• SWTechsploration01
      Our multimedia technology program uses graphical programming software developed at the MIT Media Lab
  • SWTechsploration02
      Children learn through multimedia technology, bringing out their creativity through not just engineering principles but also arts and design
  • SWTechsploration03
      The curriculum and accompanying programs are designed for both girls and boys in mind
  • SWTechsploration04
      Children will be able to learn structured programming as well as the principals of engineering and mechanical designs
 
TECHSPLORATION ® 1
   
  Here We Go! Here We Go! Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’ Reaching for the Sky  
 
Enter the realm of “LEGO Building 101”! Discover the basic LEGO building skills that are the backbone to your knowledge in technology. Focus on Dacta pieces in order to build a reasonably tough structure. How do we add axles, gears and a motor into the system? Welcome!
 
 
Investigate our first mobile structure and try to build a simple LEGO motor car. Revise basic concepts with more complicated guidelines. Construct a model car and make modifications to the structure. Try different ways of linking motor–to–wheel using contraptions such as crown gears and belts. No menus? Oh no!
Get psyched with the 101 of K’NEX building! Discover how to manipulate K’NEX to our heart’s desire. The spotlight’s on different connections and the slight bendability of the pieces. Illustrate design plans for a tall tower with an elevator inside. How do you make use of ropes and weights?
 
  Week 1-2 (Sep 3 – Sep 16)
Week 3-5 (Sep 17 – Oct 7)
Week 6-7 (Oct 8 – Oct 21)
 
                     
  I Like to Move It, Move It     It’s Alive!       Lift Me Up and Put Me Down  
 
Hone your building skills to construct a hand cranking device using K’NEX pieces. Delve into our first mini project with a delicate device. Can we use this device to move a K’NEX golf ball a certain distance, typically at least 50 centimeters up and across? Where are the gears?
Bring our LEGO–based device to life with at least two motors. Discover how to send the program from the computer to the RCX with basic programming. How do we build a gadget that will react to at least two touch sensor buttons? It’s all from your previous pilot training.
What’s the real deal with sturdy structures? Explore the basics of gear ratios. Assemble a motorized mechanism that will relocate an object to another spot. How do we control the ups and downs of the motor through the RCX? Is it really free standing? We can’t use our hands and other things!
 
  Week 8-10 (Oct 22 – Nov 11)
Week 11-13 (Nov 12 – Dec 2)  Week 14-16 (Dec 3 – Dec 23)  
                     
  Robots on Parade       Upward Spiral Over the Rainbow  
 
Let’s kick off the Lunar New Year with a welcoming parade! Can we perfect the “Up and Down” and “Clapping” motions of our robots? What are the different mechanoids dancing on their backs? Make sure they can travel on an assigned path and can stop before they bump into any spectators! Music included.
Get set for the effects of gyroscopic forces! Create gizmos and gadgets that go up when they spin fast. Can we assemble a chopper wing launcher? Investigate types of flywheels that store rotational energy and can stabilize the rotation of the shaft. Steady as she goes!
Can rubber bands really be used as a source of power? Build a wind–up car that can travel distances. Design and construct tension and torsion catapults. Explore the functions of different ballistae and crossbows. Which object launching machine is the best hurler?
 
  Week 17-20 (Dec 24 – Jan 20)
Week 21-25 (Jan 21 – Feb 24) Week 26-29 (Feb 26 – Mar 24)  
                     
  Follow the Yellow Brick Road Thunderdome! When the Cricket Chirps  
 
Did you know that an active sensor injects energy into the environment in order to detect a change of some sort? Build a mechanical device that will react to different light sensor readings. Can we make our vehicles move along a yellow line all by themselves?
Enter the giant dome with athletes from all around the world! Feel the rush of the excitement in the audience. Can we hear the roar from the crowd? Who’s competing in sumo wrestling, weight lifting, short sprint and slope climbing? Ready? Set. Go!
Introducing…the Cricket! Investigate this programming language, a variant of Picoblocks. Become skilled at various techniques to control movements, sounds and light displays. Let’s design and create our own multimedia show. Can machines really talk with each other?
 
  Week 30-32 (Mar 25 – Apr 14) Week 33-36 (Apr 15 – May 12)
Week 37-40 (May 13 Jun 9)
 
                     
  Resistance is Futile Saving the Day Mass Production  
 
Join the Star Trek crew on their mission to meet the Borgs. Can we simulate the creation of cyborgs in our own lab? Construct mechanical body extensions that will react to our motions. Discover how the machines can aid or enhance our actions. It’s portable AND wearable!
Our mission, if we choose to accept, will be to build a rescue device for the safe extraction of personnel. It has to be able to maneuver in extreme environments, avoiding obstacles and traversing slippery terrains, to relocate our targets to a designated safe area. Good luck!
Set up a series of robotic knick knacks for a mini assembly line that can automatically complete simple products all on its own. Can we work it harder? Can we make it better? Can we make it go faster? Put on our thinking hats and use our technical skills. The work is never over!
 
  Week 41-43 (Jun 10 – Jun 30)
Week 44-46 (Jul 1 – Jul 21) Week 47-52 (Jul 22 – Sep 1)  
             
The window to science...and beyond!
 
 
 
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