LIFE STEAM SATURDAYS
LIFE Male STEAM Academy joins the Carnegie Science Center to offer LIFE STEAM Saturdays for 6th - 8th grade male students. Students will meet at the Carnegie Science Center two Saturdays a month from 9 to 11 am for sixteen enrichment sessions during the 2017-2018 academic year (September-May). The students will become certified in the use of all the equipment in the Fab Lab and will have a portfolio of all of their projects at the completion of the program.
Carnegie Science Center’s Fab Lab is a digital makerspace for innovation and invention.
Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center thoughtfully integrates STEM competencies into authentic making experiences. Students not only learn about the cool technologies of Fab Lab, but they practice collaborative design, decision making, critical thinking skills, prototyping, resource management, creative problem solving, and many more 21 st Century skills.
The project-based learning workshops offered at Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center offers students the unique opportunity to practice the iterative design cycle. Using rapid prototyping technologies, students engage in designing, prototyping, testing, and then redesigning and testing yet again. This incremental improvement cycle is an important part of the engineering process.
Students deeply engage in creative design to solve challenges through Fab Lab workshops. This intrinsic motivation leads them to research and explore new solutions, and they use their newfound concepts to improve their designs. Through the instant hands-on implementation of learned concepts, students more readily retain the new knowledge and are often eager to learn more!
Included in the lab (both on-site and mobile):
- 3D Printers
- Laser Cutters
- Computers and Software
- ShopBot CNC milling machines
- Electronics workbench equipment, including robotics
- Mini-mill/3D scanner
- Sewing/embroidery machines
- September 2017 through May 2018. 16 sessions
- Each visit would be 2 hours (9AM - 11AM)
- Only 18 spots available
- Must be a 6th, 7th, or 8th grade male student
- Cost: $125. Scholarships are available based upon need
- Application Deadline Friday September 8, 2017
Throughout the program, participants would learn how to use both the software and hardware of the Fab Lab through the completion of hands -on projects focused on engineering, design, and digital fabrication. Example projects may include The Quadcopter Challenge (students design, build, and t est remote-controlled drones) and Spheros Mars Rover (students design, build, and program roving Mars explorer vehicles)