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Unless otherwise noted, in-person courses are delivered in or around the Port of Brownsville. Please bring photo ID.
Basic Electronics Soldering
This workshop will provide the skills needed for participants to be able to solder basic THT electronic components and deliver instruction to middle and high school students. They will learn the purpose of each electronic component and basic electrical theory. Participants will be able to read an electronic schematic diagram and correctly wire a circuit by the end of the course.
Participants will learn: (1) How to identify basic electronic components (2) Basic Circuit Theory and Analysis (3) Ohm’s Law and Kirchoff’s Current Law (4) Proper soldering techniques
Introduction to Arduino for Teachers
Are you looking for a cost-effective electronics, introductory to robotics, or programming solution to implement in your classroom?
In this training, participants will be introduced to the Arduino Uno platform and will learn programming basics in C++. This course provides participants with the skill set necessary to introduce circuits, robotic design, programming methods, and inputs/outputs in a microcontroller to their students. Participants will also learn about available options for cost-effective implementation.
Objectives: (1) Recognize the microcontroller’s general inputs, outputs and purpose (2) Understand the basics of a programming language and algorithm (3) Use the software development kit for Arduino Devices (4) Identify sensors and their uses (5) Find opportunities for automation (6) Understand cost-effective implementation options
Introduction to CNC
This course provides participants with an introduction to CNC mill usage, including setting up and programming a job. Participants will have the opportunity to learn programming basics in G&M code, learn how to simulate a machining process, and how to use the HAAS CNC display console to machine project.
Objectives: (1) Understand how a CNC is used in industry (2) Recognize the parts of a CNC mill (3) Understand feed rates, spindle speed, and 3-Axis CNC operation (4) Identify different types of cutting tools and their application (5) Use a simulation software to program and test a G&M program (6) Understand safety procedures while operating a CNC mill
Introduction to Electronics and Arduino
In this training, participants will be introduced to the Arduino Uno platform and will learn programming basics in C++. This course provides participants with the skill set necessary to introduce circuits, robotics design, programming methods and inputs/outputs in a microcontroller.
Objectives: (1) Recognize the microcontroller’s general inputs, outputs and purpose (2) Understand the basics of a programming language and algorithm (3) Use the software development kit for Arduino devices (4) Identify sensors and their uses (5) Find opportunities for automation
Introduction to Industrial Robotics
This course will provide participants with a comprehensive Introduction to Industrial Robotics Fundamentals using the Dobot Magician industrial robot arm. In this course, participants will learn Industrial Robot Types, Uses, Robot Mechanics, and Programming methods in Flexible Automation such as Pendant Programming.
Participants will learn how to: (1) Calibrate and assemble an industrial Robot arm (2) Program the robot arm to draw patterns using the robot arm laser/pen (3) Program the robot arm to move objects with the suction effector (4) Program a pickup sequence with the gripper effector and (5) Program and Automate an industrial conveyor process.
Introduction to Robotics
Introduction to Robotics Camp will provide students an introduction to robotics design, programming methods, input and output in a microcontroller. Students will have the opportunity to learn the programming basics in C++ and object-oriented programming, as well as learn more about Arduino Integrated Development Environment. This is a hybrid course that includes a 3-hour online component to be completed before the in-person 7-hour lab. The camp is open to students in grades 8-12 and/or robotics teams of any age.
Kata in the Classroom (KIC)
Kata in the Classroom (KIC) is a hands-on exercise to introduce the scientific pattern of the Improvement Kata in school classrooms. It is targeted at Middle School Science teachers, but is used in a variety of K-12 and even College educational settings. Kata in the Classroom involves the activity of assembling a 15-piece cardboard jigsaw puzzle several times, and experimenting with ways to do it faster.
The KIC exercise combines a practical scientific pattern (the “Improved Kata”) with techniques of deliberate practice, to help make scientific thinking a teachable skill that anyone can learn. Teams of students (a) establish a baseline, (b) face a Challenge, (c) develop a next Target Condition on the way to the Challenge and (d) conduct experiments toward that Target Condition. While the students are engaged in a challenging game they are simultaneously being introduced to a scientific meta skill. KIC helps teach universal STEM skills for achieving challenging goals along uncharted paths: (1) Scientific and Creative Thinking – generate and refine solutions to obstacles through experimentation (2) Collaboration – work in a team to accomplish a next goal on the way to a larger challenge (3) Communication – organize thoughts, data & findings, and share them effectively.
Level Up Your Makerspace with 3D Printing
This Hybrid workshop will inspire teachers/professionals to incorporate deeper thinking and design modeling into their classroom and workspace. They will learn how to get started with 3D printing, real world applications, the real cost of 3D printing, and maintenance and troubleshooting tips from classroom teachers with experience in 3D printer technology. Participants will learn how to kickstart their Makerspace with rapid prototyping machines or how to keep their existing 3D printers from collecting dust. Participants will practice designing, printing, and prototyping with 3D printer.
Participants will learn: (1) How to get started with 3D printing (2) History of 3D printing (3) Considerations when purchasing (4) Choosing a functional workspace (5) Hands on 3D Printer Maintenance and Troubleshooting (6) 3D printer software basics (7) Where and how to incorporate 3D printing into existing lessons
VEX V5 Training
The Introduction the VEX V5 workshop will provide participants to an introduction of the VEX V5 platform and programming. Participants will learn about the various inputs and outputs available and learn program methodology using VEX block code programming. Participants will build their capacity to prototype and program solutions using the VEX V5 system.
Objectives: (1) Recognize the VEX V5 general inputs, outputs and purpose (2) Understand the basics of programming and algorithms using VEX V5 software (3) Identify VEX V5 sensors and their uses (4) Prototype and program a solution to a given design challenge
3D Printing Virtual Workshop
This 2-hour virtual workshop will allow the teacher/professional to learn about design education & deeper thinking, how to get started with 3D printing, real world applications, the real cost of 3D printing, and maintenance and troubleshooting tips from classroom teachers with experience in 3D printer technology. Learn how to kickstart your Makerspace with rapid prototyping machines or how to keep your existing 3D printers from collecting dust.