About the STEM Program

STEM shifts Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics learning away from the traditional teacher-centered model and instead synthesizes these four disciplines around problem-solving, discovery, and exploratory learning. Students develop deeper understandings by engaging in a situation in order to find a solution.  
 
Our after-school STEM offerings provide students in Grade 3 through Grade 8 additional opportunities for STEM exploration outside of the regular math and science classrooms. Topics include coding, preparation for math competitions, robotics, engineering, and more. 
 

STEM Season 3

January 7–February 14
3:00–4:00

Registration Opens on Friday, December 14 at 7 a.m.

List of 5 items.

  • MONDAYS - MathCounts

    Grades 5-8
    Cap Size: 24
    Students will work with a variety of math problems and concepts to prepare them for the Math Counts competition and increase their understanding. A great class for a student looking to participate in competitions, be exposed to new concepts, or improve their math skills.
  • TUESDAYS - Chemistry: Getting a Reaction

    Grades 5-8
    Cap Size: 12
    In this lab-based course, students will complete weekly experiments introducing them to various chemistry terms and concepts. These hands-on labs will be engaging and provide the students with an opportunity to become more comfortable using lab equipment and experimental design.
  • WEDNESDAYS - Robotics Club

    Grade 3
    Cap Size: 16 students
    In this class students in third grade will have an opportunity to learn about robotics using the Lego Mindstorms EV3 software and robots. Students will learn to program and move their robots in an environment that will prepare them for robotics competitions, while also providing them the freedom to explore, create, and play.
  • THURSDAYS - What’s Inside?

    Grades 5–8
    Cap Size: 16
    In this diverse course, students will have the opportunity to investigate how things work by getting a peek inside. Each week we will explore a new item. Investigations will be both mechanical and biological. We will tinker and take apart toys and gadgets, as well as complete guided dissections to learn more about plants and animals. An exciting course for any curious science student.
  • FRIDAYS - Whatever Floats Your Boat!

    Grades 5–8
    Cap Size: 16
    In this course, students will engineer and construct boats to meet a variety of challenges. Students will work with limited supplies to create boats to carry weight, race, move, and more.

STEM Season 4

Dates: February 25–April 26 (7 weeks, no classes the week before spring break).
3:00-4:00 p.m.
Grades 4–8

Registration opens Thursday, February 14 at 7:00 a.m.

List of 4 items.

  • Audio Recording and Podcasting (Tuesdays)

    Grade 5–8
    Cap Size: 16
    In this class, students will learn, from songwriter and Ensworth teacher Jim Mann, the basics of Garage Band and how to create their own unique digital music collection.
  • Structural Engineering: Bridge Building (Wednesdays)

    Grades 5–8
    Cap Size: 12
    In this course, students will learn basic engineering concepts as they design, test, and build bridges in an ongoing competition.
  • Youtube Star: Learn to Edit and Create Video (Wednesdays)

    Grades 5–8
    Cap Size: 16
    In this course, students will learn about capturing and editing video to create a wide variety of content from tutorials to sports “hype videos.” A great starting place for artists, photographers, and future social influencers.
  • Strategy and Logic (Thursdays)

    Grades 5–8
    Cap Size: 16
    In this course, students will have the opportunity to learn and play a new strategy game or puzzle each week. We will learn new games, enjoy some friendly competition, and hone our problem-solving, logic, and reasoning skills.
Questions? Contact Keith Crowe or Adam Sherland.