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A 3D printer can be used to teach science and math in two ways: when a teacher creates an accurate 3D model of a concept for students to handle, or to design a “starter set” model that students can then alter and use as the basis for explorations. The instructors will impart ideas for developing appropriate content of concepts ranging from kindergarten to grad school and will teach participants to use the free and open source 3D modeling program OpenSCAD. The class assumes participants already know the basics of using a 3D printer, from the UgotClass “Intro to 3D Printing” or equivalent experience. Recommended optional e-book: Horvath and Cameron, 3D Printed Science Projects (Apress, 2016).

Start date: 03/06/17

End date: 03/31/17

Tuition: $195.00



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There has been a lot of excitement about the use of 3D printers in education, but educators can have trouble both getting started with the technology and figuring out what to do with it. This two-class certificate covers both aspects, starting with how the technology works and then moving on to how to use it effectively. If participants already have 3D printers, the instructors will customize the class as much as possible so participants can follow along on the hardware they have. If a participant does not yet have access to a 3D printer, the instructors can help with helping participants define criteria to make decisions about appropriate hardware to buy. The intro class (recommended to be taken first) covers the entire 3D printing workflow with a focus on open source and free software. The market is somewhat fractured and different 3D printers vary somewhat in their operations there are not a lot of standards in the industry yet, but the instructors will guide participants through what the options are and where to learn the details of operation of their particular existing or planned hardware. The second class then builds on this knowledge to think about how to help students create their own exploratory models, or how to create models that a teacher can create to help students visualize an abstract concept. Participants will use some of the software covered in the Intro to 3D Printing class to create several different types of 3D printable models, and will discuss the details of how to print their design on the 3D printer they already have or plan to acquire in the future.

Start date: 02/06/17

End date: 04/28/17

Tuition: $345.00

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Learn the basic 2D features of the latest versions of AutoCAD. This introductory course covers drawing setup, basic construction and editing tools, layer management, object properties, basic annotation with text and dimensions, and an introduction to layouts and plotting. Students will be able to receive a free copy of the latest version AutoCAD from Autodesk (valid for three years) at the time of enrollment. Instructions on how to do this will be included in their welcome letter. Details

Start Date: upon registration

Tuition: $835.00



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Learn the advanced 2D features of the latest versions of AutoCAD. This course covers paper space detailing, multiple layout setup, advanced dimension techniques, blocks and symbol libraries, tables and schedules, attributes, dynamic blocks and parameters, and external references. Students will be able to receive a free copy of the latest version AutoCAD from Autodesk (valid for three years) at the time of enrollment. Instructions on how to do this will be included in their welcome letter. Details

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Tuition: $835.00



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Learn the remaining, advanced 2D features and basic 3D modeling tools for the latest versions of AutoCAD. This course covers working with raster images, fields and properties, sheet set management, publishing tools and all basic 3D modeling tools including: user coordinate systems, 3D navigation, basic solid modeling techniques, and model documentation methods. Students will be able to receive a free copy of the latest version AutoCAD from Autodesk (valid for three years) at the time of enrollment. Instructions on how to do this will be included in their welcome letter. Details

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Tuition: $835.00



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Learn the advanced 3D modeling techniques and basic rendering tools for the latest versions of AutoCAD. This course covers 3D editing tools, advanced solid modeling techniques, surface and mesh modeling methods, and basic render procedures including render settings, camera views, and an introduction to render materials. Students will be able to receive a free copy of the latest version AutoCAD from Autodesk (valid for three years) at the time of enrollment. Instructions on how to do this will be included in their welcome letter. Details

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Tuition: $835.00



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Learn advanced rendering and customization techniques for the latest versions of AutoCAD. This course covers lighting methods for day and night renderings, custom material creation, bump and opacity mapping, landscape objects, introduction to animated walk-throughs, and customization tools including the creation of custom commands and macros. Students will be able to receive a free copy of the latest version AutoCAD from Autodesk (valid for three years) at the time of enrollment. Instructions on how to do this will be included in their welcome letter. Details

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Tuition: $835.00



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This Certificate program represents the pinnacle of AutoCAD training and the graduate will have a full mastery of advanced skills with the latest versions of AutoCAD. Building on the basic tools and techniques acquired in the Fundamentals of AutoCAD Certificate, the additional courses in the AutoCAD Professional Certificate program will ensure the graduate of this program will be fully versed in all aspects of AutoCAD including advanced 3D modeling techniques, advanced rendering techniques, and interface customization. Students will be able to receive a free copy of the latest version AutoCAD from Autodesk (valid for three years) at the time of enrollment. Instructions on how to do this will be included in their welcome letter. Details

Start Date: upon registration

Tuition: $3,999.00



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This Certificate training program covers all aspects of 2D Computer Aided Drafting and Design with the latest versions of AutoCAD. It also includes an introduction to basic 3D modeling concepts ensuring the graduate of this program will have a sound fundamental understanding of both 2D and 3D skills for working with AutoCAD. These three basic courses are essential for architects, engineers, interior designers and all those involved in the production of technical drawings. Students will be able to receive a free copy of the latest version AutoCAD from Autodesk (valid for three years) at the time of enrollment. Instructions on how to do this will be included in their welcome letter. Details

Start Date: upon registration

Tuition: $2,445.00



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This program consists of training, certification, and business start-up kit. You will receive everything you need to be able to go out and start conducting retail energy audits. The Commercial Energy Consultant Training Program is a comprehensive training program designed to teach you the basics of energy auditing, the economics of energy and how to turn that knowledge into a functioning, profitable business for yourself. Once you have successfully completed the Commercial Energy Training Program and passed the NEASI Commercial Energy Certification exam, you are fully prepared to start your very own energy business. The best way to jump-start your Energy Business is with our Commercial Energy Business Kit. Details

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Tuition: $1,695.00



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3D printing has been hailed as a solution to all manufacturing problems. Obviously that is exaggerated, but what is it good for, and when is traditional manufacturing still the better choice? In this course you will learn how to separate the real promise of the technology from the hype, and understand the workflow for a consumer-level 3D printer. You will become familiar with some typical online databases of objects available to print, and get a bit of experience with free or open-source software for all stages of the process. This class will be primarily focused to introduce you to the tools of the open 3D printer ecosystem, but the principles will apply to consumer 3D printers in general.

Start date: 02/06/17

End date: 03/03/17

Tuition: $195.00

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Arduino. 3D printing. Wearable tech. Your students or your kids may be talking about these things, but what is all this stuff, and how can you keep up and try to get ahead of them? This class will survey the core technologies found in makerspaces and give you a start in understanding what you will need to learn to create awesome technology projects. You will also learn how to find and sort through the many free resources online. Agenda Unit 1: What are maker technologies? -Why did shop class go away? -The maker movement philosophy of learning iteratively -What a makerspace is, and considerations when planning one. -Technologies that you will learn about in this class -What makes a project easy, intermediate or hard. Unit 2: 3D printing -What is 3D printing? -What can it do? -The process of using a 3D printer (modeling, slicing, printing) -Related technologies: 3D scanners, laser cutters, vinyl cutters -Where to learn more Unit 3: Basics of maker electronics: hardware -Open-source standards -Definitions: resistors, capacitors, LEDs, Ohm’s law -Getting started with Arduino microprocessor hardware -Wearable circuits: Flora, sensors and neopixels -Where to learn more Unit 4: Basics of maker electronics: -Software -How to program Arduino and similar systems -Basic project ideas -Where you can learn more.

Start date: 04/03/17

End date: 04/28/17

Tuition: $245.00



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