Middle School 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 Drive,  Fort Collins, CO)

Time:  8:00am – 3:00pm

Who: Students entering 6th – 9th 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-school students) and a non-parent adult.

How Much:  Full-day STEM-X is $390 per week. Half-day STEM-X is $220 per week. 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.

Looking for the STEM-X experience but wanna go even deeper?
Consider a STEM-X Specialty Camp! Same application.
Same innovative programming. Same inspiring educators.

Morning 8:00am – 11:15am

This course would allow students to look into the the growing world population and the decreased number of people involved directly in food production. Students will look at how agriculturists are working to increase sustainability as well as increase food production to meet the growing demand for food with a decrease in land.

Have you ever dreamed of getting in the left seat of a Boeing 787 with your captain’s epaulettes on your shoulders and taking off on runway 36L? Or maybe you have the ‘right stuff’ and want to join NASA as a commander. It all starts with basic flight training and this course is designed to give an introduction to becoming a pilot using a personal computer-based flight training device. The class will take a field trip to a local airport. This class will be a lot of hard, fun, focused work.

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.

This class is to illustrate the more feminine, creative side of chemistry/chemical engineering. We will breaking down the stereotypical engineer to reveal a profession involved in everything from creating the next hot color of nail polish to Jennifer Lopez’s newest fragrance.

Creating, and Modding: Minecraft is the ultimate creative sandbox. We will use MinecraftEDU to demonstrate how teams can create amazing virtual worlds. We’ll explore some interactive features that make your Minecraft world fun for everyone, and learn about modding so you can create your own special Minecraft blocks, characters, and behaviors. Even if you are new to Minecraft, come explore with us!

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.

Learn the basics for developing Virtual Reality (VR) games and experiences in this instructor-led workshop. Explore VR design concepts and video game development tools for creating virtual environments. Participants create roomscale VR experiences using the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. Walk away with the knowledge to begin creating VR content!

Afternoon 11:45am – 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.

Unfold the mystery of fundamental chemical reactions while creating powerful and colorful chemistry uproar on your bench! Create your own bottle rocket, fire extinguisher and hot or cold packs using common household chemicals, learn to manipulate some amazing polymers, experiment safely with dry ice and liquid nitrogen, and much more… No prior knowledge of chemistry is required.

Wonder Girl is a fitness class for girls, but fitness is our tool, not our end goal. The end goal is confidence that comes from courageously tackling challenges-discovering that we are far more capable than we ever dreamed and understanding that comes from exploring the connections between nutrition, exercise, and physical and emotional health.

Java is the language of Minecraft, Google and various applications around the world. Let’s embark on a journey of discovering how to bring your ideas to life through the programming language of Java. This course will test your knowledge of algebra skills and basic logic, honing mathematical abilities while providing your own creative outlet.

Have you ever dreamed of getting in the left seat of a Boeing 787 with your captain’s epaulettes on your shoulders and taking off on runway 36L? Or maybe you have the ‘right stuff’ and want to join NASA as a commander. It all starts with basic flight training and this course is designed to give an introduction to becoming a pilot using a personal computer-based flight training device. The class will take a field trip to a local airport. This class will be a lot of hard, fun, focused work.

Java is the language of Minecraft, Google and various applications around the world. Lets embark on a journey of discovering how to bring your ideas to life through the programming language of Java. This course will test your knowledge of algebra skills and basic logic, honing mathematical abilities while providing your own creative outlet.

Would you like to learn about exploring places on earth where no human can go? Are you in AWE of underwater worlds? This year, STEM-X is excited to offer Under Water Robotics! Design an easy to construct under water robot that will be able to accomplish tasks remotely; you won’t even have to get wet! (but you will). Robots will go swimming at EPIC!

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.

Looking for the STEM-X experience but wanna go even deeper?
Consider a STEM-X Specialty Camp! Same application.
Same innovative programming. Same inspiring educators.

Morning 8:00am – 11:15am

Students will get perspective on the role science plays in society and the dangers of undermining scientific discoveries and the spreading of misinformation disguised as science. Scientifically sounds but socially controversial subjects will be addressed from a scientific perspective.

Have you watched Stranger Things? Do you love Harry Potter? Are you a fan of the Lord of the Rings? Would you love to battle dragons or monsters? Come and join us for the RPG Adventure Class as you launch yourself into an immersive world where you get to be a warrior, wizard, paladin, or any number of other characters who fight hand in hand to find fame, fortune, and glory! This is a social and analog class where you will work together for the good of the group.

Become a game developer! Learn the fundamentals of game design by creating virtual worlds that tell a story. Coding experience is not necessary and advanced coders are welcome.

Would you like to learn about exploring places on earth where no human can go? Are you in AWE of underwater worlds? This year, STEM-X is excited to offer Under Water Robotics! Design an easy to construct under water robot that will be able to accomplish tasks remotely; you won’t even have to get wet! (but you will). Robots will go swimming at EPIC!

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.

Have you ever dreamed of getting in the left seat of a Boeing 787 with your captain’s epaulettes on your shoulders and taking off on runway 36L? Or maybe you have the ‘right stuff’ and want to join NASA as a commander. It all starts with basic flight training and this course is designed to give an introduction to becoming a pilot using a personal computer-based flight training device. The class will take a field trip to a local airport. This class will be a lot of hard, fun, focused work.

Robots Everywhere! Robots are working everywhere and making the world better. Automation, design, maintenance and controlling robots is an exploding field! Get on board the robotics train with Next Step Robotics where you will grow your basic understanding of robot design, control/programming, and function. Some experience with robotics is recommended.

Levitation? Bezoars? Quidditch? Illumination with the flick of a wand? Could there be such things? Learn about potions, charms, care of magical creatures, herbology, astronomy, and more in The Science of Harry Potter: Part One, The Sorcerer’s Science. Hurry and sign up before it dis-apparates!

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.

Afternoon 11:45am – 3:00pm

A crime has been committed! Come and learn the techniques and analytical skills needed to connect suspects to crime scenes and victims. Topics covered include impression evidence, eye witness testimony, timeline making and evidence collection.

Have you ever dreamed of getting in the left seat of a Boeing 787 with your captain’s epaulettes on your shoulders and taking off on runway 36L? Or maybe you have the ‘right stuff’ and want to join NASA as a commander. It all starts with basic flight training and this course is designed to give an introduction to becoming a pilot using a personal computer-based flight training device. The class will take a field trip to a local airport. This class will be a lot of hard, fun, focused work.

Learn the basics for developing Virtual Reality (VR) games and experiences in this instructor-led workshop. Explore VR design concepts and video game development tools for creating virtual environments. Participants create roomscale VR experiences using the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. Walk away with the knowledge to begin creating VR content!

This class is an “out of this world” opportunity for young women to learn about women in STEM careers. As a field trip-based course, participants will visit and even work with local female professionals from medicine, technology, veterinary science, environmental science, and much more. Students will summarize their adventures at the STEM Show on Friday. Sign up with a friend! Send syoussef@psdschools.org the name and email address of your friend and we will send her an email inviting her to sign up with you.

Did you know that early scientific explorers used art to explain their science to the masses so that everyone could better understand the natural world around them? Art and science have always been intertwined. This class will focus on creating art as we explore the science all around us!

Robots Everywhere! Robots are working everywhere and making the world better. Automation, design, maintenance and controlling robots is an exploding field! Get on board the robotics train with Next Step Robotics where you will grow your basic understanding of robot design, control/programming, and function. Some experience with robotics is recommended.

Alchemy? Floo Powder? Mandrake Infants? Invisibility? Potions? Learn about potions, charms, care of magical creatures, herbology, and more in The Science of Harry Potter: Part Two, The Chamber of Solvents. Hurry and sign up before it dis-apparates!

Learn JavaScript through front and back end web development. This course will cover the basics of industry level web development. All levels of coders are welcome.

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.

Looking for the STEM-X experience but wanna go even deeper?
Consider a STEM-X Specialty Camp! Same application.
Same innovative programming. Same inspiring educators.

Morning 8:00am-11:15am

A crime has been committed! Come and learn the techniques and analytical skills needed to connect suspects to crime scenes and victims. Topics covered include impression evidence, eye witness testimony, timeline making and evidence collection.

This course would allow students to look into the the growing world population and the decreased number of people involved directly in food production. Students will look at how agriculturists are working to increase sustainability as well as increase food production to meet the growing demand for food with a decrease in land.

Have you ever dreamed of getting in the left seat of a Boeing 787 with your captain’s epaulettes on your shoulders and taking off on runway 36L? Or maybe you have the ‘right stuff’ and want to join NASA as a commander. It all starts with basic flight training and this course is designed to give an introduction to becoming a pilot using a personal computer-based flight training device. The class will take a field trip to a local airport. This class will be a lot of hard, fun, focused work.

Become a game developer! Learn the fundamentals of game design by creating virtual worlds that tell a story. Coding experience is not necessary and advanced coders are welcome.

Would you like to learn about exploring places on earth where no human can go? Are you in AWE of underwater worlds? This year, STEM-X is excited to offer Under Water Robotics! Design an easy to construct under water robot that will be able to accomplish tasks remotely; you won’t even have to get wet! (but you will). Robots will go swimming at EPIC!

Did you know that early scientific explorers used art to explain their science to the masses so that everyone could better understand the natural world around them? Art and science have always been intertwined. This class will focus on creating art as we explore the science all around us!

Did you know that early scientific explorers used art to explain their science to the masses so that everyone could better understand the natural world around them? Art and science have always been intertwined. This class will focus on creating art as we explore the science all around us!

Levitation? Bezoars? Quidditch? Illumination with the flick of a wand? Could there be such things? Learn about potions, charms, care of magical creatures, herbology, astronomy, and more in The Science of Harry Potter: Part One, The Sorcerer’s Science. Hurry and sign up before it dis-apparates!

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.

Afternoon 11:45am – 3:00pm

Students will get perspective on the role science plays in society and the dangers of undermining scientific discoveries and the spreading of misinformation disguised as science. Scientifically sounds but socially controversial subjects will be addressed from a scientific perspective.

Have you watched Stranger Things? Do you love Harry Potter? Are you a fan of the Lord of the Rings? Would you love to battle dragons or monsters? Come and join us for the RPG Adventure Class as you launch yourself into an immersive world where you get to be a warrior, wizard, paladin, or any number of other characters who fight hand in hand to find fame, fortune, and glory! This is a social and analog class where you will work together for the good of the group.

Learn the basics for developing Virtual Reality (VR) games and experiences in this instructor-led workshop. Explore VR design concepts and video game development tools for creating virtual environments. Participants create roomscale VR experiences using the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. Walk away with the knowledge to begin creating VR content!

This class is an “out of this world” opportunity for young women to learn about women in STEM careers. As a field trip-based course, participants will visit and even work with local female professionals from medicine, technology, veterinary science, environmental science, and much more. Students will summarize their adventures at the STEM Show on Friday. Sign up with a friend! Send syoussef@psdschools.org the name and email address of your friend and we will send her an email inviting her to sign up with you.

Have you ever dreamed of getting in the left seat of a Boeing 787 with your captain’s epaulettes on your shoulders and taking off on runway 36L? Or maybe you have the ‘right stuff’ and want to join NASA as a commander. It all starts with basic flight training and this course is designed to give an introduction to becoming a pilot using a personal computer-based flight training device. The class will take a field trip to a local airport. This class will be a lot of hard, fun, focused work.

Alchemy? Floo Powder? Mandrake Infants? Invisibility? Potions? Learn about potions, charms, care of magical creatures, herbology, and more in The Science of Harry Potter: Part Two, The Chamber of Solvents. Hurry and sign up before it dis-apparates!

SPECIALTY CAMPS at Preston

Dates: June 8-12 and 15-19, 2020

Time: See camp schedule below

Location: Preston Middle School

Who: Students entering 6th – 9th 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-school students).

How Much:  All Specialty Camps are $390. Tuition includes lunch and course materials. 

Balsa Wood Violin/Viola!

Two-Week, Morning-Only Camp: June 8-12 and 15-19, 2020

Are you interested in making music or MAKING INSTRUMENTS? Balsa Violin is a morning only two-week, morning-only course where students will actually learn how to MAKE a working violin using traditional violin-making tools and balsa wood-building techniques. The primary activity will be making the body of the instrument with external bracing and some components. The fingerboard and strings will be pre-manufactured, the neck will be sculpted from a solid piece of maple. Students will be able to keep their Balsa Wood Violin at the end of the camp.

This class is not eligible for fee waivers.

  • Monday: 8:00 am – 11:15 am
  • Tuesday: 8:00 am – 11:15 am
  • Wednesday: 8:00 am – 11:15 am
  • Thursday: 8:00 am – 11:15 am
  • Friday: 8:00 am – 11:15 am  STEM show will be held from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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