After school STEAM classes!

In our after school STEAM program, your students learn to work cooperatively with their peers in order to solve challenges and complete various tasks! 

Ocean Waves

Students learn how ocean waves are formed and learn how ocean waves have the ability to make objects move! 

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Energy Transfer

Students learn about the energy pyramid and how energy is transferred within ecosystems.  Dissecting owl pellets is a fantastic experience that we bring to your students!  

5-LS2-1. Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment

Waves

Students learn about the phenomenon of waves and different wave properties.  

4-PS4-1. Develop a model of waves to describe patterns in terms of amplitude and wavelength and that waves can cause objects to move.

Bridge Design

Students learn about different bridge designs and are required to build a bridge that can hold as much weight as possible.  Groups are limited on time and materials.  A messy, but excellent way to encourage studnets to work as a team!

3-5-ETS1-1. Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.

3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

3-5-ETS1-3. Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.

How do we see what we see?

Students get to build and decorate their own kaleidoscope to demonstrate reflection, refraction and how light bounces off of objects and into the eye, allowing the objects to be seen.

4-PS4-2. Develop a model to describe that light reflecting from objects and entering the eye allows objects to be seen.

 

Gravity

Students learn about the invisible forces of gravity.  Why is everything attracted to the ground like a magnet?  The forces of gravity are always directed downwards!

5-PS2-1.Support an argument that the gravitational force exerted by Earth on objects is directed down.

Magnetic Forces

Students gain experiences exploring the invisible forces of magnetism.  They explore ferromagnetic and non-ferromagnetic materials.  Students learn how to use the earth’s magnetic field to create a homemade compass.

3-PS2-4.Define a simple design problem that can be solved by applying scientific ideas about magnets.

3-PS2-3.Ask questions to determine cause and effect relationships of electric or magnetic interactions between two objects not in contact with each other.

Parallel and series circuits

Students explore the different types of circuits.  They also learn how electrical energy can be converted into sound, motion, and light energy.

4-PS3-2.Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.

4-PS3-4.Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another.

Total Mass

Students learn that when combining two substances, even though they may change form, the total mass is conserved.  Students also categorize substances based on their smell, texture, color, etc.

5-PS1-2.Measure and graph quantities to provide evidence that regardless of the type of change that occurs when heating, cooling, or mixing substances, the total weight of matter is conserved.

5-PS1-3.Make observations and measurements to identify materials based on their properties.

Chemical reactions and non-Newtonian liquids

Here students explore different states of matter and chemical reactions.  Students conduct a series of investigations to determine weather or not the mixing of two or more substances produces something new.   

 

5-PS1-4. Conduct an investigation to determine whether the mixing of two or more substances results in new substances.