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Summer STEM at Olson!
Friday, April 19, 2019 2:00 PM

  • Who: GEMS/GISE students and Minneapolis Public School (MPS) students currently in grades K-8.
  • What: A summer program focused on STEM learning in a project-based and problem-based curriculum and instructional approach.
  • Where: 
    • GEMS/GISE at Andersen United Elementary: Grades K-4 (2018-19 Grade)
    • GEMS/GISE at Olson Middle School and Sanford Middle School: Grades 5-7 (2018-19 Grade)
  • When: June 17th through July 25th; Monday through Thursday (Closed July 4th)
  • Transportation and lunch are provided.


Courses will include:

  • STEM Gear by Style Engineers:  The real magic of fashion is how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are part of the process of fashion design. Activities are designed to explore the science and technology of fashion. Students will be creating wearable technologies.
  • SOAR:  Explore aerospace engineering and the physics of flight. Use the engineering design process to plan, design and construct a variety of vehicles that fly.

• Coding:  Learn to code using Tynker and progress to JavaScript and Python as you design games, build apps, and make incredible projects.

• Design Art Meets Engineering:  Explore engineering through art and design. Design and create mechanical sculptures and models and bring them to life through the engineering design process.

• Engineering the Ride:  Explore the mechanics of the standard road bike while riding through the urban parks and streets of Minneapolis in this twopart course.

• Explore Robotics:  Learn about mechanical design, construction, programming, and teamwork skills. Build different robot prototypes using LEGO building elements, motors, and sensors. Program robots with the computer to move, react, and make sounds. Utilize prototypes and programming skills to solve design challenges. 

• Everest Trek:  Experience a simulation of navigating a mission in the Amazon, or being stranded on an island in the South Pacific, or climbing Mt. Everest. Explore and apply algebraic thinking and data analysis in the context of engineering design and adventure.

• Story Sports:  Compete in sports and games based off of popular teen novels such as Hunger Games, Maze Runner, Divergent, Harry Potter and many more. Help build literacy skills and develop a love of reading while applying what you read to sports.

• Photography:  Develop your visual literacy skills while capturing summer life in this engaging, hands-on photography class.

• IT Career Exploration:  Gain hands-on experience with real-world information system applications. Learn from professionals who teach students database design, IT project management, and cloud computing.

• Technology Driven Social Innovation:  Create sustainable solutions to social problems. Use technology to promote social good to improve quality of life world wide.

• Dance:  Hip hop is a high-energy class that infuses the latest styles of street dancing, breaking, popping, and locking. Classes will encourage students to step outside of the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements.

• Theatre:  Act and Design! Students participating in Theatre will have the opportunity to perform or learn the technical elements of theatre by being on the tech team.

• Cooking by Design:  This design-based integrated STEM (food science)-Nutrition class engages students in using a variety of creativity and idea generation tools with an emphasis on “inventing” a cookie or inventing recipes brought to life through a variety of cooking methods like pickling, dehydration and more.

• Drumline:  Engage in drumline fundamental skills and techniques. Work on developing areas of performance, rehearse music and choreography, and culminate with the creation of a musical composition and arrangement.

• Guitar:  Learn how to play the guitar and/or improve your skills. Work on developing areas of performance, rehearse music and choreography, and culminate with the creation of a musical composition and arrangement.

• Game On! Recreational Sport & Activities:  Learn and practice the skills and sportsmanship of Lacrosse, Soccer, Rugby, and Volleyball. Engage in games with your friends while improving your ball handling and field play.

• Digital Electronics:  Explore the foundations of computing by engaging in circuit design processes to create combinational logic and sequential logic (memory) as electrical engineers do in industry.

• Amazing Structures: Bridges & Towers:  Explore the fundamentals of civil engineering. Investigate tower and bridge designs, the forces that act on them, and the materials that can withstand those forces. Using CAD software and 3D printers, design your own structures, towers, and bridges.

• Solar Powered Go Karts:  Explore mechanical engineering through designing and creating a solar powered go kart!

• Sonic Pi - Coding Music:  Sonic Pi is a new kind of instrument for a new generation of musicians. Learn to code creatively by composing or performing music in an incredible range of styles from R & B and Hip Hop to Grime & EDM.

• Science – Fact or Fiction?:  Learn about chemical changes, chemical reactions, aquatic ecosystems, and our solar system while myth busting and determining if things are science fact or fiction.