Learn to Discover


Loma Prieta Community Center
C.T. English Middle School
Classes And Activities

Learn to Discover offers a wide range of unique classes and activities in 2 different formats: Hands-on Classes and Robotics Challenges. You can find more about both types below. Sign up now!

We also offer classes at other sites in Santa Clara County, as well as in Santa Cruz County and Monterey County. Please see Current Class Offerings on our Home Page for more information.

Hands-On Classes
January - March, 2013 (Tuesdays)

8-week sessions, meeting once/week.

Tuesdays at Loma Prieta Community Center (green box)
Wednesdays at C.T. English Middle School (purple box)

Register below, or send us an email, or call us at (831) 662-9700.

Tuesdays at
Loma Prieta Community Center
23800 Summit Rd., Los Gatos

Introduction to Simple Machines
(Grades: K)
January 8 - March 19, 2013 (Tuesdays)
No Class February 5, February 19 & March 5
1:35 - 2:40 pm
Course ID: 460-10089 [ , ]
Class Full. Please Contact Us.

Prereq: None.
Length: 8 sessions, each 1 hour long.

Students will learn about engineering concepts, simple machines (levers, axles, gears, pulleys, and more), problem solving, the scientific method, and engineering careers. They will build a variety of models incorporating simple machines, including a vehicle and a windmill, and then test their models.
$130.00

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All About Energy
(Grades: 1-5)
January 8 - March 19, 2013 (Tuesdays)
No Class February 5, February 19 & March 5
2:50 - 3:50 pm
Course ID: 920-10090 [ , ]
Class Full. Please Contact Us.
Prereq: None.
Length: 8 sessions, each 1 hour long.

By designing and building virtual cities of the future, students will learn about many forms of energy generation, such as thermal, ocean, solar, hydro and more, as well as learn about environmental management. They will also learn about environmental stewardship and urban (city) design.
$130.00

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Video Game Design
(Grades: 1-5)
January 8 - March 19, 2013 (Tuesdays)
No Class February 5, February 19 & March 5
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Course ID: 510.5-10091 [ , , ]
Class Full. Please Contact Us.

Prereq: None.
Length: 8 sessions, each 1 hour long.

Students will use a variety of software programs to design and program their own video game. Students will explore the art of planning the game, programming it, learn some basic terminology, and practice problem-solving and critical thinking skills. They will then share and play each other's games.
$130.00

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LEGO® NXT Sumo Robotics
(Grades: 4-8)
January 9 - March 20, 2013 (Wednesdays)
No Class February 6, February 20 & March 6
Room: 9
1:35 - 3:05 pm
Course ID: 410.4-10092 [ , ]
Class Full. Please Contact Us.
Prereq: None.
Length: 8 sessions, each 1 hour long.

Students will learn about robotics, related careers, and programming by combining the art of Sumo wrestling with the creation of computerized robots. Students will program a robot to push its opponent out of a Sumo arena and explore how to develop the best winning strategies.
$195.00

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Animation
(Grades: 4-8)
January 9 - March 20, 2013 (Wednesdays)
No Class February 6, February 20 & March 6
Room: 9
3:15 - 4:45 pm
Course ID: 601.4-10093 [ , ]
Class Full. Please Contact Us.

Prereq: None.
Length: 8 sessions, each 1 hour long.

Students will be introduced to the fascinating world of animation by learning a variety of software programs to create 2-D and 3-D animations of their own. Students will explore a variety of animation techniques, concepts and careers.
$195.00

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8-week sessions, meeting once/week.

Tuesdays at Loma Prieta Community Center (green box)
Wednesdays at C.T. English Middle School (purple box)

Register above, or send us an email, or call us at (831) 662-9700.

Please Join Us

Watch this space for upcoming opportunities to join teams of 3-4 kids to create LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robots to solve fun and interesting challenges.

You will learn to design, program, test and refine your robot to chain together a series of programmed behaviors to complete various missions, in a non-competitive environment.

The Spring, 2011 Challenge, offered for residents of Monterey County, was themed around behavior-based robotics and was called Wild and Woolly: a Walk on the Wild Side. Participants researched animals on the Web and via the supplied Zoo Tycoon 2 software, then designed, built and programmed their robotic animal to exhibit behaviors unique to that animal, triggered by using sensors to detect different colors on the surface of their 4' by 8' "zoo". They also used a supplied craft kit to "decorate" their animal and to accessorize their zoo, providing a perfect blend of engineering, art, design, collaborative skills, problem solving and critical thinking. The participants displayed their creative achievements at a Public Exhibition at a large venue in Monterey County.

To get an idea of how these activities work, please check out the KSBW-TV Segment produced for the Fall, 2010 Challenge.

In the Fall, Learn to Discover offers an official Challenge released by FIRST LEGO League (FLL), and in the Spring, we offer a Challenge that we have designed here at Learn to Discover.

Please send an e-mail (to info@learntodiscover.org) or call us at (831) 662-9700 if you are interested in being notified when these activities are announced.