Hands On STEM!
Ages: 11+
Cost: $240 or $230/ trimester if taking 2 or more classes. Can be split into 3 equal payments.
Mat Fees: $35
FALL
This year long course will cover STEM disciplines of Materials, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. We start with Materials Engineering, which is a great way to introduce students to the engineering design process while beginning to learn the foundational aspects of materials engineering. Students study the makeup of different materials and determine how that affects the material properties.
Students use aluminum wire to create hair clips or electronic cord holders, learn about and build truss or kingpost bridges, scamper to recreate old ideas, and test the properties of materials to create new ones.
We'll learn about

Forces and Vectors

Tension and Compression

Stress vs. Strain

Categories of Materials

Material Property Tests

Hardness, Tensile Strength, Conductivity,

Density, Optical Properties

Force Distribution
WINTER
In our next units we'll learn about basic and advanced electrical engineering
Electrical Engineering is so necessary to engage our students in our increasingly technological society. Students will learn about electric force and all types of energy conversions. The unit then begins with circuit basics, series and parallel, and basic components. Then students will learn Ohm's law, calculate voltage, resistance, and current, and complete more advanced circuits. Finally, students will learn advanced electrical systems, including touch screens, sensors, and indicators. We'll learn about:

Energy and Electric Force

Energy Conversion

Schematic Diagramming

Circuit Basics

Electrical Safety

Electrical Components

Ohm's Law

Voltage, Current, and Resistance

Advanced Circuitry

Electrical Systems
SPRING
We'll move into Mechanical Engineering next, which is that beautiful space where math and science coexist! Founded on beginning physics concepts, this mechanical engineering unit gives students the ability to work out their formulas and test their calculations in real life. Banish that oft repeated question of "why do we need to learn this?"! Students will learn the six simple machines, how to calculate the mechanical advantage, and build machines based on their calculations. Students will learn about gears, pressure, pneumatics, and torque as well. We'll learn about:

Work

Efficiency

Levers

Pulleys

Screws

Wedges

Wheels and Axles

Inclined Planes

Gears

Pressure

Bernoulli's Principle

Aerodynamics

Pneumatics