Preston Middle School STEM Institutes

Preston Middle School STEM Institutes

Dates:  June 4-8 and June 11-15, 2018 (choose one week or both)

Location:  Preston Middle School, 4901 Corbett Drive,  Fort Collins, CO

Time:  8:00am – 3:00pm

Who: Students entering 6th – 8th 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.

Looking for the STEM Institutes experience but wanna go even deeper?
Consider a STEM Institutes Specialty Camp! Same application.
Same innovative programming. Same inspiring educators.

Morning Classes  8:00am – 11:15am

Learn the basics for developing Virtual Reality (VR) games and experiences in this instructor-led workshop. Explore VR design concepts and video game development tools for creating virtual environments. Participants create roomscale VR experiences using the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. Walk away with the knowledge to begin creating VR content!

Have you ever dreamed of getting in the left seat of a Boeing 787 with your captain’s epaulettes on your shoulders and taking off on runway 36L?  Or maybe you have the ‘right stuff’ and want to join NASA as a commander. It all starts with basic flight training and this course is designed to give an introduction to becoming a pilot using a personal computer-based flight training device. The class will take a field trip to a local airport. This class will be a lot of hard, fun, focused work.

Do you wonder how computer programs work? Everything from a calculator app to your favorite game is written with programs that tell a computer what to do.  In this all-girls class, we will learn how computers make colors and shapes, interact with the mouse and keyboard, make decisions, do animations, and generally make things happen with math and logical thinking. You can create anything with computer programs, and it’s fun to learn! Sign up with a friend!  Send dkeally@psdschools.org the name and email address of your friend and we will send her an email inviting her to sign up with you.

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!

Students will build a model fountain nozzle, visit local fountain features, and learn how to mathematically describe the path of the water.  Be ready to get wet and get smart!  The fountain nozzle will be a take-home item that can be used for a back-yard fountain, water fights, etc.!

Have you ever wanted to design an object and then create it from nothing? Get your hands on and mind around software (Solidworks) where you can design 3D objects and then create them using a ‘3D’ printer. See how technology can un-complicate prototyping while creating your own 3D design!

Love potions? PolyJuice Potion? Mandrake Infants? Bezoars? Could there be such things?  Find out in the Science of Harry Potter. Hurry and sign up before it dis-apparates!

Have you ever wanted to learn about veterinary science? Do you love to work with animals? This is the class for you! Students will learn what Veterinarians do every day  through field trips to local facilities, investigations of the different branches and career options of vet science and work with local veterinarians. We will even learn to do a physical examination on a dog. If you are a pet lover or a future veterinarian of any kind, join us in Vet Science.

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!

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.

This hands-on course will introduce students to the principles of aeronautical engineering.  During the course, students will design and build a Model Rocket, calibrate it on a test firing apparatus, and use the data to relate position, velocity, and acceleration.  Students will then predict the trajectory of their rocket and fire them to test their predictions.  This course is open to model rocket beginners and enthusiasts alike.

Afternoon Classes  11:45am – 3:00pm

Composing, Arranging and exploring the creation of music.  Students will learn about a variety of composers and how they approach the creation of music while they are rolling up their sleeves to create their own compositions.  Students will work with notation software that allows then to create music of a variety of styles and instrumentation.  By the end of the week we’ll have compositions to share in print and in a playback mini-concert.

Learn the basics for developing Virtual Reality (VR) games and experiences in this instructor-led workshop. Explore VR design concepts and video game development tools for creating virtual environments. Participants create roomscale VR experiences using the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. Walk away with the knowledge to begin creating VR content!

Do you like holiday light displays?  Join this class and learn how to program a light show set to music so your home can be the place to visit this December.

Have you ever dreamed of getting in the left seat of a Boeing 787 with your captain’s epaulettes on your shoulders and taking off on runway 36L?  Or maybe you have the ‘right stuff’ and want to join NASA as a commander. It all starts with basic flight training and this course is designed to give an introduction to becoming a pilot using a personal computer-based flight training device. The class will take a field trip to a local airport. This class will be a lot of hard, fun, focused work.

Learn to create Android apps using MIT App Inventor. This is a fun and creative programming environment that lets you create your own mobile app, simulate it and test it, and even download it to an Android device. You can make anything – a game, an educational app, an animation, or something useful for you and your friends.  We will also learn how mobile phones work and about the history of mobile computing.

Love potions? PolyJuice Potion? Mandrake Infants? Bezoars? Could there be such things?  Find out in the Science of Harry Potter. Hurry and sign up before it dis-apparates!

This class will be exploring the inner workings of the human body. We will learn about individual human body systems through hands-on dissections and 3D exploration. We will then put our findings together to learn how the different systems work together to create one amazing machine – the human body. Learn what effect diet and exercise, drugs, and diseases can have on each system within the human body, and what that really means in the big picture. During this class we will be working with dissection tools, sheep organs, and end with a dissection of a whole fetal pig. No previous anatomy or biology knowledge is needed for this course.

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!

This class is an “out of this world” opportunity for young women to learn about women in STEM careers. As a field trip-based course, participants will visit and even work with local female professionals from medicine, technology, veterinary science, environmental science, and much more. Students will summarize their adventures at the STEM Show on Friday. Sign up with a friend!  Send dkeally@psdschools.org the name and email address of your friend and we will send her an email inviting her to sign up with you.

Have you wanted to learn how to build and program robots? This is your chance to learn how to construct sturdy, reliable robots and control them with a computer program. Learn EV3 robot construction and control in this hands-on class from Award Winning teachers!

Have you wondered how make-up artists create age or youth or made up a person to look like an animal? Would you like to learn how to make realistic looking wounds? (not to shock your parents of course!). Identity Crisis will be an in depth look and learning into creating facial visual illusions.

Who isn’t interested in the connection between science and toys?! Race balloon rockets, build a boomerang, and lay siege to a castle with your own catapult. Get energized and dizzy during this hands-on class while you learn the science of how our favorite toys engage people every day.

SPECIALTY CAMPS at Preston Middle School

Dates: 

Time: See camp schedule below

Location: Preston Middle School

Who: Students entering 6th – 8th grades in the Fall of 2017 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:  All Specialty Camps are $350. Tuition includes lunch and course materials.

Oceanography: Exploring Underwater Worlds:

Tentative:

We are very excited to be able to offer a week-long STEM Camp devoted to Oceanography! This camp will be a full day – full week camp.  This camp will focus on marine mammals as a starting place for learning about the oceans. Emphasis in this week-long class will be on learning through inquiry about the ecology and human dimensions of ocean science by exploring marine mammal biology. Marine mammals (such as dolphins and whales) are large, charismatic animals whose study is very popular with students of all ages. They also are a great jumping off point for learning about the marine world and how humans are influenced by it and in turn influence it. Course content will be delivered in a combination of student research of questions posed by both the students and instructors; hands-on activities; instructor-led discussions; and computer-based exercises.  An over night field trip to the Denver Aquarium is included (CHAPERONES/DRIVERS WILL BE NEEDED).

  • Monday: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Thursday: Overnight Denver Aquarium
  • Friday: Return from Denver in time for lunch – 3:00 pm  STEM show will be held from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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.

Looking for the STEM Institutes experience but wanna go even deeper?
Consider a STEM Institutes Specialty Camp! Same application.
Same innovative programming. Same inspiring educators.

Morning Classes  8:00am-11:15am

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.

Have you ever wanted to design an object and then create it from nothing? Get your hands on and mind around software (Solidworks) where you can design 3D objects and then create them using a ‘3D’ printer. See how technology can un-complicate prototyping while creating your own 3D design!

Composing, Arranging and exploring the creation of music.  Students will learn about a variety of composers and how they approach the creation of music while they are rolling up their sleeves to create their own compositions.  Students will work with notation software that allows then to create music of a variety of styles and instrumentation.  By the end of the week we’ll have compositions to share in print and in a playback mini-concert.

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!

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.

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! Sign up with a friend!  Send dkeally@psdschools.org the name and email address of your friend and we will send her an email inviting her to sign up with you.

Have you ever wanted to learn about veterinary science? Do you love to work with animals? This is the class for you! Students will learn what Veterinarians do every day  through field trips to local facilities, investigations of the different branches and career options of vet science and work with local veterinarians. We will even learn to do a physical examination on a dog. If you are a pet lover or a future veterinarian of any kind, join us in Vet Science.

Have you ever dreamed of getting in the left seat of a Boeing 787 with your captain’s epaulettes on your shoulders and taking off on runway 36L?  Or maybe you have the ‘right stuff’ and want to join NASA as a commander. It all starts with basic flight training and this course is designed to give an introduction to becoming a pilot using a personal computer-based flight training device. The class will take a field trip to a local airport. This class will be a lot of hard, fun, focused work.

Would you like to learn about exploring places on earth where no human can go?  Are you in AWE of underwater worlds?  This year, the STEM Institutes is excited to offer Under Water Robotics!  Design an easy to construct under water robot that will be able to accomplish tasks remotely; you won’t even have to get wet! (but you will).  Robots will go swimming at EPIC!

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!

Love potions? PolyJuice Potion? Mandrake Infants? Bezoars? Could there be such things?  Find out in the Science of Harry Potter. Hurry and sign up before it dis-apparates!

What’s down there, lurking in the depths? While wading in the Poudre have you ever contemplated the amazing diversity of life beneath the water? Come learn the art and all the secrets to catching the big one. Discover how the joy of fly fishing pairs with the science of fish, bugs, and bodies of water can help you become a master angler!

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!

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.

This hands-on course will introduce students to the principles of aeronautical engineering.  During the course, students will design and build a Model Rocket, calibrate it on a test firing apparatus, and use the data to relate position, velocity, and acceleration.  Students will then predict the trajectory of their rocket and fire them to test their predictions.  This course is open to model rocket beginners and enthusiasts alike.

Afternoon Classes  11:45am – 3:00pm

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.

Composing, Arranging and exploring the creation of music.  Students will learn about a variety of composers and how they approach the creation of music while they are rolling up their sleeves to create their own compositions.  Students will work with notation software that allows then to create music of a variety of styles and instrumentation.  By the end of the week we’ll have compositions to share in print and in a playback mini-concert.

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?

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.

Have you ever dreamed of getting in the left seat of a Boeing 787 with your captain’s epaulettes on your shoulders and taking off on runway 36L?  Or maybe you have the ‘right stuff’ and want to join NASA as a commander. It all starts with basic flight training and this course is designed to give an introduction to becoming a pilot using a personal computer-based flight training device. The class will take a field trip to a local airport. This class will be a lot of hard, fun, focused work.

Learn to create Android apps using MIT App Inventor. This is a fun and creative programming environment that lets you create your own mobile app, simulate it and test it, and even download it to an Android device. You can make anything – a game, an educational app, an animation, or something useful for you and your friends.  We will also learn how mobile phones work and about the history of mobile computing.

Love potions? PolyJuice Potion? Mandrake Infants? Bezoars? Could there be such things?  Find out in the Science of Harry Potter. Hurry and sign up before it dis-apparates!

This class will be exploring the inner workings of the human body. We will learn about individual human body systems through hands-on dissections and 3D exploration. We will then put our findings together to learn how the different systems work together to create one amazing machine – the human body. Learn what effect diet and exercise, drugs, and diseases can have on each system within the human body, and what that really means in the big picture. During this class we will be working with dissection tools, sheep organs, and end with a dissection of a whole fetal pig. No previous anatomy or biology knowledge is needed for this course.

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!

This class is an “out of this world” opportunity for young women to learn about women in STEM careers. As a field trip-based course, participants will visit and even work with local female professionals from medicine, technology, veterinary science, environmental science, and much more. Students will summarize their adventures at the STEM Show on Friday. Sign up with a friend!  Send dkeally@psdschools.org the name and email address of your friend and we will send her an email inviting her to sign up with you.

Students will expand their programming skill and robotic construction techniques. The robots will be equipped with touch, sonar, and light sensors that will be used in maneuvering the robot about. Student programmed robots will then be capable of navigating a predetermined obstacle course and completing various designated tasks.  We will use the EV3 building system for this class.

Have you wondered how make-up artists create age or youth or made up a person to look like an animal? Would you like to learn how to make realistic looking wounds? (not to shock your parents of course!). Identity Crisis will be an in depth look and learning into creating facial visual illusions.

Who isn’t interested in the connection between science and toys?! Race balloon rockets, build a boomerang, and lay siege to a castle with your own catapult. Get energized and dizzy during this hands-on class while you learn the science of how our favorite toys engage people every day.

Would you like to learn about exploring places on earth where no human can go?  Are you in AWE of underwater worlds?  This year, the STEM Institutes is excited to offer Under Water Robotics!  Design an easy to construct underwater robot that will be able to accomplish tasks remotely; you won’t even have to get wet! (but you will).  Robots will go swimming at EPIC!

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!

SPECIALTY CAMPS at Preston Middle School – Tentative

Dates:

Time: See camp schedule below

Location: Preston Middle School

Who: Students entering 6th – 8th 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:  All Specialty Camps are $350. Tuition includes lunch and course materials.

BioBlitz

Tentative:

The best way to learn something is to DO it!  If you are interested in environmental science or just enjoy knowing more about your world, this experience is for you!

Join us for a hands-on wildlife monitoring experience? The STEM Institutes is excited to partner with Colorado State University and the Colorado State University Environmental Learning Center (ELC)!

BioBlitz Week is a program for students who are interested in wildlife, the environment and want to learn to identify as many Colorado animals and plants as they can in a week. We will learn about wildlife by meeting and interacting with professionals who study and record wildlife, conducting daily BioBlitzes, recording our wildlife data into iNaturalist, and taking a fun overnight trip to the CSU Mountain Campus. Our time at the CSU Mountain Campus will include a day hike, wildlife ID, and evening campfire activities.

During the week, time will be spent at the ELC in Fort Collins where students will have access to 200+ acres of natural area and the Cache la Poudre River. Most of our time will be spent outside, exploring, learning and recording our wildlife sightings.  For further information about the ELC:  http://www.csuelc.org

BioBlitz Schedule June 12-16, 2017

  • Monday: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Tuesday: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Wednesday: 8:00 am – overnight CSU Mountain Campus
  • Thursday: return from CSU Mountain Campus by 3:00 pm
  • Friday: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm STEM show will be held from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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