Events & Classes
Bringing accessible STEAM to our community through fun educational events that leave kids walking away with more knowledge than ever before. All the revenue from the sessions go to sending robots to kids for free.
Every single class that we offer independently is always free to American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, First Nation and other indigenous peoples of North America.
All of our current events are closed! Please check back later for updates.
Simple Circuits for Little Ones
1/25/20 from 3:30 to 5:30 PM
Design your own simple circuits with alligator clips, connectors, fans, breadboard, LEDs, and more... and learn how they work too! We will be learning about different electrical components, circuit safety, and much more! Not only that but attendees will walk away with their own small copper coil spider robot!
Our instructor will also be doing a soldering demonstration and a breakdown of different types of engineering careers.
2/6/20 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
For beginners in CAD (Computer-Aided Design) who want to learn how to model cool creations and get introduced to the world of engineering and design.
CAD or Computer-Aided Design is a valuable skill to have. It helps with spatial awareness, understanding new technology, and thinking more like a designer. It can also help with improving math skills and in Additive Manufacturing. It is a skill that is common among engineers, especially those in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering.
We will be learning how to CAD a miniature robot in the SOLIDWORKS App for Kids.
This workshop is free! The only thing you need to bring is a laptop that can connect to the internet and a mouse.
Make Your Own Star Wars* Robot
1/25/20 from 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM.
Assemble and paint your own 3D printed Star Wars robot that you get to keep while learning about everything from CAD (Computer-Aided Design) basics to how to read a simple electrical diagram. Not only do you get to see 3D printing in action, learn about circuits, and understand the ins-and-outs of robotics engineering... you get to learn all of these things from the person who invented your robot! 19-year-old inventor, author, entrepreneur, and educator Danielle Boyer. Additionally, students will get their own Baby Yoda 3D print.
*This robot was designed by instructor Danielle Boyer and UK design company Kessel Run Creations. This robot was inspired by Star Wars and is not affiliated with Disney.
Weeknight STEM Jam
Random Robot Wednesday
5/24/19 - 8/16/19
Engineering Design Club
A summer course to teach engineering design skills to students going into 7th grade (2019-20 school year) from Oakland County, Michigan. This course will cover prototyping skills, computer-aided design lessons, how to design to 3D-print, how to build a robot, reading electrical diagrams, and more. Students get to take their designs, a robot, and their own 3D-prints home. Additionally, we will be entering design competitions as a group to boost both their skills and resumes. Optional drop-in sessions will be available for competition project guidance.
Where: Troy, Michigan USA
Time: 4-6 PM
5/24/19 - The Design Process
6/7/19 - Designing to 3D Print
6/21/19 - Materials and Reverse Engineering
7/5/19 - Designing to Integrate New Technology in Architectural Applications & Every Kid Gets a Robot Assembly
7/19/19 - Electrical Diagramming and Every Kid Gets a Robot Wiring
8/2/19 - Programming Introduction: Adafruit Circuit Playground Express, Apps, and the Mindstorm Robot
8/16/19 - Video Shoot, Robot Fun, & Cupcakes (Student's will get their class projects, Every Kid Gets a Robot, and a certificate of completion).
Read about each class and what we did on our blog.
Optional Drop-In Competition Guidance
Based on student interest, we will be entering STEM competitions as a group or as individuals. The guidelines and brainstorming sessions will be done in class, but extra guided work time will be done during these sessions. The majority of the competition work is encouraged to be done on individual time.
Where: Troy, Michigan USA
Time: 6-8 PM
5/25/19 & 6/8/19- Apollo Art Contest, TIMES for Kids Contest
6/22/19, 7/6/19, & 7/20/19 - You Make it Challenge by Rockwell Automation
5/27/19 - 8/28/19
The Detroit Maker Faire
"Don’t miss Maker Faire® Detroit’s 10th anniversary, celebrating a decade of makers, entrepreneurs and inventors. It’s the biggest geek-culture party in the Great Lakes and it’s happening at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.
This year’s mind-bending invention extravaganza features more art, more biz wizardry and more kid-focused fun than ever, plus a NEW main stage filled with entertainment of all kinds, from music to circus acts and speed talks. Celebrity LeVar Burton will be our master maker emcee, adding geeky gravitas to the festivities.
Explore how the past fuels the future as we activate rarely-seen artifacts from the collections of The Henry Ford. Join us as we fire up historic arcade games, a century-old electric car and our massive steam engines. Even the artisans of Greenfield Village are crashing the midway this year with a new look at wheel-thrown pottery, a mobile glass hotshop and a nail punch tin activity for crafters.
Hard to describe and harder to forget, Maker Faire® Detroit is what happens when thousands of people share their beautiful, crazy genius with you. Enter as a curious visitor and leave as a maker in the spirit of American innovation." - The Henry Ford
Join The STEAM Connection at the Detroit Maker Faire. See Every Kid Gets a Robot, take home your own illustrated STEAM pages, learn about our student's projects, and even assemble a robot yourself at our workshops! Our workshop The STEAM Connection: Making Robotics Accessible will be available at 12 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Our booth will be in Lovett Hall. Be sure to check it out!
7/15/19 - 7/17/19
Fisher Unitech: Future of Manufacturing 3D Printing Summer Camp for Teens
Fisher Unitech Description:
Do you have the passion to change the world and love to "geek out" with technology? That’s what engineering is all about.
To help build the next generation of engineers Fisher Unitech is offering our first ever 3D engineering summer camp for students entering 9th-12th grades. During these one-day camps, students will learn a basic introduction to SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD and 3D printing. Teens will discover how to start using cutting-edge technologies that will advance the way products are designed and manufactured today and in the future.
What you will experience:
Hear from local teen, entrepreneur, and advocate for the STEAM Community Danielle Boyer
Get started with learning about SOLIDWORKS with a hands-on session
Learn about 3D printing and how it is revolutionizing manufacturing
What you will take home:
Student edition of SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software
Every Kid Gets a Robot, a robot that you can use for your continued education