Fall Art & Technology Classes

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Students participating in the COMO’s IMPACT program will receive a 10% discount for all after school STEAM enrichment programs in the COMO’s MakerSpace if the desired program falls on a day in which the students is simultaneously enrolled in IMPACT. IMPACT students will be dropped off at the MakerSpace by IMPACT teachers when the program begins.


Minecrafting: Computer Science and Design (Ages 8-12)

Minecraft is not just a fun game, it’s also an open source virtual environment that allows us to learn a multitude of different STEM discipline and topics. This fall course will focus on the computer science behind Minecraft as well as the design and building aspect of the game. Students will be writing their own code to modify and change their own virtual world as well as develop and design 3D sculptures and objects to be printed on the COMO’s 3D printer. Students will: Learn basic LUA and Java code commands to modify Minecraft environments, analyze and predict the application of code from Minecraft to other projects, generate student driven code for critique and analysis and integrate 3D sculpture design concepts into virtual environment. Six week program taught by Joseph Trelli.

Session 1: Tuesdays, Sept. 11-Oct. 16 | 4:15-5:45 p.m. 
Session 2: Tuesdays Oct. 30-Dec. 4 | 4:15-5:45 p.m. 

Members: $110
Non-Members: $140
Materials Fee: $10

Makeup Dates: October 8, 13, 20

Homeschool STEAM Explorers (Ages 6-12)

Our day-time, twice a week S.T.E.A.M. Explorers program is gears towards youth ages 6-10 who are home educated. The program focuses on S.T.E.A.M.; science, technology, engineer, art and math all within a 10 week course.

We here at the COMO are advocates of Project Based Learning (PBL). PBL is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. Students can look forward to a wide array of PBL based experiments and challenges, including, but not limited to scale bridge design contest, model rocket building, egg drops, tons of science experiments, screen printing, video game making and much more! Ages 6-12. Taught by Joseph Trelli.

Dates: Tuesdays and Thursday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Sept. 10 – Dec. 5 (does not meet Nov. 22)

Member Fees: For Full Session $400, Fall Half Session 1 $225, Fall Half Session 2 $225
Non-Members: For Full Session $430, Fall Half Session 1 $255, Fall Half Session 2 $255
Materials Fee: $25

Digital Art and Game Design (Ages 10-14)

COMO student programs his own video game in the COMO MakerSpace

We’ve combine the principals of two of our more popular classes into one cohesive program. Digital Art and Game Design marries two fundamental aspect of new media studies; creating digital visual art and the computer science mechanics of video games. Students become their own gaming studios, creating the visual elements of the game as well as the animation and code that allow those visual elements to move and interact in a virtual environment.

Students will: develop and create visual elements and animations via Photoshop, learn the difference in the different visual elements that makes a game look and play well, recognize the bridge between visual elements and coding, and make changes to both and determine the best approach for coding challenges in their game

Session 1: Fridays, Sept. 14-Oct. 19 | 4:15-6 p.m. 
Session 2: Fridays, Nov. 2-Dec. 7 | 4:15-6 p.m.

Member Fee: $110
Non-Member Fee: $140

Makeup dates: October 8, 13, 20

Dungeons and dragons dice

Dungeons & Dragons After School Adventures (Ages 10-14)

Part illustration workshop, part creative writing class and part mystical journey, Dungeons & Dragons A combines the classic role-playing game developed in the 1970s with modern technology and creative learning opportunities. Develop a character, give him/her/it a back story and then play through a compelling storyline with your fellow adventurers. As we play through our quest, participants will draw some of our amazing feats, write of our heroism, and combine both into a tome to take home.

Students will: understand the power of compelling storytelling, apply the math fundamentals behind the game dynamics to their characters, develop a voice, through journaling as their character and design their character as a 3D printed avatar for play.

Session 1, Section A: Grades 5+ Wednesdays, Sept. 12-Oct. 17 | 3:30-5:30 p.m. 
Session 1, Section B: Grades 1-4 Thursdays, Sept. 13-Oct. 18 | 4:15-6 p.m. 
Session 2, Section A: Grades 5+ Wednesdays, Oct. 31-Dec. 5 | 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Session 2, Section B: Grades 1-4 Thursdays, Nov. 1-Dec. 13 | 4:15-6 p.m.

Member Fee: $110

Non-Member Fee: $140

Makeup Dates: October 8, 13, 20

3D printer

Introduction to 3D Sculpting & Printing (Ages 9-14)

This hands-on six week program introduces students to the exciting world of 3-D printing. This course will demystify the terminology, software, and materials commonly available.  Learn how 3D printers work, the basics of safety, operation and maintenance. Students will also be creating objects and sculptures in Minecraft and learning programs like Sketch-Up and Blender. Students will: learn about the realistic limitations of consumer 3D printers, discover the three stages of a 3D print: modeling, slicing and printing and design objects in Minecraft, Sketch-Up and Blender for
3D Printing.


Session 1: Mondays, Sept. 10-Oct. 22 | 3:15-5 p.m. 
Session 2: Mondays, Oct. 29-Dec. 10 | 3:15-5 p.m.

Member Fee: $110
Nonmember Fee: $140
Materials Fee: $10

Makeup Dates: October 8, 13, 20