2017 Inventing Reality Summer Program

When: July 10 through August 4
Where: Redwood Day's New Innovation and Design Lab
Whether you’re an experienced artist or engineer - or you dream of becoming one, the student-led 2017 Inventing Reality summer program at Redwood Day is your opportunity to have fun taking your skills and creativity to the next level. Join in for just a week or stay for all four. Courses cover two powerful Computer-aided design (CAD) programs; Tinkercad and Onshape.
Inventing Reality courses are taught by the student (Middle & High School) creators of the popular Banana Science YouTube series of DIY science videos, Ollie and Andrew, and supervised by Redwood Day faculty. The month-long program consists of eight unique, week-long courses. Courses will be taught in Redwood Day's new Innovation & Design Lab located at 3245 Sheffield Avenue in the heart of Oakland.
Morning sessions will be geared toward students ages 9 through 15 and focus on using Tinkercad, an expressive yet easy to learn 3D design tool well suited for both artists and engineers of any age. Every student interested in 3D design will benefit from Tinkercad's unique set of capabilities. Throughout these morning classes, students will learn the essentials of computer modeling and 3D printing in addition to a wide array of advanced techniques, tips, and skills.
Afternoon sessions will teach participants how to use OnShape, a more advanced mechanical engineering application used by professionals, yet easy enough for students to pick up quickly and use productively. OnShape courses are designed for students ages 12 through 17 and will engage students in a project-based learning environment to design, print, test and perfect a project based on a pre-defined set of requirements that each design must satisfy. Each week of the program will focus on a different project that will challenge students to think creatively and apply their problem-solving skills in different ways.
 
No prerequisite skills are necessary for either the morning or afternoon courses. The curriculum has been designed to challenge both novice and experienced students and makers.
 
Students have the flexibility to sign up for just one weekly session or all eight depending on each individual’s age. Students under the age of 12 may be admitted to OnShape classes with recommendations from a parent, guardian, or teacher. 
 
Registration fees cover the costs of all parts and materials for both morning and afternoon courses. These parts will be provided during class for free. Although you can take home your project every week, you will need to order a few extra parts (ie. battery charger and transmitter) to get your project running at home after weeks 2, 3, and 4 (we will give you handy links to where you can purchase these). Participants will be expected to bring their own lunch if attending both the morning and afternoon sessions.

COURSES

Bring Your Creativity To Life With Tinkercad and 3D Printing

Open to rising 4th through 9th graders. Get ready to master the ins and outs of this simple yet expressive 3D modeling software as you design, print, and test physical 3D objects in a project-based, collaborative learning environment. Prepare to learn the essentials of 3D printing plus a wide arrange of professional tips and tricks used regularly by artists, engineers, product designers, and architects. Make your dreams a reality in a matter of minutes! This camp is student-led and is supervised by Redwood Day staff.

July 10-14, July 17-21, July 24-28, July 31-Aug 4


Take To The Skies With Your Custom Model Rocket

The first week of the Inventing Reality OnShape classes launch with a focus on designing model rockets. Learn OnShape as you design, print, launch, and perfect your very own custom, 3D printed model rocket, launch stand, and ignition box. Throughout the week, you can plan to learn the basics of OnShape as well as its more advanced features like variables and image rendering through assemblies. This camp is student-led and is supervised by Redwood Day staff.

July 10 - 14

Dominate The Playing Field With A Fully Automatic Mini-Marshmallow Blaster!

During the second week of Inventing Reality, you'll design and build a fully automatic marshmallow blaster with a range of over fifty feet! New to Onshape? Learn the essentials as you design your grip and trigger mechanism. Know your stuff? Take this project a step further by mastering Onshape assemblies to create a digital rendering of your final product. This camp is student-led and is supervised by Redwood Day staff.

July 17 - 21

Soup Up Your Ride- Design A 3D Printed RC Car

Build your radio controlled car frame then soup it up with custom wheels, rims, plating, lights, or other custom options! New to Onshape? Learn the essentials as you design your car body and wheels. Know your stuff? Research and design high-performance tires with custom tread patterns to maximize performance as well as custom rims and much more. Take your customized car home at the end of the week! A transmitter, battery, and charger will be required for you to race at home but will be provided during class (links to purchase these inexpensive parts will be provided). This camp is student-led and is supervised by Redwood Day staff.

July 24 - 28

Take Your CAD Skills To New Heights With Your Custom Micro Quadcopter

Finally, from July 31 to August 4, you can take your computer-aided design skills to new heights as you design, test, and race custom micro quadcopters. Collaborate with your fellow modelers as you refine your design to create one of the best quadcopter frames available. Prepare to learn and expand your knowledge of assemblies so you measure twice and print once. After testing it out, take your functional micro quad home at the end of the week. A transmitter, battery, and charger will be required for you to fly at home but will be provided during class (links to purchase these inexpensive parts will be provided). This camp is student-led and is supervised by Redwood Day staff.

July 31 - August 4

The Instructors

Ollie and Andrew are the creators of the popular Banana Science YouTube series of DIY science videos. They each have 4 years of 3D-modeling experience and a lifetime of DIY projects under their belts. Ollie is a current 8th-grade student and has been teaching for 3 years, including the original 2014 Inventing Reality summer program at Head-Royce. He mentored the Piedmont Pioneers’ new FTC robotics team, has taught after-school project design classes and leads the crazy fun quadcopter assembly, configuration, and flight activity for Redwood Day middle schoolers. Andrew, a current 9th-grader, introduced 3D-printing at Willard Middle School. He is now designing and programming robots on Berkeley High's FRC robotics team. His teaching experience includes CAD and software engineering lessons at Berkeley High School and multiple presentations at Berkeley schools including Willard Middle School, and John Muir Elementary School.