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How can computer programmers help farmers grow their flowers? Participants will explore block coding in Scratch as they troubleshoot and complete a gardening game. They will learn about what they need to raise plants.
Participants will explore block coding in Scratch as they create and play a biome game. They will learn about four different biomes, including the animals that call each biome home!
Game Tynker (Grades 6-8)
Make your dreams a reality and become a video game designer! Participants will explore block coding as they fix a gravity maze game and continue to develop it into their own creation!
Circuit ‘O Lantern (Grades 2-3)
Boo! With spooky season
upon us, participants will learn about simple circuits and electricity
by building a simple circuit that resembles a jack-o-lantern or any
lantern of their choice. Kit provided
When Debra Thompson moved to the United States in 2010, she felt like she was returning to the land of her ancestors, those who had escaped to Canada via the Underground Railroad. But her decade-long journey across Canada and the US transformed her relationship to both countries, and to the very idea of home.
In The Long Road Home, Thompson follows the roots of Black identities in North America and the routes taken by those who have crisscrossed the world’s longest undefended border in search of freedom and belonging. She begins in Shrewsbury, Ontario, one of the termini of the Underground Railroad and the place where members of her own family found freedom. More than a century later, Thompson still feels the echoes and intergenerational trauma of North American slavery. She was often the Only One—the only Black person in so many white spaces—in a country that perpetuates the national mythology of multiculturalism.
Then she revisits her four American homes, each of which reveals something peculiar about the relationship between American racism and democracy: Boston, Massachusetts, the birthplace of the American Revolution; Athens, Ohio, where the white working class and the white liberal meet; Chicago, Illinois, the great Black metropolis; and Eugene, Oregon, the western frontier. She then moves across the border and settles in Montreal, a unique city with a long history of transnational Black activism, but one that does not easily accept the unfamiliar and the foreign into the fold.
The Long Road Home is a moving personal story and a vital examination of the nuances of racism in the United States and Canada. Above all, it is about the power of freedom and the dreams that link and inspire Black people across borders from the perspective of one who has deep ties to, critiques of, and hope for both countries.
X marks the spot! Participants will design and build their own treasure maze game using simple circuit components and craft materials. Your LED will light up when you find the treasure! Kit provided
For Bright and Eco-Friendly House (Grades 6-8)
On no! Our power went out due to electrical overloads. Participants will
learn how to build a night-activated circuit in order to prevent
electrical overloads in a house. They will also explore how to distribute light inside a house by designing and building a model house. Kit provided
Keep Breathing! (Grades 2-3)
Breathe in and HOLD! 1, 2, 3
phew! Participants will learn about how humans breathe in the air by
making a model of lungs and watching how the breathing process happens
inside our bodies! Kit provided
Run the Marble (Grades 4-5)
Become an engineer for the
day and learn about the engineering design cycle. Participants will
explore gravity and energy transformations by designing and building a
marble run track that goes on and on and…ON! Kit provided