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STEAM Saturdays Classes

2021-22 steam saturdays Registration now open!

STEAM Saturdays

Join us every Saturday for a FUN, hands on exploration into different areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math! Students will take part in unique activities and collaborative challenges plus create take-home projects using high-tech Fab Lab equipment like the vinyl cutter, laser cutter, foam cutter and more. STEAM Saturdays classes are developed for students, by our talented high school instructors.

Saturdays, 9:00am-1:00pm*
$40 per class, includes all supplies

*PLEASE NOTE: Check registration portal carefully when enrolling to confirm class time. Unless otherwise specified, classes run 9am-1pm. Do not enroll in a class if your child does not meet the specified grade.

NOVEMBER 2021

 

11/20, 9am-1pm: Coding & Artificial Intelligence (6-12th) SOLD OUT! Waitlist available

DECEMBER 2021

 

12/4, 10am-1pm: Engineering (2-3rd) Limited spots remain!

12/11, 10am-1pm: Holiday Art Lab (2-5th) SOLD OUT! Waitlist available

12/11, 2-5pm: Holiday Art Lab (1-5th) JUST ADDED!

January 2022

 

1/15: Advanced Engineering (6-8th)*
*Prior participation in an Engineering STEAM Saturdays class or summer camp strongly recommended.

1/22: Chemistry (2-5th)

1/29: Coding (4-5th)

 

FEBRUARY 2022

 

2/5: Aeronautics (4-8th)

2/12: Engineering (2-3rd)

2/19: Botany (4-5th)

2/26: Food Science (1-5th)

 

MARCH 2022

 

3/5: Engineering (4-5th)

3/12: Battlebots (4-5th)

3/19: Coding & Art (6-12th)

 

APRIL 2022

 

4/9: Art & Design (1-5th)

4/16: Murder Mystery (4-8th)

4/23: Easter Chemistry (1-5th)

4/30: Arduino (6-12th)

 

 

We have a new system! For the first time you sign up, simply click the Get Started button and follow the prompts to add your child(ren) as "Members." Once your children are added, select "Enroll in a Program" and select the 2021-22 STEAM Saturdays sessions you wish to enroll in. You will follow the same process to be added to a waitlist. You will not be charged the class fee when waitlisted. If you have any questions, call 941-840-4394 or info@suncoastscience.org.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

ADVANCED ENGINEERING

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If you’ve previously participated in an Engineering class or camp at the Fab Lab and are ready to level up your knowledge and skills, this is the class for you! Use what you’ve already learned to tackle new advanced team challenges and projects. 

AERONAUTICS

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Explore the science of flight as you participate in several fun hands on challenges. Can you build the fastest lasercut airplane? What about the highest launching bottle rocket? Learn about aeronautical engineering and aerodynamics as you take flight with the Fab Lab!

ART LAB/ART & Design

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HOLIDAY EDITION

Put on your creativity hat and get ready to combine art and science to bring your art projects to life! For Holiday Art Lab, we'll celebrate all of the winter holidays with some crafty fun. Art class at the Fab Lab is like no other, join us!

BATTLEBOTS

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The worlds of Engineering and Robotics collide in this unique camp that teaches the basics of engineering. By programming your bot to complete various courses and challenges, you'll develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills that will help you for life!

BOTANY

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Calling all aspiring green thumbs! Do you like plants and Biology? Then join us for Botany class where we'll learn all about the science of plants through hands on exploration and activities. We'll even use Fab Lab machines to make an awesome take-home terrarium!

CHEMISTRY

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Let's get messy with some super fun kitchen chemistry! Through hands-on experiments, testing chemical reactions and participating in chemistry challenges, you’ll be a chem whiz in no time. Come ready to learn and leave with a few take-home lab creations!

CODING (4-5)

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Learn the basics of coding through the drag and drop coding program Scratch. You'll make your own games and gain a great foundation to move into more advanced programming languages! No prior coding experience is required to participate, just come prepared to learn and have fun!

Coding experience NOT required for any session.

CODING & ART

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ENGINEERING

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Work collaboratively to solve a variety of engineering challenges, testing both critical thinking and creative approaches to problem-solving. Bonus: Check out the high-tech Fab Lab machines in action as you design and engineer cool take-home projects!

FOOD SCIENCE

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Ever wondered how a cookie transforms from batter to firm deliciousness? It’s science! We’ll uncover the chemistry, physics and biology behind your favorite foods as we learn… and maybe even test a few!

Please be sure to complete the food allergy section of your child’s profile so we can customize our projects to best serve everyone.

MURDER MYSTERY

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Forensic Science meets Escape Room! Put on your detective hat and get ready to hone your critical thinking and problem-solving skills through an immersive Whodunit scenario. You'll have so much collaborative fun, you won't even realize you're learning!

MUSICAL ARDUINO

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Coders and music lovers unite! Arduino is an open-source electronic prototyping platform that allows you to create interactive electronic objects. The possibilities are endless with Arduino so let's work together to program the Arduino to play piano!

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Meet your FABulous instructors

STEAM Saturdays classes are developed for students, by our talented high school student leaders. Click the photo below to learn more about each instructor!

 

Senior Instructors

 

Junior Instructors

 

STEAM Saturdays Policies & Expectations

Drop-Off and Pick-Up

Check-in will take place at 9:00am or 10:00am (depending on the class start time), outside of the main entrance located near the rear of the building. A volunteer will help you check-in your child outside for your convenience.

You are also required to sign your child out when picking them up at 1:00pm. Again, this will be done outside of the building and a volunteer will retrieve your child from the lab. If someone other than you will be picking up your child, please notify lab staff so that person’s name can be added to your account.

General Health and Safety

Face coverings are no longer required for visitors, program participants, volunteers and members. We are, however, strongly encouraging those who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to continue wearing a face covering while in the lab. In the event a camper or volunteer does not have a face covering, we will have extras available.

Class participant numbers are limited to ensure proper distancing.

The lab and its machines and equipment will be cleaned and sanitized with EPA-approved products prior to class sessions. Professional cleaning of the lab is also increased.

Antibacterial hand soap will be available in restrooms and antibacterial hand sanitizer will be available throughout the lab for easy access and use.

Dress Code

Students should wear comfortable, fitted, casual clothing and closed-toe/closed-heel shoes. Gym or tennis shoes – NO SANDALS or FLIP FLOPS permitted. Loose clothing and jewelry are not permitted for safety purposes and long hair must be secured.

Snacks

Feel free to pack a snack for your child to enjoy during the daily designated snack time. Please make sure your child brings a refillable bottle for water which can be refilled at the lab.

Release Forms

Waiver, Release and Authorization forms are mandatory for your child’s participation. You will be required to acknowledge these forms during registration.

Waitlists

The registration portal has the most current information regarding open spots and waitlists. You may add yourself to a waitlist by following the same process you would when registering for a class. You will NOT be charged a registration fee when joining a waitlist. We will notify families on the waitlist by phone or email on a first-come, first-serve basis as early as possible if a spot becomes available.

Cancelations

All cancelation fees are waived in light of COVID-19. If you plan to cancel a session, please do so as soon as possible so we can plan properly and notify families on the waitlist.

Student Expectations

For each student to have a positive, safe experience in the Fab Lab summer camps, we have established the following expectations.

  1. Walking is our preferred mode of transportation while working in the lab! Please refrain from running.
  2. No food or drink (including candy and gum) is allowed in classroom or machine areas. Snacks you bring will be set aside for snack time.
  3. The Golden Rule… Treat others as you would like to be treated! This means raising your hand to speak, respecting others’ personal space, being considerate and helpful, etc.
  4. Treat our machines and tools respectfully... like they are your own!
  5. There may be other programs running concurrently with STEAM Saturdays. Please be sure to stay with your group at all times.

Three Strikes Policy

To reinforce these rules and encourage an appropriate and safe learning environment, we employ the “Three Strikes and You’re Out” policy in relation to the above expectations.

  • Strike 1 (Reminder): A reminder of our expectations will be given to the student.
  • Strike 2 (Warning): The student will be removed from class activities for a short period of time.
  • Strike 3 (Action): We will contact you to immediately pick up your child from the lab. Depending on the severity of the behavior, future participation in lab activities may be impacted.

Suncoast Science Center
4452 S Beneva Road
Sarasota Florida 34233
info@suncoastscience.org
941-840-4394

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