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From 4.5 to 6: First Semester, Wednesdays 9:00 – 12:00, Eaux-Vives

CHF 945.00

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Trimester 1

1 - A trip to the Arctic 

Everyone would probably be interested in going on a faraway trip, straight to the Arctic. You could see polar bears, and other inhabitants of the icy continent there. I wonder what you know about the coldest place on Earth. Let's discuss this in class and build a Lego model of our snowmobile so we can drive it right to the Pole.    

2 - Journey across the ocean  

Do you think it is possible to travel across the ocean in a boat? Let's think together about the obstacles and dangers people would face if they wanted to make such a journey. We will not sail ourselves, but we will help our traveler to build a model Lego boat for such a long voyage.   

3 - Exploring Caves  

Many parts of our planet are not fully explored. One of those objects are caves. They can be both underground and underwater. To explore the mysteries of the caves we first need to build a model of a cave exploration machine. And then we virtually go to explore the dark depths of our Earth. I wonder who we can meet there.   

4 - Dwellers of the Desert  

The Sahara is the largest hot desert on the planet. And even in the middle of the heat, sun and oven you can meet its inhabitants. Let's build a scorpion out of a construction set and see if we can tame it with a computer. And of course discuss why there is so much sand in the desert.   

5 - The Underwater World  

The depths of the underwater world have always attracted man. It's like an unexplored world with its own flora and fauna. Yes, there are many deep submersibles now to explore the oceans, but we will do our part, too. We will build our own model of a submersible. Maybe it will be more advanced than the ones already in use.   

6 - Autonomous robot explorer   

Let's build and program the robot to explore and perform various special missions. Discuss where it can be used in real life. It will move along the route and report that it has passed the checkpoints.   

7 - An uninhabited island 

Imagine that by some miracle you find yourself on a desert island. How would you live there, what would you eat and what kind of house would you build. Let's discuss how you could survive in such a situation and what you would need for that. Assemble a model of a dinosaur that could survive on a desert island from ancient times.  

8 - Oil Extraction 

Let's assemble with children a project of an oil well and a pump. Seeing how it works, maybe together we can figure out how to make it work more efficiently. And maybe even one of you will suggest a way for mankind to stop extracting black gold.    

9 - Wind Energy  

Knowing from the last lesson how oil is obtained, we should try to minimize its extraction. We need to look for new ways of alternative energy. One of these is a wind power generator. Let's create such a project, and find out how effective it is in places where there are frequent winds.   

10 - Kanat Road 

How to get up the mountain as quickly as possible? That's right, with the help of a cable car. And what ropeway have you rode recently? Do you know how it works? When you put together the design of the cable car and understand how it works, you will learn a lot of interesting and useful things. You'll learn that it's all very safe, and even if before you were afraid to ride - now you obviously want to do it.   

11 - Cleaning the Snow  

It seems that there is nothing complicated and interesting in the matter of clearing snow. But in fact, it's not all that simple, especially in mountainous areas. There are a lot of roads, railroad tracks, and sidewalks that need to be cleared. And unique vehicles are created for this purpose. We'll create our own snowplow, and see if it alone can handle all the tasks.   

12 - Lego amusement park.   

A unique amusement park project. Children will be able to assemble several rides during the lesson. Carousel, and a Ferris wheel. Perhaps they will dream up and assemble their own Lego ride. And, of course, we'll consider everything about safety on such rides. 

Trimester 2

1-2 - There's nothing better than teaching your child to program and think logically while playing a game. Box Island is a game for mobile devices in which boys and girls go on an exciting adventure and learn the basics of programming at the same time. Children use basic algorithmic techniques such as loops and conditional statements to solve challenging and fun problems.  

  3-4 - Once you've mastered icon-based coding, you can give commands and move through the unique worlds of the SpriteBox game. On the same day we will assemble the Hanoi Tower constructor and see if you can build it higher than your classmate. This way we will practice dexterity and resourcefulness.   

  5 - Previously, to create a computer game had to spend a lot of time and effort. Now it is so easy that it can cope with a 5 year old child. Appendix "Draw Your Game" allows you to create a game in a few steps. It is enough to draw a game on paper and run the application. And in 10 seconds there will be a game. Sounds really fantastic - but it works.   

  6 - A picture that comes to life. If I had heard this 10 years ago, I wouldn't have believed it. But now with augmented reality technology - it's possible. You paint over the picture with different colors, point your tablet's camera, and it comes to life. There goes the virtual friend you created.   

  7 - Monument Valley is a mesmerizing puzzle game. The player leads the princess Ida through mazes of optical illusions and impossible objects while manipulating the world around her to reach various platforms. This game is perfect to develop child's curiosity. 

 8 - To get out of the labyrinth, you have to turn in one direction all the time.  Do you think it is possible? If there is no definite answer, you need to check it. And if you also put cards with pictures in the maze, can you remember the sequence.   

  9-10 - Frame animation is a great way to bring toys and other objects to life and learn the basics of filmmaking. Ask the question, what does this have to do with games? Well, it's graphics design and animation of game characters. Let's use Stop Motion Studio.  

  11-12 - A puzzle game in which you have to connect the pipes of the same color. At first glance it seems simple, but with each level it will be more and more confusing and interesting. And yes, you'll have to rack your brains to solve it all. 

Trimester 3

1 - During the first science lesson we will use a series of logic puzzles, presented in the form of a race track. We will also have a separate lesson on the Tangram constructor.  

2-3 - It seems too early to talk to children at this age about physics. They may not understand anything. But this is a misconception. The main thing is to present everything correctly. There's a great tool called Inventioneers. It is designed to explore the physics and real-time science behind various phenomena such as air, fire, magnetism and bouncing rabbits.  

4 - As they say, "The big journey starts with the first step." And it really does. Today we set a step into the world of logical tasks. There will be an interesting rubber band task that the children will need to repeat what they will see. Geometry with the development of memory, assiduity and attention.    

5-6 - 164.8 km is the length of the longest bridge in the world. This is a task for a real engineer. We are just learning, so let's practice building a bridge out of Lego and see who has it the most stable. We'll also run a game in which the car will need to cross to the other side, and for this too will need to build a bridge.    

7 - Physical and playing mechanics. Let's see how the gear ratio, belt drive, etc. works. Create a catapult and try to launch the projectile as far as possible. Let's see if a castle built with the KAPLA constructor can resist your catapult.   

8 - Build a paper helicopter. Just as NASA engineers had to try out different versions of the Mars helicopter before coming up with a final design, students will experiment with the design of your helicopter to see what works best. 

9 - Children will take a close look at everyday objects with a simple USB-microscope Easi-Scope. Children will hold Easi-Scope over the rocks, branches and tissues and then take videos or photos using the single control knob with a magnification of up to 43x. 

10 - Combine your engineering and creative thinking skills to create a robot hand. This simple and inventive activity will show you how to create a moving, bendable hand.