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Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are central to our daily lives and our future. Learning about STEM means developing critical thinking skills, learning to examine and interpret data, and asking questions about the world around us. These skills will help your student be successful no matter what career path they find themselves on in the future.

Our STEM Program combines fun hands-on activities, in-depth class discussions, and lessons designed with the newest science standards in mind. Small class sizes ensure that everyone has a chance to participate and share their ideas. The eight-week format allows students to have time to dig deeper into the topic with the guidance of their instructor.

Our curriculum takes an integrative approach. In our courses, we cover topics in all of the STEM realms so students can explore the connections between them.

Science
is the systematic exploration of the natural world here on Earth and in space.
Technology
is the application of scientific knowledge to create tools such as the wheel, irrigation canals, or a smartphone.
Engineering
is the process of designing and improving structures, machines, and other devices with the use of science, technology, and mathematics.
Mathematics
is the science of numbers and allows us to have a standardized way to measure phenomena.

STEM is all about the interactions between science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Traditionally, the different realms of STEM were taught separately. Recent changes in science education standards are pushing for the reintegration of the four realms.

Our STEM Program does the same. We touch on the different realms as they apply to the course topics, so students can learn about how these exciting topics overlap, support, and integrate with one another. For example, in an Earth science lesson on bodies of water, we have the perfect opportunity to teach about hydroelectric dams or canals. In a lesson on animals, we can talk about how humans find inspiration for their technology in nature. A classic example is humankind’s desire to fly. Leonardo Da Vinci famously drafted plans for devices based on birds’ wings. Hundreds of years later, the Wright brothers finally achieved the goal of human flight. The opportunities to demonstrate how the STEM realms are linked are as varied as they are endless and we seek to incorporate these intersections throughout our STEM lessons.

Each eight-week course is standalone, allowing students to join the STEM Program at the start of any course throughout the year. The only requirement to join is that students should be able to read confidently on their own so that they can respond to written prompts and follow written instructions.

If your student is curious about the world around them, enroll them today. We’ll help them find answers to those burning questions while discovering even more questions to ponder.

Our STEM courses are offered in two levels:

STEM 100: 1st - 2nd grade students
STEM 200: 3rd- 5th grade students

Areas of focus

  • Critical Thinking
  • Science Practices
  • Engineering Practices
  • Life Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Earth Sciences
  • Space Sciences

Class Details

SessionsEight 60-minute sessions
MaterialsIn-class materials included
Class SizeMaximum of 10 students
Courses Offered

STEM 110 “All About Organisms”
What makes something alive? What does it need to survive? How is it related to other living things? We will explore all of these questions and more in “All About Organisms.”

STEM 210 “Introduction to Genetics”
Is DNA your destiny? In our “Introduction to Genetics” course we explore the world of DNA and introduce topics in gene-environment interactions.

RegistrationBellevue online Registration
LocationsBellevue, WA (flyer)
Mill Creek, WA (flyer)
Solon, OH (flyer)
San Diego - Poway, CA
Johns Creek, GA
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Testimonials

Summer Camp Class Participant

It's fun and interesting. It's cool to know what's around us.

Summer Camp Class Participant

Everyone got to express their ideas.

Summer Camp Class Participant

I liked the reading.