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 – 6th – 8th graders
  • Location – 101 North 7th St
  • Cost – $25
  • Reserve a seat for In the Eye of the Beholder

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.


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 (1pm – 4pm)
  • Dates Offered -July 12th
  • Suggested Grade Level – 6th – 8th graders
  • Location – 101 North 7th Street
  • Cost – $25
  • Reserve a seat for Program and Drive the TI-84 Rover

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 (1pm-4pm)
  • Dates Offered -July 14th
  • Suggested Grade Level – 6th – 8th 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 (1pm – 4pm)
  • Dates Offered -July 15th
  • Suggested Grade Level – 6th – 8th graders
  • Location – 101 North 7th Street
  • Cost – $25
  • Reserve a seat for To Infinity and Beyond

The BBC microbit

FULL – 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! Students will KEEP their microbit!

  • Instructor – Jonathan Sessions
  • Duration – 2 Sessions (1pm – 4pm)
  • Dates Offered -July 7th and 9th
  • Suggested Grade Level – 6th – 8th graders
  • Location – Gravity, 1000 Panell Street, Columbia Mo. 65201
  • Cost – $50 (this includes the cost of the microbit)
  • This course is FULL!

C++ Programming – Charles Koenig Instructor – 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…


Cleaning our Streams with Art – Ever walk along a stream and wonder where the water came from and what about all of the trash? Discover our local waterways, participate in a cleanup, and redesign that litter into art, turning trash into treasure!

  • Instructors – Michele Woolbright (Boone Co. Wastewater Treatment) & Mike Heimos (City of Columbia)
  • Duration – 1 Session (8am-11am)
  • Dates Offered -June 8th
  • Suggested Grade Level – 6th – 8th graders
  • Location – Flat Branch Park
  • Cost – $25
  • Reserve a seat for Cleaning our Streams with Art

FULL – Stream Scientists – Become a citizen scientist, performing chemical analysis on the stream to determine the quality of water and if it is safe for animals to live in the water or if something or someone is polluting the water. (Students will need to wear shoes that can be in a stream)

  • Instructors – Michele Woolbright (Boone Co. Wastewater Treatment) & Mike Heimos (City of Columbia)
  • Duration – 1 Session (8am-11am)
  • Dates Offered -June 9th
  • Suggested Grade Level – 6th – 8th graders
  • Location – Flat Branch Park
  • This course is FULL!

Rapid Prototyping – Toy Design – Sean Dwyer Instructor – 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.


Animation Desk – Sean Dwyer Instructor – In this course students will learn the basics of how to create short animations using the application Animation Desk. Students will 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.


FULL – The Art and Science of Photography – Mike Szydlowski Intructor – 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).

  • Duration – 2 Sessions (8am – 11am)
  • Dates Offered -June 28th & June 30th
  • Suggested Grade Level – 6th – 8th graders
  • Location – Fairview Elementary Nature/Play Area
  • Cost – $50 (fee covers SD card that students keep)
  • This course is FULL!

Architecture and our Weather – Shayla Howell Instructor – Students will design an architectural structure to withstand extreme weather elements and learn about different styles of architecture from a variety of regions and famous architects from around the world. We will cover major weather conditions such as tornados, heavy rain or flooding, earthquakes, and extreme cold and heavy snow then design and create an architectural design plan to withstand the extreme weather conditions in a specific region. Creations will include blueprint and architectural plan drawing, and development of a prototype or model sculpture of their building to be tested in a simulated experiment for their region’s extreme weather.


Cleaning our Streams with Art – Women in STEM Series -Ever walk along a stream and wonder where the water came from and what about all of the trash? Discover our local waterways, participate in a cleanup, and redesign that litter into art, turning trash into treasure!

  • Instructors – Michele Woolbright (Boone Co. Wastewater Treatment) & Mike Heimos (City of Columbia)
  • Duration – 1 Session (9am-11am)
  • Dates Offered – June 29th
  • Suggested Grade Level – 6th – 8th graders
  • Location – Flat Branch Park
  • Cost – $25
  • Reserve a seat for Cleaning our Streams with Art

Stream Scientists – Women in STEM Series – Become a citizen scientist, performing chemical analysis on the stream to determine the quality of water and if it is safe for animals to live in the water or if something or someone is polluting the water. (Students will need to wear shoes that can be in a stream).

  • Instructors – Michele Woolbright (Boone Co. Wastewater Treatment) & Mike Heimos (City of Columbia)
  • Duration – 1 Session (9am-11am)
  • Dates Offered -June 30th
  • Suggested Grade Level – 6th – 8th graders
  • Location – Flat Branch Park
  • Cost – $25
  • Reserve a seat for Stream Scientists