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.
June 11-15, 2018 (Tentative Schedule)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!