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Register for D54 Summer STEM Academy

Posted February 26th, 2015 by Terri McHugh

Registration will begin on March 2 for the District 54 Summer STEM Academy, June 22 to 26, 2015. With the goal of bringing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) alive through authentic hands-on activities, the Summer STEM Academy creates experiences that expand on the interests of students in first through eighth grades.

The District 54 Summer STEM Academy offers

  • Courses with hands-on, project-based curricula;
  • Instruction by District 54 teachers, experienced with STEM, in a positive environment;
  • An opportunity to conduct experiments using tools, equipment and technology used within the real-world; and
  • The option of morning (9-11 a.m.) or afternoon (1-3 p.m.) classes.

First and Second Grade

  • Bubble Wands – In this engineering project, you will learn about the engineering design process and various fields of engineering. You will design different types of bubble wands to help a fictional California amusement park develop a Bubble Bonanza show to entertain park visitors. Held at Aldrin, Einstein and Nerge.

Third through Fifth Grade

  • Coding – Build your own games and share with friends. Solve fun coding puzzles and learn programming concepts. Personalize games with animated characters, multiple levels and rich props. Make your games realistic using physics. See the code as visual blocks or JavaScript. Held at Aldrin, Einstein and Nerge.
  • LEGO EV3 Robotics – This is a dynamic excursion into engineering and an in-depth initiation into mobile robotics. Participants use real-life applications and a state-of-the-art intelligent brick to engineer robots that read ambient light, and recognize patterns, tones and more. Held at Aldrin, Einstein and Nerge.
  • Rocketry – Want to design, build and fly your very own model rocket? Learn how mathematics explains the world of rockets and aero science through lessons in Newtonian physics and rocket flight. Learn the laws of rocket stability, fluid dynamics and aerodynamics. Study stable rocket flight designs and design your own flight vehicle, which you will launch at the end of the session to show family and friends what you learned. Held at Eisenhower, Lincoln Prairie, Keller and Mead.

Sixth through Eighth Grade

  • Coding – Build your own games and share with friends. Solve fun coding puzzles and learn programming concepts. Personalize games with animated characters, multiple levels and rich props. Make your games realistic using physics. See the code as visual blocks or JavaScript. Held at Eisenhower, Lincoln Prairie, Keller and Mead.
  • Rocketry – Want to design, build and fly your very own model rocket? Learn how mathematics explains the world of rockets and aero science through lessons in Newtonian physics and rocket flight. Learn the laws of rocket stability, fluid dynamics and aerodynamics. Study stable rocket flight designs and design your own flight vehicle, which you will launch at the end of the session to show family and friends what you learned. Held at Eisenhower, Lincoln Prairie, Keller and Mead.
  • VEX Robotics – Use the VEX Robotics Design System to build a frame and base, interchange wheels, create geared armatures and engineer wiring. Your team’s bot will have to adapt to compete in user-piloted challenges such as robo-soccer and obstacle courses, as well as autonomous robot challenges that will require programming using ROBOTC. Held at Eisenhower, Lincoln Prairie, Keller and Mead.
  • FUSE – Are you interested in robotics, electronics, biotechnology and graphic design?  Using a leveling-up model from gaming, each inquiry-based and hands-on challenge is carefully designed to engage you in different STEM topics. Held at Eisenhower, Lincoln Prairie, Keller and Mead.

For more information, click here to view the District 54 Summer STEM Academy Brochure.

To register, complete the District 54 Summer STEM Academy Registration Form, and send it by March 20 with a check payable to School District 54 to the following address.

District 54 Department of Student Learning
524 E. Schaumburg Road
Schaumburg, IL 60194

If you have any questions regarding the Summer STEM Academy, please feel free to contact the Department of Student Learning at (847)357-5143.