STEM Saturdays at NIU Naperville (Spring Schedule)

Programing & Robotics I

This session utilizes Lego Mindstorm educational kits, which introduce students to the basics of programming in an intuitive and visually based environment.  Students learn about program structure, and how to use commands to instruct the robots to react to their surroundings and complete simple tasks.  These sessions have been quick to fill up in the past, so be sure and reserve your spot early.

Date:  February 9th, Morning session:  9am-Noon

Afternoon session:  1-4pm

Recommended Ages:  4th Grade & Up

Cost:  $35

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Programming & Robotics II

Students attending this class should have previously attended the first session on Robotics and Programming, or already have prior experience using Lego Mindstorm robotic kits.  Please contact instructor (JJBenson@niu.edu) before registering a student who has not attended the first session.  This session will focus more on critical thinking and problem solving, as students learn some of the more advanced tools and commands needed to instruct their robots to complete a variety of challenges and tasks.

Date:  February 23rd, Morning session:  9am-Noon

Afternoon session:  1-4pm

Recommended Ages:  4th Grade & Up

Cost:  $35

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Electronics & Soldering

Students will learn about the functions of various types of electronic components, and how they work together to create the devices we use every day.  Students will learn how to solder, and will construct their own electronic projects in class.  Course cost includes the price of the Learn-to-Solder electronics kit the students will get to build and keep.

Dates:  March 9th & 23rd, Morning session:  9am-Noon

Afternoon session:  1-4pm

Recommended Ages:  4th Grade & Up

Cost: $80 (2 Classes, plus supplies)

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The Science of Sound

In this class, students will explore the world of sound.  We’ll talk about how sounds are made, how they travel, and how musical instruments work.  We’ll also discuss the concept of resonance, measure the speed of sound and build our own musical instruments out of vegetables!

Dates:  April 6th, Morning session:  9am-Noon

Afternoon session:  1-4pm

Recommended Ages:  4th Grade & UP

Cost:  $35

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Exploring the Spectrum

In this colorful class, we’ll explore how light affects the way we experience the world around us.  From what makes the different colors we see, to the ways we use light and lasers to transmit information, this class is sure to be an illuminating experience!

Dates:  April 27th, Morning session:  9am-Noon

Afternoon session:  1-4pm

Recommended Ages:  2nd Grade & Up

Cost:  $35

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