Classes & Workshops

Note: You will see an age recommendation for each description. The concepts and topics discussed for that class will be geared toward that age-range. If your student falls outside of that range, but you feel that the level of instruction is appropriate for your child, feel free to sign them up! Also class dates/times marked with an asterisk (*) are for our homeschooling community.

 
 

Classes

Design, develop, & rebuild

Mishap is a fictional world where nothing seems to go according to plan. Help the inhabitants of Mishap by learning to think like engineers and collaborate in an effort to redesign and develop solutions to their real-world problems. Build stronger and dependable structures, prevent natural hazards from becoming natural disasters, and explore the concepts of air pollution and renewable energy to create a more sustainable Mishap.

This is a 6-week, 1.5-hour class series that meets once weekly. Recommended for ages 8-11. See below for dates/times. Register for this class here.

Spring Block 1 Offerings:

  • Tuesdays: 3p-4:30p, April 2, 9, 16, 30 & May 7, 14 (No class April 23)

  • Thursdays: 5:30p-7p, April 4, 11, 18 & May 2, 9, 16 (No class April 25)

Spring Block 2 Offerings:

  • Fridays: 5:30p - 7p, May 24, 31 & June 7, 14, 21, 28

  • Saturdays: 2p-3:30p, May 25 & June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29


You v. Global Climate Change

What is the greenhouse effect, and what do you have to do with it? Discover how greenhouse gases cause extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and the warming global temperature. Together we model the impact of these changes to our ecosystems, our health, and even our engineering considerations, then learn how to lower our own personal impact on the environment.

This is a 6-week, 1.5-hour class series that meets once weekly. This class is offered for two different age groups: 8-11 & 12-15. See below for dates/times. Register for this class here.

Block 1 Offerings:

Age group 8-11:

  • Tuesdays: 5:30p-7p, April 2, 9, 16, 30 & May 7, 14 (No class April 23)

Age group 12-15:

  • Fridays: 3p-4:30p, April 5, 12, 19 & May 3, 10, 17 (No class April 26)

  • *Fridays: 12p-1:30p, April 5, 12, 19 & May 3, 10, 17 (No class April 26)

Block 2 Offerings:

Age group 8-11:

  • *Thursdays: 12p-1:30p, May 23, 30 & June 6, 13, 20, 27

  • Thursdays: 3p-4:30p, May 23, 30 & June 6, 13, 20, 27

Age group 12-15:

  • Sundays: 2:30p-4p, May 19, 26 & June 2, 9, 16, 23


Codes, Keys, & Ciphers

Learn how to decode secret messages and create your own ciphers! Throughout history, people all over the world have had to figure out creative ways to send top-secret information to their co-conspirators. Each week, we focus a new method for disguising messages (encryption), including Morse code, stenography, and various ciphers, and practice decoding them (decryption).

This is a 6-week, 1.5-hour class series that meets once weekly. Recommended for ages 7-10. See below for dates/times. Register for this class here.

Block 1 Offering:

  • Sundays: 12p-1:30p, April 7, 14, 21, 28 & May 5, 12

Block 2 Offering:

  • Sundays: 12p-1:30p, May 26 & June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30


Under the Microscope: Cells & Organelles

Your introduction into microscopy starts here! Become familiar with all the parts of a compound microscope, and learn how to wield your objective lenses with confidence. All the while, we will be using our new tool to investigate the smallest building block of life: the cell. Is the mitochondrion really the powerhouse of the cell? ABSOLUTELY!

This is a 6-week, 1.5-hour class series that meets once weekly. This class is offered for two different age groups: 8-11 & 12-15. See below for dates/times. Register for this class here.

Block 1 Offerings:

Age group 8-11:

  • *Thursdays: 12p-1:30p, April 4, 11, 18 & May 2, 9, 16 (No class April 25)

  • Thursdays: 3p-4:30p, April 4, 11, 18 & May 2, 9, 16 (No class April 25)

Age group 12-15:

  • Sundays: 2:30p-4p, April 7, 14, 21, 28 & May 5, 12

Block 2 Offerings:

Age group 8-11:

  • Tuesdays: 5:30p-7p, May 21, 28 & June 4, 11, 18, 25

Age group 12-15:

  • Fridays: 3p-4:30p, May 24, 31 & June 7, 14, 21, 28

  • *Fridays: 12p-1:30p, May 24, 31 & June 7, 14, 21, 28


Forces of nature: Gravity

Explore the one of the most fundamental forces of nature. Gravity is what keeps our feet on the ground, the planets in orbit, and the tides turning. There is still a lot that we don’t know about gravity, but we engage with it everyday. In this class, you can expect to make some gravity-inspired art pieces, drop lots of things from high places, and even create and participate in a dramedy: Weighing On Me. Come get messy and very silly, while we get to know our most loyal companion: gravity.

This is a 6-week, 1.5-hour class series that meets once weekly. Recommended for ages 5-7. See below for dates/times. Register for this class here.

Spring Block 1 Offerings:

  • Fridays: 5:30p - 7p, April 5, 12, 19 & May 3, 10, 17 (No class April 26)

  • Saturdays: 2p-3:30p, April 6, 13, 27 & May 4, 11, 18 (No class April 20)

Spring Block 2 Offerings:

  • Tuesdays: 3p-4:30p, May 21, 28 & June 4, 11, 18, 25

  • Thursdays: 5:30p-7p, May 23, 30 & June 6, 13, 20, 27

Workshops

Hands-on Habitat

We are going to welcome a new friend into our lab: Draco, the bearded dragon! Before Draco comes home to Urban STEAM Lab we need to recreate his natural habitat so he can grow and thrive. We’re going to do this by making his terrarium bioactive. This means that his terrarium will function as a true ecosystem! In an ecosystem, plants and animals rely on each other to create and maintain their environment. This special class is a one-time event designed to get hands-on and minds-on experience with different kinds of organisms that go into creating a self-sustaining ecosystem. You will be learning about:

  • Plant structure and function

  • Role of insects and their life cycles

  • Characteristics of reptiles

  • Decomposition

  • Light cycles

  • Types of habitats

  • Climate

  • Humidity and temperature

  • And so much more!

This class will be held on Saturday, June 8 from 2 - 4p for scientists 7+ years old. Registration for this class also includes early admission (3p) and regular admission to Draco’s Welcome Home Party on Sunday, June 9 from 3:30 - 4:30p. Scientists in this class will be named Draco’s Ambassadors, receive certificates and t-shirts, and have their picture placed next to Draco’s terrarium.

Plan to get dirty and to handle or be around bugs. This is an immersive learning experience. Register for this class here.


Science Fair extraordinaire

This interactive workshop demystifies the steps that go into creating a high-quality science fair project. We begin with breaking down the scientific method and explore different kinds of research questions and research designs. We wrap up with learning to how to display and communicate results. By the end of this 1.5-hour workshop, you’ll have the confidence and know-how to start your project and have fun while doing it.

Spring Offerings:

  • For middle school students: Sunday, April 7: 10a - 11:30a

  • For high school students: Sunday, April 28: 10a -11:30a

Registration for this workshop will be available soon.


science v. pseudoscience: determining the reliability of Sources

Science v. Pseudoscience is a 90-minute introductory workshop for adults, parents, and older teens, who want to learn how to recognize a reliable source of information from a unreliable source. More relevant than ever in the age of “fake news” and the internet, this workshop will teach you how to:

  • Identify biases

  • Verify claims

  • Evaluate evidence-based research

Spring Offerings:

  • Sunday, April 14: 10a-11:30a

  • Sunday, May 19: 10a-11:30a

  • Sunday, June 16: 10a-11:30a

Registration for this workshop will be available soon.