Explorations: STEM Workshops

STEM Workshops

Go Green: Recycled Racers

Students recycle items that would ordinarily be discarded by turning them into toys, sculptures, and household objects. Students will use recycled materials to engineer their own toy cars, then compete in a Recycled Racer Rally. Developed by the Boston Museum of Science, this workshop emphasizes the Engineering Design Process throughout the activities, encouraging creative-problem-solving and innovation.

Liftoff: Engineering Rockets and Rovers

Students will meet Jacob at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to learn how to engineer rovers that can be used to explore faraway worlds. Soon after, we visit India at the International Space Station to learn about the trade-offs and variables involved in engineering a rocket. Kids will engineer rockets and rovers to help India and Jacob explore several planets and moons in our solar system.

Build-It With LEGO

Build-it with LEGO is a premier engineering workshop created by the experts at LEGO Education. Children are challenged to build a bridge to reunite two best friends stranded by a river between them, depict a scene from their favorite adventure story, experiment with balance, weights & measures, design their perfect house and design and play a new strategy game. Hands-on expression of ideas is at the core of this engaging, fun engineering program!

Storytelling With LEGO

Using LEGO bricks and characters, children are challenged through creative story prompts to design and engineer their imaginary world. Each activity is designed to offer choice, allowing students to build, model, and share their ideas, thoughts, and stories.

LEGO Education Simple Machines

Learn the concepts of simple machines by creating them with exclusive LEGO Education kits. Balance force, experiment with gears and slopes and measure friction and thrust. Problem solve using the foundations of engineering, mechanics and energy.

STEM Maker Lab: Ocean Rescue

Children learn about the extreme build-up of trash in the North Pacific Central Ocean Gyre. Faced with ocean research challenges that will require creative-thinking skills, problem solving, and teamwork, children make a model of a gyre and play a food web game, collect and test the pH of ocean water, create their own egg-marines that must not sink or float, and design a “robotic arm” for a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). Before heading back to shore to share their findings, children design Trash Island fantasy clean-up machine prototypes.

Maker Space: Gadgets, Gizmos, and Hacks

Welcome to the AlphaBEST engineering lab where ingenuity and creativity are key. Weekly engineering tasks challenge students to invent, hack, tinker and play their way to creative problem solving. Together we will create FUN!

Chemistry Crime Mysteries, Jr.

Team up with legendary Chemistry Crime detective Sherlock Gnomes to investigate a series of suspicious crimes based on chemistry experiments. Each mission is introduced by Sherlock Gnomes via video with a silly crime scene and ends with our Science Sleuths creating a chemical reaction in the lab. Real science + ridiculous crimes = Lots of learning and laughs.

Chemistry Crime Mysteries

Join our squad of Science Sleuths as they investigate a series of suspicious crimes based on chemistry experiments. Each mission begins with a silly crime scene and ends with our Science Sleuths creating a chemical reaction in the lab. Real science + ridiculous crimes = Lots of learning and laughs.

The Robot Factory

Hey, young robotic engineers! Finally a robotics workshop that encourages creativity, experimentation and engineering for K-2 graders. Robotis is the newest wave of block robotics straight from Korea. Each week students will be challenged to build a new robot using rivets, plates and wheels. The actuator (motor) makes their new creation move on its own. Join the robot revolution with The Robot Factory.

Bee-Bot Discovery

Young computer scientists are introduced to basic programming through an engaging, hands-on experience. Using the award-winning Bee-Bot floor robot, children are presented with challenges and program their Bee with directional language. Children collaborate, solve problems, and think critically.

Brain Games

Give your brain the most fun workout ever! Every session is packed with learning and playing the most fun brain games around. This workshop is totally fun and brains!

Stop Motion Claymation

Kids growing up in today’s digital age do not know a world without Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Making and sharing media is a part of their everyday environment. In this course, students will create their very own DotBots (clay characters) and join fellow animators on an exciting journey of digital storytelling! Along the way, students will learn basic stop-motion animation techniques by following our pro tips and fun animation recipes, turning the youngest learners into Animation Chefs!

Engineering Discovery: Mechanisms and Machines

Future engineers build LEGO® machines, models and robotic creatures while conducting real-world science experiments with motion, force, and energy. Models are brought to life with the addition of motors, gears, generators, and even sustainable energy, like the wind!

LEGO Robotics: Safari Edition

Welcome to LEGO® Robotics: Safari Edition! On this exciting robotic adventure you will build and program LEGO® robots of incredible wildlife animals. Use Scratch coding technology to make your robotic giraffe eat leaves from a tree! Code a sensor activated frog to jump. Program a lion to stand up and lay down on command. You will even learn how to add sound blocks so that your robot lion can roar! LEGO Robotics: Safari Edition challenges you to bring your animal robots to life with motors, gears, pulleys, sensors and easy-to-learn computer coding.

Dash and Dot

Robot friends, Dash and Dot, excite students as they use simple apps and Blockly coding to move, wink, flash lights, and make fun noises. Dash can even be programmed to launch a ball across the room, complete a maze or play the xylophone!

Ozobot

Ozobots robots are tiny, but powerful! Students love how they follow colored lines, spin, flash lights, and dance. Math and science concepts are explored as students control Ozobot movements by drawing colored lines on paper, using simple apps or with OzoBlockly, a programming language that snaps together like puzzle pieces.

Build A Computer...Save The World!

This is a truly remarkable workshop! On Day One you will start building a laptop computer with a box of parts and a blueprint. By Day Eight, you will have designed and coded your own Minecraft world and games on your costume-built computer. Step-by-step instructions empower students to explore and master technology by constructing a fully-functioning computer from scratch. Join us in a world of ingenuity, technology and creativity like no other!