Saturday STEM

Descriptions of our Saturday STEM programs are below—please review the materials list prior to registering! These will each be 90 minute, synchronous programs with small class sizes. Participants are responsible for gathering the program materials – a materials list is after each description. Schedule and registration links are below each program description.

Magic Messages (Grades 3-4)

What do pirates and spies have in common? They both have something to hide, whether “X” marks the spot on a treasure map or a top secret message needs to be protected. How can they keep this information hidden until they are ready to reveal it? Invisible ink! Come join us to learn the special ingredients needed to create secret messages, and practice writing some of your own. Materials needed for this activity.

School Year: 2020-2021SessionDatesTimeRegistrationScholarship Application*
Grades 3-4Magic Messages1/30/202110:00 AM - 11:30 AM CSTRegister NowApply Now (due 1/17/21)

Jellyfish (Grades 7-8) 

Jellyfish are beautiful and mysterious ocean creatures. They have no bones, no brain, no heart, and no eyes. They have clear, bag-like bodies that contain their digestive organs and have trailing tentacles that are used to sting and capture prey. Interestingly, about 50% of all jellyfish are bioluminescent. During this session, our bioengineers will explore these interesting anatomical features of jellyfish in order to create their own model of a bioluminescent jellyfish (which actually does glow in the dark)! Materials needed for this activity.

School Year: 2020-2021SessionDatesTimeRegistrationScholarship Application*
Grades 7-8Jellyfish2/6/202110:00 AM - 11:30 AM CSTRegister NowApply Now (due 1/17/21)

Magnets (Grades 4-5)

Do you seem to always find yourself having a hard time making decisions? Or do you simply wish you could take a mini break from having to call the shots and hand things over to let the “fates” (or science) decide for you…? Look no further because during this “Let the Magnets Decide!” Saturday STEM, we are going to be creating our very own decision-making pendulums to help us do just that! Students will first explore the science of magnets to better understand how magnetic objects work and interact with each other. They will then be able to put that knowledge to use by designing and making their own unique magnetic decision makers which will provide them with (random) answers to your most burning questions! Materials needed for this activity.

School Year: 2020-2021SessionDatesTimeRegistrationScholarship Application*
Grades 4-5Magnets1/23/202110:00 AM - 11:30 AM CSTRegister NowApply Now (due 1/17/21)

Good Vibes (Grade 3)

They say music helps make the world go around and in today’s Saturday STEM program we are going to be trying our very best to create lots more good vibrations to send out into the universe. Students will learn the sweet-sounding science behind how sound works and where it comes from. They will also discover how different pitches and tones are created such that we are able to enjoy all the rich variety of sounds and melodies we have. With this knowledge, students will then be challenged to create their very own hairpin kalimbas on which they will be able to bring more harmonious music to the world! Materials needed for this activity.

School Year: 2020-2021SessionDatesTimeRegistrationScholarship Application*
Grade 3Good Vibes2/6/202110:00 AM - 11:30 AM CSTRegister NowApply Now (due 1/17/21)

*Applying for a scholarship does not guarantee an award or registration into the summer program. To qualify and apply for a scholarship, the student is required to submit proof of eligibility: 2018 or 2019 Tax Documentation showing proof of parent’s income. WATCH YOUR EMAIL and CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER! Award recipients will be notified via email and must reply to scholarship offer within time period indicated in email. NOTE: You may choose to either pay for program registration OR apply for a scholarship and await award notification. Scholarship applications will not be accepted along with a paid registration.

No requests for a registration cancellation/refund will be accommodated if they are received less than 5 days before a program begins. Requests must be made in writing via an email to: studentenrichment@imsa.edu. Please include the program name and your student’s full name.