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STEM SCHOOL: STEM CORE - APPRENTICE (8 classes)



We focus on fun and exploration! Students engage in hands-on activities designed to foster their fascination and curiosity, through popular topics that capture the imagination. Students will grow in confidence as they develop the fundamental scientific skills of observation, testing, and teamwork. Each session focuses on one subject. Each 8-week block features a selection from our core range of STEM fields: chemistry, biology, astronomy, physics, inventor/creator (engineering), geology, paleontology, archaeology, geography, environmental science, robotics, and programming.


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Date/Time

THU - 10:00 - 11:00 AM

Skill Level

Apprentice

Ages
Grade Level

8-11
Gr 3-5

Session 1

THU: Sep 12, 2019 - Oct 31, 2019 [10:00 - 11:00 AM]

Exploring Earth & Space

Students can explore the world as well as journey out into our solar system! They will get to grips with geography, geology, astrophysics, engineering, chemistry, and biology, as they gain an understanding of our home planet and beyond!

Week 1:

Journey to the Center of the Earth: Students create a model of earth, showing layers to the core.

Week 2:

Rocks and Minerals: Students analyze and identify different types of rocks and minerals.

Week 3:

Intro to Cartography: Students learn to both make and read maps, before embarking on a global treasure hunt!

Week 4:

Survival in Extreme Environments: Students design a shelter for a scientist working in an extreme environment on earth.

Week 5:

Ancient Wonders of the World: Students study and build replicas of famous ancient monuments, using physical and digital techniques.

Week 6:

Journey through the Solar System! Students create a model of our solar system, exploring the planets, moons, asteroid belts, and star that share our home in the universe.

Week 7:

Stargazers! Students explore the constellations of the night sky and make their own telescopes.

Week 8:

3-2-1 Lift-Off! Students design and make a working rocket with a detachable probe and parachute.

Session 2

THU: Nov 7, 2019 - Jan 16, 2020 [10:00 - 11:00 AM]
(No class on Nov 28, Dec 26, Jan 2)

The Living World

Students engage in science and discovery about the living world, including learning the classification system, paleontology, and studying various living and preserved specimens throughout the course.

Week 1:

The Ecosystem: students first learn what it takes for living organisms to both survive in different environments, as well as co-exist in sometimes symbiotic ways.

Week 2:

Organism Classification: Students learn up-close and personal where various specimens in our shop exist on what is sometimes called The Tree of Life.

Week 3:

The Once Living World: a visit by our favorite paleontologist, Howell, with fossils and fun stories from the Natural History Museum!

Week 4:

Rotten Log Observations: Students observe and catalog several small insect specimens in a "rotten log" habitat.

Week 5:

Fungi & Bacteria: Students learn what bacteria and fungi are and then sent home to collect samples for study the following week.

Week 6:

Microscopic Observations of Fungi: Students return with their samples starting to grow in agar media plates, observe under microscopes and share what they learned from sample collection.

Week 7:

The Coleomegilla Maculata: Students get to observe lady beetle larvae growth over two weeks, culminating in this session where it is fully grown.

Week 8:

Dissection of Vertebrata Subphylum: Students will dissect fish specimens and make observations. (Note: if your student does not feel comfortable with dissection, please let us know and we will have them do another activity.)

Session 3

THU: Jan 23, 2020 - Mar 12, 2020 [10:00 - 11:00 AM]

Mother Earth Solutions

Students learn about the challenges of climate change and other environmental issues and then come up with their own solutions to solve some of the biggest issues.

Week 1:

The Puzzle of Weather: Students learn about different cloud types and the associated weather they may bring -- putting themselves in the shoes of a NASA mission team.

Week 2:

Math and Wildfires: Students learn how scientists assess wildfires using remote sensing, then use some of the same techniques to solve grade-level appropriate math problems.p>

Week 3:

Ice & Rising Sea Levels: Students observe ice melting on a solid surface near a body of water and ice melting in a body of water. Prior to the activity, students will predict what each situation will do to the level of water and then compare their prediction to what they observe.

Week 4:

Global Warming: Students learn how Earth's oceans are absorbing most of the heat being trapped on our warming world with water balloons.

Week 5:

Pollution Solutions: Students learn the chemistry of an oil spill and experiment with different methods to extract oil from water.

Week 6:

Water Resources: Students experiment with aquifers to learn how water is stored in an aquifer, how groundwater can become contaminated, and how this contamination ends up in the drinking water well.

Week 7:

Biodiversity: Building on the wildfire lesson, students learn about the importance of biodiversity and how deforestation impacts it, engaging in a fun game activity to come up with a solution as a group to help solve the problem.

Week 8:

Trash to Treasure: Students learn how to make paper from recycled paper.

Session 4

THU: Mar 19, 2020 - May 21, 2020[ 10:00 - 11:00 AM]
(No class on Apr 2, Apr 9)

Sustainable Eats

Learning all about growing food with a project-based curriculum, students create an indoor urban garden to grow food to be donated to a local food bank. The PBL approach maximizes student engagement and develops key critical thinking skills, as they work together to solve problems and achieve the goal. Students will take responsibility for, and direction of, their project, which will include building greenhouses, creating hydroponic systems, and investigating soils.

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