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Classes & Workshops can be arranged throughout eastern MA, and get booked quickly once the school year starts. Contact us to reserve your dates!

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• Classes are typically 60-90 minutes and span 8 to 13 weeks, usually held at after school programs, during school as a weekly course, or as an enrichment class at a local community center.
• Workshops are typically 2 hours and are scheduled in libraries, recreation departments, or local centers. These can be one-time, or a small series that spans multiple subjects.
• Empow Studios provides all equipment and curriculum necessary to run these programs – all we need is tables, chairs, and access to internet & electricity.

To see where we currently teach, please visit our Outreach Partner page here.

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Video Game Design

Go from gamer to designer. Kids love playing video games, but they have even more fun playing games designed by them and their friends! One of Empow Studios’ most popular classes, Video Game Design encompasses storytelling, pixel art, and object-oriented programming, all through a user-friendly, 2D game design platform. Our non-violence policy keeps the games cringe-free and shareable once the kids bring their games home for you to play! Learn more about Empow Studios at https://empow.me.

Stop-Motion Animation

With movies like Frozen, Inside Out, and Zootopia, animations have never been more popular. This Empow Studios class takes one form of animation, Stop-Motion Animation, and teaches kids how to create their own animated mini-movies through storyboarding, filming, and post-production. Materials like clay and paper are used to create characters, backgrounds, and props. Children work in pairs and depict their stories to show setting, rising action, conflict, and resolution. Once characters and backgrounds are made, students use computers, webcams and animation software to bring their stories to life! Movies are available to take home to share with family & friends. Learn more about Empow Studios at https://empow.me.

LEGO Animation

Bring your kid’s love for LEGO to the big screen! Empow Studios expert instructors work with students to develop story­telling skills, learn animation software, and capture the action of their LEGO movies. After filming, students work on the post­production process to add titles, transitions, sounds, and music to make their movies complete! Movies are available to take home to share with family & friends. Learn more about Empow Studios at https://empow.me.

Digital Animation

Students will learn to use digital animation software, such as Stykz and OpenToonz, to create their own short animated films. Stykz makes it easy for beginners by incorporating pre-made figures while OpenToonz allows for more experienced artists to explore the powerful tools used by Studio Ghibli to bring their ideas to life. This class shows students how to animate step-by-step, allowing them to explore their creativity while learning about story-telling, time-management, and the 12 principals of animation. This class is great for all levels of experience.
Learn more about Empow Studios at https://empow.me.

Scratch Computer Programming

Scratch the surface of programming with Scratch! Developed by M.I.T, the Scratch platform is one of the most engaging ways to teach kids to code. Students learn the basics of computer programming by arranging puzzle-like blocks into lines of code in a drag-&-drop graphical interface. Possible projects include video games, animations, simulators, and even role-playing games. After the class, projects are shared with family and friends, and kids can continue to work on their projects from home. Internet access desired. Learn more about Empow Studios at https://empow.me.

LEGO® Robotics

Gear up for a class that combines engineering and programming using EV3, the newest generation of LEGO® MINDSTORMS. Empow Studios instructors teach the connection between code and physical action while kids work in pairs to create their robots. Sensors help the robot make autonomous decisions, and kids learn to code using movement, loops, switches, and more. Learn more about Empow Studios at https://empow.me.

3D Modeling & Printing

You might have seen a 3D printer, but have you ever created your own 3D model? In this class, students develop their spatial and artistic abilities while using modern tools to create printer-ready 3D models. Kids learn modeling by starting with a base mesh, and finish with a fully realized sculpture. An Empow Studios instructor then prints 3D models at our home studio in Lexington, and brings the models back to the kids before the session is complete. For workshops, an Empow staff member will deliver the 3D models back to the library once prints are finished (~3 weeks needed for printing). Internet access desired. Learn more about Empow Studios at https://empow.me.

Electronic Music Production

All of the music you hear today on the radio or in the movies need electronic components. Whether or not you’ve played an instrument before, this class will introduce you to becoming the audio engineer. Lead by an expert Empow Studios teacher, students will work with a digital audio workstation using loops, samples, virtual instruments, and MIDI controllers, as their compositions start to come to life. After students lay down their individual tracks, they’ll learn about mixing techniques including equalizers, panning, and filters, to augment their sounds and finalize their tunes. Learn more about Empow Studios at https://empow.me.

NEW! Digital Architectural Design

If you were to design your own home, what would it look like? How about a huge TV and gaming room, 4 car garage, or perhaps a playroom just for your pet dog! It’s up to you how you want to make your dream home, but it’s important to know some of the basics when it comes to architecture, that way your home is not only stable, but also convenient and functional. By learning Digital Architectural Design, you’ll walk through the design process of creating a floor plan, modeling rooms within a home, and creating your first home in which you can tour in 3D. Once you get the grasp of creating the necessities of a home, you’ll explore styles and construct commercial buildings that follow standard regulations like fire safety and wheelchair accessibility. Learn more about Empow Studios at https://empow.me.

3D Video Game Design

Game systems like PS4, XBOX One, and Wii U are opening endless possibilities in 3D game design. 3D is tricky, even for adults, but kids can now create their own simple games using Unity, a leading platform in 3D game design. Kids start by learning to move around in a virtual 3D environment, then move on to designing a 3D world for their stories and programming character control. Games can be shared with friends & family for at-home beta-testing! Learn more about Empow Studios at https://empow.me.

Coding in Java

For kids who want to try their hand at creating games, animations, and applications by writing code. Students will start with fundamental concepts using Scratch, an easy-to-understand, block-based, drag & drop coding language. Once kids are familiar with the basic concepts, we introduce Java, an industry standard language used in many of the applications running on your Android device, and in the 2nd best-selling video game of all time, Minecraft. Learn more about Empow Studios at https://empow.me.

NEW! Minecraft Specialty Workshops

Minecraft Animation

You may have seen moving objects in Minecraft, which uses a combination of command blocks & Redstone. Curious how it works? In this class, we’ll apply the fundamentals of Animation inside of the game of Minecraft. You’ll learn to create a structure, and move it across coordinates, creating multiple frames to bring your structure to life. For more experience students, we’ll introduce different types of animation, including abstract, time-lapse, or physics-based simulations. Learn more about Empow Studios at https://empow.me.

Minecraft Architecture

Building in Minecraft is limitless and sometimes overwhelming, but it’s a lot easier if you create a plan. In this class, we’ll show simple ways to make your structure look more appealing through a variety of advanced techniques, like hiding your Redstone wiring behind walls and using the Fill command for an easy and quick buildout. Students will also replicate real-world architectural styles and adapt them inside of Minecraft. Learn more about Empow Studios at https://empow.me.

Minecraft Redstone

Redstone…it’s what powers Minecraft, bringing your creations to life. In this class, we’ll teach you all about Redstone, starting with the basic fundamentals of how to affect the speed and distance of its signal. You’ll learn about logic gates, multi-system mechanisms, clocks, and more, to create your ultimate Minecraft project. It’s a combination of electrical engineering, computing, and automation all rolled into what kids love most: Minecraft! Learn more about Empow Studios at https://empow.me.

Minecraft Command Blocks

As a builder, life is tough without command blocks. Imagine creating buildings at a snap of a finger? Luckily, with Minecraft, you can build structures and link automation through the power of Command Blocks. These computer-like blocks hold lines of commands that you will learn to boost your command vocabulary. Once you’ve mastered your basic commands, you’ll start putting it into action by create variables, conditions, if/then statements, and more. Learn more about Empow Studios at https://empow.me.

Minecraft Pixel Art

Because Minecraft’s elements are mostly based on simple square blocks, it’s easy to relate to how we perceive images. When we see an image on a high quality screen like a tv, computer, or tablet, we see a beautiful resolution of the image. But, if you zoom all the way in, it’ll stop at some point, and you’re left with simple squares called “pixels,” which are very similar to Minecraft blocks. In this class, you’ll work with block to create 2D and 3D structures that are based on images you know and love. For experienced students, we’ll use third party tools like Gimp, to modify images for Minecraft creations. Learn more about Empow Studios at https://empow.me.

Minecraft Modding

You may have come across elements in Minecraft that don’t look like the game you know and love. Most likely, these are mods created by players with some crazy ideas! Whether it’s creating your custom mob or changing the color of a block, it all needs to be done using advanced tools that live outside of the game. In this class, students are introduced to MCreator, a mod making software with no need of coding experience. Students can create their own blocks, invent recipes, biome elements, and even their own custom dimension! Advanced students over a series of classes will be able to use Artificial Intelligence, Events, and create user-based workflows, with the final project of publishing of their own stand-alone mod. Learn more about Empow Studios at https://empow.me.

Tech Clubs

Girls STEAM Club

Girls… They’re awesome problem solvers, creators, designers, and collaborators. So why is it that girls claimed only 19% of all bachelor’s degrees in engineering and 18% in computer science in 2014? Our Girls STEAM Club tries to bring some balance to the world by exploring coding and engineering through projects in animation, robotics, 3D modeling, fashion, and design. Our female teachers will build the group’s confidence and knowledge with a new challenge each week, giving the group a taste of a wide variety of technologies. No prior experience is required. Learn more about Empow Studios at https://empow.me.

NEW! Digital Arts & Design Club

Art & Design Club is for designers, storytellers, and aspiring tech gurus. Using technology as a tool, kids can create movies, animations, music compositions, and even 3d models that we print so they can share with family and friends. This club is a great way to expose the power of technology, while retaining the art and storytelling elements kids tend to always love. No previous coding or digital art experience is required. Learn more about Empow Studios at https://empow.me.

Building & Engineering Club

Building & Engineering Club is a cooperative, welcoming group where kids work together to build and program robots using LEGO EV3 MINDSTORMS, create architecture, build circuits in Minecraft, and design interior spaces to make the home they’ve always wanted. Using creative and design-thinking elements, kids will work on individual projects or work together with friends. No previous coding or engineering experience is required. Learn more about Empow Studios at https://empow.me.

Coding Club

Coding Club is for kids who want to try their hand at creating games, animations, and applications by learning how to code. Club members will start with fundamental concepts using Scratch, an easy-to-understand, block-based, drag & drop coding language. Kids will also be able to apply their new coding knowledge to create a playable video game they can share with friends. Once kids are familiar with the basic concepts, we introduce Java, an industry standard language used in many of the applications running on your Android device, and in the 2nd best-selling video game of all time, Minecraft. No prior experience is required. Learn more about Empow Studios at https://empow.me.

NEW! Minecraft Club

Grab a pickaxe and join your fellow Minecraftians for a class in design challenges. Empow Studios instructors teach the fundamentals of electrical engineering using Redstone, a special kind of element that mimics electricity almost perfectly. As they master their Redstone skills, we teach key concepts in programming, architecture, and pixel art, all while using teamwork and social skills. It’s the perfect blend of fun, learning, and creativity. All students must play in “Creative Mode,” and must follow our rules of respect. Internet access is required. Learn more about Empow Studios at https://empow.me.

“STEM Club” Programs (for ongoing classes)

NEW! Girls STEAM Club

Girls… They’re awesome problem solvers, creators, designers, and collaborators. So why is it that girls claimed only 19% of all bachelor’s degrees in engineering and 18% in computer science in 2014? Our Girls STEAM Club tries to bring some balance to the world by exploring coding and engineering through projects in animation, robotics, 3D modeling, fashion, and design. Our female teachers will build the group’s confidence and knowledge with a new challenge each week, giving the group a taste of a wide variety of technologies. No prior experience is required. Learn more about Empow Studios at https://empow.me

NEW! Art & Design Tech Club

Art & Design Club is for designers, storytellers, and aspiring tech gurus. Using technology as a tool, kids can create movies, animations, music compositions, and even 3d models that we print so they can share with family and friends. This club is a great way to expose the power of technology, while retaining the art and storytelling elements kids tend to always love. No previous coding or digital art experience is required.

NEW! Building & Engineering Club

Building & Engineering Club is a cooperative, welcoming group where kids work together to build and program robots using LEGO EV3 MINDSTORMS, create architecture, build circuits in Minecraft, and design interior spaces to make the home they’ve always wanted. Using creative and design-thinking elements, kids will work on individual projects or work together with friends. No previous coding or engineering experience is required.

NEW! Coding Club

Coding Club is for kids who want to try their hand at creating games, animations, and applications by learning how to code. Club members will start with fundamental concepts using Scratch, an easy-to-understand, block-based, drag & drop coding language. Kids will also be able to apply their new coding knowledge to create a playable video game they can share with friends. Once kids are familiar with the basic concepts, we introduce Java, an industry standard language used in many of the applications running on your Android device, and in the 2nd best-selling video game of all time, Minecraft. No prior experience is required.

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