Courses Offered Currently
Ultimate STEM Cooking Challenge for Kids! (new for Summer 2019)
Did you ever wonder how a little bit of heavy cream can turn into a mound of delicious whipped cream? Can you describe the science behind popping a kernel of corn? There is science in everything around us, including our food. In the Ultimate STEM Cooking Challenge for Kids summer camp, students will embark on an exciting journey into the world of culinary arts and explore how science defines everything we do in the kitchen. Fun and exciting projects will allow students to apply chemistry, physics, math and engineering as they follow traditional recipes to a new dimension of understanding. Students can expand their mind and satisfy their sweet tooth with a big bite of science at the STEMfusion summer camp at Valley View this June.
- Valley View High School in Archbald, PA
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Wizard Magic or Muggle Science?
The fantasy world of Harry Potter is wondrous and magical. Our world is just as amazing, and sciences such as physics and chemistry explain some of the reality that may appear to be magic. In this camp students will craft their own wands and use them to levitate slime and illuminate the dark. Their artistic talents will be called upon to fabricate the wands, and they will learn the chemistry of slime and the physics of magnets, simple DC circuits, and LEDs. In addition, students will learn about the refraction of light and how it may be used to cloak objects and render them effectively invisible. Science can reveal some of the mysteries of the natural world to students, and many of those mysteries are far more marvelous than even the mind of a fantasy author can conjure. Understanding the science is the first step in using it to make a better world, start your child on their journey of understanding with this STEMfusion camp at Valley View!
We know that children need critical thinking and problem solving skills to be successful in today's world and we also know children like to have fun, so how do we combine the two? K'NEX Engineering!!! In this class, students will learn the engineering design process. Students will then apply that process to design solutions to a series of challenges. Students will use K'NEX building toys to implement their solutions. Students will learn to analyze a problem, develop and test a solution, and then optimize their solution. Students will leave this course with a new perspective on fun and learning.
Friday night STEM party
Do you ever wish that you could go shopping in peace, eat a quiet meal without interruption or just have some "me" time where you get to relax and do what you want to do? We know how you feel, so we created Friday night STEM parties. Parents enjoy a relaxing evening out once a month while we educate, entertain and feed your elementary & middle school age children. Students will be excited to learn a wide array of STEM topics and create projects that incorporate computer programming, engineering and art.
3D Printing FUNdamentals
Imagination, creativity and art merged with science, math and technology is what young students will experience in 3D Printing Fundamentals. This fun and exciting class allows students to imagine and then create what they visualize in their minds. The course will serve as an introduction to 3D printing where students will be immersed in a world where their ideas can become tangible. Students will be introduced to solid modeling software and learn to create designs on the computer. Their projects will come to life as they print their designs on several different models of 3D printers. 3D Printing Fundamentals is a course designed for elementary students. No prior knowledge is needed for the course.
3D Printing & Design
Imagine having the power to hold an idea in your hand. The technology of 3D printing can give your child the ability to do just that. This technology is rapidly progressing and changing the world we live in. 3D printers are becoming commonplace on college campuses and will soon be in our homes. The necessity to possess the skills to not only use a 3D printer, but to also create and customize designs are becoming more relevant than ever. 3D Printing & Design is a course intended for middle and high school students. They will learn to use solid modeling software and then use that software to create their own designs on a computer. Their ideas will then come to life as they print those designs on several different models of 3D printers. No prior knowledge is needed for the course.
It's never too early to start teaching children to think outside the box and think on their feet. We often start training athletes at an early age, we should be doing the same for thinkers. In this class, students will learn the engineering problem solving process. Students will then apply that process to a series of challenges designed to stimulate critical thinking. Students will learn to analyze a problem, develop and test a solution, and then optimize their solution. Students will solve fun and challenging engineering problems. At STEMfusion, we want to show children that thinking is fun.
Video Game Programming
Does your child use technology? Has your child ever written a computer program or created any of the games they play every day? At STEMFusion we help children be more than just consumers of technology. We prepare students to understand and create with technology. This course will introduce students to Scratch, a visual programming language created by the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Students will use Scratch as a tool to apply their own creativity and imagination to write interactive computer programs. Logic skills will be developed and students will learn to apply those skills to design and write software to solve challenging problems. Students will use programming variables, conditionals and loops for a comprehensive introduction to computer programming.
Did you know that 71% of all new jobs in STEM are in computing, but that only 8% of STEM graduates are in Computer Science? Computer science holds a promising future for students in job opportunities and earning power. In this camp, students will learn how to write programs in the Python programming language in order to solve a variety of interesting and useful problems. Python is a programming language that is used to develop web apps, NASA's website, for game development and for 3D animation among many other applications. This course will benefit students who do well in mathematics and have a possible interest in careers in STEM related areas. This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills to create programs for their own use. This course will also provide a foundation for further study in computer science. Students who enjoy solving problems and puzzles might find a new passion or career path in computer science after taking this course.
Software and robotics are a part of our lives everyday. Cell phones, car washes, pool vacuums, social media; the list of technology that affects our lives is endless. As our society becomes increasingly dependent on robotics and automation, there is no better time than now for students get started on the journey of learning how to program both software and hardware. This course will introduce students to Scratch, a visual programming language created by the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Students will use Scratch as a tool to apply their own creativity and imagination to write interactive computer programs. Logic skills will be developed and students will learn to apply those skills to design and write software to solve challenging problems. Students will also learn to program a robot using Scratch. Students will use programming variables, conditionals and loops, along with sensors on the robot, for a fun and comprehensive introduction to computer programming.
Microsoft Founder Bill Gates started programming at the age of 13. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg started his programming career at the age of 12. Imagine the possibilities when your child starts programming in elementary school! This course will be a fun and exciting experience that introduces your child to computer science. Your child will learn the fundamental concepts of computer science and learn how to write a computer program with Scratch Jr. Scratch Jr. is a software package that allows young children to program their own interactive stories and games. Students will learn how to problem solve, design their own programs and use their creativity and imagination to create unique projects. They will begin to develop skills that will prepare them for a future in which they can be leaders in 21st century technology fields. Students will gain the feeling of accomplishment and confidence that comes with mastering challenging material. This course is designed for children in kindergarten through 3rd grade. No prior programming knowledge is needed to sign up for this course. Students will need to bring their own device to use in the course.
Looking for other computer science and engineering courses? We are in the process of expanding our course offerings. We welcome your input on courses you would like us to offer. Please fill in the form below if you have any suggestions of courses you would like to see offered.