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About the Pixel Academy
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The Pixel Academy is a creative space where kids and teens are immersed in state of the art digital technologies, from Virtual Reality Video Game Design to 3D Printing. The Pixel Academy encourages creativity with technology, enabling our members to develop proficiencies in a sampling of the very latest hardware and software available. We give them both the tools and the knowledge to explore and master important new skills that traditional schools aren’t able to offer. 

How does it work? The Pixel Academy is a drop-in afterschool learning space. Members can visit any time we're open and either participate in our scheduled workshops or choose their own paths with the guidance of our instructors.

Every day we have multiple workshops covering different topics. Although the workshops are optional, there are benefits to sticking with what we have planned out for the day. Members who successfully complete the workshops and the challenges that follow are awarded Pixel Points (which are used to level up) and unique achievements (which let them show off the new skills they've learned.)

Our philosophy is to let kids come when they want and learn what they want. Everything we offer is educational and entertaining so they get to be the masters of their future. They can pick up a guitar on Monday, or make a video game on Friday.

The Pixel Academy is best for kids 7 and older.

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Are some workshops more expensive than others? Nope! Each visit includes participation in both daily workshops. Creativity is about freedom. It’s totally up to our members which workshops they take part in. Computer programming on Monday, guitar on Tuesday, then more guitar on Wednesday. Or, members can decided to skip out on workshops and work on their own projects with the help of Pixel Instructors. In other words, learn what you want, when you want. 

Do members need to sign up for specific workshops ahead of time? Nope, just show up! 

Wait a minute, what is a workshop? A workshop is a guided exploration of a particular skill. It usually lasts about an hour and includes both learning and creating. Every workshop is tied to a creative achievement (and Pixel Points!) 

What do you have available for members to use? We strive for one computer for every member: MacBook Pros loaded with the latest digital software for creating everything from 3D models to iOS applications. For a more complete list, see the list of tech above or check our website to stay up-to-date. 

How do I know my kid’s not just playing Minecraft all day? There are only a few reasons members will play video games at Pixel Academy: creative modification, inspiration, testing a member-created game, or after earning a quick break. Plus, Pixel Instructors don’t want to just watch members passively consume a game that’s been designed by someone else. That’s no fun for us either. We know that Pixel passes aren’t free so we make sure parents get their passes worth. 

What are text alerts?  Membership families can request to automatically receive a text message when their son or daughter scans in and out of the Pixel Academy. That way parents who can’t be there for pickup or dropoff can still stay in the loop. (This can also be more consistent than relying on your child to let you know when he or she has come or gone.)

Are the workshops throughout the week the same? No. Although we may focus on the same topics on certain days, we could cover vastly different material. 

How many workshops does it take to complete a project? Members build their projects over time. That’s why they get Pixel Academy flashdrives! Some workshop achievements can be completed within the workshop hour, while others might take several visits. We also encourage members to use the skills they’ve learned to work on their own long-term creative projects.

What if I’m not interested in today’s workshop? Instructors are always on hand to answer questions in any topic we know or to learn alongside you in topics we don’t! We’re also happy to help members with past workshops or suggest other ways to creatively explore the awesome technology we have. 

Can I only do one workshop a day? Each visit can include all the workshops or, if members prefer use their time at Pixel to be productive in other ways, none of them. 

What age does this cover? Are groups going to be mixed ages? The unique exploration structure of the Pixel Academy allows us to work with a variety of ages at the same time. Since all of our stuff is technology-based, and not anything that directly corresponds to school, we find that a range of ages is actually a real benefit for kids, in terms of both learning and socializing. By breaking down social barriers, kids feel freer to interact creatively. In other words, since this isn’t school, grades don’t matter! 

Can you really teach a six year old to make 3D prints and video games? We can and we do! 

Are you special needs friendly? The Pixel Academy is an amazing environment for kids and teens who can think and act for themselves. In order to encourage creativity and facilitate a laid back learning environment, we try to keep our space an adult-free area (except for our Instructors); we unfortunately cannot currently accommodate anyone that requires an aid in school. Our Instructors have experience and training with a variety of special needs and learning styles. If you have any special questions or concerns, please give us a call.

Can I drop my child off? Yes! When you sign up, you’ll be asked to fill out some “paper”work including a list of adults who can pick your child up. If you’re more comfortable hanging around for the first visit, you’re more than welcome to stay. 

Can I stay with my child? Sometimes it’s nice to hang out during the first visit. But, after that, we have a strict no-parents policy. No offense, parents. It’s just to make sure members feel comfortable enough to be creative, without the pressure of parents’ presence (their own or someone else’s.) 

What’s the deal with tags?  The necklace tags members get when they sign up contain a unique QR code that we link to their membership accounts. It contains no personal identifiable information. Just a member number. When members arrive, we scan them in (and give them a Pixel Point!) When they’re ready to leave, we scan their tag again and a list pops up with everyone who is approved to check them out of the Pixel Academy. This lets us keep track of who’s with us, who's left, and who took them. It’s actually all pretty cool. (We made the system ourselves using skills that members can learn in our daily workshops!) 

What if I have a special circumstance? We’re happy to be flexible and do our best to find a solution to all scenarios! 

Can adults join? Nope! Sorry. 

Please? If you’re interested in Professional Development for Educators, check out our off-site offerings (http://www.pixelacademy.org/schools.html) and/or send an email to info@pixelacademy.org for more info. 

Have more questions? Email us (info@pixelacademy.org) or give us a call at 866-771-6837

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Visiting is easy!  Just drop-by when we’re open. There’s no need to email ahead or RSVP. If you’ve never been to the Pixel Academy before, we recommend arriving early so we have time to introduce you to all the cool technology we have before the workshops start.  

$35/visit
for members
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$45/visit
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Drop in any day and stay until closing

Participate in the day's workshops

Use all of our technology for projects or to learn
cool skills and level up!

If you want to really experience all that the Pixel Academy has to offer, you should become a member!  It’s one flat monthly fee for the whole family and you’ll be joining an awesome community of creative learners and makers.

$25/month
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Custom laser-cut membership tag

FREE 3D printing

Discounted visits

Healthy snack option on arrival

Text message alerts for member activity

Member-only events and opportunities



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Prospective members are invited to drop by the Pixel Academy for a free tour during our team time, weekdays from 4pm-5pm. We’ll welcome and orient you to the space, show you examples of the projects members have made in the past, and point out some of the amazing tech they use to build their creations. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions about Pixel Academy membership. 

The introductory tour is a chance to see the Pixel Academy in action and get a sense of the kinds of things you can do as a member. 

No instruction or creation is done during this introduction but, if you like what you see, you can purchase a day-pass and and stay as long as you want!

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to come to the Pixel Academy. In fact, you don’t even have to know how to use a computer, let alone a 3D printer or a video game development engine. That’s what our Instructors are for; we’re here to help you learn about all the cool technology we have in our space. And, not just learn about it, but master our cutting-edge tech by using it to make your own creations!

But the Pixel Academy is not just for beginners. We can continue to build your skills in professional level platforms like Unity, Ableton Live, Adobe Creative Suite and more!

What to expect on your first visit:The first time you come to the Pixel Academy, we’ll give you a quick tour of the space, introduce you to some of awesome technology that you can use, and get you making something right away! Many members take home a simple video game or 3D print after their first visit.

How to prepare for your first visit:
The only thing that we require prior to inviting members and visitors into our space is completing some quick guest "paper"work.

You can do most of it at right from home! The only thing that will be left to take care of in person is a signature from a legal guardian.

Guest Paperwork

The Pixel Academy is excited to offer a unique experience for exceptional teens. Members ages 12-16 are encouraged to apply for our team of Student Experts And Leaders, the SEAL team. Because the SEAL experience includes individualized attention and other benefits beyond regular membership, space is limited. Accepted members develop and complete a long-term project and get special privileges like:

  • Unlimited visits to Pixel Academy during regular hours

  • A dedicated mentor, matched by area of interest

  • Special leadership training on exclusive SEAL nights

  • Special metal member tags

  • Internship/leadership opportunities for successful SEAL program completion


How is a SEAL different than a member?

Our SEAL program is a hybrid between Pixel Academy membership and our student internship program. SEALs each get a dedicated Pixel Academy staff member as a mentor and take on ONE BIG PROJECT for the duration of the session. Each accepted SEAL will attempt to master a specific topic through a creative project and share their work and knowledge with Pixel Academy members. SEALs develop skills in technology, planning, problem-solving, and leadership. And SEALs who successfully complete the program and present their projects are awarded a certificate of completion and considered for a student internship.

What do we look for in a SEAL?

The ideal SEAL is:

  • a motivated member who’s excited to excel in a specific area

  • a self-starter who doesn’t need to be pushed to move forward but would benefit from more personalized and advanced assistance and instruction

Priority is given to:

  • active members who are interested in moving up the ranks and becoming student interns at the end of their SEAL session

  • those who will get the most from the experience and whose personality, priorities, and proposed project compliment the rest of the SEAL team

  • high-ranking Pixel members

SEALs are required to:

  • be 12-16 years old at the time of application

  • attend exclusive SEAL trainings

  • complete and present a big project


How does a SEAL become a SEAL?

Space is limited. So the acceptance process may be competitive. Please read the application carefully and submit it within the designated timeframe. The application process may even include an in-person interview.

What does it cost?

A three-month SEAL session costs $499 in addition to membership (which is required) and includes unlimited visits to the Pixel Academy during drop-in hours as well as exclusive SEAL benefits.

How do I apply?

The application process for our second bath of SEALs will start in December! Check back then.

What is Pixel Pickup?

The Pixel Academy offers members FREE after-school pickup at select neighborhood schools. Every weekday, we pick up participating members and walk over to The Pixel Academy for a few hours of project-based tech education.

Where and when is Pickup?

The Pixel Academy picks up from the following local schools:

MONDAY 
Pickup 1: P.S. 261 
Pickup 2: TBD

TUESDAY 
Pickup 1: P.S. 29
Pickup 2: TBD

WEDNESDAY 
Pickup 1: Packer Collegiate
Pickup 2: TBD

THURSDAY 
Pickup 1: Brooklyn Friends
Pickup 2: TBD

FRIDAY 
Pickup 1: P.S. 58
Pickup 2: Packer Collegiate

*TBD depending on member demand during September.

How do we decide which schools to pick up from?

Priority is given first to schools who participate in our Golden Tag Initiative and then to schools where a significant number of our members have requested Pixel Pickup. You can request Pickup at your school when you sign up for a Pixel Academy membership or by logging in to your member account. For information on our Golden Tag Initiative, email noah@pixelacademy.org.

How do you sign up?

If you already have a Pixel Academy membership, you should have received a link to add Pickup in your welcome email.  If you need that link resent, please send us an email. We’ll add you to our Pickup list as soon as possible! If we’re full, we’ll add you to the waitlist and let you know when a spot opens up. If we don’t offer Pickup at your school yet, you can request it by logging in to your membership account.

Is there anything else I should know?

Yes! Thanks for asking.

We walk from the school to The Pixel Academy. Please prepare properly: if its cold, pack a jacket; if its raining tote a raincoat; if its snowing shoot for boots.

By signing up for Pixel Pickup, members are guaranteed a spot at The Pixel Academy that day. They are also guaranteed to be charged for their visit, unless we are notified that they won’t be attending prior to 1pm that day.

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Camp Pixel is a hands-on creative experience where campers are immersed in the 21st century technologies of their choice: Video game design and coding, 3D stop-motion animation, digital sound design, Minecraft modding, and 3D printing (to name a few)! Every session is built around new creative projects to fully immerse campers in the future of digital content creation.

Camp Pixel is a unique experience for returning campers, Pixel members, and new kids alike.

We offer camp every summer and during school holidays as week-long or single-day camps!

We’ll update this area when the next Camp Pixel is announced!  Sign up for our mailing list so you can get informed as soon as camp launches.  Our last camp sold out so it’s best to stay informed!

It’s still summer!  We’ll update this section in the fall.

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The Pixel Academy offers two very unique birthday party experiences!

The first is the DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY PARTY and includes a sampling of the cool technology at the Pixel Academy. Kids pose in front of our "greenscreen" wall and we’ll put them all INSIDE of a video game! The birthday boy or girl is the hero who encounters other partygoers along the way. The game can be tweaked and customized by the whole group and we'll set up our theater space to project the completed video game on the BIG SCREEN.

Partygoers create their own custom party favor using 3D design software and a one-of-a-kind pre-made template. Creations start 3D printing at the party for pick-up later in the week.

We also offer a one-of-a-kind MINECRAFT TECHNOLOGY BIRTHDAY PARTY that combines playing and creating within the Minecraft universe. Partygoers may make custom skins or texture packs and they play together using their own creations on private LANs. They'll also get a chance to explore Minecraft VR (an immersive virtual reality version Minecraft that uses the Oculus Rift), and take silly pictures in front of our "greenscreen".

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Keepsake Minecraft™ cups included!

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The Pixel Academy offers a wide range of learning opportunities for K-12 students, educators, and administrators. Our workshop series provide project-based instruction using technology that is accessible and engaging to today’s “digital natives”. No prior knowledge is necessary for most workshops. Pixel programming aligns with the Common Core and the latest STEM initiatives. Our most popular series are:

Video Game Design

3D Printing and Engineering

Web Design

Minecraft Modding using Java

To request additional information or ask specific questions about content, pedagogy, logistics, or the Pixel Academy in general, send an email to offsites@pixelacademy.org or give us a call at 866-771-6837.

The Pixel Academy is a creative space where kids and teens are immersed in state of the art digital technologies, from Virtual Reality Video Game Design to 3D Printing. The Pixel Academy encourages creativity with technology, enabling our members to develop proficiencies in a sampling of the very latest hardware and software available. We give them both the tools and the knowledge to explore and master important new skills that traditional schools aren’t able to offer. 

How does it work? The Pixel Academy is a drop-in afterschool learning space. Members can visit any time we're open and either participate in our scheduled workshops or choose their own paths with the guidance of our instructors.

Every day we have multiple workshops covering different topics. Although the workshops are optional, there are benefits to sticking with what we have planned out for the day. Members who successfully complete the workshops and the challenges that follow are awarded Pixel Points (used to level up) and unique achievements that corresponds to the new skills they've learned.

Our philosophy is to let kids come when they want and learn what they want. Everything we offer is educational and entertaining so they get to be the masters of their future. They can pick up a guitar on Monday, or make a video game on Friday.

The Pixel Academy is best for kids 7 and older.

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