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Mosaic-Stained Glass Stepping Stones – This course will be taught by an expert Missouri Stained Glass Artist. Students will learn how glass is cut, polished, and positioned to create dazzling community art. Students will also learn how to mix concrete in proper proportions, position mesh and cure concrete to prevent cracking and ensure the durability of their beautiful creations.

 

  • Instructor – Atril Hayes
  • Duration – 1 Session (10am – 2pm)
  • Dates Offered – July 30th 
  • Suggested Grade Level – 6th – 8th graders
  • Location – Jabberwocky and Stained-Glass Studios
  • Cost – $50

We’re sorry, this event is closed.


Pretty Plants and Yucky Bugs was cancelled…

 


June


C++ Programming – Students will learn about the basics of the C++ coding language. This includes variables, conditional statements, and loops. Students will be able to create basic programs using the C++ coding language. These programs will range from the basic “Hello World” program to more advanced things like a simple student grade calculator, games, etc…

  • Instructor – Charles Koenig (Jefferson STEAM Academy)
  • Duration – 5 sessions (8am-11am)
  • Dates Offered – June 13-17 OR June 20-24
  • Grade Level – 6th – 8th graders
  • Location – Gravity – 1000A Pannell Street, Columbia MO
  • Cost – $150 (price reduced)

Technology


 

Learning is as Sweet as Honey – Spend three hours learning about the intricacies of beekeeping, honey, pollination, and how you can make a difference! During this course you will have the chance to work with a working hive full of honeybees (from the safety of a beekeeping suit, of course!), learn about why honeybees are so important, and taste some local honey. You will see first-hand how honeybees navigate their environment, how they help humans, and how (and why!) humans should help honeybees in return! Student are able to identify the relationship between the beekeeper, honeybees, and the plants the honeybees pollinate.

Students will also make (and take home) “beeswax candles” during this event!

Note:  This is a “place-based” course .  Students will need to be delivered to the address listed below. Parents are welcome to stay and participate during the lesson!

  • Instructors – Gabe Nichols (Gentry MS Science Teacher)
  • Duration – 1 Session (8am – 11am)
  • Dates Offered – June 13th OR June 15th
  • Suggested Grade Level – 6th – 8th graders
  • Location – 2744 County Road 228, Fulton Mo. 65251
  • Cost – $35

 


Bugging Out Over Insects – Learn about specific insect habitat and adaptations with an emphasis on perserving specimens. This course is designed to help obtain the resources and skillset needed to identify specific insect habitat, insect species, collect insects, and preserve various insects for their own entomology collection. Students will be able to recognize various insect niches and food webs within the invertebrate community as they practice the skill set of insect pinning.
 
Note:  This is a “place-based” course.  Students will need to be delivered to the address listed below. Parents are welcome to stay and participate during the lesson!
  • Instructors – Gabe Nichols (Gentry MS Science Teacher)
  • Duration – 1 Session (1pm – 4pm)
  • Dates Offered – June 22nd
  • Suggested Grade Level – 6th – 8th graders
  • Location – 2744 County Road 228, Fulton Mo. 65251
  • Cost – $35

 


Learning About Missouri’s Native Plants – Students will have the opportunity to learn about native plants and species and the role they play in the environment. This hands on course will give students the opportunity to identify native plants and learn about the importance and native plants.
 
Note:  This is a “place-based” course.  Students will need to be delivered to the address listed below. Parents are welcome to stay and participate during the lesson!
 
Students will get a chance to be creative by decorating their own pot and plant some native wildflowers!
 
  • Instructor – Caitlyn Kroboth – Local Amateur Botanist
  • Duration – 1 Session (8am – 11am)
  • Dates Offered – June 23rd
  • Suggested Grade Level – 6th – 8th graders
  • Location – Cosmo-Bethel Park, Columbia Mo.
  • Cost – $35

 


tinkercadRapid Prototyping – Toy Design – In this course students will learn how to design safe, educational, & entertaining toys for children from infants to tweens. Students will study top selling toys to determine what characteristics are sought after by both parents and kids. Using Tinkercad, students will create three dimensional designs which will then be printed, assembled, and painted. Students will be able to engage in a similar process of toy design that industry professionals take to make the top selling toys seen in stores all over the world.

  • Instructor – Sean Dwyer (Jefferson STEAM Academy teacher)
  • Duration – 2 Sessions (1pm-4pm)
  • Dates Offered – June 20th & 24th
  • Suggested Grade Level – 6th – 8th graders
  • Location – Gravity, 1000 Pannell Street Suite A
  • Cost – $70

 


This course is designed for, but not limited to our Women in STEM! 

 

From Tees to Totes – This course will be taught at the New MACCLAB located in the basement of Parkade Plaza. Students will learn basic sewing and fabric cutting skills while promoting sustainability and creating a memorable project – a handy tote they can keep! Students bring in old t-shirts and learn to use some of the amazing equipment the MACCLAB has to offer.  Parents are encouraged to take a quick tour of the facility.  This courses limited to 6 students so sign up fast!

  • Instructor – Maggie Holper – MACCLAB Instructor
  • Duration – 1 Session (8am-11am)
  • Dates Offered – June 20th OR July 21st
  • Suggested Grade Level – 6th – 8th graders
  • Location – MACC LAB – 601 Business Loop 70 West, Suite 216
  • Cost – $35

 


This course is designed for, but not limited to our Women in STEM! 

 

DIY Floating Shelf – This is a course designed for parents AND their children to experience the joy of constructing a project together in the NEW state of the art MACCLAB.  Students and parents will learn the basic woodworking skills around building a floating shelf Shop safety, engineering  and design principals will be our focus. Both parent and child will take home a completed (built, designed, and stained) floating shelf! 

Materials and safety eye wear will be provided.

  • Instructor – Josh Higgins – MACCLAB Woodworking Instructor
  • Duration – 1 session (8am-11am)
  • Dates Offered – June 21st
  • Grade Level – 6th – 8th graders
  • Location – MACC LAB – 601 Business Loop 70 West, Suite 216
  • Cost – $70 (this covers both parent and one child)

 


Survivalist MythBusters – Being prepared means having what you need, when you need it. With outdoor equipment technology taking a space aged approach, survival gear has become smaller and more portable. We will be putting the latest survival technologies to the test to determine their true effectiveness. Students will gain practice in using the latest survival technology, while also practicing making predictions, and testing those predictions.  

Note:  This is a “place-based” course .  Students will need to be delivered to the address listed below. Parents are welcome to stay and participate during the lesson!

 
  • Instructor – Gabe Nichols – Gentry Science Teacher and Acclaimed Survivalist
  • Duration – 1 Session (8am – 11am)
  • Dates Offered – June 20th
  • Suggested Grade Level – 6th – 8th grades
  • Location – 2744 County Road 228, Fulton Mo. 65251
  • Cost – $50 (price includes survival kit)

 


Our Microscopic World – Discover the microscopic world in your everyday life! Learn to use microscopes and discover our amazing surroundings! Students will be able to use a microscope without adult intervention by the end of this course. They will learn the skills needed to properly care for microscopes, focus and use microscopes, and create their own slides of specimens.

  • Instructor – Marie Pope – Prairie Home R-V Science Teacher
  • Duration – 1 Sessions (8am-11am)
  • Dates Offered – June 27th
  • Suggested Grade Level – 6th – 8th graders
  • Location ProsperU, 700 East Broadway
  • Cost – $35

 


This course is designed for, but not limited to our Women in STEM! 

 

Dare to Repair with Feminine Flair –   No matter the depth of your pockets or the size of the home you live in , a toilet will get clogged, a circuit breaker will trip, and a smoke detector will stop working. It’s up to you how you’ll deal with them — live in denial, pay the piper, or get real and do it yourself.

Dare to Repair with Feminine Flair demystifies these home repairs by providing you with real experience to deal with the problems such as…

  • fixing or replacing a leaky faucet  
  • removing a broken light bulb
  • installing a dimmer switch.
  • repairing a hole in drywall
  • wiring simple circuits
  • soldering a broken wire
  • replacing a doorknob
  • and building a toolbox

Course Information

  • Instructor – Craig Adams (former Jeff JR. Shop Teacher)
  • Duration – 2 Sessions (8am-11am)
  • Dates Offered – June 28th and 29th
  • Suggested Grade Level – 6th – 8th graders
  • Location – 101 N. 7th Street
  • Cost – $70


Learning the Art of Puppetry – Students will design and create a puppet with a moveable mouth, learn to maneuver the puppet, explore character traits, and develop a question/answer interview between themselves and their puppet. We will explore character development, experiment with character voices, and demo our “interview” for our classmates. 

 

  • Instructor – Hallie Rainwater – CPS Dance and Music Instructor
  • Duration – 1 Sessions (8am – 11am)
  • Dates Offered -June 30th
  • Suggested Grade Level – 3rd – 8th graders
  • Location – 101 North 7th Street 
  • Cost – $35

 


July


Recycled Sculpture and River Clean-Up (Trash to Treasure) –Help clean-up Flat Branch Creek then put your heads together and turn our ‘loot’ into creative sculptural ART, mobiles, instruments and more. Students will learn about watersheds and how to protect them, as well as enjoy a recreational day in nature helping our community and our Earth by collecting trash and using critical thinking and creative problem solving to build recycled sculpture with our ‘findings.

  • InstructorsWildy Self (Columbia Artist)  & Michele Woolbright (Boone Co. Wastewater Treatment)  
  • Duration – 1 Session (8am-11am)
  • Date Offered – July 21st
  • Suggested Grade Level – 6th – 8th graders
  • Location – Flat Branch Park
  • Cost – $35

  Register for July 21st 


“Plein Aire” Painting – This course is designed for, but not limited to our Women in STEM!  The phrase “plein aire” is a French term that means “outside”. Plein aire painting will be demonstrated and taught with watercolors on the banks of Flat Branch Creek. Students will paint what they see as they observe flora and geological forms in the watershed and take home their watercolor paintings.

Students will learn about watersheds and opportunities to enjoy nature recreationally through the arts. They will build experience with art skills such as perspective, proportion, value and landscape while working with watercolor. They will be introduced to plein air painting as a mode of practicing and building art skills while enjoying natural outside recreation.  Several works of art will be created!
  • InstructorsWildy Self (Columbia Artist) & Michele Woolbright (Boone Co. Wastewater Treatment)  
  • Duration – 1 Session (8am-11am)
  • Dates Offered – July 13th 
  • Suggested Grade Level – 6th – 8th graders
  • Location – Flat Branch Park
  • Cost – $35

  Register for July 13th    


Programming with Micro-bits – Jonathan Sessions Instructor – The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that introduces you to how software and hardware work together. It has an LED light display, buttons, sensors and many input/output features that, when programmed, let it interact with you and your world. We will spend our time learning how to program the microbit to play games, control electronics, build a robot and basically have a fun time learning! 

  • Instructor – Jonathan Sessions
  • Duration – 2 Sessions (1pm-4pm)
  • Dates Offered – July 11th & 12th
  • Suggested Grade Level – 3rd – 8th graders
  • Location – Gravity, 1000 Panell Street, Columbia Mo. 65201
  • Cost – $70

 

Technology


This is a FREE course offered by the Columbia Sustainability Dept

The Power of Public Spaces with Mike Heimos – The challenge: Students will design a piece of land into a public space. Working as a team with a STEM mentor, students present their vision of the future public open space through a model design. Students will build a scale model of their city’s public space (built with recycled materials).

The single most important ingredient in any city is people. And people need a variety of public spaces throughout their city, both indoors and outdoors, where they can meet, relax, play, learn, connect, share cultures, create community, and build civic identity. When city planners and engineers develop public spaces they don’t just consider open fields or existing parks and plazas, they look at sites such as abandoned buildings, old railway lines, waterways (rivers, lakes, ponds), former industrial areas, and the single largest land asset in any city—the streets and sidewalks.

  • Instructor – Mike Heimos – City of Columbia Education & Outreach Coordinator
  • Duration – Single Session (8am – 11am)
  • Dates Offered – July 14th
  • Suggested Grade Level – 3rd – 5th graders
  • Location – This course will be held at the City of Columbia Hall, Main Lobby 
  • Cost – Free

Register for July 14th


Musical Theatre Mash Up –  In this course students get a small sample of what goes on ‘behind the scenes” in todays musical theater productions.   By exploring scene work, vocals, choreography, and prop building, kids will learn a scene from a musical and choreograph that scene, creating props or simple costume pieces to accompany the scene/song/dance.
  • Instructor – Hallie Rainwater – CPS Dance and Music Instructor
  • Duration – 1 Session (8am – 11am)
  • Dates Offered – July  18th
  • Suggested Grade Level – 6th – 8th graders
  • Location – 101 North Seventh Street
  • Cost – $35

Register for July 18th


Build a Circuit using 3D Design Software  –  In this course students will learn how to use Computer Aided Design or CAD software to Design, 3D Print and build a small circuit using LED’s, Resistors and Switches!  Kids learn about simple electronics principles like Ohms Law, learn to Solder components, build an enclosure (box) a 3D printer and construct your own Neopixel Name Plate!  Parents may want to join us with this one as they won’t want the kids to have ALL of the fun!

 

  • Instructor – Craig Adams – Columbia STEM Alliance Director
  • Duration – 3 Sessions (1pm-4pm)
  • Dates Offered – July  18th, 19th & 21st
  • Suggested Grade Level – 6th – 8th graders
  • Location – 101 North Seventh Street
  • Cost – $105 (price includes materials needed for project)

Register for July 18,19 and 21

Technology


Creating Micro Worlds – Students will explore, learn about, design and then create their own beautiful living terrariums to take home and enjoy for years to come. Participants will learn the nutrient and matter cycling that takes place in their terrarium and how different components work together to create a system that needs very little, if any, human intervention.
 
  • Instructor – Mike Szydlowski the Science Guy!
  • Duration – 1 session (8am-11am)
  • Dates Offered – July 25th
  • Grade Level – 6th – 8th graders
  • Location – Fairview Elementary
  • Cost – $35

Register for July 25th


Earthquake Tower Challenge – Students will construct towers made of balsa wood and test them on an earthquake shake table to see how long they survive the stress of an earthquakes waves.  Initial construction will occur on day one. Testing and redesign will occur on day two.  Students may also investigate the different types of earthquake waves using Slinkies.  Seriously, who doesn’t love a Slinkie?

  • Instructor – Jen Szydlowski – CPS Science Teacher
  • Duration – 2 Sessions (8am – 11am)
  • Dates Offered – July 25th and 26th
  • Suggested Grade Level – 6th – 8th graders
  • Location – Jefferson STEAM Academy, 713 Rogers Street
  • Cost – $70 

Register for July 25th & 26th


This course is designed for, but not limited to our Women in STEM! 
 

The Art and Science of Discus Throwing – The Discus throw is a track and field event in which an athlete throws a heavy disc—called a discus—in an attempt to mark a farther distance than their competitors.  Whether you are an accomplished thrower OR a newbie to the sport, we’ve got the person for you.  Abby Szydlowski, an accomplished CPS thrower is here to teach you what you need to know to make your 

  • Instructor – Abby Szydlowski – CPS Track Athlete and Student
  • Duration – 1 Sessions (8am – 11am)
  • Dates Offered – July 27th
  • Suggested Grade Level – 6th – 8th graders
  • Location – Hickman High School Track 
  • Cost – $35 

Register for July 27th


The Art and Science of Photography – Students learn the skills and creativity needed to produce eye catching photographs that tell a unique story. Students will use both mobile devices and DSLR cameras (provided).

 

  • Instructor – Mike Szydlowski – CPS Science Guy & Master Photographer
  • Duration – 2 Sessions (8am – 11am)
  • Dates Offered – July 26th & 29th
  • Suggested Grade Level – 6th – 8th graders
  • Location – Fairview Elementary Nature/Play Area
  • Cost – $75 (fee covers SD card that students keep)

Register for the 26th & 29th