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.

How Much:  Full day STEM is $350 per week.  Half day STEM is $200 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 – 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.

Learn serious code on iPad in a seriously fun way! Conquer levels, puzzles and coding concepts as you move your character through a 3-D world o Swift Playground. Master the basics and move on to more complex challenges to test your skill. Whether you are a newbie or a veteran at coding, everyone can excel in iCode. You can share your creations with a friend or the world.

Students in this 3D Design class will learn to create and print 3D prosthetics for people and animals.  Recent development of commonly available prototyping tools like 3D printers allows anyone to design and manufacture assistive appliances for both people and animals with physical limitations.

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!

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.

A crime has been committed! !Come and investigate the crime and find out who the culprit is! Fingerprints , hair samples, cheek swabs, interviews and more! Come help solve this crime!

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!!

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

3D modeling and animation is a fast growing and exciting industry with many applications.  From  movies like “Inside Out” and “The Avengers” as well as in video game development and virtual reality, 3D animation is a vital part to the world of entertainment.  Most of the movies that we see have large budgets for visual effects! In this class, we’ll learn the basics of modeling and 3D animation using the free software Blender.  We’ll learn about modeling, materials, textures, and animation.  By the end of the week, students will create their own 3D animations as well as learn the skills to create their own 3D models for programs like Unity and 3D printing.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, will be to make bonds and break bonds. They may fizz…they may foam…they may even implode…but most definitely some will explode. Some matter will change states or react or combust.  Your safety is a must. Your team will await your arrival. Should any member of your team be caught, all knowledge of your assignment will be erased. This message will self-destruct in 60 seconds. Good luck Agent!!!

Come to the creation of technology!  The modern library should not only be the hub of knowledge but should also be the center of technology and creation! Join PHS Media Specialist Matt Benson to experience the amazing things the 21st Century Library has to offer! Activities will include but are not limited to: Makerspace activities such as 3D design and printing, sewing, soldering, game programming/coding and robotics; Exploring Virtual Reality (VR) and then creating your own VR experiences; Audio and Video Production in the Poudre Recording Studio.

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.

Learn how to make everything! Build your own robot, alarm system, smart watch, instrumentation, or RC car. Students will use 3D printers, laser engravers, woodworking tools, and Arduino microcontrollers to drive their creations. Exploring the latest in 21st-century manufacturing technology, students will practice a little bit of computer design, a touch of construction, and a hint of programming to create almost anything imaginable. Let’s get making!

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.

A crime has been committed! !Come and investigate the crime and find out who the culprit is! Fingerprints , hair samples, cheek swabs, interviews and more! Come help solve this crime!

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 and we will also try the google tilt brush to do a virtual reality 3D painting.  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!

Students in this 3D Design class will learn to create and print 3D prosthetics for people and animals.  Recent development of commonly available prototyping tools like 3D printers allows anyone to design and manufacture assistive appliances for both people and animals with physical limitations.

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!

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!

Virtual Reality could be the next big thing in education and in engineering and problem-solving! Explore locations you couldn’t normally see, fully immersed in 3-D. Learn about VR viewing and creation tools and the science behind learning in this new format. We will use the Oculus Rift and Google Cardboard and demonstrate to others how VR can help humanity

Learn about the excavation of ancient worlds! Put on your Indiana Jones hat and delve into making stone tools, deciphering petroglyphs, and interpreting ancient artifacts. Take what you learn in the classroom out to the field and challenge your learning at our own archaeological site. Do you have what it takes to discover the next big civilization?

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