Saturday STEM

Descriptions of our fall 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.

Bath Fizzers (Grades 3-4)

Boring bath time have you down? Tired of the typical bubble baths? IMSA to the rescue! Budding chemists will first mix together ingredients to discover which concoctions create a fantastical fizz. Then using that knowledge, they will create a special bath fizzer, adding in relaxing or invigorating scents. Materials needed for this activity.

School Year: 2020-2021SessionDatesTimeRegistrationScholarship Application
Grades 3-4Bath Fizzers9/19/202010:00 AM - 11:30 AM CSTRegister NowCLOSED

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 Messages10/17/2020
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM CSTRegister NowApply Now

Astronaut Suit-Up (Grades 5-6)

The importance of a spacesuit cannot be understated as they are literally what keeps astronauts alive in the extreme conditions of outer space! Participants will get the chance to explore the concepts of heat transfer and insulation in order to better understand the types of materials choices that should be used to make the most protective space suit possible. The budding aerospace engineers will then be challenged to put their newly-discovered knowledge to the test by making a pair of their own space gloves with the ability to protect them from the extreme temperatures of outer space. Materials needed for this activity.

School Year: 2020-2021SessionDatesTimeRegistrationScholarship Application
Grades 5-6Astronaut Suit-Up9/19/202010:00 AM - 11:30 AM CSTRegister NowCLOSED

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 7-8Jellyfish10/3/202010:00 AM - 11:30 AM CSTCLOSEDCLOSED

The Best Blubber (Grades 7-8)

Why do polar bears, whales, and walruses have blubber? This is a fascinating adaptation of warm-blooded animals which allows them to live and thrive in a cold environment (such as the ocean or the arctic). How can we model this live-saving animal adaptation? In this session, students will design and conduct an experiment in order to identify which types of material can best model the blubber of marine mammals. Materials needed for this activity. 

School Year: 2020-2021SessionDatesTimeRegistrationScholarship Application
Grades 7-8Best Blubber12/5/2020
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM CSTRegister NowApply Now