Spruce Street Youth STEM Programs
The Club offers a wide variety of STEM opportunities for area K-12 grade students throughout the course of the year. The majority of our STEM programs involve partnerships with organizations with expertise in their specific STEM area. Some of our partners include Rutgers 4H Youth Development, Drobots, Mad Science, Scholar Tree, Academy of Natural Science, and Central Jersey Engineering for Kids.
Mad Science is a leading science enrichment provider. They deliver unique, hands-on science experiences for children, and make it a point to entertain as much as we educate.
- are hands-on and inquiry-based
- meet national, state and provincial science curriculum standards
- are led by trained, qualified and dynamic instructors
- use unique equipment and original materials
First Session - Crazy Chemworks
Each week students focus on a different chemistry based project. Weekly topics are: Lab Works, Junior Reactors, pH pHactor, Slime Time, Chem in a Flash, The Glow Show, Super Sticky Stuff, Dry Ice Capades.
Second Session - System 2
Heat, light, magnets, slime and static electricity! Through the course of System 2, children will harness heat energy, learn the science behind cotton candy and explore the properties of both light and color. Your Mad Scientists will experiment with magnets, examine curious optical illusions and analyze the amazing properties of slime! Children will get to know their taste buds better and witness a hair-raising demonstration of static electricity!
Tuesdays: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM (K-5th Grade)
First session: January 23 - March 13, 2018
Second session: April 10 - May 29, 2018
Engineering For Kids
Engineering For Kids brings science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), to kids ages 4 to 14 in a fun and challenging way through classes, camps, clubs, and parties. We are proud to inspire children to build on their natural curiosity by teaching engineering concepts through hands-on learning. Engineering is, after all, one of the fastest growing industries in the world!
Junior Robotics Engineering: Adventure Stories. This class is a perfect mixture of fun and learning, using LEGO® WeDo™ Robots. Using LEGO® bricks, students build an airplane rescue, a giant escape, and a sailboat storm. They also learn how to program and operate their creations using a laptop computer.
Junior Aerospace Engineering: Taking to the Skies.The Junior Aerospace Engineering classes introduce our youngest engineers to fundamental concepts of aircraft and spacecraft design. Through open and focused exploration, students explore and construct airplanes, rockets, helicopters, and more.
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Grades K-2)
Session begins on January 17, 2018
Robotics 101: During this program, students will learn the basics of designing, programming, and controlling a fully functional robot. Using LEGO® MINDSTORMS®, mathematical concepts, and engineering principles students will brainstorm, plan, test, and modify sequences of instructions to accomplish a given task. Students will also learn the sequence of communication between the robot, and the programmer by collecting and analyzing data using the robot's sensors.
Aerospace Engineering: Up, Up, and Away! During this program, students use the Engineering Design Process to design, create, test, and refine a variety of flying machines. They construct a shock absorbing system designed to protect two marshmallow astronauts in a lunar vehicle, create their own air-powered rockets, and assemble a hot air balloon model that actually takes flight!
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Grades 3-5)
Session begins on January 20, 2018 (8-week session)
Apprentice Game Design: Students will use Clickteam Fusion 2.5® to create their own video game. Students design a racetrack, race cars and an environment in which their cars compete. At the end of the class, everyone takes home a working Windows-compatible game (Clickteam Fusion 2.5® does not support Mac or Android operating systems).
Apprentice Hardware Engineering: Get Wired with MaKey MaKey. Imagine designing a piano using celery or creating a custom digital training program. Now, envision playing video games using just your body, a bit of wire and your own imagination. In our hardware engineering program, students engineer their own customized video game controllers using a Makey Makey device and materials that can be found in just about any kitchen. Through the application of circuitry, acoustical engineering, and video game design, students discover new ways to interact with technology, all while creating unique designs in a fun collaborative environment.
11:15 am to 12:15 pm (Grades 3-5)
Session begins on January 20, 2018
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