Elementary STEM-X Programs

Students entering grades 3-5 in Fall 2021.

Dates: June 7-11 and June 14-18, 2021 (choose one or both weeks)

Location: June 7-11 at Poudre High School (201 S. Impala Drive Fort Collins, CO) and June 14-18 at Preston Middle School (4901 Corbett Drive,  Fort Collins, CO)

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

Who: Students going into 3rd-5th grades in the Fall of 2021 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). 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 7-11, 2021 Classes

at 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

What does a recording studio look like? How do singers record their voices? Can I make beats? What goes into creating music and sound effects for movies? Join us in the recording studio to learn more about the interaction of creating and recording sound with computers!

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.

Machines can be used to solve many significant (and sometimes insignificant) problems. For instance, rollercoasters solve the simple problem of having fun at an amusement park! And have you heard of Rube Goldberg? Could you design a Rube Goldberg machine to cook an egg in 15 crazy steps? While that may be silly, using a robot to pick up the Legos in your family room might be a more practical way to use a machine to solve a problem. This course is about designing and building machines to solve problems!

In this exploratory Minecraft Adventure course, participants will not only collaboratively expand on their own experiences and expertise to share tips, tricks, and other discoveries within the game, students will build problem solving skills and computational thinking by learning to craft coding structures and use command blocks for playable activities in adventure mode.  This course will introduce the foundational elements of coding through the game play of Minecraft Adventure! 

Have you ever wondered how energy makes things go? Such as powering vehicles to moving one’s body. Come and experiment with rubber bands, to discover the relationship between how energy is stored in material and how much is released. Students will investigate how hills play a part in making roller coasters move, and many more hands on activities. These hands-on activities will help students think about the world in terms of how and why things speed up and slow down. We will focus on engineering– testing hypotheses, using results to develop ideas, and answer the many questions that students will have!

Join us for five days of everything SLIME!! What is slime and how is it made? Why does it stick together? What makes it stretchy? Together we will learn about non-Newtonian liquid, polymers, chemical reactions, and cause and effect. Grab your lab coat and goggles for an amazing week of fun exploring every type, and consistency, color, and texture! Kids will end the week with a display of five different types of slime, explaining what chemical combinations create various consistencies and textures.

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

If you are interested in building things that fly, understanding how things fly, or just 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 may visit The Flying School at the Loveland Airport to learn more about flying, experience the flight simulator, and get a close look at airplanes! (Field trips this summer will depend on PSD protocols.) 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!

 

What does a recording studio look like? How do singers record their voices? Can I make beats? What goes into creating music and sound effects for movies? Join us in the recording studio to learn more about the interaction of creating and recording sound with computers!

Do you enjoy science experiments AND sweet treats? In Candy Lab we will explore chemistry concepts as well as make different types of candy. No prior experience in the kitchen needed. Join us for a week on hands-on fun as we explore chemical reactions through candy making!

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.

Machines can be used to solve many significant (and sometimes insignificant) problems. For instance, rollercoasters solve the simple problem of having fun at an amusement park! And have you heard of Rube Goldberg? Could you design a Rube Goldberg machine to cook an egg in 15 crazy steps? While that may be silly, using a robot to pick up the Legos in your family room might be a more practical way to use a machine to solve a problem. This course is about designing and building machines to solve problems!

Join us for five days of everything SLIME!! What is slime and how is it made? Why does it stick together? What makes it stretchy? Together we will learn about non-Newtonian liquid, polymers, chemical reactions, and cause and effect. Grab your lab coat and goggles for an amazing week of fun exploring every type, and consistency, color, and texture! Kids will end the week with a display of five different types of slime, explaining what chemical combinations create various consistencies and textures.

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!

June 14-18, 2021 Classes

at 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

Have you ever been on a hike and noticed a prairie dog colony or run into deer on the trail? Have you ever seen a dog with a vest on leading a blind person around safely? Have you ever gotten fresh eggs or milk from a farmer? In this class, we’ll be exploring our relationship with animals right here in Northern Colorado! We’ll be discovering the animals around us and how we need each other. If you love meeting all kinds of animals, this is the class for you!”

Do you enjoy science experiments AND sweet treats? In Candy Lab we will explore chemistry concepts as well as make different types of candy. No prior experience in the kitchen needed. Join us for a week on hands-on fun as we explore chemical reactions through candy making!

Let’s make desserts from around the world! French: chocolate mousse, Thai: coconut rice with mango and sesame seeds, American: monster cookies, Mexican: sweet empanadas with apples and chocolate cream, Danish: pastries with various fillings.

Machines can be used to solve many significant (and sometimes insignificant) problems. For instance, rollercoasters solve the simple problem of having fun at an amusement park! And have you heard of Rube Goldberg? Could you design a Rube Goldberg machine to cook an egg in 15 crazy steps? While that may be silly, using a robot to pick up the Legos in your family room might be a more practical way to use a machine to solve a problem. This course is about designing and building machines to solve problems!

In this exploratory Minecraft Adventure course, participants will not only collaboratively expand on their own experiences and expertise to share tips, tricks, and other discoveries within the game, students will build problem solving skills and computational thinking by learning to craft coding structures and use command blocks for playable activities in adventure mode.  This course will introduce the foundational elements of coding through the game play of Minecraft Adventure! 

Have you ever wondered how energy makes things go? Such as powering vehicles to moving one’s body. Come and experiment with rubber bands, to discover the relationship between how energy is stored in material and how much is released. Students will investigate how hills play a part in making roller coasters move, and many more hands on activities. These hands-on activities will help students think about the world in terms of how and why things speed up and slow down. We will focus on engineering– testing hypotheses, using results to develop ideas, and answer the many questions that students will have!

Join us for five days of everything SLIME!! What is slime and how is it made? Why does it stick together? What makes it stretchy? Together we will learn about non-Newtonian liquid, polymers, chemical reactions, and cause and effect. Grab your lab coat and goggles for an amazing week of fun exploring every type, and consistency, color, and texture! Kids will end the week with a display of five different types of slime, explaining what chemical combinations create various consistencies and textures.

12:30pm – 3:00pm

If you are interested in building things that fly, understanding how things fly, or just 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 may visit The Flying School at the Loveland Airport to learn more about flying, experience the flight simulator, and get a close look at airplanes! (Field trips this summer will depend on PSD protocols.) 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!

 

Join us for 2-wheeled adventures in our community! We will take our bikes and learn to navigate the amazing trail system in and around Fort Collins while heading off to climbing, bouldering, exploring and kayaking adventures. You’ll need to bring your bike, helmet, water bottle and sense of adventure.

Let’s visit some great foodie countries! Mexico: street tacos with guacamole. USA: classic cheeseburgers and potato salad. Asia: noodle bowls (you pick the ingredients!). Italy: personal pizzas (we’ll make the dough from scratch and you choose the toppings!). Greece: chicken pita sandwiches.

Class description tThis 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.o be posted soon!

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.

Machines can be used to solve many significant (and sometimes insignificant) problems. For instance, rollercoasters solve the simple problem of having fun at an amusement park! And have you heard of Rube Goldberg? Could you design a Rube Goldberg machine to cook an egg in 15 crazy steps? While that may be silly, using a robot to pick up the Legos in your family room might be a more practical way to use a machine to solve a problem. This course is about designing and building machines to solve problems!

Join us for five days of everything SLIME!! What is slime and how is it made? Why does it stick together? What makes it stretchy? Together we will learn about non-Newtonian liquid, polymers, chemical reactions, and cause and effect. Grab your lab coat and goggles for an amazing week of fun exploring every type, and consistency, color, and texture! Kids will end the week with a display of five different types of slime, explaining what chemical combinations create various consistencies and textures.

Calling all digital artists!  Learn how to create your own stop motion films using a variety of digital devices and special applications to assist in introducing the processes of stop motion animation.  Students will craft characters and design a set using found/recycled objects and construct storyboards to structure a short narrative before working to understand the mechanics of stop motion animation.  Accompanied with an introduction to video editing applications as well as green screen technology, we will also explore Claymation design for a full range of digital and hands-on art making experiences.

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