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July 20 – 24



E-Sports 4th & 5th graders

 Esports has evolved from simple video game sport competitions to a driving factor in the video game industry, with many game developers actively designing and providing funding for tournaments and other events that offer student athletes cash prizes and college scholarships. Competitions are now covered by ESPN, professionals are making millions of dollars and Division I universities have launched varsity E-Sports teams. E-Sports athletes have even been drafted for virtual teams for FIFA, the NBA and the NFL, with even the International Olympic Committee is considering including E-Sports in future Olympic events. But how do you transform from a gamer to an E-Sports athlete? What are the rules for Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) and collegiate teams? Learn the history of E-Sports and its most revered games, master the rules, and hone the skills needed to compete at the professional level with Rated E for E-Sports. Our Games Coaches will be training you to master the top E-Sports tournaments in BrawhallaDOTA2Freestyle 2 :Street Basketball, and more, as they prepare you to explore educational opportunities in and around the game industry, with a curriculum certified by Microsoft.

You will begin the week by learning about the history of Esports, the academic opportunities Esports affords students and the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) and North American Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF) rules for tournaments and Esports athletes.

You’ll be able to play games, experience and exhibitions designed by students just like you and share them.

Each of these activities are taught by three experienced Technology and Engineering education professionals. Activities are STEM-based and focus on using engineering design and real-world problem-solving skills to solve problems.

Download and System Requirements before class:

Download and install Steam  (

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit SP1
  • Processor: 2.0GHz multi-core
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM.
  • Graphics: 1GB VRAM DX10 compatible.
  • DirectX: Version 10.
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection.
  • Storage: 1500 MB available space
  • Sound Card: Windows-based sound card


  • OSMac OS X 10.8+
  • Processor: 2011 or newer Intel Core i5.
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM.
  • Graphics: Nvidia or ATi GPU with 1GB Memory.
  • Storage: 4 GB available space.
  • Additional Notes: Dedicated graphics card required. No Mac Mini model is officially supported at this time.

Download A Parent’s Guide to Esports-

A list of games will be sent to you to download a week before the class begins; Game selection will be based on the number of students enrolled.

Technical Requirements:

– Windows PC  that meets the system requirements (see above)

– Web Cam

– Stable internet connection with access to and Zoom Video Conferencing

Prerequisite: None

Overview of Daily Activities

Each day would be broken into 4 hours.

9:00 am – 9:30 am          Introduction to the daily activity.

9:30 am – 10:00 am        Mini- tournament

10:00 am – 11:00 am        Examining Esports (English Language Arts and Sports)

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm           Mini-tournament

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm            Education, Ethics and Esports

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm          Free play


Day 1

Introduction to Esports

  1. History
  2. Rise of the Esports Scholastic Athletes
  3. Careers in and Around the Esports Arena

Day 2

Introduction Opportunities in Esports

  1. What it means to be a Scholastic Esport Athlete
  2. Exploring Esports for Elementary School Students

Day 3

Morning – Exploring Safe Online games and the Esports Ecosystem

Afternoon –  Ethics in Gaming

Day 4

Morning –Game Design

Afternoon – Streaming Gameplay

Day 5

Morning – AM Tournament

Afternoon – PM Tournament


Waveform Warriors Level 2 6th - 12th graders

Go under-the-hood of the music production process, and learn about the true nature of sound! Dig into the sound design, plugin utilization, musical analysis, and music theory that will take your digital songwriting to the next level. In this course we’ll use FL Studio, a popular and powerful digital audio workstation that will carry you up into the later years of your producing career!

Computer Requirements:  PC with internet connectivity, FL Studio license (Fruity Edition or higher)

FL Studio is a digital audio production suite, perfect for folks who need a longer-term, professional solution to producing sound and music.

Helpful non-requirements: Over-ear headphones, computer mic (for communication/questions), mouse/keyboard (for laptops.)


Course cost:  $195

Materials cost:  FL Studio license is approximately $100


Design Your Own Tiny House 6th - 12th graders

Tiny House Design Challenge:

Students will use the engineering design process to design and construct a prototype of a tiny house. This lesson utilizes the math skill of proportions, and also employs research and problem solving. The activities involved allow students to be creative, while working within tight size constraints. This course also has the benefit of students solving real-world problems, like engineers!

 While taking this course students will:

  • Use the engineering design process to create a prototype for a tiny house.
  • Convert full size measurements to scale size and scale size measurements to full size using proportions.
  • Recognize scaled drawings of items as a similar figure to the original item.
  • Use spatial relations in their design to allow for appropriate spacing.
  • Create an orthographic drawing of a tiny house using a 2D CAD software
  • Create a 3D model of CAD design program to design the 3D model
  • Develop a model of their designs

 Required Technology:

  • Personal Computer/MAC or Chromebook
  • Access to the internet
  • Google Sketchup Account
  • Camera for live feed

 Required Materials:

  • Scissors
  • Utility knife or exacto knife
  • Pencils
  • Glue
  • Hot glue (optional)
  • Calculator (optional)
  • Ruler
  • Blue painters tape or masking tape
  • Tape measure if you do not have tiled floors, ruler
  • Graph paper
  • One/two sheets of foam board (prefered) or Cardboard box

Sample foam board

Course cost:  $195

Materials cost:  see above for materials required