In the Eye of the Beholder – Perspective and Isometric Drawings- Dr Lee Stanton Instructor – Learn how to fold origami creatures with us! All you need is a square piece of paper!

Students will improve spatial visualization skills using hands-on learning ,develop a greater understanding of geometric concepts, strengthen tier understanding of fractions of one-half, one-third, or one-fourth by folding paper and develop a greater understanding of shapes – tetrahedrons and other polyhedra .

  • Instructor – Dr. Lee Stanton – Columbia College Professor
  • Duration – Single Session (8am – 11am)
  • Dates Offered -July 8th
  • Suggested Grade Level – 3rd – 5th graders
  • Location – 101 North 7th St
  • Cost – $25
  • Reserve a seat for In the Eye of the Beholder

Moving Sculptures – Dr. Lee Stanton – Make a thing! Students will learn about three-dimensional art, movement, recycling and repurposing common household items as they build kinetic sculpture. Students will create kinetic sculptures that move via wind, integrate an understanding of recycling and repurposing found objects into art making and explore balance, scale & proportion.

  • Instructor – Dr. Lee Stanton – Columbia College Professor
  • Duration – Single Session (8am – 11am)
  • Dates Offered -July 9th
  • Suggested Grade Level – 3rd – 5th graders
  • Location – 101 North 7th St
  • Cost – $25
  • Reserve a seat for Moving Sculptures

Program and Drive the TI-84 Rover – Dr. Ann Schlemper Instructor – Students will use a program on the TI-84 CE graphing calculator to drive the TI-Rover, a robotic car, to create pictures in the Cartesian Plane. They will also draw regular polygons to create art and discover Pi.  

  • Instructor – Dr. Ann Schlemper – Columbia College Math Professor
  • Duration – Single Session (8am-11am)
  • Dates Offered -July 12th
  • Suggested Grade Level – 3rd – 5th graders
  • Location – 101 North 7th Street
  • Cost – $25
  • Reserve a seat for Program and Drive the TI-84 Rover

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.


All Things Golden – Dr. Ann Schlemper – The Greek letter phi, Φ, represents the golden ratio or golden number. This number shows up in nature, human anatomy, art and architecture. We will explore these various applications of phi and create our own designs using the Golden Ratio and the Fibonacci Sequence.  

  • Instructor – Dr. Ann Schlemper – Columbia College Math Professor
  • Duration – Single Session (8am-11am)
  • Dates Offered -July 14th
  • Suggested Grade Level – 3rd – 5th graders
  • Location – 101 North 7th Street
  • Cost – $25
  • Reserve a seat for All Things Golden

To Infinity and Beyond: The Environment, Art, and Math – Dr. Lee Stanton Instructor – Recycling matters! Design sidewalk stickers for downtown Columbia to spread the word on recycling! Students will design sidewalk stickers to promote recycling, learn about the mobius strip and why it is the symbol for recycling, and develop a plan to promote environmentally friendly habits to share with the community.

  • Instructor – Dr. Lee Stanton – Columbia College Math Professor
  • Duration – Single Session (8am-11am)
  • Dates Offered -July 15th
  • Suggested Grade Level – 3rd – 5th graders
  • Location – 101 North 7th Street
  • Cost – $25
  • Reserve a seat for To Infinity and Beyond

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Engineering Solutions – “Water Filtration” – Dr. Heather McCullar Instructor – The water that we have on Earth is the only water we will ever have and it is vital to our survival. We will learn about water filtration and how this is important to help us have clean water. Participants will get to design and take home their own water filter.


Patterns in Art – Dr. Ann Schlemper Instructor – Many artistic endeavors cannot be completed with the help of mathematical patterns. We will be learning how to use mathematics to make three different art forms: tessellations, mosaics and frieze patterns.  

Students will be able to identify what a pattern is and predict what pattern should come next, learn about translations, reflections and rotations and create tessellations, mosaics and frieze patterns.

  • Instructor – Dr. Ann Schlemper, Columbia College Math Professor
  • Duration – Single Session (8am – 11am)
  • Dates Offered -July 6th
  • Suggested Grade Level – 3rd – 5th graders
  • Location – 101 North 7th St
  • Cost – $25
  • Reserve a seat for Patterns in Art

Bubble Blowing Math & Art – Dr. Ann Schlemper Instructor Who doesn’t love to blow bubbles? We will be blowing bubbles to make some fantastic art and create some amazing geometric shapes.   Students will identify and define 2D and 3D shapes that are formed when creating bubble structures, learn to create art using bubbles and learn about primary, secondary and tertiary colors.

  • Instructor – Dr. Ann Schlemper – Columbia College Professor
  • Duration – Single Session (1pm – 4pm)
  • Dates Offered -July 7th
  • Suggested Grade Level – 3rd – 5th graders
  • Location – 101 North 7th St
  • Cost – $25
  • Reserve a seat for Bubble Blowing Math & Art

Metamorphosis in Stop-Motion – Josh Ray Instructor – Using the Stop Motion Studio app along 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 – First 90 minutes, followed by Butterfly life cycle lesson and “noticings” followed by design and making of our stop motion video – Last 90 minutes: 


FULL – Science and Design ‘In the Coop’ – Discover the science of backyard chickens while learning how to care for the flock. Students will also design and build poultry-related products. Students will learn and interact with different chicken breeds while learning about their care and maintenance.

  • Instructors – Mike and Mandy Szydlowski
  • Duration – 2 Sessions (8am – 11am)
  • Dates Offered -June 29th & July 1st
  • Suggested Grade Level – 3rd – 5th graders
  • Location – Fairview Elementary Chicken Coop
  • Cost – $50
  • This course is FULL!

FULL Learning is as Sweet as Honey – Caitlin Nichols Instructor – 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!

  • Instructors – Caitlin Nichols – CPS Elementary Teacher
  • Duration – 1 Session (8am – 11am)
  • Dates Offered -June 10th
  • Suggested Grade Level – 3rd – 5th graders
  • Location – Fairview Elementary School, 909 S Fairview Rd
  • Cost – $25
  • This course is FULL!

The BBC microbit

FULL – Programming with Microbit – Craig Adams 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, build our own compass, and basically have a fun time playing and learning! Students will KEEP their microbit!


  • Instructor – Craig Adams
  • Duration – 2 Sessions (1pm – 4pm)
  • Dates Offered -July 2nd and 5th
  • Suggested Grade Level – 3rd – 5th graders
  • Location – Boys and Girls Club of Columbia
  • Cost – $50 (this includes the cost of the microbit)
  • This course is FULL!