Our Out-of-School Time (OST) programs are offered at convenient times for parents including weekends and during winter, spring and summer breaks.
We offer the following modules that encourage observation, foster critical thinking, develop solving-problem skills, instill confidence, encourage working in groups, and expose students to careers in STEM fields. Our Intro to Engineering was developed by a middle school volunteer. Except where noted, modules last one week:
Introduction to Engineering
- Tap into their inherent ability to explore how things work;
- Construct a hologram, build electric cars by soldering electronic components on a motherboard;
- Construct a makeshift robotic hand; design, construct and test a bridge;
- Build wood crafts;
- Experience gravity and wind dynamics by participating in an indoor skydiving at iFly.
Heart and Brain Anatomy and Physiology
- Learn the rudiments of heart and brain function ;
- Identify major parts of heart and brain;
- Listen to heart beat with a stethoscope.;
- Incorporate visual arts by diagraming cardiac muscles of the heart;
- Create heart and brain clay models;
- Learn through mnemonic devices like songs, stories and brain teasers;
- Don medical regalia to dissect a heart and a brain.
- Learn about the effects of pollutants in our environment and what they can do to improvethe environment;
- Mimic the effects of acid rain in the lab, learn and demonstrate the process of purifying murky water, and test the pH of water;
- Observe water from different sources using microscopes;
- Learn the importance of solar energy and produce solar ovens and machines;
- Use plants to produce natural dies to make original tie-dye T-shirts;
- Recyclable materials to make home-made paper and develop a deeper understandingand appreciation of the historical relevance of conservation.
Discovering Central Dogma
- Learn about ribonucleic acid (RNA) and protein synthesis;
- Learn about replication, transcription, and translation of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA);
- Construct helix models of DNA; create translational codes using their names;
- Discover the components of a DNA molecule;
- Make sugar from fresh sugar cane;
- Extract DNA from fruit.
- Learn about plant and animal cells and how they tie into genetics;
- Understand the normal function and dysfunction of cells and the protein markers that identify caner cells;
- causes and functions of cancer cells and how they spread;
- Value genetics and how science is used to mitigate and cure cancer
- Compare and contrast normal and cancerous cells.
- Discover the incredible power of sound beyond earbuds;
- Learn about sound and vibrations;
- Develop an understanding of wave lengths of sound and vibrations;
- Learn several mechanisms of developing sound instruments in the air and under water
- Guess what.... make a lot of noise with noise makers.
- Explore the history, function and proper use of the microscope;
- Visualize and draw creepy critters, human and plant tissues andvarious objects obsered under the microscope;
- Learn about light, reflection, refraction, and wavelengths through a series of interactive learning activities;
- Develop a deeper understanding of the role that microscopes play in advancing scienceand technology;
- “See” more than what’s on their tablets and cell phones.
- Learn the basics of chemistry;
- Make pH paper and solutions;
- Use different house-hold items to realize chemica reactions;
- Learn the concept of and perform experiments related to oxidation and reduction, noting differences in chemical and physical properties.
- Exposure to wind dynamic, physics, and air-flight;
- Understand the physics associated with wind, gravity, friction, and aeronautics;
- Attain in-class instruction; ground flight simulation experience; and have an option to co- pilot by taking the yoke of a Cessna, in-flight, alongside an experienced licensed pilot.
Promoting Water Environmental Stewardship
- Become ambassadors of environment, particularly related to water and useuse and harnessing storm water runosff;
- Measure water purity, sample water from various sources and filter samples through water filters that they build;
- Learn the value of water conservation;
- Design and construct a rainwater garden complete with topology planning, plant lifeand collecting water in a rain barrel, clad in students’ original artwork;
- Participate in communicating responsible water usage to the broader community community utilizing variety of means
A Note on Safety
All program modules are designed with the most rigorous and age-appropriate safety measures in mind, adhering to established state and scientific safety protocols. We take care in making sure that children are in safe hands mentally, emotionally and physically. Our educators and volunteers are well vetted. We respect all religions, races/ethnicities and do not discriminate based on individual beliefs or disabilities, consistent with anti-discrimination laws of the state.
The Basics Offered in all Modules
Basic to curricula/modules mentioned above include:
- instruction in safety practices;
- exposure to subject specific career options;
- expert guest speakers and volunteer instructors, when available;
- manipulatives including arts and crafts;
- physical activities (at least ½ hour) during course breaks;
- ½ hour lunch break (lunch provided by parents);
- arts activities including visual, media, and literary;
- subject matter experiential activities (e.g., indoor skydiving, community gardening, field trips, constructing/building items, etc.) when feasible;
- learning the scientific method and scientific notetaking; and
- pre- and post-testing to measure skills/knowledge gain.
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