Weekend Workshops

Exploring Classes
Ages: 7-10 (Grades 2-4)
Time: Saturday, 1pm-5pm (4 hrs)
Price: $45
Intro & Advanced Classes
Ages: 10-18 (Grades 5-12)
Time: Saturday, 11am-5pm (6 hrs)
Price: $75

All the fun of a week-long Techsplorers summer camp in one exciting day! Weekend Workshops run from October to May and are located at the Montessori Community School (MCS) in Durham. Class descriptions are provided below the schedule.

We are proud to partner with Girl Scouts this year to offer multiple workshops that can be completed to obtain Girl Scout badges. However, students do not have to be in Girl Scouts to participate in these workshops – engineering is for everyone!

Want to take one of our classes but the scheduled dates don't work for you? We are happy to create custom workshops! For more information about custom workshops and events contact Bianca McGhee at bmcghee@techsplorers.com.

 

Please do not wait until the last minute to register. Workshops with low enrollments are generally canceled 2 to 3 weeks in advance to give any registered individuals time to makes changes to their plans. If you are interested in a class but currently unsure if it may conflict with your schedule, the best way to tentatively reserve a seat and let us know of your interest is to fill out the provided registration form but skip the payment process. As the workshop gets closer, we will contact anyone on the roster who has not paid yet before making any final cancellation decisions.

2019-2020 Workshop Schedule

Date Class Grades Location Register
Oct 12 Intro to Electrical Engineering 5-12 MCS Closed
Nov 16 Exploring Civil Engineering + GS Inventor Badge 2-4 MCS Closed
Dec 7 Arduino Line Following Robot + GS Robotics 1 & 2 Badge 5-12 MCS Closed
Jan 25 Exploring Electrical Engineering + GS Inventor Badge 2-4 MCS Closed
Feb 22 Intro to Soldering (1pm-5pm*) 5-12 MCS Closed
TBD Exploring Crime Scene Investigation + GS Detective Badge 2-4 MCS Postponed
May 16 Internal Combustion Engines (Open to Parents**) 5-12 MCS
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*Intro to Soldering will be 4 hours (instead of the typical 6 hours for grade 5-12 workshops) since a full day is not needed to teach soldering. The price also covers the materials so students can take their soldered circuit home.

**Parents are welcome to take this workshop with their child, but children do not need to have a parent registered with them to participate. Parents wishing to participate must register as a separate student with a separate payment. Adults without an accompanying child are not permitted.

 

Notice for Girl Scouts: Girl Scout badge workshops fulfill the requirements for badge completion but do not include the purchase of badges (available at the Girl Scout council). Badge workshops may also include non-Girl-Scout participants.

 

Exploring Workshops

Exploring Civil Engineering + Girl Scouts Inventor Badge

Discover the exciting world of civil engineering! Learn which shapes are the strongest, construct towers and bridges, and explore the forces of tension, compression, torsion, bending, and shear. If you like to build, this class is for you!

Girl Scout Brownies can earn their Inventor Badge by completing this course.

Exploring Electrical Engineering + Girl Scouts Inventor Badge

Discover the exciting world of electrical engineering! Explore insulators and conductors, investigate static electricity, create electromagnets, and design circuits. If you like activities that light up and buzz, this class is for you!

Girl Scout Brownies can earn their Inventor Badge by completing this course.

Exploring Crime Scene Investigation + Girls Scouts Detective Badge

Discover the exciting world of forensic science! Learn how to read cyphers, identify chemicals, and use the power of science to investigate a crime scene and find the culprit.

Girl Scout Juniors can earn their Detective Badge by completing this course.

Intro & Advanced Workshops

Intro to Electrical Engineering

Design and build an electronic musical instrument that you play without touching and discover the engineering theory behind how it works! Learn about voltage, current, resistors, capacitors, LEDs, integrated circuit chips, and more. This class is a great introduction to electrical engineering and a great way to get started with electronics hobbying.

Arduino Line-Following Robot + Girls Scouts Robotics 1 & 2 Badge

Build a robot and program it to follow a track all by itself! Learn the ins and outs of the incredibly versatile Arduino microcontroller prototyping platform used by everyone from electronics beginners to professional engineers to make their inventions a reality. No prior programming or electronics experience is necessary.

Girl Scout Cadettes and Ambassadors can earn their Robotics 1 and Robotics 2 Badges by completing this course.

Intro to Soldering

Learn the basics of one of the most fundamental electronics skills while creating a fun circuit that you can take home at the end of class. We'll teach you the tips, techniques, and tools of the trade to help you get started soldering like a pro.

Note: This workshop runs from 1pm–5pm (4 hrs).

Internal Combustion Engines (Open to Parents)

Completely take apart a lawn mower engine and put it back together again (the right way). Learn everything from how to use mechanics tools like ratchets and wrenches to the engineering theory behind carburetors, magnetos, spark plugs, and compression ratios.

Every year parents tell us they wish they could take our classes too. Well now is your chance! Register with your child and learn about engines together in this exciting, high-tech, hands-on workshop!

Note: Children are welcome to take this class with or without an accompanying parent.