Welcome to the Summer of 2018 at Extreme STEAM Science Kids!
At Extreme STEAM Science Kids, we believe that lifelong learners are created when children are enchanted with science at a young age and are given the opportunities to develop their natural curiosity. We allow students to provide the questions and help them to design experiences to practice the scientific process and learn the way scientists do; through experimentation, collection of real-world data and analysis of their results. In keeping with 4 major themes, we have built in the flexibility to cultivate the students’ wonders while giving them fun problems to solve with a team. We empower children to know that their questions matter, and that they can make a difference in the world through thinking and doing. With a common vocabulary through each learning space, children will obtain a working knowledge of the concepts presented. Our inquiry-driven classes promote innovation, social skills and problem-solving in a fun environment while students learn the basics of experimental design and design theory. We believe in preparing students for a ever-changing future in which adaptable learning will be imperative for a rapidly changing world in need of global collaboration. Extreme Steam Science Kids are not asked to just learn facts, they are challenged to use their deep-rooted love for learning to help shape a better future.
Citizen Science is a recurring theme in Extreme Steam Science Kids. Students will participate and collect information for actual scientific studies occurring around the world. Students will contribute and feel that they make a real difference while they collect real-world data to help real live scientists in experiments designed to create a better Earth! The students’ results are used to help the biosphere and provide students with an intrinsic sense of purpose and belonging in the global community. Within each two-week session’s theme, campers experience all of the Extreme STEAM Science Kids “Areas of Exploration: Robotics, Engineering, Programming, Artistic Design and Life, Physical and Earth Science.
Session One: June 25 – July 6, 2018
Theme: Locomotion Commotion!
Field Trip: Oyster Bay Waterfront: Date: Thursday, July 5, 2018. Click here for permission slip.
Parent Visitation Day: Friday, July 6, 2018
Citizen Science Activity: Nature’s Notebook
Students will participate in world-wide observations and data collection on animal and plant behavior, structure and function so that any subtle adaptations to the changing climate can be documented and studied by scientists.
- Visitation by Alvin Ailey. An Actor’s Equity Dancer will teach the Physics of Dance and will include teaching our students the Physics of the “Moon Walk.”
Session Two: July 9 – July 20, 2018
Theme: The Habitat Habit
Field Trip: Sweetbriar Nature Center: Thursday, July 19th. Click here for permission slip.
Parent Visitation Day: Friday, July 20th, 10am
Citizen Science Activity: Habitat Network
Students will use a team-designed native garden to collect data on the species included and invited, while learning the vast importance of providing native habitats for Long Island’s native species.
Session Three: July 23 – August 3, 2018
Theme: Learnasaurus: Prehistoric Times
Field Trip: Heckscher Art Museum: Date TBD
Parent Visitation Day: Date TBD
Citizen Science Activity: Fossil Finder Project
Students will navigate through an online database of photos of the Turkana Basin in Kenya for fossils to help direct Paleontologists to specific locations to study.
Session Four: August 6 – August 17, 2018
Theme: The Science of Exploration and Navigation
Heckscher Museum Pizza Party: Date TBD
Parent Visitation Day: The Regatta! Date TBD
Citizen Science Activity: Stardust@home
Students will work together to search for and possibly name an interstellar dust particle.
Some of the exciting activities for the Summer of 2018:
- Native garden design and observation
- Citizen Science
- Game design and coding
- Robot challenges
- Vertical agriculture study and design
- Seeds and artificial light
- Digital storyboarding
- Science Journal Blogging