Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Junior science and technology lovers will enjoy a new set of classes for kids coming soon to Parkland College.
Parkland’s Community Education is offering "S.T.E.A.M.", a new fall series for students in grades 4–8 that combines science, technology, engineering, arts and math disciplines.
The five S.T.E.A.M. classes will meet Saturdays at Parkland from 10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 13 through Oct. 18. Participants will have fun while learning to engage with a creative team, develop small inventions, and use critical thinking skills. Educator and curriculum innovator Katie Hicks will guide students, pushing the boundaries of thinking and perception.
Class topics and dates are listed below. Sign up for single classes at $39 each or save $25 when you register for the full series by Sept. 5. Contact Community Education at 217/353-2055 to learn how to register for the S.T.E.A.M. series or individual classes.
Things That Fly or Go Splat!
Choosing the perfect material for an airplane and protecting an egg when it’s dropped requires more than grabbing some paper or bubble wrap off the shelf. Prepare for a playful class, but take away a basic understanding of weight, distance, velocity, gravity, and aerodynamics. Register by Sept. 5.
Things That Glow!
Get a kick out of electricity! This class prepares you to get creative in Circuit Examples and Wearable Technology. Register by Sept. 12.
Examine entertaining examples of everyday circuits and the many ways in which they function. Then, explore new ways to carry current with you. Register by Sept. 26.
Innovative technology combines with imagination and simple design skills! Use conductive thread instead of wire to create fun and functional clothing and accessories that go everywhere with you. Register by Oct. 3
Grab and Go!
You’ll be part of a creative team that will develop a robotic arm that can grab, grip, lift, and go! Register by Oct. 10.