Learn to Discover

The Aptos Academy
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 Cruz County, as well as in Santa Clara County and Monterey County. Please see Current Class Offerings on our Home Page for more information.

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

The Aptos Academy
1940 Bonita Drive, Aptos

1½ hours/day once/week for 6 weeks.
$160/class (see below).

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

Video Game Design
(Ages: 7-14)
January 14 - March 4, 2013 (Mondays)
No class January 21 and February 18

4:00 - 5:30 pm
Course ID: 510.6-10098 [ , , ]
Class Full. Please Contact Us.

Prereq: None.
Length: 6 sessions, each 1½ hours 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.

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1½ hours/day once/week for 6 weeks.
$160/class (see above).

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.