Our summer schedule is now available!
Spring Semester classes now enrolling!
This year's MIT Chain Reaction challenge was all about symmetry! The SET team, K'nex-a-pleX, (a.k.a Ben and Mike) put together some colorful and symmetrical K'nex constructions, as seen in the Boston Globe article on the event.
FIRST Lego League 2016
Our FIRST Lego League teams, the Phoenixz and the Wild Wyverns,worked hard to solve the 2016 challenge, Animal Allies. Besides creating a robot to complete the missions on the robot table, each team chose a problem or issue involving human-animal interaction, then used the engineering design process to come up with a solution. The Phoenixz studied the problem of bird strikes on airplanes. They researched bird vision and learned that birds can see ultraviolet light. Their project proposed placing UV lights on the plane wings to help birds see the plane in time to avoid it. The Wild Wyverns studied bees and their problems. After interviewing a beekeeper, they came up with a device that would detect the high frequency sound that agitated bees make when a predator like a raccoon attacks the hive. The device sends an alarm signal to the beekeeper's phone. The teams got high marks from the judges, but not enough to take home a prize this time.
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.
Homeschoolers! We offer day classes at our facility or yours.
Please contact us for details.
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 choose from a variety of competitive events in biology, chemistry, earth/space science, physics and engineering. Class time focuses on 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. For more info, see the events at: 2017 Division B Events | Science Olympiad).
Science Fair Prep 6+ (Spring Only, beginning March 15): Is your child nervous about doing a science fair project? Would you like them to learn how real science is done? SET School is running a short class on how to do a science fair project. We will do a series of short experiments to teach about the scientific method, including experimental design, hypothesis testing, materials and procedures, data collection and analysis, control and variables, and presentation of results. Students will learn that making mistakes is expected in science, and learning about the mistakes and asking questions moves science forward!
Using the Lego Mindstorms Robotic System students learn programming and construction techniques to solve real world design problems. For additional challenge, younger students (grades 1-3) who take 2 semesters of robotics can join the Junior FIRST Lego League (FLL) team, while older students (grades 4-8) who have taken and mastered the FLL workshop class can join our FLL competition team!
Dynamic Contraptions Grades K-2 (Fall only): 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.
Electric Mischief Grades K-2 (Spring only): What's a circuit? How does a motor work? What fun things can we make with wires, batteries, lights and motors? Want to know? Join us for some electrifying mischief!
Robotics & Programming Grades 1-3 (Fall, Spring): Using the NXT programmable brick, students learn how to design and build Lego robots. Students use the Mindstorms programming language to control motors and sensors so that the robots can move and respond to their environment. Equal emphasis is placed on programming and robot design.
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 (Spring only): Students learn how to rewire an RC car with a micro-controller and program it so that it can be controlled with a computer or phone. In the process they learn about programming, circuits, motor control and soldering. There is an additional material fee. Students take the car home!
Robo-puppetry with 3D Printing Grades 3-12 (Spring only): Design, build and program a your own robot! Learn to use the 3D printer to make parts and learn how to use cables, servomotors and sensors to make your Robo-puppet come alive!
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).
Scratch Programming Grades 3-8 (Fall, Spring): Using an easy to use programming language created at MIT, students learn to program interactive games and presentations for school. Scratch teaches the basics of sequential logic, operations, etc. in a fun, engaging format. Students can share their games and presentations in the online Scratch community.
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 Mini-Course Grades 4+ (Spring only): Technology is growing more complicated by the day and many students know only just enough to get by. Join us in this 9 week mini course and learn What a URL is and how to get to the page you wanted if a link is broken. Learn What a file extension is and how you can see hidden ones. What are keyboard shortcuts? What do function buttons do? Make your computer work for you!
Build a PC with Raspberry Pi (Spring only): The Raspberry Pi is awesome! Learn to program this nifty little 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.
Geometry Jam and Fraction Fun Grades 1-3 (Fall, Spring): Explore the world of geometry, symmetry, ratios, and the elegant beauty of math using fun hands-on activities with Montessori designed materials.
Public Speaking and Debate Grades 4+ (Fall, Spring): Learn how to write a persuasive speech and design an effective Powerpoint slideshow. Find out why proper elocution and stance matter during a presentation. Practice your new public speaking skills as you learn to debate and defend your position.
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.
Rubik's Cube Club 3+ (Fall, Spring): In 1974 Erno Rubrik invented a puzzle toy in the shape of a rotatable cube. Since then, Rubik's cube has become a worldwide phenomenon, Do you want to learn the secrets of the cube and solve it yourself? Do you want to test your speed cubing skills? Join our Cube Master for this 9 week class. You can do the Cube!!
Dungeon Quest Grades 3-8 (Fall, Spring): An earthquake uncovers an entrance to a strange underground city. A shipwreck has left you marooned 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, follow clues, map your surroundings, negotiate with humans and nonhumans, learn the biology of strange organisms, and find treasure. 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.