Poudre Elementary STEM Institutes 2018-05-11T08:18:49+00:00

Poudre Elementary STEM Institutes

Poudre Elementary STEM Institutes (E-STEM)

Dates:  June 11-15, 2018

Location:  Poudre High School,  201 N. Impala Drive, Fort Collins, CO

Time:  9:15am – 3:00pm

Who: Students entering 4th and 5th grades in the Fall of 2018 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) and a non-parent adult.

How Much:  Full day STEM is $300 per week.  Half day STEM is $175 per week. Tuition includes lunch and course materials.

June 11-15, 2018

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.

Morning Classes  9:15am – 11:45am

How airplanes fly inspires future aviators, astronauts, scientists, and leaders using the magic of flight. Discover through hand-on activities the forces and energy needed to achieve flight. This class motivates students to think like scientists to design their own aircraft using their new knowledge. Use your fascination for aviation and space to make connections to math and science you already know.  Continue exploring with your plane and rocket at home!

Have you ever wanted to create your own world?! Work with your friends on a team, and get more done in less time. Build your own zoo, aquarium, library, museum, race track, amusement park, greenhouse, school, or even shopping mall complete with fashion and jewelry stores! Working together as a team, students will decide on a concept, make a plan for building, and then execute creation of their own world inside of MinecraftEDU. No previous experience with Minecraft is required. Newbies will learn, and experts will be challenged. We look forward to using mods that make coding, robotics and agriculture available. Students will practice their digital citizenship inside a closed MinecraftEDU server, open only to program participants.

Let’s make some music together! No matter how much or how little music experience you have you’ll be able to compose, share and collaborate on a very musical level.  This class is about creating music through a variety of compositional techniques using various software programs and exploring sound. Bring your creativity, a tapping toe and a sense of fun!

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes in the world of Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Response? This STEM academy class takes you there. You will have the opportunity to interact with the men and women who provide emergency response to our community and hear about the varied career opportunities in the emergency services field. You will tour an ambulance and view a demonstration of basic lifesaving techniques presented by paramedics. You will hear from Poudre firefighters about emergency preparedness, fire prevention, and home safety audits and have the opportunity to discover the intricacies of a fire truck. In the law enforcement part of the class you will interact with K-9 police dogs, learn forensic fingerprint and DNA collection techniques, visit with SWAT officers, explore the “Bearcat”, and acquire community safety techniques. Join us for this fast paced, hand-on exploration of the world of emergency services.

Travel back to the dawn of time and check out the fossils that give us a record of life on earth. Have you ever wondered how scientists determine the age of rocks and fossils? How fossils are formed? Where to find fossils? Discover the awe and wonder of the geological time scale and the fossils that help scientists understand the past. You will study animal track ways, places to find fossils in Colorado and surrounding states, and we will use fossil leaves to identify climate changes over time. We will also explore the fossils that can be found in Fort Collins, like the dinosaur bones that were found in the Horsetooth Reservoir. You’ll go home with your very own fossil. Never stop exploring!

Do you love science experiments? Do you love to eat? In Kitchen Magic we will do both! In this STEM Institutes 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.

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.

Girl Power is a fitness class for girls, but fitness is our tool, not our end goal. The end goal is confidence that comes from courageously tackling challenges-discovering that we are far more capable than we ever dreamed-and understanding that comes from exploring the connections between nutrition, exercise and physical and emotional health.

This class will look into what is required to take care of horses. The class will start with gaining basic knowledge such as horse types, disciplines, and breeds. The class will progress to look at different types of tack, facilities, and care needed for horses. The class will conclude with using the knowledge gained to properly lead, tack and care for a horse.  

Afternoon Classes  12:30pm – 3:00pm

Which structure holds the most weight? Using bridges, this class illustrates how engineering is a creative discipline and can become art.  Discover through hands-on problem solving, data analysis, and geometry activities the principles of force, balance, and stability. Understanding these principles allows students to use the Engineering Design Process to build, test, and analyze different structures before a final design challenge. This class wouldn’t be complete without breaking bridges on the last day!

Have you ever wanted to create your own world?! Work with your friends on a team, and get more done in less time. Build your own zoo, aquarium, library, museum, race track, amusement park, greenhouse, school, or even shopping mall complete with fashion and jewelry stores! Working together as a team, students will decide on a concept, make a plan for building, and then execute creation of their own world inside of MinecraftEDU. No previous experience with Minecraft is required. Newbies will learn, and experts will be challenged. We look forward to using mods that make coding, robotics and agriculture available. Students will practice their digital citizenship inside a closed MinecraftEDU server, open only to program participants.

Let’s make some music together! No matter how much or how little music experience you have you’ll be able to compose, share and collaborate on a very musical level.  This class is about creating music through a variety of compositional techniques using various software programs and exploring sound. Bring your creativity, a tapping toe and a sense of fun!

Learn the magic of Newton’s laws of motion, and build a rollercoaster to demonstrate the concepts! Explore the relationship between motion, force, size, mass, and speed. You will be able to explain how balls of different masses can accelerate at the same rate as well as why seat belts save lives. You will participate in many lab activities throughout the week, while learning some of the basic laws of the universe. Maybe you will be the next Einstein!

Do you love science experiments? Do you love to eat? In Kitchen Magic we will do both! In this STEM Institutes 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.

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.

This class will look into what is required to take care of horses. The class will start with gaining basic knowledge such as horse types, disciplines, and breeds. The class will progress to look at different types of tack, facilities, and care needed for horses. The class will conclude with using the knowledge gained to properly lead, tack and care for a horse.  

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