MakerSpace: Draft, Tinker, Build! (7+)

Design and build your own wooden creations in our well-equipped wood shop. This class does not require prior woodworking experience. Advanced students will be able to customize their work and pick more complex projects. Instructor: Josh Briggs, Acera Math and Engineering Teacher and Woodshop Manager 


Science Lab: Biotechnology (11-15)

This exciting program will teach students techniques, skills, and underlying theory behind the science in today’s biotech lab environments. Participants will gain hands on skills in a number of scientific tactics across the spectrum of molecular biology and biochemistry. Students will be using real-world equipment including the Amino, a state-of-the-art personal bioreactor. Concepts and techniques that will be explored include restriction enzymes, electrophoresis, bacterial transformations and cell culture, immunoassays, and PCR. You don’t need to know a lot about biology to participate — just bring a sense of curiosity and a desire to explore scientific phenomena! As a survey course, this program is aligned to state standards and designed to supplement school instruction and foster creativity and ingenuity. Sessions will be capped at 6 students. Instructor: Michael Hirsch, former biotech scientist and Acera Science Teacher & Science Curriculum Creator

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SEEDS StudioLab

Let’s hack some electronic toys to make better ones. Or build a microscope out of a simple webcam, taking photos and video as we explore our environment on a different scale. Or, how about a painting that includes light? In our SEEDS StudioLab, students blend creativity, coding, engineering, imagination, design and robotics to tell their stories and develop interactive projects that defy classification. Interactive murals, drawing robots, programmable projections, solar-powered jewelry, and electronic textiles are just a few examples of recent SEEDS Lab projects. Check out the slideshow below for some pictures of student work! Instructor: Alisha Panjwani, Acera SEEDS StudioLab founder, MIT Media Lab alum, author, and designer

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Games, Arts & Discovery

Are you eager to explore our nature-based adventure playground, and engage both your body and your mind as you create theaters and forts, tie new platforms into the trees or make a new swing using ropes and branches? Do you like to take all the blocks and board game pieces and other supplies you can find in your house and turn them into an airport, a city, or a land no one has ever seen before?  This program is all about free, creative play, outdoors and indoors. Based on the group and their interests, student will play games, build and create, supported and guided in their quests and explorations by our afternoon staff. (This program also serves as a drop-in option.) Instructor: Acera afternoon staff.  


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