EVENTS


EVERYONE'S INVITED
And we mean everyone. It is not a requirement to have previously attended an AccelerateKID class, camp, or workshop to attend any of our events. Although, some themed events may be grouped based on age due to the level of tech educational content demonstrated. Don't miss out on the fun! Events are made available sporadically throughout the year. Sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media to stay up-to-date on all AccelerateKID events, classes, camps, workshops and more.

COST EFFECTIVE
Every event is designed with you, the parent, in mind. When creating our programs, we placed your budget and time on our priority list. Our events are made available sporadically throughout the year and are offered at the most cost-effective rates (and some even FREE). Be sure to join our newsletter and we will ensure you are alerted once an event or any other important AccelerateKID program becomes available. We send our newsletters twice a month and we promise to never spam you.

PAST EVENTS

DEMO DAY
December 18th, 2016 

Every year, we look forward to showcasing our students’ AWESOME projects to their families, friends, and the community! We welcome you to come out to learn more about AccelerateKID and see what our amazing students have been up to.

The event will include:

DEMOS & PRESENTATIONS

KID HACKATHON

MINECRAFT CREATIVE TOURNAMENT

SNACKS & REFRESHMENTS

The Winter 2016 Demo Day will take place on Sunday, December 18, 2016 at our Madison Heights location from 11:30AM to 8:00PM.

AccelerateKID 32640 Concord Dr. Madison Heights, MI 48071

REGISTER FOR DEMO DAY

HOUR OF CODE WORKSHOPS
December 5th  – 11th, 2016 

Hosted at Your School or Organization

AccelerateKID is offering 1-hr “Hour of Code” workshops as part of a global  initiative to get more kids into computer programming.  All of our workshops will be instructed by 1-2 of our fun and experienced coders.

We’ll teach the basic lessons of coding using our customized video game.  These are not Code.org products that kids can access online at any time. To participate, simply fill out the form below and let us know when and where you would like the workshop(s) to be held. We will then contact you and arrange a time to visit your school for more detailed planning.

Students will learn and understand what coding is through simple game design using Scratch visual programming language, an M.I.T. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) software. There will be prizes for those who can complete the Jedi Maze Hour of Code challenges. May the force be with you!

The “Hour of Code” workshop will have a minimal cost of $150 and pays for 1-hr of instructional time. The maximum class size will be 30 kids in grades 3-8. Classrooms should have desktops and/or laptops for kids to use, and a projector for instructors to teach.

Sign up for an HOUR OF CODE

HALLOWEEN WORKSHOPS

MINECRAFT SERVER HALLOWEEN WORKSHOP

October 28th  6PM-9PM at Wixom/Novi or Madison Heights/Troy

The kids will build, administer and maintain their own Minecraft server using Minecraft PC Edition (NOT Pocket Edition-PE, tablet, Xbox). They will learn to install and run their server, whitelist and ban players, and setup game configurations. 
Class Requirement: Students must have a functional laptop, Minecraft PC/Mac account, know how to play the Minecraft PC/Mac Edition and some computer experience. $70/child
Register Minecraft Workshop

3D PRINTING HALLOWEEN WORKSHOP

October 28th  6PM-9PM at Wixom/Novi or Madison Heights/Troy

The kids will design a 3D model using AutoDesk 123D Design and print out using our 3D printer. They will learn how to create objects, moving and extracting, grouping and more. Kids will walk out with a haunting 3D printout of their design.
Class Requirement: student must have a PC/MAC, some computer experience.  $70/child
Register for 3D Worshop

Saturday, September 17th | 32640 Concord Drive, Madison Heights, MI 48071

6 p.m. to p 8 p.m.

Join us this September for our Fall 2016 Open House Event. Learn more about how AccelerateKID educates kids K-8 in entrepreneurship and the latest technology including COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, GAME DESIGN, ROBOTICS and DIGITAL ARTS. We are committed to excellence with quality S.T.E.A.M. (Science. Technology Engineering Arts Math) programs and curriculum. We look forward to seeing you there. We will provide the pizza.  

Register for Open House

2nd ANNUAL KIDS HACKATHON AT MAKER FAIRE
Saturday, July 30th, 2016 | 9am to 5pm

Hosted at the Henry Ford Museum (20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI 48124)

A hackathon (aka a codefest) is traditionally known as an event in which professional computer programmers and others involved in software development, meet to engage in collaborative computer programming projects. Being that we focus on educating young minds, we decided to bring this experience back to the youth of our communities.

In partnering with the Henry Ford Museum, we are proud to announce our 2nd annual AccelerateKID Hackathon at the Maker Faire event on July 30th, 9am-5pm. With mentorship from our AccelerateKID instructors, kids ages 10-14 (in teams of three) design a storyboard, program their game via M.I.T.’s Scratch, then demonstrate/present at the end of the event. The goal is to have fun learning the professional process of video game design. The winning team will receive a super cool hackathon prizes.

Each participant will receive a FREE ENTRY PASS to Maker Faire Detroit for BOTH DAYS (July 30th and 31st) and will be provided lunch and snacks during the hackathon event (July 30th). The details of the challenge will remain top secret until the event begins.

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. MUST SIGN UP BEFORE JULY 4th.
  2. Participants must have previously designed at least one game or animation using MIT Scratch.
  3. Participants must bring their own laptop.

OUR SPONSORS:

Tech248

Tech248 is an initiative of Oakland County, Michigan Government Executive L. Brooks Patterson to harness the power of the 2,000 tech companies in Oakland County. Accelerating Growth in the Tech Industry, Tech248 helps tech companies collaborate and attract, develop and retain talent while promoting Oakland County as a global technology hub.

Nexient

Nexient is the largest domestic pure-play technology services provider, with core strength in Agile software development and transformation at scale. With four delivery centers in the US, we architect and build solutions that combine Agile expertise with Silicon Valley innovation to help our clients be more responsive to their market.

FREE SUMMER OF TECH PARTY
Friday, June 24th, 2016 | 6pm to 8pm

at our Madison Heights location (32640 Concord Drive, Madison Heights, MI 48071)

Kick-off the summer with us (tech style) at our Summer of Tech Party on June 24th 6pm-8pm at our Madison Heights location (32640 Concord Drive, Madison Heights, MI 48071). We will have a variety of hands-on tech workshops, Minecraft challenges, pizza, smoothies (nondairy – from Fresh 101), movies and more. You’re welcome to bring your own laptop if you’d like.

MINECRAFT TOURNAMENT
Friday, June 3rd | 5pm – 9pm
at our Wixom/Novi location (28265 Beck Road, Suite #C17, Wixom, MI 48393)

SPOTS ARE EXTREMELY LIMITED. Participants must have a workable PC/Mac laptop with a Minecraft PC/Mac account. Keyboards headsets, mouse are optional. We are not responsible for any lagging issues.

CREATIVE BUILD-OFF CHALLENGE ($15)
June 3rd, 5:00pm – 7:00pm

The AccelerateKID Minecraft Tournament is a fun and competitive tournament for kids who have mastered the Minecraft sandbox game. The Creative Tournament is a Build-off challenge where kids 7-14 compete by building an item that is decided at the moment the tournament begins. Past items include roller coasters that run, castle that has movable draw bridges and pirate ships that can sail. All players will start at the same time and have 1-hour to plan and construct. The winner is selected through a voting system and will receive the tournament trophy and bragging rights.

SURVIVAL HUNGER GAMES CHALLENGE ($15)
June 3rd, 6:30pm – 9:00pm

The Survival Tournament is the Hunger Games challenge where kids ages 7-14 compete against each other in an arena using wit, strategy and speed. There are four 10-minute rounds with different Hunger Games arenas built by AccelerateKID’s Game Design students. Each player will receive points using our scoring system (first player eliminated will get 1 point and the last player standing will receive maximum point depending on the number of players). After all rounds are played, the scores are added and the player with the highest score will be declared the winner. They will receive the tournament trophy and bragging rights.

DEMO DAY
Sunday, May 15th & 22nd, 2016

100% FREE

AccelerateKID Demo Day is an opportunity for our own outstanding students to present their course projects or pitch their technology business to an audience, and big time investors. Think of it like “Shark Tank” but a in more kid friendly atmosphere. Although only AccelerateKIDs will be presenting, the event is open to the public and we encourage everyone to come and listen in on these amazing presentations. We will have a food & refreshments and guest speakers in the tech industry. These kids are really unbelievable! Be amazed of what our students are learning in class, how they present their project, and what they can create from their technology education.

WORKSHOPS

KIDS ENTREPRENEURSHIP WORKSHOP

AccelerateKID’s entrepreneurship workshops introduce kids (ages 10-14) to a fun and educational method of starting a business using our Kids Lean Canvas. Kids design and build their businesses by identifying problems, solutions, customers, marketing and more using our Kids Lean Canvas.
For ages 10-14.
NOT YET AVAILABLE
Kids lean how to print in 3D (3 dimensions)

3D PRINTING BOBBLE-HEAD WORKSHOP

The 3D Printing Bobble-head workshop teaches kids ages 10-14 about 3D model to print their very own bobblehead toy figure. Using the Autodesk 123D Design software and Flash Forge Pro 3D printer, kids will get to design, paint and assemble a bobble-head using pre-selected body figures. The workshop encourages students to use creativity with problem solving, engineering and product design skills. This is a great course to introduce children to 3D printing and the basic fundamentals of design within a 3D environment.
Students are required to bring in a fully functional laptop, mouse and power plug. No computer design is required.

PC system requirements:

  • Windows 7 (32-bit or 64-bit); which version do I have?
  • Intel® Pentium® 4 or AMD Athlon® 64 or later with 2 GHz+ processor
  • 2 or more GB of RAM
  • 1.5 or more GB free disk space (for installation)
  • Direct3D® 9 or 10 graphics support with 64 or more MB VRAM

Mac system requirements:

  • Mac OS X version 10.7 (Lion) or newer with 64-bit Intel processor
  • At least 3 GB of RAM (4 GB recommended)
  • At least 2.5 GB free disk space for download and installation (3 GB recommended)
NOT YET AVAILABLE

ZOMBIETRON WORKSHOP

The AccelerateKID Zombietron Workshop is for kids who love zombies, robots and electronics. Come create your own custom Zombietron robot and control it with the free AccelerateKID app on Android devices. Kids will learn about remote controlled robots, Bluetooth controllers, motors and modules using the Zombietron kit, and how to operate it with the app. Kids will customize and construct their Zombietron with movable arms and head, paint it into the most scariest zombie and take it home to impress families and friends.
Students must bring an Android device to download the free AccelerateKID app to control their Zombietron.
NOT YET AVAILABLE
Kids control a robot from their phone