Technology and Design

Here are a few of the technology and design classes we offer at PS 9 and PS 166. CLICK HERE for schedule and details for all classes. At the moment we do not offer technology classes at PS 84, but stay tuned!

COMPUTER ANIMATION AND DESIGN at PS 9
James Barry has extended the scope of his cartooning and illustration instruction with Computer Art class offered on Tuesday. Rather than using technology for its own sake, this class aims to equip children with a set of tools to take their creativity in new directions. Future tech classes may include web design, photoshop, filmmaking, and computer coding…

ROBOTICS at PS 9
Lego Robotics (grades 3-5) and LittleBit (grades 1 and 2) challenge students to build vehicles, devices, and creatures that can then be programmed to act in pre-determined ways. It’s loads of fun but it also serves as a powerful introduction to computer programming and design.

LEGO MINDSTORMS at PS 166
Students learn to create and program in the real world with Lego Mindstorms. Students will design, build and program robots to follow their specific instructions. This class is loads of fun while also being mentally challenging.

GARAGE BAND at PS 9
Brenda Gutierrez, star music instructor at PS 9 , has expanded our music offerings with Bucket Drumming, Pop Chorus, and building an instrumental music instruction program for piano, voice, violin, and trumpet. She is also linking children’s fascination with technology together with the limitless possibilities inherent in Garage Band software from Apple Computer. If it will ignite the children’s interest in music, Brenda will teach it!

TYPING TIME at PS 9 grade 4-5
As our students enter the middle grades–5-8–they will be required to complete longer type-written assignments. Software installed on our after-school computers can make learning to type much quicker, more efficient, a lot more fun.

COMPUTER ANIMATION at PS 166 grade 3-5
Students take advantage of Flash MX as they learn the basics behind computer/web animation. The class begins with learning the fundamentals of animating shapes and text and concludes with more complex projects using the Flash programming language ActionScript. By the end of the cycle, students should have a grasp on some user-interactive elements of Flash. (Basic computer skills needed)

COMPUTER CODING at PS 166 grade K-1
Students will learn coding concepts and principals and apply them in a fun way! Students will use an online program called Tynker. Kids will be engaged with interactive learning modules, mini-games, coding projects and puzzles.