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TechStars by Computer Explorers

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TechStars is a series of innovative classes that are designed to engage young children uging the STEM approach to enhance and foster learning thru Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  More importantly, these classes provide the children a fun and educational experience outside of school.

MINECRAFT SURVIVAL ADVENTURE! Imagine playing the popular game MinecraftTM while learning! Campers will access a map created for this group to address team building skills, like critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, and collaboration. Campers work in groups within a virtual world on a classroom server, all while maneuvering through travel expeditions and treasure quests. 

BUILD, CODE, LEARN = FUN!  This is the ultimate Lego® experience!  We will use the all-time favorite Lego® bricks to build various models to demonstrate basic properties of a simple machine. Basic coding concepts are introduced when campers use computer software to bring their models to life.  A user friendly drop-and-drag interface provides a positive introduction to computer programming.

CODING 101. Don’t know where to start?! This camp introduces youngsters to the fundamentals of computer science using an easy-to-use program known as Blockly by Google. Campers will learn the principles of gaming design to create mini MinecraftTM games and puzzles.

DIMENSION BUILDER: JAVA CODING IN MINECRAFT. This is a fun camp to explore the fundamentals of Java Programming by creating a new world in the popular game MinecraftTM. Campers will use a Java IDE kit to create a portal in order to enter a new dimension complete with a new biome and your own pet dragon. Come make your virtual world come alive!

Place programs in cart and follow instructions all the way thru. You can either pay online or create a registration form and pay by check. If paying by check you must include your driver’s license number or your registration will be returned. Once we receive your check, we apply it to your online registration form. No one is registered until payment is received and applied to your online registration form. If you do not create an online registration form and come to our office for us to create one for you, an additional $10 fee will be assessed.

Requests must be submitted in writing. They will be prorated and $10 processing fee is withheld from each program withdrawal. The balance will be applied to your household account to use for a future program. If the refund is due to medical reasons, a full refund will be issued as long as your request is accompanied by a doctor’s note. If the Parks and Recreation Department cancels a program a full refund will be issued.

The Monroe Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to change schedules/locations as necessary and cancel programs due to insufficient registration or lack of instructor(s).

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