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The Underground Studio Educational Programs

2016 Underground Studio Camps

All Underground Studio programs are $12 per student, and are approximately 90-120 minutes in length. There is a recommended 1:5 ratio (one adult per every five children) for programs in The Underground Studio. For Against the Grain (Woodworking), there is a recommended 1:4 ratio (one adult per every four children) for safety.
 
Hello, Mr. Robot!
Grades 1-6
Stream: Computer Programming
Ever wondered why computers sometime seem to have a mind of their own? Take a practical look into computer programming with this instructional lesson on Scratch, the visual programming language meant to make coding more intuitive. We'll cover how program blocks work, conditional statements, and other programming concepts while building toward a customized creation.
 
Curriculum connections: Math (Geometry and Spatial Sense, Measurement, Patterning and Algebra, Number Sense and Numberation, Data Management and Probability); Language Arts (Oral Language, Reading)
 
Plot, Blot & Two Stitching Styles
Grades 1-8
Stream: Silkscreening and Textiles
What good is an object if it doesn’t make us feel anything when we use it? Learn how some of your favourite shirts, blankets and fabrics are made and design your own. Makers will work with water proof stickers to create a design for a flag, pillowcase or t-shirt that we then complete with permanent fabric paint.
 
Curriculum connections: Math (Geometry and Spatial Sense, Measurement, Patterning and Algebra, Number Sense and Numeration, Data Management and Probability); Visual Arts (Design); Language Arts (Oral Communication, Reading)
 
Against the Grain 
Grades 3-8
Stream: Woodworking
We love the taste of sawdust in the morning! Wood is a widely available, renewable and easy to work with material for Makers young and old. Come learn to use both hand and power tools for woodworking properly to create a treasure box for a treasured keepsake. Makers will also experiment with different types and techniques for fasteners, hinges and clasps.
 
Curriculum connections: Math (Geometry and Spatial Sense, Measurement, Patterning and Algebra, Number Sense and Numeration, Data Management and Probability); Health and Physical Education (Personal Safety and Injury Prevention); Visual Arts (Design), Language Arts (Oral Communication, Reading); Science and Technology (Understanding Structures and Mechanisms) 
 
Thinking with Volumes 
Grades 1-12
Stream: 3D Modeling
Welcome to the Underground Studio. Let's look at some of the challenges your class will face as Makers. You may be required to perform simple tasks such as building two-dimensional surfaces using computer assisted design. These simple tasks might be supplemented with insurmountable obstacles, like stacking geometric objects out of thin air. Thanks to 3D Modeling, the impossible is easy! If at first you don't succeed, you fail. And failure is always an option! When stuck, remember our motto: there's a plane at each Y through which things can lie. Now you're thinking with volumes!
 
Curriculum connections: Visual Arts (Design); Language Arts (Oral Language, Reading, Media Arts); Math (Geometry and Spatial Sense, Measurement, Patterning and Algebra, Number Sense and Numeration, Data Management and Probability)
 
Conduction Junction 
Grades 1-12
Stream: Circuitry and Soldering 
What's electricity's function? For over 135 years electricity has powered the Region. Discover how circuits harness this energy to do work and create light. Makers will learn how to use tools like soldering irons, copper tape, LEDs and batteries to create a take-home project that lights up using tools and applying skills appropriate to their age.
 
Curriculum connections: Math (Geometry and Spatial Sense, Measurement, Patterning and Algebra, Number Sense and Numeration, Data Management and Probability); Health and Physical Education (Personal Safety and Injury Prevention); Visual Arts (Design), Language Arts (Oral Communication, Reading)
 
 
Destination Disassembly!
Grades 1-12
Stream: Deconstruction
In a workshop full of dohickeys and widgets, perhaps the most important realization is this: there is no spoon - both literally and figuratively. Bend the expectations of your students by exploring the tools in our MakerSpace, creating beautiful, grotesque and unique sculptures from objects. Makers will pry open and investigate how things are put together and use that insight to create new things from their constituent parts. Using hot glue, drills, pliers, screws, and other simple tools participants can try to make anything they imagine in this highly creative and exploratory experience.
 
Curriculum connections: Math (Geometry and Spatial Sense, Measurement, Patterning and Algebra, Number Sense and Numeration, Data Management and Probability); Health and Physical Education (Personal Safety and Injury Prevention); Visual Arts (Design), Language Arts (Oral Communication, Reading); Science and Technology (Understanding Structures and Mechanisms) 
 
Hello, Mr. Robot!
Grades 7-12
Stream: Computer Programming, Circuitry and Soldering 
Ever wondered how to get electrical devices to do what you want them to do? Take a practical look into computer programming with this instructional lesson on Arduino, the microcontroller that powers all kinds of electrical devices. We'll design and develop a smart system that reacts to your inputs through the use of Arduino's coding environment.
 
Curriculum connections: Math (Geometry and Spatial Sense, Patterning and Algebra, Number Sense and Numberation, Data Management and Probability); Technology (Exploring Technologies and Computer Technology)
 
 
 

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