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.

2017 Courses – check back for 2018 class list

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

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!

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.

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.

Have you ever wanted to create your own rocket car powered by soda? In this exciting course you will learn how to make a car powered only by soda and mentos that can go up to 150 feet! You will learn techniques to make your car go faster and farther. Who can build the best car?

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!

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!

This creative class mixes art and technology.  Students in this course will learn to utilize the computer as a tool for making vibrant digital art. By using time-tested painting fundamentals, combined with the most advanced digital tools available. The class will use ArtRage Studio Pro and Wacom drawing tablets to explore digital painting through a variety of subjects.

Afternoon Classes  12:30pm – 3:00pm

What if I asked you to meet a movie star, a POW (prisoner of war) who won the Dicken Medal for Gallantry, a wild Alaskan wolf who befriended a Labrador Retriever, a co-pilot who flew missions with the Royal Air Force and received a Medal of Honor, a police officer, a guide, a comforter who travels the world and visits those who are hurting? And what if I told you all of them are canines? Come learn about one of the most amazing animals of our planet. Dogs and humans share a bond that is profound and irreplaceable. You will also learn how to care for our amazing friends by visiting top veterinarians in their fields and learn about the specialties of veterinary science. Come meet dogs of the past, and also see live dogs in action!

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!

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.

Have you ever wanted to create your own rocket car powered by soda? In this exciting course you will learn how to make a car powered only by soda and mentos that can go up to 150 feet! You will learn techniques to make your car go faster and farther. Who can build the best car?

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!

This Fly Fishing course will cover topics including basic entomology, basic hydrology, basic ichthyology (specifically trout, ) fly pattern and gear selection, knots, basic fly rod casting, and Leave-No-Trace fishing practices. The goal of this class is to provide students the opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills to begin his or her lifelong fly fishing journey.

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!

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 mor capable than we ever dreamed-and understanding that comes from exploring the connections between nutrition, exercise and physical and emotional health.

Design, build, and program your very own robot! Challenge your friends on the mayhem course!  No previous knowledge of robotics is required.  Students will create independent machines to overcome obstacles and various challenges in increasing complexity.   But beware… some robotic destruction is almost guaranteed!

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