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What is Cache Makers?

Cache Makers hosts a multitude of volunteer-led youth groups focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Joining Cache Makers 4-H club and signing up for a group is a great way to start learning interesting things, continue learning about something you are already interested in, or meet like-minded individuals.

What is a Makerspace?

A Makerspace is a community-operated, non-profit workspace. Here, people with common interests (computers, machining, technology, science, digital art), can meet, socialize, and collaborate with the maker mindset of creating something out of nothing and exploring your own interests. 

 

What We Offer

Cachemakers offers classes, clubs, and events on the following topics. Click on a topic of interest to get more information.

Dungeons & Dragons is an innately multidisciplinary and multimodal experience. In these classes student's collaborative world-building involving storytelling, algorithms, decision making, invention, research, calculations, negotiation, and role-play has been proven that active spatial visualization can stimulate a developing intellect applicable to the real world. This is a great class that interacts in all areas of STEAM and teaches youth how to build important social skills and communication!

This game encourages problem solving. You need to use your imagination to solve any problem, you need to ask yourself and your team how to overcome any obstacle! DnD can be such a great way for kids to interact with each other without the use of screens and is a great opportunity for collaboration.

For more information on why you should consider having your child participate in one of our D&D Classes check out what scientists and teachers are saying about D&D. 

Minecraft allows students to explore engineering, technology, art, and math as they learn how to problem solve through coding with experiential learning in Minecraft, by creating a common definition through STEAM.

Computer science is a blend of all the STEM subjects. It involves science, technology, engineering, and math. It's important for students to understand STEM and computer science because computers and technology are literally all around us. In a nutshell, computer science deals with the theory of computer processes, while computer programming is the practical application that brings those ideas to life.

Computer programming is writing a group of instructions for a computer to process/execute. These instructions are typically used to solve a problem, or, to make larger problems shorter and easier to solve. In our Cache Makers 4-H Computer Programing classes we teach everything from learning how to code simple Arduino's to raspberry PI.

We also teach students how to use existing computer programs to create videos, edit, put pictures together, how to use tinker cad, as well as other programs to operate 3D printers, CNC, laser cutters, and a whole host of other exciting and fun programs. 

In addition to being fun, robots engage beginners and advanced students and incorporate many of the fundamental STEM concepts providing a learning platform that students enjoy. Robotics provides students learning STEM skills with immediate and individualized feedback, beyond right or wrong. Programming and building the robot offers students a hands-on approach to their project, allowing them to fully understand how both hardware and software work together. In our STEAM classes students, learn that they need to figure out what the robot needs to be able to do, decide what materials to make the robot from, and then come up with a way to make the robot actually work! The robotic classes we offer at Cache Makers are not only fun, but they teach kids about things like physics, mechanics, and architecture through building. It engages with hands on, and aligns with NETS, and teaches students how to use digital age skills in the real world. 

3-D printers allow users to design and create 3D objects. They're an amazing tool for STEM and STEAM classrooms because they provide hands-on lessons that integrate technology, engineering, math, art, and other subjects. Moreover, 3D-printing projects encourage creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving. In our 3D printing classes it allows our educators and youth to design rich learning experiences for deep theoretical constructs that bring learning from computer screens into our students' hands. Digital 3D worlds come to life with 3D printers, which can encourage sharing, teamwork, planning, design, and thinking through difficult or complex ideas.

In many of our classes at Cache Makers we use components that require soldering. Soldering process is used in the electronics industry to bond components together, forming one or more electrical connections. Soldering serves two functions: mechanical support—holding components of an assembly together, and electrical support—forming required electrical connections within a circuit

Laser cutting and engraving technology has an integral part in the manufacturing sector, among other industries, and is continuing to evolve rapidly. Sophisticated, multi-axis robotic and cartesian laser cutters are proof of how far this has come. This is one reason why laser cutters/engravers are emerging as such important technology right across STEAM based curriculum. Almost any design, technology or STEAM project can have an element cut and/or engraved on the laser, whether it be prototyping, electronics, woodwork, textiles, art, sculptures, décor or scientific modeling. It doesn’t mean that the whole project must be focused around use of the laser system, but it teaches students the process of applying a new technology.

Textiles is material that have rich possibilities that change how we can think about learning in electrical engineering. E -Textiles or electronic textiles basically means putting electronics into textiles. The idea is to add LED's and other components to light up your textile projects. In general, the development of electronic textiles supports the idea of wearable computing, or electronic devices worked into garment designs, and can be coded to perform multiple functions. In our classes we teach how E-textiles work and create hands on projects.

Sewing is just one of many practical Stem Activities that we offer at Cache Makers 4-H Makerspace. Sewing helps you develop fine motor skills, improves your focus and concentration and teaches the importance of patience and self-control. Knowing personal boundaries, increasing skill, achieving tangible goals while working outside your comfort zone all support the development of confidence and self-esteem. Sewing, e-textiles, cross-stitching-crocheting are packed full of patterns, math, engineering and art as well as different form of technology to create beautiful designs.

 

STEM Kits are available!

August STEAM Kit

Available for pickup August 8th! Purchase your kits for just $5.00 at the Cache County 4-H office.

We have STEM kits available that will be featured monthly.
Each kit comes with a 4-5 week STEM activity & curriculum.
Great for the entire family as well as homeschooling classes!

 

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