Saturday STEM

Descriptions of our Saturday STEM programs are below—please review the materials list prior to registering! These will each be 90 minute, synchronous programs with small class sizes. Participants are responsible for gathering the program materials – a materials list is after each description. Schedule and registration links are below each program description.

Bath Fizzers (Grades 3-4)

Boring bath time have you down? Tired of the typical bubble baths? IMSA to the rescue! Budding chemists will first mix together ingredients to discover which concoctions create a fantastical fizz. Then using that knowledge, they will create a special bath fizzer, adding in relaxing or invigorating scents. Materials needed for this activity.

School Year: 2020-2021SessionDatesTimeRegistrationScholarship Application*
Grades 3-4Bath Fizzers2/20/202110:00 AM - 11:30 AM CSTRegister NowApply Now (due 2/14)

Magnets (Grades 4-5)

Do you seem to always find yourself having a hard time making decisions? Or do you simply wish you could take a mini break from having to call the shots and hand things over to let the “fates” (or science) decide for you…? Look no further because during this “Let the Magnets Decide!” Saturday STEM, we are going to be creating our very own decision-making pendulums to help us do just that! Students will first explore the science of magnets to better understand how magnetic objects work and interact with each other. They will then be able to put that knowledge to use by designing and making their own unique magnetic decision makers which will provide them with (random) answers to your most burning questions! Materials needed for this activity.

School Year: 2020-2021SessionDatesTimeRegistrationScholarship Application*
Grades 4-5Magnets2/27/202110:00 AM - 11:30 AM CSTRegister NowApply Now (due 2/21)

Astronaut Suit-Up (Grades 5-6)

The importance of a spacesuit cannot be understated as they are literally what keeps astronauts alive in the extreme conditions of outer space where temperatures can range anywhere from -270.45°C (-455°F) to thousands or millions of degrees if you get too close to the Sun! In this hour-long (90 minute?) funshop, participants will get the chance to explore the concepts of heat transfer and insulation in order to better understand the types of materials choices that should be used to make the most protective space suit possible. The budding aerospace engineers will then be challenged to put their newly-discovered knowledge to the test by making a pair of their own space gloves with the ability to protect them from the extreme temperatures of outer space – (or at least the range of temperatures they might experience in their own kitchens/around the house…) Materials needed for this activity.

School Year: 2020-2021SessionDatesTimeRegistrationScholarship Application*
Grades 5-6Astronaut Suit-Up3/13/202110:00 AM - 11:30 AM CSTRegister NowApply Now (due 3/7)

Circuits (Grades 3-4)

Bring the night sky inside with this exciting circuit activity! Our engineers will first learn what a circuit is and how it works, then build their own using a battery and light bulb. Once complete, participants will apply that knowledge to create a miniature starry night sky for their bedroom. Materials needed for this activity.

School Year: 2020-2021SessionDatesTimeRegistrationScholarship Application*
Grades 3-4Circuits3/13/202110:00 AM - 11:30 AM CSTRegister NowApply Now (due 3/7)

*Applying and qualifying for a scholarship does not guarantee an award or registration into the program. To qualify for a scholarship, the student’s family is required to submit proof of financial eligibility: if you qualify for SNAP or Free/Reduced lunch, you qualify, but we need you to submit proof of eligibility. If you do not have a form in your possession or have difficulty getting it from your school or IDHS, you may submit a screen shot showing eligibility. Please contact us at studentenrichment@imsa.edu if you have difficulty with this requirement. Alternatively, a 2019 or 2020  federal tax return showing proof of family income may be submitted. WATCH YOUR EMAIL and CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER! Award recipients will be notified via email and must reply to scholarship offer within the time period indicated in email. NOTE: You may choose to either pay for program registration OR apply for a scholarship and await award notification. Your scholarship application will not be considered if you also complete a paid registration.

No requests for a registration cancellation/refund for virtual programs will be accommodated if they are received less than 5 days before a program begins. Requests must be made in writing via an email to: studentenrichment@imsa.edu. Please include the program name and your student’s full name.