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.

Summer 2017 Schedule and Locations

This summer, we will explore DNA and its highly important role in genetics.  Why are your eyes blue, while your best friend’s eyes are brown?  What are the chances that your offspring will have blue eyes, too?  What is DNA made of anyway?  Let’s learn the difference between transcription and translation.  Come join in the fun while we isolate DNA from a sample and learn about how nucleic acids team up to form the powerful genetic code that makes you, you!

Location: Asian American Resource Center
Time: 1 – 2 pm
Dates: 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28
Cost: $40/student
Application Open: June 9
Application deadline: June 23
Notification deadline: June 30

Location details:

  • The Asian American Resource Center is located at 8401 Cameron Road, Austin, TX, 78754
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