STEAM Club for Homeschool

Supplement your homeschool curriculum with hands-on, interactive STEAM experiences you can't find anywhere else! Register your child for CDM's STEAM Club for Homeschool! STEAM Club meets Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m. and is designed specifically for 1st through 8th graders. Lessons change monthly and provide experiences that make science, technology, engineering, art and math come alive for kids.

Museum members save 20% on STEAM Club sessions. Families registering multiple children in the same household save $20 on the session price. The first student pays full price. See below for discount codes. 

Families registering for session 1 and 2 save 20% on the total registration price. No discount code needed. 

CDM is taking precautions to keep your child safe including limiting class capacity to 10 students, requiring masks or face coverings, social distancing and health screenings.

All sessions run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Grades 1-2
SESSION 1

Bubble
 Wands
Sept. 1, 15, 22, 29 

Bubbles are more than just for fun! There is a lot of science involved in making bubbles. Students will explore the different materials that are used to make bubble wands. In addition, they will design and create their own bubble wands and utilize them to solve bubble challenges. 

Invasive Species 

Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27
 
Invasive species can be devastating to native flora and fauna. Students will learn about the problems associated with invasive species in the United States, as well as cane toads in Australia. Students will also design and test a humane trap to catch and remove cane toads.

Music to My Ears 
Nov. 3, 10, 17
 
Students will learn that the vibration of sound can be reflected and absorbed. They will test different shapes and materials to design and improve acoustical devices that can amplify music. 
   SESSION 2

Space Gloves

Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26
 
Extreme cold is only one of the hazards astronauts face when working in space. Students will learn about the insulative properties of different materials as they design and build protective astronaut gloves. 

Windmills
Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23 
Students will become mechanical engineers as they learn about the force of moving air. They will build and test several different types of wind-powered machines. Students will also learn the most effective ways to harness the energy of the wind to make objects move. 

Electric Circuits

Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23
 
Designing and building different types of circuits teaches students how electricity flows and provides the energy needed to run different kinds of loads such as fans, lights and toys. Students will use Cubelets, littleBits, snap circuits and circuit blocks to explore the properties of electricity. 

Earth and Space
Apr. 6, 13, 20, 27 
Students will explore Earth's fascinating relationship to our solar system and beyond through games, activities and projects.
Grades 3-5
SESSION 1

Building Bridges
Sept. 1, 15, 22, 29
Learning about the principles of balance and force will help students  build and test their own beam, arch and suspension bridges. Testing the ability of their bridges to carry a load will be a definite highlight! 

Marvelous Machines
Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27
Students will learn to think like industrial engineers as they study a potato chip factory assembly line and learn about the simple machines that are used. They will put their knowledge to the test when they put several machines together to create an assembly line subsystem.

Designing Walls
Nov. 3, 10, 17
Understanding a material's properties is critical to selecting the appropriate material for a job. Students analyze the properties of sand, clay and soil as mortar for a wall and test the strength of each.


   SESSION 2

Water Filters
Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26
Students will investigate the effectiveness of different types of materials to filter and clean dirty water. They will design, construct and test their water filters to apply what they have learned. 

Cleaning Oil Spills
Feb. 2, 9, 18, 23
Students will learn about ecosystems and food webs that are affected by an oil spill. They will learn to test water quality and also test the oil absorbing properties of different materials that can be used to clean up an oil spill. 

Invasive Species
March 2, 9, 16, 23
Invasive species can be devastating to native flora and fauna. Students will learn about the problems associated with invasive species in the United States, as well as cane toads in Australia. Students will also design and test a humane trap to catch and remove cane toads.

Bubble Wands
April 6, 13, 20, 27
Bubbles are more than just for fun! There is a lot of science involved in making bubbles. Students will explore the different materials that are used to make bubble wands. In addition, they will design and create their own bubble wands and utilize them to solve bubble challenges. 
Grades 6-8
SESSION 1

Engineering Ice Cream
Sept. 1, 15, 22, 29
Controlling every step of the process is critical to the manufacture creamy, delicious and consistent ice cream. Students will engineer and test a process to make ice cream throughout this tasty lesson.

Outbreak Alert
Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27
Students will become biomedical engineers as they learn about viruses and how they spread. They will design, engineer and test an antiviral to stop the entry of the newly discovered virus into a model cell. 

Bio-inspired Gear
Nov. 3, 10, 17
Students will use the amazing defense and protection system of plants and animals to design and make their own bio-inspired gear to meet weekly challenges. 

   SESSION 2

Timekeeping Technology
Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26
Students will use their mechanical engineering skills to design and build their own timer systems and timekeeping technologies.

Engineering Safety Helmets
Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23
The first step to design and building a safety helmet for a crash-test dummy is learning about how different types of helmets work to prevent brain injury. Students will explore the work of biomedical engineers and how they keep us safe. 

Bubble Wands
March 2, 9. 16, 23
Bubbles are more than just for fun! There is a lot of science involved in making bubbles. Students will explore the different materials that are used to make bubble wands. In addition, they will design and create their own bubble wands and utilize them to solve bubble challenges. 

Invasive Species
April 6, 13, 20, 27
Invasive species can be devastating to native flora and fauna. Students will learn about the problems associated with invasive species in the United States, as well as cane toads in Australia. Students will also design and test a humane trap to catch and remove cane toads.