Build it Yourself

Build-It-Yourself offers playful workshops that inspire and empower students to invent. Each Build-It-Yourself project evolves from a storyline about a social issue and a challenge to use technology to explore the issue and problem solve. Campers keep a PowerPoint lab book and present their solutions at the end of the week.

 

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All BIY Camps will invite parents to a brief presentation each Friday, typically at 11:45am.  Project information and lab books will be posted online for those that cannot attend. 

Build it Yourself 1

  • Inventor's Lab *NEW*

    Inventor's Lab *NEW for 2017*
    June 26 - July 7* (two-weeks)
    Ages 8 - 12
    $1,260

    Inventor-Entrepreneur:
    This workshop is designed to take you down the path of Leonardo DaVinci, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Steve Jobs, and other inventor entrepreneurs who have changed the world. You will start with a junk yard full of discarded contraptions. Your mission is to repurpose the junk to make it do something useful. As Thomas Edison said, "To be an inventor, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk."

    The Problem:
    There are problems in the world that threaten our lives. Economic meltdowns, environmental catastrophes, nasty diseases, humongous wars, ... The world needs a new generation of problem solvers to fix the world that generations before you have made a mess.

    The Mission:
    Your mission is to design, build and present a contraption that solves a big problem.

    Super Powers You Will Acquire:
    -Power Point Guru
    -Problem Solver
    -Modular Builder
    -Team Player
    -How to Rule the World
    -How to Make a Fortune

    You'll Need:
    -Concord Academy's new MakerSpace Laboratory!
    -Project Introduction PPT
    -Lesson Plan XLS
    -Part, tools and supplies

  • Nature Engineering *NEW*

    Nature Engineering *NEW for 2017*
    July 10 - 14
    Ages 8 - 12
    $700

    Archimedes, DaVinci, Bell, Tesla, Edison, Ford, Eiffel, Wozniak, Gates - just a handful of the men whose names are regularly included on lists of the greatest engineers who ever lived.
    But each of these men would readily agree that the greatest engineer of all time wasn't a man at all. The first, and greatest of all engineers, was a woman. We all know her as Mother Nature - "Mom" to her closest friends - and her list of engineering feats is impressive, to say the least.

    The Problem:
    Are humans interfering with nature's plan? Maybe we can learn a lot from the way animals and plants operate.

    The Mission:
    Build and environment where nature, art and technology can live in harmony.
    In the Build-It-Yourself Jungle Garden we will pretend to be:
    -bees building a honey comb to store food
    -birds building a nest home
    -ants digging a tunnel
    -plants growing a structure that will not bend or break in the wind

    Super Powers You Will Acquire:
    -Power Point Guru
    -Problem Solver
    -Modular Builder
    -Team Player
    -Nature Engineer

  • Minecraft Engineering 101: Structures and Design

    Minecraft Engineering 101: Structures and Design
    July 17 - 21
    Ages 8-12
    $700

    Wanted: Minecraft Builders and Architects

    Advanced civilizations have Sphinx-like monuments, Taj Mahal-like structures, and Google-like laboratories that inspire creative builders to invent amazing contraptions. You will build a state-of-the-art Minecraft laboratory where you can invent to your heart’s content.
    Minecraft, one of the most popular computer video games today, enables builders to exercise their creativity in ways not possible before. Building complex machines, designing logic systems, and creating imaginative structures are enabled in this 3D virtual world. Inventors will experience the thrill of building in a fun, artistic environment.

    Skills you will exercise:
    -Minecraft construction techniques
    -Architectural design
    -Presentation skills
    -Teamwork
    -Defender of creative thinking

  • Minecraft Engineering 102: Redstone Engineering

    Minecraft Engineering 102: Redstone Engineering
    July 24 - 28
    Ages 8-12
    $700

    Wanted: Minecraft Engineers

    The clash of civilizations seems to be a recurring theme in human history. Often when a civilization flourishes, there have been evil doers who want to destroy that civilization and keep the world in darkness.

    We will develop the engineering skills needed to build magnificent music machines, clever time machines, amazing fireworks, and fun games. Then we will build defense systems to protect our inventions.

    The Minecraft Redstone Engineering program will focus on the use of Redstone logic elements and applications of Boolean algebra. This workshop is designed for intermediate Minecraft builders who have a Minecraft account and have created at least 3 Minecraft projects.
    Become an engineering hero in the world of Minecraft. Join our crew now!

    Skills you will exercise:
    -Digital logical design
    -Modular construction techniques
    -Strategic planning
    -Teamwork
    -Defender of creative thinking

  • Chef's Kitchen *NEW*

    Chef's Kitchen *NEW for 2017*
    July 24 - 28
    Ages 8 - 12
    $700

    Art of Cooking.... Just Desserts???
    It's tough to be a dessert these days.

    Between the nutritionists, TV doctors, dental hygienists and, of course, Moms and Dads, it's a wonder you can get a decent brownie, banana split or slice of apple pie when you need one. If it weren't for Grandmas and Grandpas, whipped cream topping would have nothing to top off. And when's the last time you saw a tart, baklava or tiramisu served in the lunch line?
    Sure, dessert has always been at the very end of the menu. But throughout history, that was a position of honor. When the hungry masses of 18th century Paris politely requested a bit of French cuisine, Queen Marie Antoinette didn't offer up kale or broccoli. "Let them eat cake!" she whole-heartedly tweeted.
    And, without question, dessert has always been the prettiest and best-dressed of the menu courses. Lately, however, these sweet meal closers have lost their panache, their style, their fashion-sense.
    Yep, it just seems like dessert has gotten a bum rap and a bad rep. Isn't it time some smart cookies came to the rescue? Can't we make desserts that are good for you, taste great and look fantastic, too?

    The Problem:
    Most desserts have too much sugar and fat, and they can use a serious makeover to boot!

    The Mission:
    Become a world-famous dessert chef. Make knock-your-socks-off treats that are:
    -Healthy
    -Tasty
    -Gooooood look'n

    Super Powers You Will Acquire:
    -Power Point Guru
    -Culinary Artist
    -Master Chemical Engineer
    -Hot Shot Chef

  • Soap Box Racer

    Soap Box Racer
    July 31 - August 4
    Ages 8-12
    $700

    Dirty gas guzzlers are fouling up our good air, using up barrels and barrels of expensive refined crude and hogging all the good parking places. Unsafe drivers are too busy texting to pay attention to the road and keep both mitts on the wheel. Back seat passengers are too involved watching DVDs to take notice of all the cool views and interesting places passing by. And the traffic . . . what about all the traffic!

    We desperately need some new ideas to put the fun back in driving. Your mission: Design and build a clean air mobile.

    This solution gets infinite miles per gallon!
    ... downhill.

    Teamwork plays a big role in this Mission. You’ll partner up with a small crew of fledgling automotive engineers to assemble and tune up a smooth-rolling and quick-swerving chassis. Then you’ll repurpose some premium quality junk to soup up your customized ride and draw in the fans. ‘Cause you must be fast and you must look cool when you and your pit crew take the green flag at the BIY Grand Prix. Let’s hit the road!

    This Mission includes:
    -Art
    -Construction
    -Presentation
    -Breakneck Speed (well.... kinda!)

  • Extreme Minecraft 103

    Extreme Minecraft 103
    August 7 - 11
    Ages 8-12
    $700

    Wanted: Hot Shot Minecraft Engineers and Entrepreneurs

    Are you up for taking Minecraft to the next level?
    You will study electrical engineers use logic gates, flip-flops, delay circuits and oscillators to make amazing machines. Then you will be tasked with prototyping clocks, logic circuits, event counters, decoders, and output displays in Minecraft. You will also learn how to control your Minecraft inventions with the ComputerCraft mod.
    You will set up a Minecraft server complete with mods that enhance the thrill of Minecraft.
    This workshop is designed for advanced Minecraft builders who have the discipline to learn Boolean algebra, practice rigorous project management techniques and present complex ideas clearly and concisely.

    Become an engineering hero in the world of Minecraft. Join our crew now!

    Skills you will exercise:
    -Digital logical design
    -Modular construction techniques
    -Strategic planning
    -Teamwork
    -Presenting complex ideas
    -Defender of creative thinking

  • Computer Animation Lab

    Computer Animation Lab
    August 14 - 18
    Ages 8 - 12
    $700

    Besides a strong dislike of brussels sprouts, what did DaVinci, Van Gogh and Picasso have in common? Right. None of them had a computer. Just imagine what Leo could’ve done with a laptop, Vincent with vectors, Pablo with pixels.

    Generations are often judged by the art they leave for their descendants. If we want to be recognized as a hot shot civilization, we need to get our creative juices flowing and take advantage of the fantastic new artistic tools that those great masters couldn’t even dream of.

    Your mission is to design digital artifacts that will make future civilizations say, “Wow!” .

    Learn from experienced designers & programmers how to design animated cartoons and far out graffiti, create cool screen savers, illustrate a storyline, and develop graphics for a Web site. You will learn to use both vector and pixel-based drawing tools – primarily PowerPoint and Gimp.

    This Mission includes:
    -Art
    -Programming
    -Presentation
    -Artistic License