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CODING

REQUIRES PREREQUISITE
BMD = Business Model Development Project (select course for more details)

GRADES K-2
$160 /MONTH
6 MONTH COURSE
1 SESSION/WEEK
1.5 HOURS/SESSION
Coding 101 ScratchJr introduces kids grades K-2 to computer programming using M.I.T.’s ScratchJr App visual programming language. ScratchJr is a color coded, drag and drop, block event-based system that kids are using to learn animation, game design and computer science. Students will learn the basic concepts behind storytelling, game design, computer programming and much more. Students will create animations and customize popular video games such as Cat-n-Mouse to understand the logic behind programming.
Some content students will be learning are:

  • Understand ScratchJr App visual programming interface (Sprites, Scripts, Backdrops, Costumes)
  • Storyboard, plan and design, develop and present projects.
  • Program stories, animations and games like Cat-n-Mouse and the Maze.
  • Be able to recognize simple programming commands and functions.
  • Be able to identify blocks, debug program and test scripts.
Tablets are used in this class and loaners are available.

ScratchJr System Requirements:

  • ScratchJr runs on both iPads and Android tablets.
  • It will run on any iPad 2 or later, including all iPad minis, with iOS 7.0 or later installed. Note that newer versions of ScratchJr will only run on iOS 8+.
  • It also runs on any Android tablet, 7-inches or larger, that are running Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean MR1) or higher. It does not need web-access to run. We recommend iPads running iOS 9 or greater and Android tablets running Android 5 (Kit Kat) or higher.
GRADES 3-8
$180 /MONTH
9 MONTH COURSE
1 SESSION/WEEK
1.5 HOURS/SESSION
Coding 201 Scratch teaches kids the fundamental of computer programming and game design using M.I.T. Scratch visual programming language. The drag-n-drop application teaches kids to understand the basic concepts of programming and debugging skills. Kids grades 3-8 will learn how to design story boards, develop simple to advanced games like Galaga and Pac-Man to heighten their programming skills with logic operators, loops, variables and more. Students will design, develop and present their final project to conclude Scratch programming skills.
Some content students will be learning are:

  • Mastering the Scratch visual programming language.
  • Be able to design and debug programs including the Galaga, Pac-Man and more.
  • Be able to recognize advance programming syntaxes and functions.
  • Can storyboard, plan, design and test their games.
Students must bring their notebook, laptop with up-to-date antivirus software, power cord and usernames/password to access laptop if necessary. AccelerateKID is not liable for laptops with viruses/malware and lost usernames/passwords.

Scratch System Requirements:

  • Web browser: Chrome 35 or later, Firefox 31 or later, Internet Explorer 8 or later.
  • Adobe Flash Player Version 10.2 or later.
  • Minimal Supported Screen Resolution: 1024×768
GRADES 3-8
$180 /MONTH
9 MONTH COURSE
1 SESSION/WEEK
1.5 HOURS/SESSION
Coding 301 Bitsbox  teaches kids grades 5-8 the fundamentals of JavaScript programming language using the Bitsbox. AccelerateKID uses Bitsbox  to introduce students to typed programming languages and syntaxes, and to prepare them for more the more advanced languages like Python and Java. Students will develop an understanding of typed code, including syntax, arrays, functions, and other basics of programming. Students will design and develop programs that can be run on computers or tablet devices throughout the course using the skills they learn, and will eventually create their own program.
Some content students will be learning are:

  • Learn to write and debug JavaScript programming language.
  • Be able to identify and use data types, arrays, functions, parameters, and loops.
  • Incorporate logic and creativity to develop and run Bitsbox programs.
  • Understand app design process with storyboard and presentations.
  • Understand practices in coding such as commenting and appropriate while space.
  • Design, implement and test functions.
Students must bring their notebook, laptop with up-to-date antivirus software, power cord and usernames/password to access laptop if necessary. AccelerateKID is not liable for laptops with viruses/malware and lost usernames/passwords. Students must have taken the Coding 201 and have proficient typing skills (10 words per minute).

System Requirements:

  • Microsoft Windows®: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 (32/64 bit)
    • 1 GB ram
    • 1 GHz processor or faster
    • Minimal supported screen resolution—1024*600
    • At Least 100 MB of Available Hard Disk space
  • Apple Macintosh®: Mac 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8 with the latest service packs
    • 1 GB ram
    • 1 GHz processor or faster
    • Minimal supported screen resolution—1024*600
    • At Least 100 MB of Available Hard Disk space
GRADES 5-8
$180 /MONTH
9 MONTH COURSE
1 SESSION/WEEK
1.5 HOURS/SESSION
Coding 401 Python builds upon the foundation of programming knowledge developed in previous courses in order to create more advanced programs in the Python language. AccelerateKid uses Python in order to further prepare students for Java programming by expanding on their basic practices and knowledge. Students will apply their understanding of basics such as loops and data types, and work more thoroughly with programming syntax in order to develop longer programs as well as videos games using Pygames. Students will design and develop programs such as text based adventures and randomizers. Students will also be able to create user interfaces and output images for the user to interact and play games with using Pygames.
Some content students will be learning are:

  • Learn to write and debug Python programming language.
  • Be able to manage data output, code organization, and large programs.
  • Incorporate sequential reasoning in order to develop efficient programs.
  • Understand app design process with storyboard and presentations.
  • Understand loops, tables, arrays, lists and more.
  • Design, implement and test functions.
Students must bring their notebook, laptop with up-to-date antivirus software, power cord and usernames/password to access laptop if necessary. AccelerateKID is not liable for laptops with viruses/malware and lost usernames/passwords. Students must have taken the Coding 301 and have proficient typing skills (25 words per minute).

System Requirements:

  • Microsoft Windows®: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 (32/64 bit)
    • 1 GB ram
    • 1 GHz processor or faster
    • Minimal supported screen resolution—1024*600
    • At Least 100 MB of Available Hard Disk space
  • Apple Macintosh®: Mac 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8 with the latest service packs
    • 1 GB ram
    • 1 GHz processor or faster
    • Minimal supported screen resolution—1024*600
    • At Least 100 MB of Available Hard Disk space
GRADES 5-8
$180 /MONTH
9 MONTH COURSE
1 SESSION/WEEK
1.5 HOURS/SESSION
**BUSINESS MODEL DEVELOPMENT**

Coding 501 Java course is for kids grades 5-8 and have successfully completed AccelerateKID Coding 401 App Inventor course. The class allows students to continue app design using the Java programming language for Android development. Students will complete group exercises and individual projects to develop apps using Android SDK, Android Studio, Eclipse and plugins. Students will learn the process of developing and launching an app onto the Google Play, understand XML markup language and Object Oriented Programming.

BUSINESS MODEL DESCRIPTION:
Students will develop their own business based on the technology skills they have acquired in order to help solve a problem that they identify with in today’s world. Each student will complete their own lean canvas and determine the business’s solutions, customers, marketing strategy, key advantages, expenses and revenues, metrics to measure success and failure, and how the business can impact the community.

Some content students will be learning are:

  • Understand the basics Java syntax for variables, data types, math operations, tables, loops, arrays and more.
  • Understand how to apply advanced user inputs, comments, print statements, conditional statements and more.
  • Be able to make an app interactive, design simple graphical user interface and develop work flow.
  • Understand app development process including storyboard, design, testing and presentations.
  • Be able to design app for games, social network, voice command and more.
Students must bring their notebook, laptop with up-to-date antivirus software, power cord and usernames/password to access laptop if necessary. AccelerateKID is not liable for laptops with viruses/malware and lost usernames/passwords. Students must have taken the Coding 401 and have proficient typing skills (25 words per minute).

System Requirements:
Windows:

  • Microsoft® Windows® 8/7/Vista (32- or 64-bit)
  • 2 GB RAM minimum, 4 GB RAM recommended
  • 400 MB hard disk space
  • At least 1 GB for Android SDK, emulator system images, and caches
  • 1280 x 800 minimum screen resolution
  • Java Development Kit (JDK) 7
  • Optional for accelerated emulator: Intel® processor with support for Intel® VT-x, Intel® EM64T (Intel® 64), and Execute Disable (XD) Bit functionality

Mac OS X:

  • Mac® OS X® 10.8.5 or higher, up to 10.9 (Mavericks)
  • 2 GB RAM minimum, 4 GB RAM recommended
  • 400 MB hard disk space
  • At least 1 GB for Android SDK, emulator system images, and caches
  • 1280 x 800 minimum screen resolution
  • Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 6
  • Java Development Kit (JDK) 7
  • Optional for accelerated emulator: Intel® processor with support for Intel® VT-x, Intel® EM64T (Intel® 64), and Execute Disable (XD) Bit functionality

On Mac OS, run Android Studio with Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 6 for optimized font rendering. You can then configure your project to use Java Development Kit (JDK) 6 or JDK 7.

Linux:

  • GNOME or KDE desktop
  • GNU C Library (glibc) 2.15 or later
  • 2 GB RAM minimum, 4 GB RAM recommended
  • 400 MB hard disk space
  • At least 1 GB for Android SDK, emulator system images, and caches
  • 1280 x 800 minimum screen resolution
  • Oracle® Java Development Kit (JDK) 7
  • 64-bit distribution capable of running 32-bit applications

GAME DESIGN

REQUIRES PREREQUISITE
BMD = Business Model Development Project (select course for more details)

GRADES K-2
$160 /MONTH
6 MONTH COURSE
1 SESSION/WEEK
1.5 HOURS/SESSION
Minecraft 101 is for kids grades K-2 to learn and use the Minecraft Pocket Edition (PE) to build and develop their game design skills in the creative and survival mode. They will understand the PE functions and tools, develop their creativity through designs, learn the creative and survival modes, problem solve issues, work in teams or individually, and present the creations. Students will design their personal world as the final project to show their skill using the Minecraft PE. Students must have a Minecraft PE account to be used in class.
Some content students will be learning are:

  • Understand the basics controls, game items and system configuration for the Minecraft PE Creative and Survival modes.
  • Be able to design towns, landmarks and arenas in the Creative world.
  • Be able to successfully collect items for inventory to survive the End dimension and beat the Ender Dragon in the Survival world.
  • Understand game design process including storyboard, layout, testing and presentations.
  • Learn to craft items including wood, diamonds, crafting tables, swords, pickaxe, TNT, chests, torch, bow and arrow, beacon, redstones and more.
Tablets are used in this class and loaners are available. Students must have a Minecraft PE account (purchase separately).

System Requirements:

  • Android Tablet Requirements: – Android 4.2 “Jelly Bean” (MCPE 0.11.1 & under require Android 3.0 and up; MCPE 0.7.2 & under require Android 2.3.0 and up)
  • iOS Tablet Requirements: – iOS 8.0 (MCPE 0.14.3 & under require iOS 6; MCPE 0.14.1 requires iOS 5; MCPE 0.7.2 & under require iOS 4.3.3 and up)
GRADES 2-8
$180 /MONTH
9 MONTH COURSE
1 SESSION/WEEK
1.5 HOURS/SESSION
Minecraft 201 is for kids grades 3-8 to use the Minecraft PC/Mac Edition to go beyond playing and learn the sandbox game and its backend technology prior to managing their own Minecraft server. AccelerateKID uses the PC Edition (NOT for the Pocket, Xbox or tablet) to teach students server building, game design, modding and computer programming. Students will learn about file management, program compatibility, navigating directories, acquiring resource packs, installing multiple mods and much more. The goal is to transition kids to understanding Minecraft’s game and technical configuration to advance into the Minecraft 301 Server class.
Some content students will be learning are:

  • Understand the basics controls, game items and system configuration for the Minecraft Creative and Survival modes.
  • Understand different game options and rendering including depth of field, FOV, Vsync and more.
  • Be able to design in the Creative world and complete the Survival world.
  • Understand game design process including storyboard, layout, testing and presentations.
  • Learn to craft items including wood, diamonds, crafting tables, swords, pickaxe, TNT, chests, torch, bow and arrow, beacon, redstones, music disc and more.
  • Understand file management, navigating directories, copying and pasting files, how to be safe downloading files online, how to acquire fan-made maps, skins, resource packs, and finally large, total conversion mods and more.
  • Be able to install, repair and manage the different mods for Minecraft.
  • Be able to successfully configure and play new resource packs, new maps or new mods.
Students must bring their notebook, laptop with up-to-date antivirus software and Minecraft PC/Mac Edition installed, power cord and usernames/password to access laptop if necessary. AccelerateKID is not liable for laptops with viruses/malware and lost usernames/passwords. Students must have proficient typing skills (25 words per minute). 

System Requirements:

  • A computer with the minimum requirements should be able to play Minecraft. However, for the best experience, please consider the recommended requirements.
  • Minecraft Release 1.6 or newer. Older versions will need to be updated to current versions
  • Please note that some users experience issues playing Minecraft while using a mismatched version of Java for their operating system (32 or 64 bit), while using certain versions of Java 7, or while multiple versions of Java are installed

Minimum Requirements:

  • CPU: Intel Pentium D or AMD Athlon 64 (K8) 2.6 GHz
  • RAM: 2GB
  • GPU (Integrated): Intel HD Graphics or AMD (formerly ATI) Radeon HD Graphics with OpenGL 2.1
  • GPU (Discrete): Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT or AMD Radeon HD 2400 with OpenGL 3.1
  • HDD: At least 200MB for Game Core and Other Files
  • Java 6 Release 45

Recommended Requirements:

  • CPU: Intel Core i3 or AMD Athlon II (K10) 2.8 GHz
  • RAM: 4GB
  • GPU: GeForce 2xx Series or AMD Radeon HD 5xxx Series (Excluding Integrated Chipsets) with OpenGL 3.3
  • HDD: 1GB
  • Latest release of Java 7 from java.com
GRADES 5-8
$180 /MONTH
9 MONTH COURSE
1 SESSION/WEEK
1.5 HOURS/SESSION
Minecraft 301 Server and Game Design will teach kids grades 5-8 to install their own Minecraft Server and design games on their server using the popular sandbox Minecraft game. AccelerateKID uses the PC Edition (NOT for the Pocket, Xbox or tablet) to teach students server building, game design, entrepreneurship and computer programming. The class will allow students to master Minecraft technology by implementing a server, understanding port forward and creating game arenas. Students will design different games including PVP, Spleef, Capture the Flag and more.
Some content students will be learning are:

  • Understand game design process including storyboard, layout, testing and presentations.
  • Install Minecraft server and server plug-in software including Bukkit, World Edit, World Guard, Multiverse Portal and other plugins.
  • Understand, configure and troubleshoot Port Forward on routers.
  • Understand game design process with storyboard and presentations.
  • Be able to design arenas for different games including PVP, Spleef, Capture the Flag and Hunger Games.
Students must bring their notebook, laptop with up-to-date antivirus software and Minecraft PC/Mac Edition installed, power cord and usernames/password to access laptop if necessary. AccelerateKID is not liable for laptops with viruses/malware and lost usernames/passwords. Students must have proficient typing skills (25 words per minute).

System Requirements:

  • A computer with the minimum requirements should be able to play Minecraft. However, for the best experience, please consider the recommended requirements.
  • Minecraft Release 1.6 or newer. Older versions will need to be updated to current versions
  • Please note that some users experience issues playing Minecraft while using a mismatched version of Java for their operating system (32 or 64 bit), while using certain versions of Java 7, or while multiple versions of Java are installed

Minimum Requirements:

  • CPU: Intel Pentium D or AMD Athlon 64 (K8) 2.6 GHz
  • RAM: 2GB
  • GPU (Integrated): Intel HD Graphics or AMD (formerly ATI) Radeon HD Graphics with OpenGL 2.1
  • GPU (Discrete): Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT or AMD Radeon HD 2400 with OpenGL 3.1
  • HDD: At least 200MB for Game Core and Other Files
  • Java 6 Release 45

Recommended Requirements:

  • CPU: Intel Core i3 or AMD Athlon II (K10) 2.8 GHz
  • RAM: 4GB
  • GPU: GeForce 2xx Series or AMD Radeon HD 5xxx Series (Excluding Integrated Chipsets) with OpenGL 3.3
  • HDD: 1GB
  • Latest release of Java 7 from java.com
GRADES 5-8
$180 /MONTH
9 MONTH COURSE
1 SESSION/WEEK
1.5 HOURS/SESSION
Minecraft 401 Python will teach kids grades 5-8 how to use Python programming language with their Minecraft server that was built in Minecraft 301 course. AccelerateKID uses the Minecraft PC Edition (NOT for the Pocket, Xbox or tablet) to teach students server building, game design, entrepreneurship and computer programming. Python is the programming language to start prior to more advanced languages including Java. The goal is for students to learn the basics of Python language to create new features and items in their Minecraft server and client.
Some content students will be learning are:

  • Understand how to write and debug Python programming language.
  • Understand game design process including storyboard, layout, testing and presentations.
  • Understand how Minecraft API’s work with Python language.
  • Be able to program Minecraft in Python language to teleport players, make trap doors, grow forests, stack blocks and more.
  • Be able to use variables, strings, functions, inputs and outputs, loops, lists, classes and other Python syntaxes.
Students must bring their notebook, laptop with up-to-date antivirus software and Minecraft PC/Mac Edition installed, power cord and usernames/password to access laptop if necessary. AccelerateKID is not liable for laptops with viruses/malware and lost usernames/passwords. Students must have taken the Minecraft 301 and have proficient typing skills (25 words per minute).

System Requirements:

  • A computer with the minimum requirements should be able to play Minecraft. However, for the best experience, please consider the recommended requirements.
  • Minecraft Release 1.6 or newer. Older versions will need to be updated to current versions
  • Please note that some users experience issues playing Minecraft while using a mismatched version of Java for their operating system (32 or 64 bit), while using certain versions of Java 7, or while multiple versions of Java are installed

Minimum Requirements:

  • CPU: Intel Pentium D or AMD Athlon 64 (K8) 2.6 GHz
  • RAM: 2GB
  • GPU (Integrated): Intel HD Graphics or AMD (formerly ATI) Radeon HD Graphics with OpenGL 2.1
  • GPU (Discrete): Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT or AMD Radeon HD 2400 with OpenGL 3.1
  • HDD: At least 200MB for Game Core and Other Files
  • Java 6 Release 45

Recommended Requirements:

  • CPU: Intel Core i3 or AMD Athlon II (K10) 2.8 GHz
  • RAM: 4GB
  • GPU: GeForce 2xx Series or AMD Radeon HD 5xxx Series (Excluding Integrated Chipsets) with OpenGL 3.3
  • HDD: 1GB
  • Latest release of Java 7 from java.com
GRADES 5-8
$180 /MONTH
9 MONTH COURSE
1 SESSION/WEEK
1.5 HOURS/SESSION
**BUSINESS MODEL DEVELOPMENT**

Minecraft 501 Java Mod will teach kids grades 5-8 how to use Java programming language with their Minecraft server that was built in Minecraft 301 course. AccelerateKID uses the Minecraft PC Edition (NOT for the Pocket, Xbox or tablet) to teach students server building, game design, entrepreneurship and computer programming. Minecraft modding is the most popular feature and knowledge of Java is necessary. The goal is for students to learn Java language and create mods in their Minecraft server and client.

BUSINESS MODEL DESCRIPTION:
Students will develop their own business based on the technology skills they have acquired in order to help solve a problem that they identify with in today’s world. Each student will complete their own lean canvas and determine the business’s solutions, customers, marketing strategy, key advantages, expenses and revenues, metrics to measure success and failure, and how the business can impact the community.

Some content students will be learning are:

  • Understand the basics Java syntax for variables, data types, math operations, tables, loops, arrays and more.
  • Understand how to apply advanced user inputs, comments, print statements, conditional statements and more.
  • Understand game design process including storyboard, layout, testing and presentations.
  • Be able to use tools to mod Minecraft including Java SE (Standard Edition) and JDK (Java Development Kit).
  • Be able to compile, debug and troubleshoot programs to create your own items including blocks, armor and recipe.
Students must bring their notebook, laptop with up-to-date antivirus software, power cord and usernames/password to access laptop if necessary. AccelerateKID is not liable for laptops with viruses/malware and lost usernames/passwords. Students must have taken the Coding 401 and have proficient typing skills (25 words per minute).

System Requirements:

  • A computer with the minimum requirements should be able to play Minecraft. However, for the best experience, please consider the recommended requirements.
  • Minecraft Release 1.6 or newer. Older versions will need to be updated to current versions
  • Please note that some users experience issues playing Minecraft while using a mismatched version of Java for their operating system (32 or 64 bit), while using certain versions of Java 7, or while multiple versions of Java are installed

Minimum Requirements:

  • CPU: Intel Pentium D or AMD Athlon 64 (K8) 2.6 GHz
  • RAM: 2GB
  • GPU (Integrated): Intel HD Graphics or AMD (formerly ATI) Radeon HD Graphics with OpenGL 2.1
  • GPU (Discrete): Nvidia GeForce 9600 GT or AMD Radeon HD 2400 with OpenGL 3.1
  • HDD: At least 200MB for Game Core and Other Files
  • Java 6 Release 45

Recommended Requirements:

  • CPU: Intel Core i3 or AMD Athlon II (K10) 2.8 GHz
  • RAM: 4GB
  • GPU: GeForce 2xx Series or AMD Radeon HD 5xxx Series (Excluding Integrated Chipsets) with OpenGL 3.3
  • HDD: 1GB
  • Latest release of Java 7 from java.com

ROBOTICS

REQUIRES PREREQUISITE
BMD = Business Model Development (select course for more details)

GRADES K-2
$160 /MONTH
6 MONTH COURSE
1 SESSION/WEEK
1 HOUR/SESSION
Robotics 101 Blockly is for kids grades K-2 to be introduced to robotics and computer programming using the Wonder Workshop’s Dash robots and apps. Students will learn how to program functional robotic through practical exercises including controlling the robots using the Go app, completing challenging courses using Path app and programming it to be autonomous using Blockly app, a drag-and-drop visual programming language. The goal is to have students successfully use the Blockly app to build programs to complete robotic projects.
Some content students will be learning are:

  • Understand the basics functions and mechanics of the Wonder Workshop Dash robots.
  • Understand how the apps are use to control, maneuver and program the robots.
  • Be able to control Dash robot through races, mazes and digital courses using the Go and Path apps.
  • Be able to program the Dash robot to become autonomous and complete exercises using the Blockly app.
Laptop is provided.

System Requirements:
iOS 7.1 or newer

  • iPad 3 or newer,
  • iPad Air,
  • iPad Mini

iOS 8.1 or newer (Go app only)

  • iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, 6+,
  • iPod Touch 5

Android 4.4 (KitKat) or newer

  • Nexus 7 (2013 / 2nd generation),
  • Nexus 9,
  • Galaxy Note 10.1 or newer,
  • Galaxy Note Pro 12.2,
  • Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, 10.1,
  • Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, 8.0, 10.1
  • Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4,
  • Galaxy Tab S 8.4, 10.5
  • Galaxy S4, S5 (Go app only)
GRADES 3-8
$180 /MONTH
9 MONTH COURSE
1 SESSION/WEEK
1.5 HOURS/SESSION
Robotics 201 LEGO EV3 is for kids grades 2-8 to be introduced to robotics and computer programming using the LEGO Mindstorms robots and the EV3 programming software. Students will learn the functions and mechanics of the LEGO robots including sensors, switches, blocks and more. The class will introduce students to computer programming using the EV3 visual programming, drag-and-drop software to complete projects including the roomba, robo parade, sumo challenge and more. The goal is to have students learn the EV3 software to build an autonomous LEGO robot.
Some content students will be learning are:

  • Understand the basics features, functions and mechanics of the LEGO Mindstorms robots.
  • Understand how the EV3 programming software is used to command the LEGO robots sensors, switches, blocks, motors and more.
  • Be able to program the LEGO robot using its ultrasonic sensor, touch sensor, light sensor, sound sensor and motors to achieve projects.
  • Be able to work in teams, build robots and problem solve robots technical issues.
  • Learn how to operate and manage the LEGO Mindstorms robots.
Laptop is provided.

System Requirements:

Microsoft Windows®: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 (excluding METRO)

  • (32/64 bit) with the latest service packs
  • 1 GB ram
  • 1 GHz processor or faster
  • Minimal supported screen resolution—1024×600
  • At Least 1.5 GB of Available Hard Disk space

Apple Macintosh®: Mac 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8 with the latest service packs

  • 1 GB ram
  • 1 GHz processor or faster
  • Minimal supported screen resolution—1024×600
  • At Least 1.5 GB of Available Hard Disk space
GRADES 5-8
$180 /MONTH
9 MONTH COURSE
2 SESSIONS/WEEK
1.5 HOURS/SESSION
Robotics 301 Tournament Team is for kids grades 5-8 to participate and compete for the AccelerateKID robotic team. The students will be coached and mentor by experienced instructors to build, program, problem solve and collaborate as a team. Kids will compete at local First LEGO League (FLL) and Robofest competitions. The class will prepare the students through practical exercises, team building activities and provide the resources to work in a collaborative environment. AccelerateKID will be responsible for the competition fees, team t-shirts, robots and accessories. Each kid will have the opportunity to learn about teamwork, presentation skills, responsibility, robot building, computer programming and much more.
Some content students will be learning are:

  • Understand the basics features, functions and mechanics of the LEGO Mindstorms robots.
  • Understand how the EV3 programming software is used in the competition to command the LEGO robots sensors, switches, blocks, motors and more.
  • Be able to program the LEGO robot using its ultrasonic sensor, loop sensor, light sensor and motors to achieve competition challenges.
  • Be able to work in teams, build and program robots and problem solve technical issues.
  • Learn how to operate and manage the LEGO Mindstorms robots during FLL and Robofest competitions.
Students must bring their notebook, laptop with up-to-date antivirus software, power cord and usernames/password to access laptop if necessary. AccelerateKID is not liable for laptops with viruses/malware and lost usernames/passwords.

System Requirements:

Microsoft Windows®: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 (excluding METRO)

  • (32/64 bit) with the latest service packs
  • 1 GB ram
  • 1 GHz processor or faster
  • Minimal supported screen resolution—1024×600
  • At Least 1.5 GB of Available Hard Disk space

Apple Macintosh®: Mac 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8 with the latest service packs

  • 1 GB ram
  • 1 GHz processor or faster
  • Minimal supported screen resolution—1024×600
  • At Least 1.5 GB of Available Hard Disk space
GRADES 5-8
$180 /MONTH
9 MONTH COURSE
1 SESSION/WEEK
1.5 HOURS/SESSION
**BUSINESS MODEL DEVELOPMENT**

Robotics 401 Java is for kids grades 5-8 to learn Java programming language with the LEGO Mindstorms NXT robots using leJOS. This is an advance robotic programming class for students who wants to learn Java with robotics. Students will learn the basic of Java language, syntaxes and commands to program the LEGO robots using leJOS NXJ. The goal is increase the knowledge of robotics, its advantages and other capabilities by using programming languages like Java.

BUSINESS MODEL DESCRIPTION:
Students will develop their own business based on the technology skills they have acquired in order to help solve a problem that they identify with in today’s world. Each student will complete their own lean canvas and determine the business’s solutions, customers, marketing strategy, key advantages, expenses and revenues, metrics to measure success and failure, and how the business can impact the community.

Some content students will be learning are:

  • Understand the basics Java syntax for variables, data types, math operations, tables, loops, arrays and more.
  • Understand how to apply advanced user inputs, comments, print statements, conditional statements and more.
  • Be able to use leJOS to access standard sensors and motors including ultrasonic distance sensor, touch sensor, sound sensor and light sensor.
  • Be able to use Java programming language and its object-oriented structure to take advantage of the LEGO robots functions.
  • Learn to compile, debug and troubleshoot programs.
Students must bring their notebook, laptop with up-to-date antivirus software, power cord and usernames/password to access laptop if necessary. AccelerateKID is not liable for laptops with viruses/malware and lost usernames/passwords.

System Requirements:

Microsoft Windows®: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 (excluding METRO)

  • (32/64 bit) with the latest service packs
  • 1 GB ram
  • 1 GHz processor or faster
  • Minimal supported screen resolution—1024×600
  • At Least 1.5 GB of Available Hard Disk space

Apple Macintosh®: Mac 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8 with the latest service packs

  • 1 GB ram
  • 1 GHz processor or faster
  • Minimal supported screen resolution—1024×600
  • At Least 1.5 GB of Available Hard Disk space
GRADES 5-8
$180 /MONTH
9 MONTH COURSE
1 SESSION/WEEK
1.5 HOURS/SESSION
**BUSINESS MODEL DEVELOPMENT**

Robotics 501 CoDrone course is for kids grades 5-8 and have successfully completed the AccelerateKID Robotics 401 Java course. The class allows students to build and learn about drone technology using Robolink’s CoDrone, programming with Arduino IDE which uses C/C++ languages, and custom CoDrone coding library to simplify the coding for educational purposes. The CoDrone is safe and for indoor use only. Students will learn the basics of variables, control statements, automation, advanced feedback control and how to write their own programming libraries.

BUSINESS MODEL DESCRIPTION:
Students will develop their own business based on the technology skills they have acquired in order to help solve a problem that they identify with in today’s world. Each student will complete their own lean canvas and determine the business’s solutions, customers, marketing strategy, key advantages, expenses and revenues, metrics to measure success and failure, and how the business can impact the community.

Some content students will be learning are:

  • Understand the basics syntax for variables, control statements, automation, feedback control and more.
  • Understand how to apply Arduino IDE and program with C/C++ languages.
  • Be able to build a function and programmable drone.
  • Understand drone design and development process including storyboard, design, testing and presentation.
  • Be able to write programming libraries for drone.
Students mustbring their notebook, laptop with up-to-date antivirus software, power cord and usernames/password to access laptop if necessary. AccelerateKID is not liable for laptops with viruses/malware and lost usernames/passwords. Students must have taken the Coding 401 and have proficient typing skills (25 words per minute).

System Requirements:

Microsoft Windows®: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 (excluding METRO)

  • Microsoft® Windows® 8/7/Vista (32- or 64-bit)
  • 2 GB RAM minimum, 4 GB RAM recommended
  • 400 MB hard disk space
  • At least 1 GB for Android SDK, emulator system images, and caches
  • 1280 x 800 minimum screen resolution
  • Java Development Kit (JDK) 7
  • Optional for accelerated emulator: Intel® processor with support for Intel® VT-x, Intel® EM64T (Intel® 64), and Execute Disable (XD) Bit functionality

Apple Macintosh®: Mac® OS X® 10.8.5 or higher, up to 10.9 (Mavericks)

  • 2 GB RAM minimum, 4 GB RAM recommended
  • 400 MB hard disk space
  • At least 1 GB for Android SDK, emulator system images, and caches
  • 1280 x 800 minimum screen resolution/li>
  • Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 6
  • Java Development Kit (JDK) 7
  • Optional for accelerated emulator: Intel® processor with support for Intel® VT-x, Intel® EM64T (Intel® 64), and Execute Disable (XD) Bit functionality

DIGITAL ARTS

REQUIRES PREREQUISITE
BMD = Business Model Development (select course for more details)

GRADES 5-8
$180 /MONTH
9 MONTH COURSE
1 SESSION/WEEK
1.5 HOURS/SESSION
**BUSINESS MODEL DEVELOPMENT**

Does your child aspire to be the next Mark Zuckerburg? The Entrepreneurship Class will develop the next generation of kid entrepreneurs by providing students the knowledge and tools to identify business opportunities. It will help students validate, plan and implement their ideas. Kids will develop a business model using our AccelerateKid lean canvas to identify problems, solutions, customers, marketing strategy, key advantages, expenses and revenues, metrics to measure success and failure, and how the business can impact the community. The goal is to have students build a business, learn the etiquette of pitching, develop presentation slides and design a professional website.

Some content students will be learning are:

  • Develop a business model using our AccelerateKID lean canvas.
  • Understand the interface and features Wix web design software.
  • Learn to map out and plan a webpage with menus, links, images, social media and more.
  • Learn best practices for designing a user friendly, simple interface and impactful website.
  • Be able to build and promote a great website with different media format, video clips, and more.
  • Learn to map out and plan a website, Learn best practices for web design, i.e color layout techniques.
  • Be able to identify common tags used in HTML and CSS.
  • Understand how to build retail shopping carts, blog site and/or donation.
Students must bring their notebook, laptop with up-to-date antivirus software, power cord and usernames/password to access laptop if necessary. AccelerateKID is not liable for laptops with viruses/malware and lost usernames/passwords. Students must have taken the Coding 201 and have proficient typing skills (25 words per minute).

System Requirements:

  • Wix is compatible with Internet Explorer (version 9 and above), Firefox, Chrome and Safari.
  • Microsoft does not support IE9 on Windows XP. If you’re using Windows XP, we suggest you use another browser.
GRADES 5-8
$180 /MONTH
9 MONTH COURSE
1 SESSION/WEEK
1.5 HOURS/SESSION
Completion of Coding 201 Scratch Sr is required before taking this course. The Animation 301 Unity is for kids grades 5-8 to design 3D animation and video games using the Unity Game Design Engine. Students in this course will learn to use the Unity software with C# (C-sharp) programming language. Unity is utilized by companies such as Cartoon Network Studios. The class will apply creativity and programming skills to create 2D and 3D games and animation. Assignments in this course will consist of learning to use Unity 5 to create games. Unity allows students to not only create their own characters but also to code them utilizing both 3D technology and the coding language C#.
Some content students will be learning are:

  • Understand the interface and features of the Unity Game Design Engine software.
  • Learn how to design animated video games like Pick-up, Asteriods, Brick Breaker and more .
  • Be able to storyboard ideas, design animation, and present student projects.
  • Learn the basic of C# programming language to write scripts for objects and sprites.
  • Learn how to use the Unity game components including artwork, 3D models, animation, audio files and more.
Students must bring their notebook, laptop with up-to-date antivirus software, power cord and usernames/password to access laptop if necessary. AccelerateKID is not liable for laptops with viruses/malware and lost usernames/passwords.

System Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7 or 8; Mac OS X 10.8 or newer
  • Windows Vista is not supported
  • GPU: Graphics card with DX9 (shader model 2.0) capabilities. Anything made since 2004 should work.
  • The rest mostly depends on the complexity of your projects.

Additional platform development requirements:

  • iOS: Mac computer running minimum OS X 10.9.4 version and Xcode 6.x.
  • Android: Android SDK and Java Development Kit (JDK).
  • Windows 8/8.1 Store Apps / Windows Phone 8/8.1: 64 bit Windows 8.1 Pro and Visual Studio 2013 Update 2+.
  • Blackberry: 32 bit Java Runtime (JRE)
GRADES 5-8
$180 /MONTH
9 MONTH COURSE
1 SESSION/WEEK
1.5 HOURS/SESSION
**BUSINESS MODEL DEVELOPMENT**

Digital Arts Video 301 YouTube is for kids grades 5-8 to stream video, record different types of video and design professional looking videos using Microsoft MovieMaker, Apple iMovie, YouTube Editor and Open Broadcast Software. Students will learn different methods to record their gameplay into videos, edit intro videos, render professional looking videos and much more. Every business has a website or a blog site. Students will learn how to storyboard to properly plan, design and execute video production and present their projects.

BUSINESS MODEL DESCRIPTION:
Students will develop their own business based on the technology skills they have acquired in order to help solve a problem that they identify with in today’s world. Each student will complete their own lean canvas and determine the business’s solutions, customers, marketing strategy, key advantages, expenses and revenues, metrics to measure success and failure, and how the business can impact the community.

Some content students will be learning are:

  • Understand the interface and features of the YouTube Editor, iMovie, MovieMaker and/or Open Broadcast Software.
  • Learn to map out and plan a video for production including a 30sec, 60sec and 3-5 minute video.
  • Learn best practices for editing and rendering videos, i.e. camera techniques, kerning, lighting and more.
  • Be able to build and promote a great YouTube channel with audio, video and more.
  • Be able to identify common type of video methods and applications.
  • Understand how to build different type of videos including gameplay, music video, stop-motion animation, introduction video and more.
Students must bring their notebook, laptop with up-to-date antivirus software, power cord and usernames/password to access laptop if necessary. AccelerateKID is not liable for laptops with viruses/malware and lost usernames/passwords.

System Requirements:
Open Broadcaster System Requirements:

  • Processor: 300 MHz or better
  • Memory: 256 MB RAM or better
  • Storage: 1 GB of disk space depending on the media.
  • Display: No Display is required for the server.
  • API: PHP, Python

OB Player Application:

  • Processor: ARM Cortex, Intel Celeron or better
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Storage: Minimum 1 GB
  • Display: Minimum 640X480 screen resolution. HDMI for HD content.
  • Audio: Analog Input/Output and/or Digital HDMI, SPDIF.
GRADES 5-8
$180 /MONTH
9 MONTH COURSE
1 SESSION/WEEK
1.5 HOURS/SESSION
3D Printing is a course that teaches kids grades 5-8 years to design 3D (3-Dimensional) models using Autodesk TinkerCAD and Meshmixer programs and to 3D print using Makerbot Desktop software. The class encourages students to use creativity in troubleshooting, engineering and product design. This is a great course to introduce children to 3D printing, and the basic fundamentals of design within a 3D environment.
Some content students will be learning are:

  • Understand the basics functions and mechanics of a 3D printer.
  • Understand how the 3D modeling and printing software works together.
  • Be able to storyboard ideas, design and print 3D models, and present student projects.
  • Be able design 3D models including medallion, rocket, bobblehead and more.
  • Learn how to operate a 3D printer and use Makerbot Desktop software for printing.
  • Learn how to use the Autodesk TinkerCAD and Meshmixer programs for 3D modeling.
Students must bring their notebook, laptop with up-to-date antivirus software, power cord and usernames/password to access laptop if necessary. AccelerateKID is not liable for laptops with viruses/malware and lost usernames/passwords.

TinkerCAD System Requirements:

  • Browsers that work best with Tinkercad: Google Chrome 10 (or newer) Mozilla FireFox 4 (or newer)
  • Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows 7 or later Apple OS X 10.6 or later Google Chrome OS on Chromebooks
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STUDENT TO INSTRUCTOR RATIO

We tailor every lesson plan to each child's individual needs; focusing on obtainable goals while also introducing new challenges to encourage kids to positively step outside of their comfort zone. Contact us if you need any help finding the right course for your child.


REAL WORLD CURRICULUM
Our proven curriculum encourages kids to think outside the box through the wonderment of technology. Classes introduce entrepreneurship skills including confidence in presentation, task management, story-boarding/conceptualizing, organization, and in select courses business model development (with our AccelerateKID lean canvas). Our instructors provide mentorship as experienced professionals in the tech industry.

FULFILLMENT
Every 3 months, we assess each student with an individualized evaluation to identify his or hers strengths and any areas needing more attention to ensure each student fulfills their highest potential and achieves a long-term advantage in a competitive world.

FLEXIBILITY
AccelerateKID offers lab days in the event of a student absence. Lab days offer a day of catch up for those who missed a session or are falling behind and introduce new challenges to kids who are on track or ahead of the class. Ensuring all kids are able to reach their fullest potential is our highest priority.

YEAR-ROUND
Classes are available year round. New classes are made available each month and schedules can be reviewed prior to registration. Each course runs 4-9 months and meet one day per week for 1-1.5 hours. Payments are made in monthly tuition installments with no commitment; you can cancel at any time.
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INSTRUCTION
At the beginning of each class, we review previous instruction and homework for 15 minutes, ensuring all students are caught up. This is continued by 60 minutes of instruction. We conclude each class with 15 minutes of review, homework assignment and student work backup. All students retain rights to any and all work they have completed throughout the class.
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