Summer 2018 Class Registration
Classes for Summer 2018
UPDATE 3/13/18 - NEW CLASS JUST ADDED! Please see details below for: Making Games, Animations, and Everything in Between, July 16th-20th.

Open to students in grades K-8
June 18-July 27, 2018 (see the actual class dates below)
9 AM - Noon, 1 PM - 4 PM, or 9 AM - 4 PM, weekdays
All classes are held at CMU Oakland campus, are $325*, 9 am-noon daily or 1 pm-4 pm, and $650*, 9 am-4 pm
*Scholarships are available, limit 1 class per child, please contact the Gelfand Outreach Center for more information.

These classes were developed by Carnegie Mellon University Faculty and Staff
Classes are designed to be Rigorous ~ Educational ~ STEM Focused ~ Hands-on ~ Fun
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All STEAM Ahead!, June 25-29, Grades K-1, 9 am - noon CLASS FILLED--WAIT LIST ONLY
All aboard! Create, discover, and learn with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. In this course, students will be sampling the different parts of STEAM, making connections between the things around us and how they work. Explore the different states of matter, gravity, sound waves, and more! Use science, technology, engineering, arts, and math to make predictions, design and run experiments, and make conclusions that help us to understand our world. Instructor: Christa Romanosky.

Anatomy & Robotics, July 16-20, Grades 5-7, 9 am - 4 pm CLASS FILLED--WAIT LIST ONLY
Back by popularity this new class is packed with so much "muscle" we needed to make it a full day class! This class is for the aspiring physician, scientist or roboticist! Learn the anatomical concepts of the bones and muscles that make up the human arm. Dissect a chicken wing to see the components and how it functions. Discuss extension and flexion of the arm and how the elbow and wrist move. Diagram the muscles and bones and make life-sized models. Program a circuit board and make your arm model come to life. Use servos, LEDs, and sensors as you apply robotic technology to make your anatomical model move in a very realistic way. When science meets technology you will be amazed -- we’re not twisting your arm! Instructor: Dr. Theresa Richards.

Cool Chemistry, July 9-13, Grades 3-5, 9 am - noon CLASS FILLED WAIT LIST ONLY
Students will participate in hands-on activities and demonstrations. Emphasis will be placed on fundamental chemistry concepts such as the three states of matter, chemical bonding, covalent bonding, dehydration reactions, hydrolysis, polymers, density, buoyancy, molecules, acids and bases. Make polymer pop, dance colors and much more! Participate in activities and get ready to get messy! Instructor: Yaniv Tivon.

Discombobulated Machines, June 25-29, Grades 3-4, 1 pm - 4 pm
In this class, students will learn about simple and complex machines and how we use them in everyday life. Students will use their engineering skills to explore, create, design, transform, and disrupt everyday objects/machines to determine other purposes and uses. Students will explore malfunctioning machines in hands-on activities, and learn how engineers solve problems. Students will be presented with real-life engineering complications and will work to create solutions by thinking like engineers. Students will use a set of provided materials and supplies to build prototypes of their solutions. Instructor: Christa Romanosky.

Engineer Your World, July 23-27, Grades 5-7, 9 am- noon
How does a bike become a bike? Or a computer become a computer? What happens when we’re done with them? We will explore where “stuff” comes from, and where “stuff” goes. Along the way, we’ll see how green engineers involved in designing these products reduce the impact they have on the environment. Favorite activities in this class include taking apart objects such as radios and phones and building structures using newspapers. Instructor: Dr. Parth Vaishnav.

Finch Programming, July 9-13, Grades 3-5, 9 am - noon OR 1 pm - 4 pm
Learn Scratch programming language and write code to move the Finch robot with the keyboard. Daily challenges will include choreographing the robot to move with lights and music, navigate through a maze, play a game, and more! Students will use sensors and accelerometers to control the Finch while learning Scratch programming. Instructor: Alex Volkov.

Junk Bots, June 18-22, Grades 1-2, 9 am - noon CLASS FILLED--WAIT LIST ONLY
What are robots and what makes robots work? Can robots really take over the world? In this class, we’ll build different types of robots and learn about batteries, LED, circuits, electricity, and more. We’ll explore how engineers build machines and make modifications to our robots to really make them buzz, rattle, and move! Draw and design your own junk bot, bringing it to life with household items! Have fun with science and technology while learning to think like a robotics engineer. The sky’s the limit! Instructor: Christa Romanosky.

Kitchen Chemistry, June 25-29, Grades 2-3, 9 am - noon
Join your fellow scientists as we use everyday ingredients to conduct experiments and learn the science explaining them. Learn about solids and liquids by making your own glop! Learn how to blow up a balloon without using your own breath! Discover how to make a rainbow in milk. Discuss molecules and make your very own molecule model. Instructor: Jennifer Lang.

Making Games, Animations, and Everything in Between, July 16-20, Grades 6-8, 9 am - noon
Learn how to make animations, interactive projects, and basic games using The Wick Editor. Students will explore digital illustration, the principles of animation, programming, planning out games and animations, and sharing their work on the web. Each student will have opportunities to complete daily challenges as well as to bring their own ideas to life. After the workshop students will be familiar with advanced features available at No experience required!

PICsels: PICtures to Show Extremely Little Stuff, June 18-22, Grades 6-8, 9 am - noon
Do you wonder how we can see “small” things like cells, microbes, the tiny hairs on bugs and even atoms themselves? We will learn how to "see" the microworld using pixels. During the week we will learn about how we "sense" our macroworld, and how we make machines similar to our smartphones to "sense" microscopic things. This will involve lab exercises where we learn how barcode scanners can "read." We will learn about the similarities between sound and color because of "waves." We will learn how smartphones can "see" your face and add fun features to them, like rainbows and dog ears. Finally, we will use what we've learned to operate an electron microscope to see small things ourselves, things like cells and microprocessors. Instructor: Dr. Yoosuf Picard.

Robotics: Program & Design, June 25-29, Grades 6-8, 9 am - noon CLASS FILLED--WAIT LIST ONLY
This course is an introduction to robot-building and robot-programming. Using LEGO® pieces and the MIT Handy Board, design and build desktop mobile robots, then program them using IC programming language to do dances, follow lines, and "sense" different objects in the environment. Will you be able to program your robot to bowl? Will your robot successfully be able to navigate through a maze without getting stuck? This is a team-based, hands-on course. No experience in robotics is required. Instructor: Joe Lang.

Science and Engineering Sampler, June 18-22, Grades 3-5, 9 am - noon
Students will visit a variety of labs and spaces at Carnegie Mellon to learn about cutting edge research. Faculty, graduate students and staff in science, engineering and computer science will share information, demonstrations and hands-on activities to help Sampler participants to develop a broader understanding of what it means to work as a scientist or engineer. Students will summarize the information that they have learned and to make connections between the research activities and the content that they are learning in school. Instructor: Donald Orlowski.

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