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.

Spring 2017 Schedule and Locations

Come explore covalent bonds with us in our Chemical Bonding unit at our Circle C location!  Beginning in March, we will take a deeper look into how atoms work together to construct everything we see.  What is an electron, and why is it important in bonding?  What makes a molecule stable? At our Anderson Mill 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!

UnitLab sessions
(10:00 am - 11:00 am)
ILP sessions
(11:00 am - noon)
ILP presentation session
(10:00 am - 11:00 am)
Chemical Bonding1/22, 1/29, 2/12, 2/26 at the Jollyville Fire Department1/22, 1/29, 2/12, 2/26 at the Jollyville Fire Department3/4, from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm at the Asian American Resource Center
Taxonomy3/26, 4/9, 4/23, 5/7 at the Jollyville Fire Department3/26, 4/9, 4/23, 5/7 at the Jollyville Fire Department5/13 at the Asian American Resource Center
The end-of-semester ILP event will occur on May 20 at the Asian American Resource Center. This session will include presentations from STEMtastics students as well as participants from the high school ILP program.


Location details:

  • The Jollyville Fire Department is located at 9218 Anderson Mill Road, Austin, TX 78729
  • The Asian American Resource Center is located at 8401 Cameron Road, Austin, TX 78754
UnitLab sessions
(2:00 pm - 3:00 pm)
ILP sessions
(3:00 pm - 4:00 pm)
ILP presentation session
Newtonian Physics1/22, 1/29, 2/12, 2/26 at Circle C XplorComing soon!Coming soon!
Chemical Bonding3/26, 4/9, 4/23, 5/7 at Circle C Xplor3/26, 4/9, 4/23, 5/7 at Circle C Xplor5/13 at the Asian American Resource Center
Location details:


  • Circle C Xplor is located at 5915 LaCrosse Ave, Austin, TX, 78739

Application and Fees

Registration fees:

Unit 1 (Jan - Feb) or Unit2 (Mar - May), Lab Component Only$30
Unit 1 and Unit 2 (Jan - May), Lab Component Only$40
ILP ComponentAdd $10 per unit

Application dates:

LocationUnitApplications openApplication deadlineNotification deadline
Anderson MillTaxonomyMarch 1March 15March 18
Circle CChemical BondingMarch 1March 15March 18
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