June


Makey/Makey Music – Don’t know what a “Makey Makey” is??  Check it out here.  We take the Makey Makey, PlayDoh and even Bananas, and use Scratch coding to make our own music and sound effects AND record those “cool beats”!  Sounds like fun right?

Come jump on the STEAM Bus and check it out!

  • Duration – 1 Session (1pm  – 4pm)
  • Dates Offered – June 20th
  • Suggested Grade Level – 3rd – 5th graders
  • Location – 101 North Seventh Street (We will be using the STEAM Bus for this event)
  • Cost – $ 35

 

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!

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 – Caitlin Nichols
  • Duration – 1 Session (8am – 11am)
  • Dates Offered – June 14th OR June 16th
  • Suggested Grade Level – 3rd – 5th graders
  • Location – 2744 County Road 228, Fulton Mo. 65251
  • Cost – $35

 


The Art of Animation – Using the Stop Motion Studio app and Animation Desk , students will learn the basics of “the Art of Animation”.  On day 1, with clay and other props students will recreate the life cycle of a butterfly. We’ll then use iMovie to add music, titles, and transitions, and then share our videos on Flipgrid. Butterfly Metamorphosis in Stop-Motion  will take up our first 90 minutes, followed by Butterfly life cycle lesson and “noticings” followed by design and making of our stop motion video. Day 2 – using the application Animation Desk students learn how to create a storyboard to help them develop their animation. In addition, students will explore concepts such as frame rate manipulation and design layering.

  • Instructor – Sean Dwyer – Jefferson STEAM Academy teacher and amateur animator
  • Duration – 2 Session (1pm – 4pm)
  • Dates Offered – June 21st & 24th
  • Suggested Grade Level – 3rd – 5th graders
  • Location – Gravity, 1000A Pannell Street
  • Cost – $70

 


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 22nd OR July 21st
  • Suggested Grade Level – 3rd – 5th graders
  • Location – MACC LAB
  • Cost – $35

Technology


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 – CPS Teacher and Amateur Botanist
  • Duration – 1 Session (8am – 11am)
  • Dates Offered – June 23rd
  • Suggested Grade Level – 3rd – 5th  graders
  • Location – Cosmo-Bethel Park, Columbia Mo.
  • Cost – $35

 


Programming with the Microbit  – 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, build our own compass, and basically have a fun time playing and learning!  

This course is intended for the novice programmer!

  • Instructor – Charles Koenig
  • Duration – 2 Sessions (8am-11am)
  • Dates Offered -June 28th & 29th OR July  July 19th & July 20th
  • Suggested Grade Level – 3rd – 5th graders
  • Location – June 28th & 29th will be held on the STEAM Bus (bus will be parked at Gravity, Inc. at 1000 Pannell Street Suite A) – July 19th & 20th will be at Gravity, 1000A Pannell Street
  • Cost – $75 (this includes the cost of the microbit)

Technology


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 – ProsperU, at the corner of 7th & Broadway
  • Cost – $35
 

July


Engineering is Elementary – This course challenges students to create, build, and test designs by exploring a variety of topics through hands-on learning! Students will be encouraged to be creative and will have multiple opportunities to engage in the engineering design process. They will build bridges, solar ovens, figure out the power of a single piece of paper, and more!

 

  • Instructor – Kerry Poage  – Grant Elementary Teacher
  • Duration – 2 sessions (8am – 11am)
  • Dates Offered – July 7th & 8th
  • Grade Level – 3rd – 5th graders
  • Location –  ProsperU, Corner of 7th and Broadway
  • Cost – $70

 

Technology


Chemistry in the Kitchen! – The kitchen is the tastiest place to learn. Discover how chemistry makes some of your favorite treats. This course will provide a hands-on cooking experience filled with math, science, creativity and tasty morsels. Come jam in the kitchen with us!

  • Instructor – Becca Turner & Val Schoeneberg 
  • Duration – 1 Session (1pm – 4pm)
  • Dates Offered – July 7th
  • Suggested Grade Level – 3rd-5th graders
  • Location – Stephens College Library
  • Cost – $35

 


Programming with Microbits – 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! 

This course is intended for the experienced programmer!

  • 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

Register for July 11th & 12th

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 – Columbia City Hall Building
  • Cost – Free

 

Register for July 14th

 


The ABC’s of Ecology – Students will spend two mornings exploring Rockbridge State Park as ecology experts! Students will complete a pond investigation, search for invertebrates, explore a cave, build a forest, play forest tag, go on scavenger hunts, and more! This course is full of science, creativity, games, and exploration.

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 – Kerry Poage – Grant Elementary Teacher and local ecology specialist
  • Duration –2 sessions (8am – 11am)
  • Dates Offered – July 21st & 22nd
  • Grade Level – 3rd – 5th graders
  • Location – Rock Bridge Memorial State Park – 5901 South Highway 163, Columbia, MO 65203
  • Cost – $70

This Class is Sold Out!


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 (1pm – 4pm)
  • Dates Offered – July 25th
  • Grade Level – 3rd – 5th graders
  • Location – Fairview Elementary
  • Cost – $35

This Class is Sold Out!


Zookeeper for a Day! – This one’s going to be a good one!  Students will learn about and interact with various animals that are in the Jefferson Middle School Zoo including chickens, fish, snakes, rodents, turtles, and more. The students will learn how to care for the animals while also learning about their natural habitat and behaviors.

  • Instructor – Mike Szydlowski the Science Guy!
  • Duration – 1 session (1pm – 4pm)
  • Dates Offered – August 4th!  We’ve had to change the date of this event!
  • Grade Level – 3rd – 5th graders
  • Location – Jefferson STEAM Academy
  • Cost – $35

 


Nature School Camp – Students will spend two full days of camp at the new Columbia Public Schools “Nature School” property. Students will learn canoeing, fishing, cooking, and exploring. This will be a double session all day camp experience with and outdoor cooking lunch included. This is a great opportunity also to get a “sneak peak” at this new facility!
 
  • Instructor – Mike Szydlowski – Science Guy and Camper Extraordinaire
  • Duration – 2 Sessions (All Day 8am-4pm)
  • Dates Offered -July 27th & 28th OR Aug. 1st & 2nd
  • Suggested Grade Level – 3rd – 5th graders
  • Location – 101 North 7th Street 
  • Cost – $70