Summer Engineering, Technology & Design Academy Topics 2019


Locations:  Classes will be held in three locations in New Milford CT.

  • Robotics And Beyond studio at Makery Coworking, 20 Bank St. (RAB, find on map)
  • Education Without Walls, 64 Railroad St. (EWW, find on map)
  • Hobby Hangout, 48 Anderson Ave. (HH, find on map)

RAB and EWW are just a block apart in downtown New Milford

Class times: Mornings: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Afternoons: 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

  • Open Studio during extended hours for early dropoff or late pickup: 8:00 -9:00 am or 4;00 – 6:00 pm

Lunchtime: Noon – 1:00 pm. All students will be downtown or driven to the town center by Robotics And Beyond staff for lunch hour, which will be held at 64 Railroad St. Students may bring their lunch and snacks or buy lunch at any of five cafes and restaurants serving sandwiches, bagels, pizza, drinks, ice cream and other options. Typical lunch costs are $8-12. A refrigerator will be available.

Transportation and parking: Students must be dropped off at the location of their morning class and picked up at the location of their afternoon class. For students staying after 4:00 pm, pickup will be at EWW or a location to be arranged. For students under the age of 16, a parent or guardian must be present on the first morning for sign-in. Parking for EWW and RAB is easily found on the New Milford Green near the corner of Bank St. or in the Railroad St. parking lot just West of the railroad tracks on Bridge St./Rt 67/202.  Students taking the drones class in the mornings will be driven by RAB staff to EWW for lunch. Students taking Advanced Robotics at HH in the afternoon will be driven by RAB staff to that class.

Choosing an Academy topic: When you register for our Academy and have paid the deposit, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to a Topic Interest Survey form. This form allows you to indicate and rate your 1st and 2nd preferences (in case your 1st choice fills up) out of 5 Engineering, Technology & Design Academy topics. Those registering after June 15 must return the survey within 1 week.

Advanced 3D Modeling and 3D Printing (expand for details)

This class will teach deeper use of the Inventor parts library, parts generators (for gears, extrusions, etc.), assemblies, teach the use of basic presentations and animations along with rendering, blueprints, mechanical stress test simulations, and finally skills in applied 3D printing. This will teach print optimization, strengthen 3D printing skills, and  further tools and abilities in using a 3D printer for real world projects. Students will also learn fundamentals of G-code and its role in transforming 3D visual models into motion of the 3D printer and for CNC machining.

Time and location:  9:00 am – 12:00 pm; Education Without Walls, 64 Railroad St.

Prerequisites: For students aged 13+ with basic experience with any CAD software through a high school class or Robotics And Beyond CAD 2 summer camp topic.

Software: Autodesk Inventor

Advanced Java (expand for details)

Advanced Java serves as a review of Robotics and Beyond Java 1 and 2 and expands on the basics of these classes to use Java to implement complex algorithms and learn abstract programming concepts. The algorithms (i.e. standard sorts and searches) and concepts (i.e. object orientation, abstraction, and recursion) are fundamental to programming and can be applied to many other languages besides Java. Many of the topics covered in this course are important in AP Computer Science A and introductory college-level computer science courses. Students are encouraged to bring their own computer to allow work at home after the class but computers will be provided if needed.

Time and location: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm; Education Without Walls, 64 Railroad St., New Milford CT

Prerequisites: Students are expected to have already taken Robotics and Beyond Java 1 and 2, or have adequate experience with Java already. An interest in progressing in Java and learning abstract programming concepts is a must.

Software: Eclipse, JDK

Advanced Aviation Drone Technology (expand for details)

This class is intended for older students with a high interest in drone technology. Some of the specific topics to be covered include: benefits and hazards of drones, federal and local regulations, types of drones, design fundamentals, power system, principles of flight and drone flight dynamics, and basic videography from drones. Students will also learn about specific applications of drone technology and brainstorm how the applications determine what factors are most important and how they affect the design of the entire system.

Students will participate in the building of an advanced-level drone, learn to fly drones of various size and power and gain experience racing drones through a course visually and using Virtual Reality headsets.

Time and location: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm; Hobby Hangout, 48 Anderson Ave., New Milford CT

Prerequisites: For students aged 13+ with high interest in drone technology. Experience flying a drone will be helpful but not necessary.

Advanced Game Design with Unity - NOT OFFERED

This Academy topic will introduce the basic functions of the game development platform Unity. Students will learn to begin new projects, locate and use existing game code and begin to learn C# (C-sharp) as a programming language. Skills and concepts will include basic 2D and 3D game designs, art and design tools, graphics rendering and others. Computers will be provided at no cost during class if needed.

Time and location: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Education Without Walls, 64 Railroad St., New Milford CT

Prerequisites: A personal interest in the topic of game theory and game programming. Students must have at least an introductory knowledge of any C-based language such as C#, C+ or Arduino C. A working knowledge of Python or Java will also be acceptable. Computers will be provided at no cost if needed.

Software: Unity (free)

Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics - NOT OFFERED

The Academy topic of Robotics and Mechatronics is designed for students with experience on  Advanced LEGO NXT or EV3, VEX or Tetrix robotics systems or FIRST Robotics teams, who want to work toward a higher level of skills in robotics. Some key topics of the class are: mechanical, electrical and control system software and sensor design (architecture), microcontrollers, sensors, propulsion options and types of motors, vehicle dynamics, and discussion of ethics surrounding advanced robotics and autonomous systems. These topics will be applied in the design, building and operation of one or more robotic vehicles and attempting missions on the Hobby Hangout racing tracks. Students will also explore the technology behind industrial, military, space and domestic robots, machine vision and autonomous vehicles and discuss machine ethics.

Time and location: 1:00 – 4:00 pm; Hobby Hangout, 48 Anderson Ave., New Milford CT

Prerequisites: A strong personal interest in robotics, age 12 or older and having finished 7th grade; experience with LEGO EV3, VEX or Tetrix robotics systems or participant on a FIRST Robotics team; familiarity with any text-based coding language (Java, Python, C++, Arduino C etc.). Some experience with Arduino and/or Raspberry Pi hardware and their programming will be very helpful but not necessary.

Programming languages: one or more of Arduino C, C++, Python and Java

Advanced Circuit Design and Fabrication (expand for details)

This class will be an asset for anyone thinking of pursuing electronics or electrical engineering in college, trade school and a career, and is appropriate for students with some prior experience in electronics and strong interest in the subject. Students will take existing knowledge of circuit fundamentals and apply them to create a physical board designed and assembled by each student. The process from design to fabrication has many steps and each involves new skills that make new DIY (do-it-yourself) opportunities possible for the student. From the simple & practical maths, to using circuit design software, to the last step of hands-on soldering, this class helps students gain confidence and experience of going from idea to reality within one week.

Time and location: 1:00 – 4:00 pm; Education Without Walls, 64 Railroad St.

Prerequisites: Robotics And Beyond summer camp topic of basic electronics and soldering, or experience from personal projects that involves building electronic circuits from kits or original designs. Experience with any circuit design software such as Eagle, Fritzing or CircuitMaker.

Visit this site for a handy list of circuit design software options:

Software: Autodesk Eagle, available through free student license

Open Studio - Independent Study (expand for details)

For students not enrolled in one of the 6 class topics for mornings or afternoons, or who are staying for extended hours due to transportation. Students will work on their own projects or continue working on the topic they are taking as a class, get help from our instructor staff when they are available, and collaborate with other Academy students.  Students will have use of the space and equipment involved with their other class if it is available. Robotics And Beyond computers used for their class will also be available if not being used for another topic.

Time and location: Open Studio time depends on whether a student has the morning (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) or afternoon (1:00 – 4:00 pm) free, and depends on what topic they want to work in.