Science is Elementary

STEMtastics: Calling our youngest scientists!

Now more than ever, skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are highly sought after in the world of problem solving. It is never too soon to foster your child’s growing love of learning for science and math! So, let’s tap into our children’s natural curiosity and creativity to explore, experiment, and examine the world around us. If your little scientist is 6-11 years old please join us for STEMtastics!

Program Structure

The STEMtastics program is broken down into topical units, and we offer multiple units throughout the year. Each unit includes:

Lab Component

Four, one-hour sessions where students are exposed to various subtopics within topical theme.

ILP Component

A junior version of our Innovation Learning Pathways (ILP) program for older students.

The ILP component is designed to guide independent study for more advanced students who want to extend what they are learning in the lab session. Please note that some work will be required outside of the scheduled class time.

Students that participate in the lab component of a unit can choose to apply to the ILP component as well. Specifically, the ILP component will require that students:

  • Remain for an additional hour at the end of each lab session
  • Attend a fifth session per unit, dedicated to ILP work

Student Presenting

All ILP participants during a semester will be invited to present their work at the end of the semester along with older ILP students.

Eligibility and Guidelines

Requirements and guidelines include:

  • Age requirements:
    • Lab component – Students aged 6-11 are invited to participate.
    • ILP component – Students aged 8-11 are welcome to apply.  (Note:  Younger children with a strong interest in the topic and capacity for independent work will be considered on a case by case basis.)
  • Your child would gain the most benefit from the experience if he or she is able to read and perform basic math skills at a second-grade level or above.
  • Please note that this is NOT a drop-off class. Since our class members are so young, we ask that parents remain on site and attentive to the needs of their children.

Fall 2017 Schedule and Locations

NEW: STEMtastics Homeschool Class!

Applications will open September 1!

New on Fridays this fall, we will be offering a STEMtastics homeschool class! This weekly class will cover more breadth and depth than our previous classes. Over the course of the upcoming eight-class session, we will be studying Architecture! Have you ever wondered how it is that skyscrapers are stable? How does a blueprint translate into a scaled model? We will discuss a number of famous buildings throughout history, as well as take a field trip downtown to study modern architecture!

Location: Asian American Resource Center (8401 Cameron Road, Austin, TX 78754)
Time: 10:30 am – noon
Dates: Fridays: 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1
Cost: $80/student
Applications open: Sept 1
Application deadline: Sept 22
Notification deadline: Sept 29

STEMtastics at Circle C!

Applications will open September 1!

Come explore classification with us in our Taxonomy unit at our Circle C location! We will discover how and why scientists classify (and sometimes reclassify) living organisms in our Taxonomy unit. Is a dolphin more like a human or a fish? Why? Can modern genetics help us understand the history of evolution? Come find out!

Location: Xplor at Circle C (5915 LaCrosse Avenue, Austin, TX 78739)
Time: 2 pm – 3 pm (lab component); 3 pm – 4 pm (ILP component)
Dates: Sundays: 10/8, 10/22, 11/5, 11/19
Cost: $30/student for the lab component; add $20 for participation in the ILP component
Applications open: Sept 1
Application deadline: Sept 22
Notification deadline: Sept 29

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