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CU-Boulder Middle School Enrichment

Boulder, Colorado

Get InfoApply NowResidential STEM programs for Middle School students2 Week ProgramApply and Enroll by December 18 and Save $300For students completing grades 6, 7, 8 (ages 12-14)
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    • STEM 8
      • Applied Physics & Python Programming

        Applied Physics: Applied physics provides us with the opportunity to enhance our problem-solving skills in a collaborative, competitive, high-stakes environment. Training in applied physics teaches transferable skills that bridge theoretical physics and everyday engineering. We'll use the engineering design process to reach the desired solution to a variety of problems. Campers will explore classical mechanics and modern physics and how they relate to various types of engineering through unique challenges like the bungee-jumping Barbie, catapult-building and water bottle rockets. Innovative solutions are not only encouraged but are essential in today's creative knowledge economy. This camp will help lay the foundation for developing crucial problem-solving skills.

        Programming with Python: Python is a powerful and fast open-source programming language. We'll learn some basic principles of programming in Python, and will then apply those skills to build our own games. We'll design, build and craft our own Hummingbird robots and use Python to program their 'bird brains.' Please note: This camp requires knowledge of basic concepts of mathematics such as addition, multiplication, angles, length, width and measurement. For more information on the technology we'll be using, visit: https://www.python.org/

        Week 1 Course

        Who Should Take This Course?This program is for students interested in applied physics and Python programming.HighlightsStudents will be able to demonstrate a foundational knowledge of Python. And most importantly, students learn problem solving, which is an essential skill for life.DatesJun 28 - Jul 11: 2 WeeksApply NowCall Us: 516-621-3939
      • Crafty Coders/Javascript

        Smart Garments: Combine creativity and crafting with computer science skills and put programming to use in a variety of e-textile projects. First, we'll learn the basics of circuitry and electronics through a variety of open-ended activities. Then, we'll replace our wires with conductive thread in order to decorate clothing, bags or stuffies with LEDs that light up in special patterns or respond to the environment in unique ways!

        JavaScript: When was the last time that you actually CALLED a company to find information about their hours or to see if they have a product in stock? Everyone uses a website, and every website uses JavaScript. What nobody tells you is that using JavaScript is really fun and amazingly simple. You will build an online portfolio website, look INSIDE of the programming that is Google, and use JavaScript to summon an army to beat your friends’ armies. These skills will carry you into the digital future, and beyond!

        Week 2 Course

        Who Should Take This Course?This academy is suitable for students who love computer science and want to get a hands-on experience with programming.HighlightsLearn the fundamentals of programming and circuitry, and build an online portfolio website.DatesJun 28 - Jul 11: 2 WeeksSimilar Course Available AtUCLA Middle School EnrichmentApply NowCall Us: 516-621-3939
      • Forest Ecology

        Lace up those hiking boots, grab your tree identification guide and join us as we explore the unique ecosystems we are fortunate to have here in Colorado. Our travels throughout this week will take us through urban forests, riparian corridors, Montane forests, and Subalpine zones as we work our way up to the breathtaking Alpine environment. In each distinct environment, we'll explore the flora and fauna native to the system. To close out the week, we are partnering with Tree Climbing Colorado to provide participants with a "technical" (rope and saddle) tree climbing experience! Recreational tree climbing has a number of distinct advantages over many other adventure activities.

        Week 2 Course

        Who Should Take This Course?This course is suitable for students who have a strong interest in ecology and enjoy spending time outdoors, especially hiking.HighlightsStudents have the opportunity to be adventurous and get hands-on during a "technical" tree climbing experience. DatesJun 28 - Jul 11: 2 WeeksApply NowCall Us: 516-621-3939
      • Game Makers

        Board games are a terrific way to develop critical thinking and spatial reasoning skills -- and in this class, they provide a perfect opportunity to develop our 'making' skills, too! We'll play an assortment of games to experience different types of game play in action, and then put our engineering skills and creative talents to work to design and fabricate our own board games. We'll learn how to use the tools in our mini-Makerspace -- including a Silhouette craft cutter, 3D printer and laser cutter -- to design and build a custom game board and game pieces, like markers, dice and cards. Game on!

        Week 1 Course

        Who Should Take This Course?This course is suitable for students who love science and want to get a hands-on experience in building their own 3D creations.HighlightsStudents will be able to identify and define design and printing terminology and concepts. Students will be able to demonstrate proper techniques to produce physical models. Students will be able to analyze different designs to refine and perfect finished models.DatesJun 28 - Jul 11: 2 WeeksSimilar Course Available AtUCLA Middle School EnrichmentApply NowCall Us: 516-621-3939
      • Mission to Space

        LEGO EV3 technology enables us to develop programming skills as we build, code, and test robots to complete a series of different tasks. We'll design and build robots for different scenarios and learn how to control motors and use sensors to collect data. After mastering the basics, we'll work to complete more advanced design challenges, including programming robots for a mission to space! We'll learn about and apply physical science and math principles to complete a series of missions related to traveling to and working in space. No prior programming or robotics experience is required. Follow this link to learn more about the technology we'll be using. 

        Week 2 Course

        Who Should Take This Course?This course is suitable for students who intend to pursue a career in the field of robotics or just enjoy having fun creating their own robots.HighlightsEach student in the class will be issued a LEGO Spike robot kit. The LEGO Spike robot kit is a great way to get your feet wet in the world of robotics.DatesJun 28 - Jul 11: 2 WeeksSimilar Course Available AtGeorgetown Middle School Enrichment, UCLA Middle School EnrichmentApply NowCall Us: 516-621-3939
      • Science in Motion

        Learn about simple machines as we design, build and test some fantastical contraptions! We will explore pulleys, levers, wheels, and axles as we design chain reactions in which one event triggers another. We'll work in teams to engineer machines to test gravity, friction, ramps and gears. We may even give our reactions some added pizazz by incorporating robots and their ability to respond to light, sound and motion! This course provides a great foundation for our popular Science in Motion camp.

        Week 1 Course

        Who Should Take This Course?This course is suitable for STEM focused students who are interested in pursuing a career in engineering and want to understand the various aspects of engineering simple machines.HighlightsStudents get to conceptualize, design and build their own product prototypes. DatesJun 28 - Jul 11: 2 WeeksApply NowCall Us: 516-621-3939
      • STEM Documentary Video Production

        Interested in film and video production? Join our film crew for a week and learn the fundamentals of video production as you storyboard, film, edit and put the finishing touches on an original science documentary film. We'll conduct background research about our subject, interview experts, and use professional camcorders to get footage at various campus locations. Then, we'll learn how to use Adobe Premier software to complete our post-production tasks, including film editing, sound design and visual effects. Throughout the week, we'll gain first-hand experience in how to communicate about science to a broad public audience through video.

        Week 2 Course

        Who Should Take This Course?This course is perfect for students who wish to gain hands-on experiences with producing a video story.HighlightsThis course teaches students how to operate cameras and how to edit using Adobe Premiere. DatesJun 28 - Jul 11: 2 WeeksApply NowCall Us: 516-621-3939
      • Robotics and Ethics

        How do we ethically design and use artificial intelligence? How do we determine if a robot or system is ethical? We will develop programming skills as we build, code, and test robots to complete a series of different tasks using LEGO Spike robot kits. We'll design and build robots for different scenarios and learn how to control motors and use sensors to collect data. After mastering the basics, we'll work to complete more advanced design challenges! We'll learn about and apply physical science and math principles to design and maneuver our robots while exploring how to ethically design artificial intelligence to capture and distribute unbiased information. No prior programming or robotics experience is required.

        Week 1 Course

        Who Should Take This Course?This course is suitable for students who intend to pursue a career in the field of robotics or just enjoy having fun creating their own robots.HighlightsEach student in the class will be issued a LEGO Spike robot kit. The LEGO Spike robot kit is a great way to get your feet wet in the world of robotics.DatesJun 28 - Jul 11: 2 WeeksSimilar Course Available AtGeorgetown Middle School Enrichment, UCLA Middle School EnrichmentApply NowCall Us: 516-621-3939
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