Come and try out something new!  Spend the afternoon with a great group of kids and adults.  Learn something you’ve always wanted to learn.  Our Thursday workshops are open to all people aged 10 to 18.  All are welcome: traditional students, homeschoolers, and anyone else who is free on Thursday afternoons!  Past workshops have included digital photography, archery, video production, chess, Shakespeare reading and performance, geochaching, and more!

To register:  please call 223-1010.  Pre-registration is required.  Workshops with insufficient registration may be cancelled.

Winter and Spring Workshops

Making a Mobile Robot. In this workshop you will use the knowledge gained in Introduction to Microcontrollers to build and program a simple arduino-based wheeled robot. You may be able to program robots to trace out a specific path, to avoid obstacles, and even to interact with one another. We may even explore ways to modify the hardware for additional projects. Students can work collaboratively on 1 or 2 robots owned by the school, or they can choose to purchase their own robot kit to work on independently and then take home.  It might be possible to purchase the school robots at the end of the workshop depending on interest levels.

Time:  Thursday February 1, 8, 15, 22; 1-3 pm  (4 sessions)
Instructor: Paul Wallich
Fee:  $75 for enrolled Pacem Students; $80 for all others.  Cost of the robot kit is $45 if you would like to purchase your own.  (The kit is the same as the one for the previous workshop.)
Registration:  Register for these workshops by emailing  Space is limited, so register early!  Please register as soon as possible so that we can be sure to order enough equipment.  Registration in the previous workshop, Introduction to Microcontrollers, is a pre-requisite.

Pacem play:  The Hobbit!  All students aged 10 to 18 are invited to be a part of our play production!  (Younger students may be able to participate with permission)  Our play will be a unique and fun adaptation of “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien complete with hobbits, dwarves, goblins, elves, and, of course, a dragon.  There will be a variety of types and sizes of roles for depending on what students are looking for.  No theater experience is necessary!  In addition there will be an opportunity to exercise creativity in costume, set, and prop design.  Rehearsals will be Thursdays from 1-3 pm in March and April with a final dress rehearsal and performance in the afternoon and evening of April 26.  There is an organizational meeting Thursday February 22 from 12 – 12:30 pm.  (We encourage students to come to this meeting if at all possible, but we understand that some may not be able to make it.)

Time:  Thursdays 1 – 3 pm March 8, 15, 22, 29; April 5, 12, 26.  Performance in the evening of April 26.
Instructor:  Bonnie Hooper
Fee: $130 for enrolled Pacem Students; $140 for all others. (Fee is already included in full-time tuition)
Registration: email or call 223-1010 before February 22.  (It may be possible to join us after February 22.  Please contact us).

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