What we do!

At Urban STEAM Lab, we are committed to making the sciences accessible for everyone in the community. We offer a variety of services that children, teens, and adults can get involved in!

 
 
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Classes & Workshops

Our classes and workshops are interactive, hands-on, and project-based. At Urban STEAM Lab, we learn by doing.

Classes meet once per week for 4-6 weeks. Each class series has a theme or topic that we explore over the weeks starting from foundational principles and concepts and progressing with more challenging projects that require the integration of skills picked up over the weeks.

Classes for homeschoolers are also available for kids and parents who want to participate in the same classes, but in a setting that caters to homeschooled students. Make connections with your peers, while exploring the fundamentals of science.

Workshops are one time, 1-2 hours classes. Here, we participate in guided activities that focus more on learning a particular skill rather than a subject or topic as with the classes.

The curriculum for each class/workshop is aligned with current science and math standards adopted by the state of New York, including Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core.

 
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Open Lab

Open Lab (ages 5+) Explore on your terms! Open Lab is a time when Urban STEAM Lab is open to the community. Bring your own project or work on one of the independent learning experiments we’ve crafted for you. Either way, enjoy access to our resources and equipment while collaborating with friends, old and new.

Open Lab: Tiny Scientists (ages 2-5) Let your preschooler explore their senses! Twice a week, Open Lab is available to the tiniest tinkerers. Age-appropriate activities and experiments are set up at different stations around the lab, so your little one can make a mess, learn, and play with the help of an adult in a stress-free environment.

During Open Lab hours, the instructor will be around and available for questions, guidance, and pep talks. Register now or check out the Events Calendar to view Open Lab hours.

 
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Field Trips

Beef up your science unit with a hands-on science experience, and book your next field trip with us! Enjoy a flexible and fun 1.5 hour workshop that starts with a scientific problem, moves into inquiry, and ends with discovery. Field trip workshops are organized into learning-stations where each station adds another piece to the puzzle. Contact us for availability and more information on a custom field trip package.

We are committed accessibility! If you teach at a Title 1 school, we will cover half the cost of your class’s field trip! Please inquire for more details.

 
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Tutoring

Do you or your child need to refine your science and math skills? Maybe you want to stay on top of your classes or you’re studying for an exam. Whatever your situation, we are here to help! We offer private, one-on-one tutoring as well as small-group tutoring. All tutoring sessions are developed to meet your unique needs using both cutting edge research in teaching and learning and a personal learning plan that aligns with your short and long-term goals. Contact us to set up a free consultation!

 
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research assistance & Proofreading

Do you have a research paper due and have no (or little) idea where to start? Book a personal crash course that guides you through the the ins and outs of performing and reporting quality research. Together we create an outline of your project from beginning to end with clear instructions on how to proceed through each step in the process. With this option you will learn how to:

  • Organize and outline your research topic and subtopics

  • Locate, understand, and evaluate potential sources of information

  • Take meaningful notes from potential sources

  • Avoid accidental plagiarism

  • Formulate a thesis statement, purpose statement, or research question

  • Draft your final paper

As on add-on service, proofreading options are available once a draft is complete. We correct any spelling or grammar errors and make specific suggestions for areas that can be improved. Proofreading services are also offered á la carte. Contact us to set up a free consultation!

 
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Classroom rental

Our classrooms are available for rent by the hour for outside tutors looking for a quiet and professional space for their clients, or for students and their study groups. Classrooms comfortably accommodate up to 12 people and are equipped with a 4’ x 3’ whiteboard and markers.

 
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Birthday Parties

Celebrate your birthday with us! Party packages include:

  • One-hour science experiment of your child’s choice led by Urban STEAM Lab instructor

  • One-hour reservation of a private room after science experiment for cake and presents

  • Science-themed invitations (12), decorations, plates (30), cups (30), and party favor bags (12)

 

FRee events

Science Storytime is held every Saturday at 10a for our little scientists. Come join us for some Saturday morning donuts and a good book!

Science Talks is held once per month after hours for adults 21+. Each month we will invite a scientist from our community to give a talk on current research being done in their field. This is anything but a formal event. Beer and wine will be available for purchase and the night ends with science trivia. Winning team gets a PRIZE! See when the next Science Talk is here.

Monthly STEAM Challenge is announced the 1st of every month and is for people of all ages. Each month Urban STEAM Lab presents a challenge for a group (at least 2 people) to solve or build. At the end of the month, we have a friendly competition for the best design. Winning team gets a PRIZE! See the details here.