West Sound Academy is offering three after school classes through the Technology Access Center during the Spring 2017 semester.  These classes are open to enrollment to all students in the Kitsap County community. To enroll in one or more of these sessions please complete the Technology Access Center Class Registration Form and email it to ebutler@westsoundacademy.org

Maker Certification (Level One & Two)


Middle School Maker Lab - Fall 2016WSA is offering a 9 week Maker class for students interested in tinkering, creating, innovating and experimenting with a number of Maker projects. Maker Sessions are collaborative workshops where young people gain practical hands-on experience with new technologies and innovative processes to design and build projects. Makers can explore many different areas of interest and will have access to WSA Technology Access Center tools to support their creativity. The Instructor will offer weekly lessons on different skills sets such as soldering, 3D printing, and laser cutting that can be applied to projects. Level One students who complete their first 9-week Maker Session become “Maker Certified” which means they can drop in to future Open Build Sessions and pursue their own projects using WSA resources.  Level Two students will have already completed the Level One certification and will be expanding their knowledge of the lessons into more challenge and inquiry. First time Makers ages 11-18 are welcome and no experience is necessary. 

Level One & Level Two -  3:30-5:00 p.m. / Tuesdays starting January 31
No classes are held February 21, March 14, March 28, and April 4.
Class Fee:   $90 for 9 sessions                                   Limit:  10 students

Instructor: Spencer Tryba

Upper School Maker Lab - Fall 2016

Open Build Sessions


Students who have successfully earned their Level One Maker certification are eligible to sign up for weekly Open Build sessions. Open Build sessions are opportunities for students to pursue their own inquiry and use the resources of the TAC room to explore, create and innovate. The teacher is a facilitator but is not offering direct instruction. Students are responsible for safe use, appropriate behavior and cleaning up properly after each use. Students may attend one session or several but must sign up ahead of time on the sign-up sheet in the TAC room.  If a student has not signed up two days prior to the date of attendance, they will not be allowed to attend.  Students may cancel a planned attendance up to 24 hours in advance without being charged the materials fee. 

Open Build -  3:30-5:00 p.m. / Wednesdays starting February 1
No classes are held February 22, March 15, March 29, and April 5
Materials fee per session:   $8 per session                   
Limit:  10 students each session

Instructor: Spencer Tryba

Rube Goldberg Design


Professor  Lucifer Butts (orange squeezing machine). Cartoon, 1932, by Reuben Lucius ('Rube') Goldberg - Britannica Image QuestThis afterschool class embraces the art of failure and reaching for greater success despite failures through the design and building of a Rube Goldberg machine. Students experiment with motion and energy as they apply the engineering design process to develop simple machines. Students define and refine the problem by developing a scope and identifying boundary conditions. As a class, we implement an iterative design and testing process where learning by failing is encouraged. The teacher is a facilitator for the design process but the students lead the development of the machine. The final Rube Goldberg machine will be displayed for the WSA community. First time inventers ages 11-18 are welcome and no experience is necessary.

Rube Goldberg Design -  3:30-5:00 p.m. / Thursdays starting February 2
No classes are held February 23, March 16, March 30, and April 6
Class Fee:   $90 for 9 sessions                                       Limit:  10 students
Instructor: Spencer Tryba