend labs during the week, we offer Saturday labs once a month from 10:00 -4:00 PM ( January 25, February 8, March 7, April 18, May 2 & May 9 ). The cost of the Semester is $492 ALL MATERIALS INCLUDED.
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.
CLASS CHOICES :
MS > 7th & 8th grade
HS > 9th -12th grade
MS LAB > 7th & 8th grade Saturday Labs
HS LAB > High School Saturday Labs
NOTE ALL RALEIGH LABS WILL TAKE PLACE IN CHARLOTTE
DUE TO THE FAB LAB EQUIPMENT.