Mission Control: Help Build The First Martian Colony

Two-week Virtual Teen Experiences, Monday-Friday from 10AM – 3PM

Mission 1: Launches on July 20, 2020
Mission 2: Launches on August 10, 2020
Registration closes one week prior to launch
Pay what you can afford: $300 – $800 per Mission

Mission Control Seeks

“Mission Control, we need your help!” Calling all junior engineers and roboticists. Are you ready to help build the first Martian colony? Mission Control needs your help to guide our three astronauts who have just landed on Mars to solve challenging engineering problems and program robots to create safe structures for humans. We’ve got a new team of astronauts heading to Mars now and are scheduled to arrive two weeks after you join our crew, so help our astronauts complete the first life-sustaining structure on another planet!

During this two week mission, you will be our go-to team on Earth for discovering solutions for our astronauts building on the Martian terrain. Log in daily to the inter-planetary transmission from our three Martian Astronauts to help solve their build and robotic challenges. As part of the team, you will receive model building equipment and robotics equipment to test out at home and explore multiple ways problem-solve for our astronauts. Once you’ve found the solution to their challenge, report back, and tell them how to build it!

Our “pay what you can afford” model allows equitable access for all income levels. If you can contribute more, we encourage you to share so others can join at their affordability level.

What Parents Can Expect

What Students Will Learn

Parents are required to register on behalf of their child. Forms will be emailed requesting more information on the student(s) participating.


Stop Motion Animation (Ages 7+)

Three-session Class: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 4PM – 5PM

Starting June 22, 2020
Registration closes June 21
$30 per student

Learn how to create your own stop motion animated films using a smartphone or tablet device. During the online sessions, we will review many different styles of stop motion animation and the techniques designers use in creating their film. Students will learn how to design their characters, use household objects for set design, and use storyboards to map out their narrative. This workshop is the first step in understanding the mechanics of stop motion animation using a mobile device.

The class will include two 1-hr sessions with the Instructor as they design their stories and setup their animation, and will include a Watch Party where they can share their final movie with the class. Students are encouraged to use their imagination to bring items in their own homes to life!

This class will be run through Zoom and a link will be provided 24hrs before the start of the class. Students will need to be logged in to Zoom via a computer/mobile device. Students will also need access to a smartphone or tablet with the Stop Motion Studio app installed.

Session 1: What is Stop Motion Animation?
Monday, 6/22/20 from 4PM – 5PM

Session 2: Setting Up & Filming Your Movie
Friday, 6/26/20 from 4PM – 5PM

Session 3: Watch Party!
Wednesday, 7/1/20 from 4PM – 5PM

What Can Parents Expect

What Students Will Learn