Poudre Middle School STEM Institutes 2018-03-27T12:20:15+00:00

Poudre Middle School STEM Institutes

Poudre Middle School STEM Institutes

Dates:  June 11-15, 2018

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

Time:  8:00am – 3:00pm

Who: Students entering 6th – 9th 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.  See (STEM Applications page) for more information.

How Much:  Full day STEM is $350 per week.  Half day STEM is $200 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 – 8:00am-11:15am

This course will be modeled after the junior solar sprint which is a mini solar race car event sponsored by National  Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Explore the technical side of theater! Build sets, design lights, run sound, paint backdrops, create costumes, and make new friends!

This class is to illustrate the more feminine, creative side of chemistry/chemical engineering. We will breaking down the stereotypical engineer to reveal a profession involved in everything from creating the next hot color of nail polish to Jennifer Lopez’s newest fragrance.

Participants in this class will learn about the principles of animal science, plant science, natural resources, and food science. Students will get to experience what it is like to be a veterinarian, horticulturist, park ranger, and food scientist! Learn how to perform basic veterinary skills, make ice cream in a ziplock bag, design a water filter from household items, and create your own ‘Chia Pet’ during this exciting, hands-on class!

They’re some of the largest living things in the world and some of the smallest. They make the air we breathe and the food we eat. In this class we’ll dive into the surprisingly sensational life of plants with field trips, guest speakers, and experiments to answer questions like: How do seeds “know” which direction and when to grow? How are seeds made? Why are insects and bees important to plants? What do “organic,” “natural,” and “GMO” actually mean? And of course, we’ll try our own “green thumbs” at growing plants!

Creating, and Modding: Minecraft is the ultimate creative sandbox. We will use MinecraftEDU to demonstrate how teams can create amazing virtual worlds. We’ll explore some interactive features that make your Minecraft world fun for everyone, and learn about modding so you can create your own special Minecraft blocks, characters, and behaviors. Even if you are new to Minecraft, come explore with us!

What would you do if you were in the wilderness and something went wrong?  Would you have the skills to help yourself and others survive?  Come learn all about the basics of emergency medicine in an outdoor setting.  In this class, you will learn vital skills such as emergency first aid, making litters (to transport people) as well as basic survival skills.

Learn how to use Photoshop! Try your hand at digital drawing and painting! This class will show you some basic features of both Adobe Photoshop and a software called ArtRage. The skills you learn can apply to graphic design, photography, or to fine art. Come and join the fun!!

Afternoon Classes – 11:45am-3:00pm

Unfold the mystery of fundamental chemical reactions while creating powerful and colorful chemistry uproar on your bench! Create your own bottle rocket, fire extinguisher and hot or cold packs using common household chemicals, learn to manipulate some amazing polymers, experiment safely with dry ice and liquid nitrogen, and much more… No prior knowledge of chemistry is required.

Participants in this class will learn about the principles of animal science, plant science, natural resources, and food science. Students will get to experience what it is like to be a veterinarian, horticulturist, park ranger, and food scientist! Learn how to perform basic veterinary skills, make ice cream in a ziplock bag, design a water filter from household items, and create your own ‘Chia Pet’ during this exciting, hands-on class!

We can’t see them, but they’re all around us. On us. In us! Without them, life as we know it would end! Microbes – think bacteria, fungi, and all the tiny living things – are a part of our lives in so many ways. Come learn about the microbes in your food and make your own Kombucha, bread, or yogurt! Grow your own bacteria and fungi, then stain and view them under the microscope. Investigate how bacteria cause diseases and what the big deal is about antibiotics. We’ll visit a local fermentation business and learn about careers in microbiology.

Creating, and Modding: Minecraft is the ultimate creative sandbox. We will use MinecraftEDU to demonstrate how teams can create amazing virtual worlds. We’ll explore some interactive features that make your Minecraft world fun for everyone, and learn about modding so you can create your own special Minecraft blocks, characters, and behaviors. Even if you are new to Minecraft, come explore with us!

Have you always wanted to try yoga?  have you ever wondered how or why our bodies can twist and bend while doing yoga?  Do you like learning about the human body? Then this class is for you!  As a group, we will be exploring how our bodies move and what muscles and structures allow us to do yoga. By the end of this class, you will be able to lead yourself and others through your own yoga practice.  No previous experience is necessary.

Wonder Girl 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.

Do you like making art? Do you like technology? Then this is the perfect class for you! 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, students will create one digital painting per day for the duration of the workshop. The class will use ArtRage Studio Pro and Wacom Drawing tablets to explore digital painting through a variety of subjects. Each day, students will channel their creativity to solve a different visual problem. This course will give you access to new media as you examine the union of art and technology!

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