Preston Middle School STEM Institutes 2018-05-28T08:07:20+00:00

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.

June 4-8, 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.

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

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!

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.

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.

This is a coding class just for girls! Basic coding structures will be covered along with some basic sewing instruction and learning about circuit boards and electronics. We will use a variety of tools to learn to code, and we will complete the week with a final project that will incorporate both coding and sewing to create anything from a banner to a stuffed creature to a lighted hat. Students will be able to choose a final project that will be facilitated by the instructor.

Love Potions? Floo Powder? Mandrake Infants? Bezoars? Could there be such things?  Learn about potions, charms, care of magical creatures, herbology, astronomy, and more in The Science of Harry Potter. Hurry and sign up before it dis-apparates!

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 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.

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 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.

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

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 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.

Love Potions? Floo Powder? Mandrake Infants? Bezoars? Could there be such things?  Learn about potions, charms, care of magical creatures, herbology, astronomy, and more in The Science of Harry Potter. Hurry and sign up before it dis-apparates!

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!

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 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.

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!

SPECIALTY CAMPS at Preston June 4-8

Dates: June 4-8, 2018

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.

Oceanography: Exploring Underwater Worlds:

June 4-8, 2018

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

Balsa Violin!

2 Week – Morning Only Camp: June 4-8/11-15, 2018

Are you interested in making music or MAKING INSTRUMENTS? Balsa Violin is a morning only two-week course where students will actually learn how to MAKE a working violin using traditional violin making tools and balsa wood building techniques. The primary activity will be making the body of the instrument with external bracing and some components. The fingerboard and strings will be pre-manufactured, the neck will be sculpted from a solid piece of maple. Students will be able to keep their Balsa Wood Violin at the end of the camp.

  • Monday: 8:00 am – 11:15 am
  • Tuesday: 8:00 am – 11:15 am
  • Wednesday: 8:00 am – 11:15 am
  • Thursday: 8:00 am – 11:15 am
  • Friday: 8:00 am – 11:15 am  STEM show will be held from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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.

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

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!

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!

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.

Love Potions? Floo Powder? Mandrake Infants? Bezoars? Could there be such things?  Learn about potions, charms, care of magical creatures, herbology, astronomy, and more in The Science of Harry Potter. Hurry and sign up before it dis-apparates!

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.

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.

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 during holidays.

Afternoon Classes  11:45am – 3:00pm

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.

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!

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.

Love Potions? Floo Powder? Mandrake Infants? Bezoars? Could there be such things?  Learn about potions, charms, care of magical creatures, herbology, astronomy, and more 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.

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 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.

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.

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.!

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to plan a mission to Mars as a NASA project manager.  We will gather scientific evidence about the red planet, learn how to investigate a ‘new’ planet and search for life in our solar system.  Come join us and help make our mission a success!

SPECIALTY CAMPS at Preston June 11-15

Dates: June 11-15, 2018

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.

Girls in the Woods (waitlist only)

We are very excited to offer this brand new, girls-only camp this year. This camp will be a full day, full week camp, with an overnight trip to the CSU Mountain Campus. Students will have the opportunity to try something new and build their confidence in the outdoors with a supportive group of like-minded girls. We will spend the majority of each day of camp outside, at various natural areas and open spaces, hiking, learning outdoor skills, and opening our eyes to the incredible ecosystems that surround us in Colorado. Course content will focus on developing naturalist skills through observation, drawing and recording of the plants and animals we find as well as guest presentations by environmental professionals. Outdoor skills such as navigation and preparing for a hike will be learned in a hands-on environment. We will use our observation skills to learn about animal adaptations and behavior, all the while developing an appreciation for nature in all its forms. We will incorporate art and writing as we draw the plants and animals we find and reflect on our experiences and personal growth. Our time at the CSU Mountain Campus will include a day hike, practicing outdoor skills and evening campfire activities (weather permitting).

This camp is offered in partnership with the Colorado State University Environmental Learning Center (CSU ELC).

Girls in the Woods Schedule June 11-15, 2018

  • 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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