2022 Summer STEM Courses

Our Summer STEM courses are designed as exciting introductions to unique disciplines. No prior knowledge or experience is needed unless otherwise noted in the course description. Some courses do have specialty technology needs.

Anatomy

Have you ever thought of becoming a doctor? Discover the anatomy of various structures by watching animal dissections, explore the structure of the human skeleton, and conduct at-home experiments on your own body! Learn the basic anatomy and physiology that all doctors must master.
Instructor: Ms. Kris Amatuli
Grade Level: Rising 8th
, 9th, & 10th

Anthropology

Why do humans look the way we do? How can a forensic anthropologist identify a person using only their skeletal remains? Are you curious about foods, languages, music, religions, clothing, and games from different cultures around the world? If so, this class is right for you! You will gain introductory knowledge in the field of anthropology as we investigate its four subfields: cultural, linguistic, archaeological, and biological. We will visit virtual museum exhibits and explore their collections, watch videos on food and sports around the world, learn with language applications, and examine footage of archaeological sites. We will even study 3D models of human skulls to look at evolution!
Instructor: Dr. Kiley Molinari
Grade Level: Rising 8th
, 9th, & 10th

Chemistry at Home

What makes glue sticky? Why are some plastics flimsy and others are sturdy? What makes blue jeans blue? We will answer all of these questions and more by studying common materials we encounter every day. You will investigate the chemistry of their structures, learn how we create them, and better understand their uses through hands-on experiments. Join as us as we explore a variety of adhesives, dyes, and polymers!
Instructor: Dr. Daisy Bourassa-Dowd
Grade Level: Rising 6th & 7th or 8th
, 9th, & 10th (depending on week)

Coders of the Future

Have you ever wanted to use computers to solve technical problems? Learn the basics of computer programming in this hands-on course! We will learn to read, run, and understand code in the Python programming language. Using STEM applications for basic programming structures, you will extend example codes to carry out new tasks and communicate your unique projects to your classmates. All coding materials will be hosted and run online, with no software installation required, giving everyone a project portfolio to share with others. *This class will meet 9AM-11:30AM and not in the afternoon.
Instructor: Dr. Brian Lane
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th, & 10th

Creative Inventions

Do you often wonder how things work? Have you ever wanted to invent your own product? This class is for you! You will learn how to solve everyday problems with a new invention. By applying the scientific method and using the engineering process to design, build, test, your idea you will walk away with everything you need to market your own creative invention!
Instructor: Mrs. Brittany Smith
Grade Level: Rising 6th & 7th

Engineering Around Town

How do you envision your future?  Would you like to positively impact the world? Do you like solving problems? Are you interested in creative design? Discover your inner engineer by using online software, completing hands-on activities, and learning about different types of engineering. You will need a computer that can run the  Bridge Designer software.
Instructor: Dr. Dimitra Michalaka
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th, & 10th

Experimental Photography

Jump into the world of experimental photography by using the camera, light sensitive materials, and post-processing techniques in non-traditional ways! Use everyday items to transform your photos into unique works of art. This photography course merges art, science, and technology by exploring basic camera functions, accessible photo manipulation software, and creative photo-based processes. You will need a camera (DSLR or mirrorless preferred; point-and-shoot, prosumer, or smartphone are fine), a tripod or other device to stabilize the camera, and a way to get images from the camera to the computer (cloud service, connection cables, or card reader). Additionally, your computer will need to be able to run PIXLR—a free, online photo editing tool.
Instructor: Mrs. Julie Mixon
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th, & 10th

Graphic Design

How did we get from the printing press to digital pixels? Are you interested in learning more about where computer programming and artistic expression come together? In this class, you will explore graphic design through fonts and type, color, icons, and digital sketching and drawing. We will learn basic coding and design skills for websites and mobile applications as we get our ideas out of our heads and into the computer!

You will need access to a PC or Mac computer. Programs will not run on Chromebook or mobile devices, including phones and tablets. A mouse is also recommended for easier control over application tools. Before class starts, check that your computer meets the requirements to run the following Adobe programs: Illustrator, Dreamweaver, XD, and Photoshop. Adobe offers a free 7-day trial that we will use during class, so do not download the software until class starts.
Instructor: Mr. Charles Jeffcoat
Grade Level: Rising Rising 8th, 9th, & 10th

Programming with Python

This course is currently full, we are not accepting more students for the waitlist.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to write computer code but don’t know where to start? Together, we will conquer the basics of computer programming in the Python language. You will learn to develop code using the IDLE integrated development environment—no previous coding skills required! You will need a computer that can run Python software. Please check the requirements at (https://www.python.org/downloads/).
Instructor: Mr. Travis Dalton
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th, & 10th

Programming the Web

What is JavaScript? Why is it so popular? Together, we will learn fundamental programming concepts using one of the most popular languages out there. You will develop a working knowledge of JavaScript, which can be used to build applications, games, and interactive web systems!
Instructor: Mr. Travis Dalton
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th, & 10th

Science and the Law

Do you have a love for science as well as an interest in the world of law? How can you pursue a career as a scientist and a lawyer? This course focuses on basic trial procedures, the structure of the legal system, rules of evidence, contracts, and constitutional and technology law. You will research ethical and legal controversies surrounding cutting-edge discoveries; investigate the legal elements of crimes such as larceny, manslaughter, and robbery; and evaluate scientific evidence that can support a criminal conviction. We will become lawyers, witnesses, and jury members in interactive mock trial sessions, draft contracts, and review patents. Strengthen your analytical and logical reasoning abilities as you build confidence in your writing, public speaking skills, and understanding of our legal system.
Instructor: Mrs. Charlotte Lomnicki
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th, & 10th

Sports Science

Do you love anatomy and physiology? Do you have a passion for sports or fitness? If you answered yes, then Sports Science might just be the class for you! By using applied anatomy and physiology to study what happens to the body under normal conditions, you will discover how your body responds to exercise, the causes of fatigue, and the science of recovery—all while having fun! We will also study proper bio-mechanics and investigate what could happen when our bodies don’t work the way they should. You can even apply what you learn to make yourself a better, smarter athlete!
Instructor: Ms. Kristine Amatuli
Grade Level: Rising 9th & 10th

STEM's Greatest Hits!

Calling all STEM enthusiasts and explorers of science! Are you someone who is always asking “why” or “how” something works? Let your imagination and creativity inspire you as we take you on a journey exploring some of STEM’s greatest hits! Throughout this week-long adventure, you will do hands-on activities and experiments to explore the chemistry  of water, the human eye, optical illusions, creating a cotton ball launcher and so much more! Get ready for an amazing adventure through the exciting world of STEM!
Instructor: Mrs. Robin Dantzler
Grade Level: Rising 6th & 7th

Webpage Design

Where do websites come from? And how can you make one? You will learn the ins and outs of CSS and HTML coding for web-based applications. We will build and share our own websites as we develop our web design skills! A PC or Mac is required. Tablets, iPads, and Chromebooks are not compatible with this course.
Instructor: Mrs. Brittany Smith
Grade Level: Rising 6th & 7th