Middle School STEM-X Programs

Students entering grades 6-9 in Fall 2021.

Dates:  June 7-11 and 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:  8:00am – 3:00pm

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

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 7-11, 2021 Classes

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 want to go even deeper?
Consider a STEM-X Specialty Camp! Same application.
Same innovative programming. Same inspiring educators.

Morning 8:00am – 11:15am

Students will learn how the design process works through engineering and design activities! We will be covering both manual and computer-aided drafting, using our fabrication lab to build wooden birdhouses, experimenting with aerodynamics when we design balsa wood race cars (and calculating their distance and velocity), and using the Solidworks program to learn how to produce projects using our 3D printers.

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!

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.

Unleash your creative side:  learn how to make creative digital images and how to retouch and manipulate digital photos.  Create interesting digital collages, make digital art, and explore some elements of graphic design. In this instructor-led workshop, you will explore Adobe Photoshop in depth and become a photoshop expert!

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.

Have you enjoyed hybrid characters (like Vision and Nebula) in recent popular movies?  Or, would you like to create a cyborg pet? Let’s explore creating mechanical human/animal extensions in this course. You may want to design an iPuppy or iKitten, or create an interactive person. This course will be based on a familiar robotic platform (Lego) but will focus on human interactions.

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!

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.

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.

This class will illustrate the more feminine, creative side of chemistry/chemical engineering. We will be pushing past the stereotypical engineer to reveal a profession involving in everything from creating the next hot color of lip gloss to Jennifer Lopez’s newest fragrance.

Afternoon 11:45am – 3:00pm

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.

Let’s visit some great foodie countries! Italy: make our own pasta from scratch, with fresh parmesan and olive oil. Asia: chicken lettuce cups filled with fun vegetables served with different dipping sauces. Mexico: savory empanadas with chicken, beef , or vegetables (and we will learn how to make guacamole and salsa!). Germany: krautburgers– ground beef, cabbage and onions wrapped up in dough, served with German mustard or ketchup. Britain: fish and chips with tartar sauce and malt vinegar.

Learn how to create digital illustrations and make lifelike digital art using the innovative software – ArtRage!  Students will use digital drawing tablets to create several illustrations that combine fine art and photographic images.  This class is good for anyone interested in drawing and painting as well as anyone who enjoys digital photo manipulation.

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.

Have you enjoyed hybrid characters (like Vision and Nebula) in recent popular movies?  Or, would you like to create a cyborg pet? Let’s explore creating mechanical human/animal extensions in this course. You may want to design an iPuppy or iKitten, or create an interactive person. This course will be based on a familiar robotic platform (Lego) but will focus on human interactions.

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!

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.

Get a whole new perspective of the world around you! Soar into the sky while keeping your feet on the ground. Students will learn about, simulate, and fly real drones. Safety and regulations will guide our activities. A field trip to the Christman Airfield and CSU’s Drone Center is included! Get hands-on flying time with some of the coolest new technology.

June 14-18, 2021 Classes

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 want to go even deeper?
Consider a STEM-X Specialty Camp! Same application.
Same innovative programming. Same inspiring educators.

Morning 8:00am – 11:15am

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.

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.

Have you enjoyed hybrid characters (like Vision and Nebula) in recent popular movies?  Or, would you like to create a cyborg pet? Let’s explore creating mechanical human/animal extensions in this course. You may want to design an iPuppy or iKitten, or create an interactive person. This course will be based on a familiar robotic platform (Lego) but will focus on human interactions.

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!

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.

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.

This class will illustrate the more feminine, creative side of chemistry/chemical engineering. We will be pushing past the stereotypical engineer to reveal a profession involving in everything from creating the next hot color of lip gloss to Jennifer Lopez’s newest fragrance.

Afternoon 11:45am – 3:00pm

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.

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.

Have you enjoyed hybrid characters (like Vision and Nebula) in recent popular movies?  Or, would you like to create a cyborg pet? Let’s explore creating mechanical human/animal extensions in this course. You may want to design an iPuppy or iKitten, or create an interactive person. This course will be based on a familiar robotic platform (Lego) but will focus on human interactions.

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!

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.

Get a whole new perspective of the world around you! Soar into the sky while keeping your feet on the ground. Students will learn about, simulate, and fly real drones. Safety and regulations will guide our activities. A field trip to the Christman Airfield and CSU’s Drone Center is included! Get hands-on flying time with some of the coolest new technology.

SPECIALTY CAMPS

Students entering 6th – 9th grades in the Fall of 2021 from any school, public, private or international are eligible to register for these classes. Just as with other STEM-X classes, 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!

One-Week, FULL DAY Camp: June 7-11, 2021 at Poudre High School

Are you interested in making music or MAKING INSTRUMENTS? Balsa Violin is a one-week, FULL DAY 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.

  • Monday: 8:00 am – 11:15 am & 11:45 am – 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 8:00 am – 11:15 am & 11:45 am – 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 8:00 am – 11:15 am & 11:45 am – 3:00 pm
  • Thursday: 8:00 am – 11:15 am & 11:45 am – 3:00 pm
  • Friday: 8:00 am – 11:15 am & 11:45 am – 3:00 pm; STEM showcase will be held from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Oceanography

One-Week, FULL DAY Camp: June 7-11, 2021 at Poudre High School

One-Week, FULL DAY Camp: June 14-18, 2021 at Preston Middle School

This specialty camp will be offered twice this year! Oceanography is a one-week, FULL DAY course. Have you ever wanted to learn about ocean ecosystems and the critters that live there? What about water analysis & treatment, sustainability practices, and so much more? If you have, Oceanography may just be the class for you! During our time in Oceanography, we’ll be taking a detailed look at ecosystem dynamics of an aquatic environment, and how these dynamics are ever changing in our world. To properly understand how ecosystem dynamics work in an aquatic environment, we’ll focus on the impact a changing environment has on specific species, such as certain marine mammals (whales, dolphins, etc.), along with our “classic” fish species (such as sharks and clown fish, to name a few.) Of course, we can’t forget to learn about the other sea mammals that inhabit our oceans, like sea otters and seals! With these creatures in mind, we’ll also take a look at the chemistry that  makes up a healthy body of water, and why certain key characteristics will define the longevity of an aquatic ecosystem. To conclude, we’ll take a look at sustainability when it comes to the Earth’s oceans, and what we as human beings must do in order to sustain one of Earth’s unique and volatile ecosystems. 

  • Monday: 8:00 am – 11:15 am & 11:45 am – 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 8:00 am – 11:15 am & 11:45 am – 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 8:00 am – 11:15 am & 11:45 am – 3:00 pm
  • Thursday: 8:00 am – 11:15 am & 11:45 am – 3:00 pm
  • Friday: 8:00 am – 11:15 am & 11:45 am – 3:00 pm; STEM showcase will be held from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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