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April 2018

Coach-The-Coach Robotics | FREE!

April 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
STEM exCEL Enrichment Center, 4010 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030 United States
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Duration: 1pm-2:30pm | For Parents of STEM exCEL Students

The Coach-the-Coach Robotics program is designed for parents of students who have a passion for robotics, who are interested in being involved in competitive robotics. In this event, parents will be taught how to prepare for FIRST LEGO League (FLL) tournaments and how to coach an FLL team of their own. In addition, participating students will learn how to properly develop and program Lego Mindstorms EV3 robots to complete challenges you would see at FLL tournaments, while reinforcing the teamwork and merit judges consider during competitions.

By the end of the 1.5-hour event, both the students and parents will have the knowledge to confidently start their journey within FLL competitions. After the event, there will be a 30-minute session to get specific help from our experienced instructors, and network with other families looking to join, create or grow an FLL team. This part of the event is completely open to all parents involved in FLL and requires no registration.

Coach-the-Coach Robotics is a free event but does require registration in order to keep a tally of who will be in attendance. Please no more than one student, grades 4-8, per registered parent.

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STEM exCEL Electronics

April 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
STEM exCEL Enrichment Center, 4010 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030 United States
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$25

Duration: 9am-12pm | Ages 7-12

STEM exCEL Electronics offers a good first step to learning the fundamentals of electrical engineering, invention and innovation. This event teaches students basic computer programming, circuit power distribution and wiring by working to complete projects using breadboards, wires, switches, LEDs and more. The aim of this event is to introduce students to electronics in a challenging and hand-on way, while sparking their interest to continue learning advanced electronic principles.

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Design Duel

April 16 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
STEM exCEL Enrichment Center, 4010 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030 United States
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$25

Duration: 1pm-4pm | Ages 7-12

Each Design Duel event is an opportunity to get to know two of our STEM exCEL instructors and their talents. Students will choose a side and hone their digital art and graphic design skills in this three-challenge battle. As much as the instructors' design abilities will be judged, their teaching abilities will also be judged: each instructor will direct their student group through each challenge, so a student of any skill level should be able to follow along, create and learn. The instructor that wins two out of three challenges is the victor, and will be crowned the Graphics Guru. All students go home with their three designs, as well as all six instructor designs.

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