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Spring & Summer MakersFactory Classes!

Cabrillo Extension is excited to offer classes through a unique collaboration with MakersFactory Santa Cruz. Classes use cutting edge software and technology in a collaborative, dynamic, hands-on learning environment. Explore 3D printing and modeling, video game design, computer programming and the ever-expanding world of Minecraft.

Space is limited, so register early!

 

3D Design and Printing (ages 13-17)

 

Jump into the rapidly growing world of 3D printing and start bringing your ideas into reality!  At the 3D Design & Printing course, you'll be introduced to Blender, a powerful, free, open-source 3D modeling tool.  Not only will we cover the basics of modeling in Blender, but we'll do so in the context of designing for 3D printing.  Learn all the tips and tricks to ensure that your creations are printed successfully.  At the end of the class, you'll be able to send your design to Shapeways.com, where you can choose from a wide range of material options including plastic, ceramic, stainless steel, silver, gold, and more.


Please note that in this class, students do not directly operate a 3D printer.

Two Sessions:

4 Thu., March 5 - 26 - CLASS CANCELED
3:30- 5:00 pm
Room: 1302

Register by Feb. 23: $142
Register after Feb. 23: $150

 

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4 Thu., April 9 - 30
3:30- 5:00 pm
Room: 1302

Register by Feb. 23: $142
Register after Feb. 23: $150

register online

 

MakersFactory Team - see bios below

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SUMMER CAMP!

3D Animation & Printing (ages 9-12)         

From designing and printing your own 3D characters and inventions, to animating an action-packed scene complete with realistic physics, the only limit in the futuristic world of 3D design is your imagination. Start with a stick figure and work your way up to:

  1. Build castles, spaceships, dream homes, cartoon characters, and more.
  2. Animate your creations to create your own 3D movie
  3. Make explosive action scenes with cutting-edge technology

A $25 materials fee includes one 3D-printed piece approx. 3in x 3in x 3in. The 3D-printed model will be selected from among the student’s creations during the camp. Instructor will assist and approve the final design for printing.

Monday - Friday, July 20 - 27
9 am - 12 noon
Room: 2501

Register by June 8: $235
Register after June 8: $250

 

register online

 

MakersFactory Team - see bios below

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Programming Club (ages 9-12)

Learn the basics of computer programming in this four-week club with MakersFactory! We will cover introductory computer programming skills using Processing (http://processing.org/), a Java-based language designed to produce interesting graphics and simple games. The class is designed for curious aspiring programmers and students need no prior experience in programming (although basic proficiency with computers is required).

Three Sessions:

4 Fri., March 6 - 27
3:30- 5:00 pm
Room: 2501

Register by Feb. 23: $142
Register after Feb. 23: $150

register online

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4 Fri., April 10 - May 1
3:30- 5:00 pm
Room: 2501

Register by Feb. 23: $142
Register after Feb. 23: $150

register online

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4 Fri., May 8 - 29
3:30- 5:00 pm
Room: 2501

Register by Feb. 23: $142
Register after Feb. 23: $150

register online

 

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SUMMER CAMP!

Learn the basics of computer programming in this week-long camp! Design amazing interactive graphics and create simple games like Pong or Snake; with coding skills that will make you a computer wizard! We’ll use Processing (http://processing.org/), a fully-featured programming language based on Java. The class is designed for curious aspiring programmers and students need no prior experience in programming (although basic proficiency with computers is required). Check out an example of a past student’s work

Monday - Friday, July 13 - 17
9 am - 12 noon
Room: 2501

Register by June 8: $235
Register after June 8: $250

 

register online

 

MakersFactory Team - see bios below

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Video Game Design (ages 9-12)

MakersFactory popular Video Game Design Club is back, re-imagined! If you have a passion for playing and designing video games, check out the MakersFactory’s Video Game Design Club! The club includes self-led curriculum: students decide what to work on each week and have free creative reign over the game. Students gain valuable skills using GameMaker Studios, one of the most popular game design software suites, which will establish a solid foundation in programming skills. We will publish the student’s games to our website so that they can show their family and friends! Students work from a “template” game which changes and updates every several months so that students can design games in a variety of genres. Template games include “Platformer” (think Mario), “RPG” (think Zelda), “Space Shooter”, and more!

Three Sessions:

4 Tues., March 3 - 24
3:30- 5:00 pm
Room: 1301

Register by Feb. 23: $142
Register after Feb. 23: $150

register online

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4 Tues., April 7 - 28
3:30- 5:00 pm
Room: 1302

Register by Feb. 23: $142
Register after Feb. 23: $150

register online

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4 Tues., May 5 - 26
3:30- 5:00 pm
Room: 1302

Register by Feb. 23: $142
Register after Feb. 23: $150

register online

 

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SUMMER CAMP!

Our popular Video Game Design Camp is back, with a brand game for a new summer! If you have a passion for playing and designing video games, check out the Video Game Design Camp! Featuring our awesome, new “Space Arcade” game; a scrolling game with upgradeable ships, special abilities, infinitely programmable enemies and plenty of laser beams and explosions! We’ll use GameMaker Studio, one of the most popular game design software suites, and at the end of the camp we publish the student’s games to our website so that they can show their family and friends!

Monday - Friday, June 15 - 19
9 am - 12 noon
Room: 2501

Register by June 8: $235
Register after June 8: $250

 

register online

 

MakersFactory Team - see bios below

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Video Game Design 1.0 (ages 14-17)

This class is a unique journey to help students make the transition from being a video game consumer to a video game developer. Students will learn different skills and theories to conceptualize, develop prototypes, create, and tune a single level in one particular genre. To ensure accessiblilty to all levels of programming expertise, we will be sticking to the Platformer genre, and helping students to focus on creating at their own level of development.

Familiarity with an editing tool like Tiled is recommended but not required.

Please bring a thumb drive to class to store files between classes.

4 Sat., April 18 - May 9
11 am - 1:00 pm
Room: 829

Register by Feb. 23: $190
Register after Feb. 23: $200

 

register online

 

Michael Alman and AmirAshkan Nourkhalaj - see bio below

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Video Game Design 1.5 (ages 14-17)

Get ready to level up!  What do games like Mario, Megaman, Super Meatboy, and Sonic The Hedgehog all have in common?! They are all platformers. The term “platformer” generally refers to video games which involve an avatar moving and trying to avoid the obstacles. Player is responsible for controlling the avatar to jump between platforms (hence the name, platformer). The early platformers go back to the 1980s and the genre is one of the most popular and ancient genres of video game history. Video Game Design 1.5 will take students through the challenging, yet rewarding journey to develop a unique platformer. The class will draw upon the skills learned in Video Game Design 1.0 and teach students new skills in regards to mechanics, dynamics, and aesthetics.

Having some proficiency in the software GameMaker by Yoyo Games is highly encouraged but not essential.

Please bring a thumb drive to class to store files between classes.

4 Sat., April 18 - May 9
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Room: 829
Register by Feb. 23: $190
Register after Feb. 23: $200

register online

 

Michael D. Allman, MA, PPS, is the Director of Life Raft Tutoring, has served as Director of Davidson Middle School’s, and was Director of the children’s art program at the Robele Family Shelter.

AmirAshkan Nourkhalaj is a student at UCSC pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Video Game Design. He is a long-time "gamer" and has tutored adults and kids. Intrigued by the science and art behind video games he has studied psychology, engineering, computer programming and game design to understand the psyche of the players. He uses game mechanics as metaphors and video games as the most interactive storytelling medium.

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Minecraft Hacking Club (ages 10-13)

 

Ever wanted to create your own in-game items for Minecraft, like blocks, tools, or armor? At the Minecraft Hacking Club, you’ll be able to invent all these things and more, coding your own customized version of Minecraft! By creating a Minecraft mod (short for “modification”) you can forge your own powerful, never-before-seen tools and armor; cook up your own food creations; and even shape your own Minecraft world generation! Minecraft mods are made through Java coding, but don’t worry, you don’t need to have any coding experience to join.


Please note: Students we receive their complete .jar file by request at the end of the club. They can upload this to their Minecraft game at home to use their custom items.


Each month-long course repeats a four-session curriculum; therefore, repeat students will be revisiting familiar material.

Three Sessions:

4 Mon., March 2 - 23
3:30- 5:00 pm
Room: 2501

Register by Feb. 23: $142
Register after Feb. 23: $150

register online

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4 Mon., April 6- 27
3:30- 5:00 pm
Room: 2501

Register by Feb. 23: $142
Register after Feb. 23: $150

register online

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4 Mon., May 4 - June 1 (No Class May 23rd)
3:30- 5:00 pm
Room: 2501

Register by Feb. 23: $142
Register after Feb. 23: $150

register online

 

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SUMMER CAMP!

Monday - Friday, June 22 - 26
9 am - 12 noon
Room: 2501

Register by June 8: $235
Register after June 8: $250

register online

 

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SUMMER CAMP!

Monday - Friday, August 17 - 21
9 am - 12 noon
Room: 2501

Register by June 8: $235
Register after June 8: $250

register online

 

MakersFactory Team - see bios below

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Jr. Minecraft Builders Club (ages 6-9)

Want to learn the secret to creating the biggest and best super-construction in Minecraft? It’s all about teamwork! In this club, you’ll join a team of Junior Builders to learn about creating a blueprint, keeping track of tasks, and working in a shared space towards a shared goal. Are you used to the tablet version of Minecraft, or new to Minecraft entirely? No problem! Our friendly Minecraft teachers are ready to help you learn the ropes, so your mouse and keyboard skills can grow as fast as your buildings do! Each month-long session is designed to stand alone, tackling different projects every course, with no prior attendance required.

Three sessions:

4 Weds., March 4 - 25
1:00- 2:30 pm
Room: 1301

Register by Feb. 23: $142
Register after Feb. 23: $150

register online

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4 Weds., April 8- 29
1:00- 2:30 pm
Room: 1301

Register by Feb. 23: $142
Register after Feb. 23: $150

register online

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4 Weds., May 6 - 27
1:00- 2:30 pm
Room: 1301

Register by Feb. 23: $142
Register after Feb. 23: $150

register online

 

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SUMMER CAMP!

Monday - Friday, August 3 - 7
9 am - 12 noon
Room: 2501

Register by June 8: $235
Register after June 8: $250

register online

 

MakersFactory Team - see bios below

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Spring Break Minecraft Camp (ages 9-12)

 

Spring Break calls for an extra-special Minecraft Free Play Camp!  Youth will build and explore the Minecraft world in a shared, virtual world.  But for Spring Break, the Minecraft world will be entirely transformed by the popular “Biomes o’ Plenty” game modification.  Students will be able to discover over thirty new biomes, such as “Tropical Rainforest”, “Mystic Grove”, “Coral Reef”, “Jade Cliffs”, “Redwood Forest”, and much more!


Space is limited so register early!

Two sessions - mornings or afternoons

M-F March 30 - Apr 3
9:00 am- 12:00 pm
Room: 2501

Register by Feb. 23: $235
Register after Feb. 23: $250

register online

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M-F March 30 - Apr 3
1:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Room: 2501

Register by Feb. 23: $235
Register after Feb. 23: $250

register online

 

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SUMMER CAMP!

Minecraft Free Play Camp (ages 9-12)

Learn to make your own Minecraft adventures! This is our “just for fun” Minecraft club, where the kids are in control of their own projects and adventures. Our instructors will coordinate and offer group activities such as boat races, treasure hunts, and build challenges, but if the kids have adventurous ideas of their own, they’re free to pursue their own projects. Build, explore, make new friends, and craft your own adventure at the Minecraft Free Play Camp!

Monday - Friday, July 6 - 10
9 am - 12 noon
Room: 2501

Register by June 8: $235
Register after June 8: $250

 

register online

 

MakersFactory Team - see bios below

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SUMMER CAMP!

Robotics! (ages 9-12)

            
Using the highly popular LEGO Mindstorms robotics kits, students learn engineering concepts as they customize the robot’s structure, as well as coding concepts to program the robot’s behavior. Build and program these awesome robots and more, then send them on missions! Build all these cool robots:

  • Self-guiding “Explorer Bot”
  • Color-sensing “Speedster Bot”
  • Motion-detecting “Guard Bot”
  • Remote-controlled “R/C Bot”

REGISTER EARLY! This camp is limited to only 6 students each week.

Monday - Thursday, June 29 - July 2
9 am - 12 noon
Room: 2501

Register by June 8: $185
Register after June 8: $200

 

register online

 

Monday - Friday, July 27 - 31
9 am - 12 noon
Room: 2501

Register by June 8: $235
Register after June 8: $250

 

register online

MakersFactory Team - see bios below

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SUMMER CAMP!

Website Design (ages 9-12)

            
Want to leave your mark on the Internet? Build a personal website, fan-page for your favorite TV show, or some other website of your own design! Your work will be hosted on MakersFactory’s student portal for all to see! Learn basic HTML and CSS design for static web content as well as JavaScript for simple interactive content like quizzes and graphics.

Monday - Friday, August 10 - 14
9 am - 12 noon
Room: 2501

Register by June 8: $235
Register after June 8: $250

 

register online

 

MakersFactory Team - see bios below

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MakersFactory Team:

Joe Allington, BA in Computer Science: Game Design, gets to try something different every day, with core roles including designer, teacher, optimist, and technician. Joe specializes in two-dimensional design with Adobe Illustrator, three-dimensional design with Blender/Rhinoceros, and alternate-dimensional design with Pathfinder. In his spare time, Joe finds answers!

Andy Stoller, BA in Physics, working in summer camps and classroom environments focusing on high-tech, hands-on, and computer-savvy teaching and curriculum development. Andy has found in MakersFactory a place to express and combine his passions for education and design, and to educate a new generation of makers, programmers, and tinkerers.

Christina Deogracias is a teacher and curriculum developer at MakersFactory. She holds a B.S in Psychology with main emphasis in Early Childhood Development and Education. Christina has strong listening and assessment skills to evaluate an individual’s learning needs or the learning environment to determine what is needed to create deeper learning.

Joshua Britton works mainly with teaching and collaborating with students in Minecraft. Josh was brought onto the team for his skills with teaching coaching and guiding students in not just sports and games but life as well.

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Backyard Astronomer

 

Learn how to identify the stars and constellations seen in our local skies in this fun hands-on workshop. Using the Cabrillo planetarium and observatory you will see the wonders of the universe and learn about astronomy history, methods, equipment, and recent discoveries. Get a sense of distances to planets, stars and galaxies. Learn about Black holes, dark matter and the expanding universe.

Participants should dress warmly for outdoor observation at the observatory. In case of rain or fog, class will assemble in the planetarium.

This class is appropriate for students aged 10 and up w/ accompanying guardian.

2 Fri., Apr 17 & 24
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Room: 707

Register by Feb. 23: $58
Register after Feb. 23: $65

 

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Karl von Ahnen has been an amateur astronomer and telescope user since age 12. He served as lab instructor-assistant in the Cabrillo Astronomy Department for many years, and is the Director of the Fujitsu Planetarium at De Anza College, one of the largest school planetariums in the country.

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Creative Digital Photography I - Shooting with Natural Light  (ages 12-16) 

Learn the basics of shooting & processing great photographs with digital cameras. Topics covered will include visual image composition, getting the correct lighting for shooting outdoors, and using portable reflectors.  Walks around campus will allow for landscape photography, botanicals & floral, architecture, portraits & more.  Learn basic photographic image processing, including color corrections, contrast, workflow & editing from camera to digital darkroom using Adobe Photoshop. Students will also learn where & how to print their photographs.

DSLR camera recommended, though iphone /cell-phone camera are ok. Bring a thumb drive to store and take home edited images.

4 Tue., March 3 - 24 - CLASS CANCELED
3:30 - 6:00 pm
Room: 317

Register by Feb. 23: $85
Register after Feb. 23: $92

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Alixandra Mullins - see bio below

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Creative Digital Photography II - Shooting  & Image Blending/Compositing (ages 12-16)

Learn the basics of shooting & processing great photographs with digital cameras. Topics covered will include planning your image composition & getting the correct lighting for shooting outdoors. Walks around campus will allow for various subjects to be used as photographic image compositing elements including; botanicals & floral, architecture, portraits & more. Learn basic processing of your digital photography and tools for image compositing with Adobe Photoshop to take your digital photographs to the next level. Students will learn basic image blending, such as how to make selections & cut-outs to composite (blend) three or more images together for a final project.  Students will also learn where & how to print their photographs.

DSLR camera recommended, though iphone /cell-phone camera ok. Bring a thumb drive to store and take home edited images.

4 Tue., April 14 - May 5
3:30 - 6:00 pm
Room: 317

Register by Feb. 23: $85
Register after Feb. 23: $92

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Alixandra Mullins has been a  professional  photographic artist for over a decade with her images internationally licensed in the form of Greeting Cards, Puzzles and other items as far away as Europe, Australia & the Middle East. Alixandra  has also taught as a college-level  instructor for the Digital Media Departments at Gavilan College & Cabrillo College & is an active member of Professional Photographers of America.

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College Planning and Admissions:  How to Get In and How to Pay For It

If you are a parent with a high school student, this class will help you learn what you need to know to help your child search for a good college, understand what admission people are looking for, write that dreaded essay and create an excellent resume. Paying for college is the one of the largest expenditures most parents will face in their lifetimes. In this class we will discuss strategies that can help you reduce college costs.

High school students are encouraged to attend with their parent(s) at no extra cost.

2 Wed., March 4 & 11
6:45 - 8:45 pm
Room: 432

Register by Feb. 23: $54
Register after Feb. 23: $62

 

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Stephen Shapiro CPA, CFP, has advised individuals on financial matters for over 20 years and has led financial workshops since 1989.

Jennifer Decker Wade has worked in education for almost 20 years. She focuses on all aspects of college planning, applications, and admission and has helped hundreds of students successfully navigate the college admissions process.


 

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