We'll also have an open house January 14th from 10AM-3PM!
This year's MIT Chain Reaction challenge was all about symmetry! Our team put together some colorful and symmetrical K'nex constructions, as seen in the Boston Globe article on the event.
Our First lego league teams, the Phoenixz and the Wild Wyverns, are working hard to solve 2016's challenge, Animal Allies. Besides creating a robot to complete the missions on the robot table, each team has to choose a problem or issue involving human-animal interaction and try to come up with a solution. The Phoenixz are studying the problem of bird strikes on airplanes. They have researched bird vision and and learned that birds can see ultraviolet light. Their project looks into placing UV lights on the plane wings to help birds see the plane in time to avoid it. The Wild Wyverns are studying bees and their problems. After interviewing a beekeeper, they came up with a device that would detect the sound that agitated bees make when a predator like a raccoon or skunk is attacking the hive. The device sends an alarm signal to the beekeeper's phone.
What a fun summer we had at SET!
We had a visit of wonderful tidepool creatures from the NE Aquarium and a student from Tufts Veterinary came to talk about how vets examine and diagnose animal problems. We made robots, marshmallows, lightsabers, volcanoes and cheese. We learned about mythical monsters, bugs, sea creatures, weird plants, dinosaurs, parasites and pokemon! We solved crimes with science and infiltrated Prof Z's secret zombie lab with our awesome secret agent skills. We explored dark dungeons and our own bright forest. We flew on paper wings and spun with water energy. We made chemicals react and rockets soar. We built websites, made movies, and programmed games.
Thanks to everyone who joined us and made this summer awesome!
S.E.T. School is a Science, Engineering and Technology after-school enrichment program for children in grades 1 through 12. We believe that children learn best when they are having fun. Our mission is to excite a love of learning through hands-on activities and stimulating challenges.
Our goal is to help children appreciate, understand and love science!Our Classes
Science Grades K-2 (Fall, Spring): Science exploration activities develop a sense of wonder about the world and how it works. Students learn by hands-on work with living things, simple chemistry, fun physics and earth science.
Science Grades 3-5 (Fall, Spring): Students learn about the processes, concepts and applications of science and engineering by doing hands-on projects, labs and experiments in chemistry, biology, physics, engineering and earth/space science. Some of the projects are drawn from the Science Olympiad Elementary Curriculum guide (http://soinc.org/sample_k6_events).
Science Olympiad Grades 6+ (Fall, Spring): Science Olympiad is for middle school students who want an exciting challenge in science. Students study biology, chemistry, earth/space science, physics and engineering in a classroom environment focused on learning and discovery. Students choose from a variety of comptitive events. Class time is devoted to preparing for the competition, but competing in the events is not mandatory; students interested in just enjoying the projects without competing are welcome to join the class. (https://www.soinc.org/2017_div_b_events).
Using the Lego Mindstorms Robotic System students learn programming and construction techniques to solve real world design problems. For additional challenge, younger students who take 2 semesters of robotics can join the Junior FLL team, while older students who have taken and mastered the FLL workshop class can join our senior FLL competition team!
Dynamic Contraptions Grades K-2 (Fall, Spring): Go beyond the brick! Students learn the FUN-dementals of physics and simple machines using Lego technic pieces and other construction materials to make things with joints, gears, wheels and arms that run by kinetic energy.
Robotics & Programming Grades 1-3 (Fall, Spring): Using the NXT programmable brick, students learn the Mindstorms programming language and build robots that not only move but respond to their environment using sensors. Equal emphasis is placed on programming and robot design. Test your robot skills in the Sumo-bot arena!
Robotics Programming Grades 4-7 (Fall, Spring):With the Lego Mindstorm Robotics system students learn to program the EV3 robot to move (by controlling motors) and respond to the environment (using sensors). They also learn how to design a robot for different activities, like maze running, zombie hunting, sumo wrestling, mini-golf and Mars rover missions.
FLL Workshop Grades 4-7 (Spring only): Using the EV3 programmable brick, students learn advanced construction and programming techniques to solve First Lego League style missions and challenges. This class is a prerequisite for joining the S.E.T. FLL team.
RC Carhack Grades 3-8, 9-12 (Fall, Spring): Students learn how to rewire an RC car with a micro-controller and then program it to do what they want. In the process they learn about programming, circuits, motor control and soldering.
Our technology program provides children with foundation for today�s most relevant skills.Our Classes
Web Design Grades 3-8 (Fall, Spring): Kids learn HTML and build their own websites from the ground up with just a simple text editor and their own typed directions. They usually have something to post online by the end of the first class, and go on to learn more advanced techniques to polish it until it sparkles (sometimes literally).
Animation Grades 3-8 (Fall only): How can a blob of clay come to life and start dancing? How do they make creepy fog in movies? How can different camera angles make a car look like it's flying? Learn about stop motion and other film techniques, plus the science behind special effects.
Computer Literacy Grades 5+ (Spring only): Technology is growing more complicated by the day and many students know only just enough to get by. What's a URL? If a link is broken, do you know how to still get to the page you wanted? What are file extensions, how can you see hidden ones, and what does it mean if something is pdf.exe? How many keyboard shortcuts do you know?
Raspberry Pi Universe (Spring only): The Raspberry Pi is awesome! Learn how to program this nifty computer and how to use it to control peripherals. You will learn how a computer actually works (operating system, inputs, outputs, etc.), do some soldering and learn to program using Scratch and Python. This is for the serious student! Mini-course offered 8 weeks starting Feb 2. Cost of course includes a Raspberry Pi to keep.
At S.E.T., we believe it's important for children to be well-rounded.
Public Speaking Grades 4+ (Fall, Spring): Learn everything from writing a persuasive speech and designing Powerpoint slides to proper elocution and stance during the presentation. Banish public-speaking jitters with your newfound skills!
Creative Writing Grades 3+ (Fall, Spring): Everyone tells stories, but it takes extra effort and practice to tell amazing ones. This class will cover everything from narrative structure to grammar as well as reasoning skills and essays.
Dungeon Quest Grades 3-8 (Fall, Spring): An entrance to an underground city of a long-vanished empire appears in a farmer's field. A shipwreck has left you washed up on an unknown island dominated by a huge, vine-covered temple. A fabled object of mystical power is rumored to lie in ancient ruins, but no explorers have ever returned despite many attempts. Solve puzzles, map your surroundings, negotiate with humans and nonhumans, learn the biology of strange organisms, and dig up clues from your environment. Success can be yours!
Destination Imagination Grades K-5, 6-9 (Fall only): Students participate in fun, challenging projects and team-building activities as they train for the many exciting challenges of the Destination Imagination competition.()