Elementary STEM-X Programs

Dates: June 1-5, June 8-12, and June 15-19, 2020 (choose one, two, or all three weeks)

Location:  Poudre High School (201 S. Impala Drive Fort Collins, CO) and/or Preston Middle School (4901 Corbett Dr, Fort Collins)

Time:  9:15am – 3:00pm (Early care available starting at 7:45am.)

Who: Students going into 4th and 5th grades in the Fall of 2020 from any school, public, private or international. There is an application process and candidates need to have recommendations from a teacher (or parent for home-schoolers) and a non-parent adult. STEM-X students will need to have the ability to focus on a topic for a whole morning. Teachers will be experienced in working with elementary-aged students and the depth with which topics are covered will require the ability to stay engaged.

How Much: Full-day tuition is $330 and half-day is $190. Tuition includes lunch and course materials.

June 1-5, 2020 Classes

Location: Poudre High School

Full Day Students – Select 2 Courses, 1 morning and 1 afternoon
Half Day Students – Select 1 morning OR 1 afternoon Course

Applicants will have the opportunity to pick classes once they have been accepted into the program.

9:15am – 11:45am

Do you love coding, being creative, stories and adventure? In Code your own Adventure you will be able to combine your love of coding with your creativity to design and code a choose your own adventure story. We will use the Scratch programming language developed by MIT to practice coding skills such as design, testing, debugging, events, sequences, loops, conditionals and more. You will be able to choose your own characters and backgrounds from the Scratch library or use your artistic talents to create your own. When we add in various programming tricks and sounds, our stories will come to life. Even if you are new to Scratch you are welcome in this class. Join us for a fun filled week of adventure!

Do you love science experiments? Do you love to eat? In Kitchen Magic we will do both! In this STEM-X class we will explore science and math through the world of cooking. We will investigate chemical reactions, properties of matter, measurement, and volume through experiments in the kitchen. We will be learning real-world applications of science and math as well as creating products that we can eat! No prior experience in the kitchen needed. Join us for a hands-on week of fun as we make connections between cooking, baking, science, and math.

Build your own world while learning critical and computational thinking skills through a variety of challenges. Learn to code and build complex Architecture. All levels of miners are welcome.

Calling all builders! What’s the only thing better than ordinary Legos? Lego Robotics!! Designing, building, programming, problem solving…we have it all! This class is FLL (First Lego League) inspired and challenge based; what can your robot DO? If you’ve dreamed of creating a robot, and programming it to solve a problem or complete a task, then gear up for a fast-paced week of Lego Robotics construction.

Search for evidence and gather clues to discover how science helps to solve a mystery! Sharpen your observation skills, analyze fingerprints, shoe prints, ink prints, and more! In this class we will also hear from a real-life detective. Let’s investigate together!

12:30pm – 3:00pm

Would you like to learn to speak “Horse-ish?” The Language of Horses allows students to learn the science and joy of working with horses. Students will engage in hands on activities to learn about how horses move, learn and grow. Students will also get to work with horses in person to experience what it is like to be around a large animal. For the final project students will design a horse facility for their own model horse and create a story of the horses life.

Do you love coding, being creative, stories and adventure? In Code your own Adventure you will be able to combine your love of coding with your creativity to design and code a choose your own adventure story. We will use the Scratch programming language developed by MIT to practice coding skills such as design, testing, debugging, events, sequences, loops, conditionals and more. You will be able to choose your own characters and backgrounds from the Scratch library or use your artistic talents to create your own. When we add in various programming tricks and sounds, our stories will come to life. Even if you are new to Scratch you are welcome in this class. Join us for a fun filled week of adventure!

Do you love to go to music class? Are your favorite days the days you get to play instruments? Have you ever wanted to write songs of your own? Then this is the class for you! Creative Compositions is your time to play: with music! Young composers will experience many different ways to compose songs and will get to compose and perform a song of their very own!

This class is an introduction to a wide variety of ways to power machines including vehicles. Students will learn to design and construct self-propelled vehicles by creatively using a variety of inexpensive or recycled materials and supplies while learning about storage and generation.

Do you love science experiments? Do you love to eat? In Kitchen Magic we will do both! In this STEM-X class we will explore science and math through the world of cooking. We will investigate chemical reactions, properties of matter, measurement, and volume through experiments in the kitchen. We will be learning real-world applications of science and math as well as creating products that we can eat! No prior experience in the kitchen needed. Join us for a hands-on week of fun as we make connections between cooking, baking, science, and math.

If you are interested in aviation, this is the class for you! You will learn about flying as it relates to airplanes, helicopters, drones, as well as what takes place behind the scenes. You will meet guest speakers who will share their experiences with flight and careers related to aviation. We will visit The Flying School at the Loveland Airport to learn more about flying, experience the flight simulator, and get a close look at airplanes! Through hands on activities and exposure to the many ways aviation impacts our lives, students will leave with a greater understanding of the available opportunities they can pursue in our own community and beyond!

Are you interested in drones? Have you set a goal of earning your FAA Drone Pilot License? Join us for a introduction to drone construction and flight and start your journey.

June 8-12, 2020 Classes

Location: Preston Middle School

Full Day Students – Select 2 Courses, 1 morning and 1 afternoon
Half Day Students – Select 1 morning OR 1 afternoon Course

Applicants will have the opportunity to pick classes once they have been accepted into the program.

9:15am – 11:45am

Do you love science experiments? Do you love to eat? In Kitchen Magic we will do both! In this STEM-X class we will explore science and math through the world of cooking. We will investigate chemical reactions, properties of matter, measurement, and volume through experiments in the kitchen. We will be learning real-world applications of science and math as well as creating products that we can eat! No prior experience in the kitchen needed. Join us for a hands-on week of fun as we make connections between cooking, baking, science, and math.

Imagine Capture the Flag, only Minecraft style! Show off your building skills, mine and construct a castle to hide your valuables! What about a Zombie Apocalypse, or maybe a Creeper Catastrophe? Minecraft has the tools, and we will use them to rebuild our community! Let’s spend a week solving world problems with Minecraft! All skill levels welcome.

Search for evidence and gather clues to discover how science helps to solve a mystery! Sharpen your observation skills, analyze fingerprints, shoe prints, ink prints, and more! In this class we will also hear from a real-life detective. Let’s investigate together!

Art is more than creating a beautiful picture! Many of the great artists used math concepts to make their artwork more appealing. In this class students will have fun with perspective, proportions, patterns, and optical illusions as they explore the hidden world of magical math that is embedded in art. Students will create several of their own art projects throughout the week!

12:30pm – 3:00pm

Do you love science experiments? Do you love to eat? In Kitchen Magic we will do both! In this STEM-X class we will explore science and math through the world of cooking. We will investigate chemical reactions, properties of matter, measurement, and volume through experiments in the kitchen. We will be learning real-world applications of science and math as well as creating products that we can eat! No prior experience in the kitchen needed. Join us for a hands-on week of fun as we make connections between cooking, baking, science, and math.

Imagine Capture the Flag, only Minecraft style! Show off your building skills, mine and construct a castle to hide your valuables! What about a Zombie Apocalypse, or maybe a Creeper Catastrophe? Minecraft has the tools, and we will use them to rebuild our community! Let’s spend a week solving world problems with Minecraft! All skill levels welcome.

If you are interested in aviation, this is the class for you! You will learn about flying as it relates to airplanes, helicopters, drones, as well as what takes place behind the scenes. You will meet guest speakers who will share their experiences with flight and careers related to aviation. We will visit The Flying School at the Loveland Airport to learn more about flying, experience the flight simulator, and get a close look at airplanes! Through hands on activities and exposure to the many ways aviation impacts our lives, students will leave with a greater understanding of the available opportunities they can pursue in our own community and beyond!

Are you interested in drones? Have you set a goal of earning your FAA Drone Pilot License? Join us for a introduction to drone construction and flight and start your journey.

Would you like to make elephant toothpaste? Watch a volcano erupt? What makes things buzz, fizz and pop? Students in this class will manipulate, create, and learn with hands-on science experiments that will captivate their interest and allow them to see the “why” behind fun and messy science. Students will learn about the scientific method by exploring 2-4 experiments each day and then explaining the “whys” behind experiments in a mini “science fair” at the end of the week!

Specialty Full-Day Camp 9:15pm – 3:00pm

Calling all young actors and actresses! Do you love acting? Do you have a passion for creating and embodying a character? Are you interested in performing ​an act YOU’VE written in front of an audience? This is your chance!

June 15-19, 2020 Classes

Location: Preston Middle School

Full Day Students – Select 2 Courses, 1 morning and 1 afternoon
Half Day Students – Select 1 morning OR 1 afternoon Course

Applicants will have the opportunity to pick classes once they have been accepted into the program.

 9:15am – 11:45am

Do you love to go to music class? Are your favorite days the days you get to play instruments? Have you ever wanted to write songs of your own? Then this is the class for you! Creative Compositions is your time to play: with music! Young composers will experience many different ways to compose songs and will get to compose and perform a song of their very own!

This class is an introduction to a wide variety of ways to power machines including vehicles. Students will learn to design and construct self-propelled vehicles by creatively using a variety of inexpensive or recycled materials and supplies while learning about storage and generation.

This hands-on course will introduce students to the principles of aeronautical engineering. During the course, students will design and build a Model Rocket, calibrate it on a test firing apparatus, and use the data to relate position, velocity, and acceleration. Students will then predict the trajectory of their rocket and fire them to test their predictions. This course is open to model rocket beginners and enthusiasts alike.

Please note that while the registration system will say 9:15am, this class will have an 8:00am start time! This is due to it being a combined Elementary/Middle School class.

12:30pm – 3:00pm

Would you like to learn to speak “Horse-ish”? The Language of Horses allows students to learn the science and joy of working with horses. Students will engage in hands on activities to learn about how horses move, learn and grow. Students will also get to work with horses in person to experience what it is like to be around a large animal. For the final project students will design a horse facility for their own model horse and create a story of the horses life.

This class is an introduction to a wide variety of ways to power machines including vehicles. Students will learn to design and construct self-propelled vehicles by creatively using a variety of inexpensive or recycled materials and supplies while learning about storage and generation.

Search for evidence and gather clues to discover how science helps to solve a mystery! Sharpen your observation skills, analyze fingerprints, shoe prints, ink prints, and more! In this class we will also hear from a real-life detective. Let’s investigate together!

Discover the world of spy craft technology. Experiment with disappearing messages, code making and breaking, and secret recordings. Turn simple household items into weapons of espionage, and learn the ultimate micro-controller: the Arduino, and how it can be used with spy technology. Come join the fun and tap into your inner CIA agent, unlimited possibilities in this week of exploration.

If you are interested in aviation, this is the class for you! You will learn about flying as it relates to airplanes, helicopters, drones, as well as what takes place behind the scenes. You will meet guest speakers who will share their experiences with flight and careers related to aviation. We will visit The Flying School at the Loveland Airport to learn more about flying, experience the flight simulator, and get a close look at airplanes! Through hands on activities and exposure to the many ways aviation impacts our lives, students will leave with a greater understanding of the available opportunities they can pursue in our own community and beyond!

Are you interested in drones? Have you set a goal of earning your FAA Drone Pilot License? Join us for a introduction to drone construction and flight and start your journey.

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