Our educate programs teach students about fascinating STEM concepts through engaging, hands-on activities with real-world applications. These programs are not only educational, but also demonstrate that STEM is fun and exciting, sparking new passions for these fields. STEMY Academy, the Greathouse Scientific Method Workshops, and the Chancey Robotics Workshops comprise our educate programs.
Scientific Method Workshops
This series of workshops aims to teach fifth graders about the scientific method and its application to the real world. They will use this knowledge to devise their own, independent project to be presented at an after-school science fair hosted by STEMY.
With the knowledge and experience gained from this workshop, students will be prepared to move on to the next level of scientific inquiry in middle and high school.
This elementary school workshop is generally an eight-week program. For the first half of the program, students are taught the scientific method during after-school sessions. In these lessons, students are shown a brief presentation, then reinforce their knowledge through an experiment or lab pertaining to what they were taught that week. Our typical first half of the workshops looks like this:
Week 1 – Scientific Question
Week 2 – Hypothesis
Week 3 – Experiment/Data
Week 4 – Conclusion
After students have completed learning about the scientific method, they begin to work on their own science fair projects. Weeks 5 through 7 function as work sessions, where students work on their projects and have the opportunity to ask STEMY team members and volunteers questions. STEMY leaders set goals for the students to complete up to a certain point of their project every week. During week 8, the science fair is held in place of a typical work-session. Family, teachers, and administrators are invited to attend.
Math-A-Maniacs is a six-week afterschool workshop for middle schoolers. The workshops teach students fun math topics along with their real-world applications and expose underserved kids to new topics not usually taught in the classroom. Lessons always include engaging activities to drive new knowledge home. Our goal is to eliminate the negative mentality about math and encourage the kids to pursue future careers in math. This year’s lessons included fractals, the golden ratio, statistics, and vectors and occur at Olmsted South Middle School and the Academy @ Shawnee.
After learning the four core topics from the first four lessons, the kids pair up and work on projects to showcase the information that they learned. Each pair chooses a topic and develops their own, creative math project that illustrates real-world implications. Finally, students present their projects at a math fair at the end of the program.
STEMY Academy is a two-pronged educational initiative that aims to cultivate scientific curiosity among local middle schoolers, particularly those from underrepresented backgrounds.
The first prong of STEMY Academy (part A) was an afterschool science workshop showing students that STEM is exciting. For example, participants explored biology by building edible candy DNA. Part A occurs at Louisville middle schools during the first semester of each school year.
The second prong of STEMY Academy (part B) will educate students about real-world issues that can be solved through STEM. Participants
will learn about major problems affecting our global society, work in groups to discuss these problems, and explore ways to address them through hands-on activities. Part B, open to all Louisville middle schoolers, will begin in February and last until mid-March. In the 2019 program, students will explore the topics of Electricity/Magnetism, Microbiology, Music/Acoustics, and Forensic Science.
STEMY Academy provides underserved students with STEM opportunities that they wouldn’t be able to access through school. Our innovative, hands-on approach to education is uniquely able to spark interests in STEM, a field that students often consider too difficult or boring to pursue as a passion or career. Participants will not only learn about fascinating science and urgent real-world issues, but they will also build critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork skills. Students who join this program can continue to attend throughout their middle school careers. By engaging the same students over the course of several years, we have the capability to make a permanent difference in these students’ lives and in the community.
STEMY Academy Part A begins in mid-September and ends in early December each school year.
Part B’s 3-hour sessions tend to be on Sundays from 10:00 – 1:00 at the Kentucky Science Center during the Spring semester.