Home School STEAM Club

Register your homeschool student for STEAM Club at Creative Discovery Museum. Sessions are available for students in kindergarten through 8th grade. Museum members save $40 on STEAM Club sessions. Families registering multiple children in the same household save $20 on the session price. The first student pays full price.

Classes are limited to 15 students. Students must register for the entire session.

Receive a TeamDiscovery membership (two adults in the same household and up to four children) when you register for two STEAM Club semesters. TeamDiscovery memberships are limited to one per family, are non-transferable and will run concurrent to existing CDM memberships. All STEAM Club memberships expire September 30 of the following year.

All sessions run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on the indicated days.

Grades K - 2 (Special Kindergarten-only class available on Tuesdays.)
SESSION 1

Magnets/Maglev Systems

Mondays – Sept. 9, 16, 23, 30
OR Tuesdays – Sept. 10, 17, 24 and Oct. 1

Youngest students will explore properties of magnets. Older students will become familiar with the field of transportation engineering and use their knowledge of the properties of magnets to design a magnetic levitation (maglev) transportation system.

Designing Shelters

Mondays – Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28
OR Tuesdays – Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29

Students will engineer a shade structure to protect a pet from getting too hot during the summer. Topics explored will include heat transfer, shadows, structural engineering and animal needs during this problem-based session.

Potions/Secret Formulas
Mondays – Nov. 4, 11, 18
OR Tuesdays – Nov. 5, 12, 19

In this class, laboratory scientists and creative inventors will create and test their own paste, toothpaste, cola and ice cream. Students will develop their ability to make observations and communicate them as they describe the properties of their potions.
   SESSION 2

Designing Trash Collectors

Mondays – Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27
OR Tuesdays – Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28

Students will become environmental engineers and build trash collectors to reduce pollution in a pond and improve the life of the creatures that live there. To solve the challenge, learners will understand animal habitats and ecosystems, human impacts on the environment, recycling and environmental stewardship.

Playdough Process
Mondays - Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24
OR Tuesdays – Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25

Students will use the concepts of chemical engineering to test and develop the perfect playdough recipe and production process. An understanding of the three states of matter, solids, liquids and gases, will be developed through process engineering.

Pollinators Mondays

Mondays, Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23
OR Tuesdays – Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24

Pollinators provide a critical service to humans in the course of meeting their own need for food. Students will get to know the difference between social and solitary bees. They will also learn about the lifecycle mason bees, one of the types of solitary bees inhabiting the Museum rooftop. Students will also help maintain a suitable rooftop habitat for them.

Seeing Animal Sound Waves
Mondays – Apr. 6, 13, 20, 27
OR Tuesdays – Apr. 7, 14, 21, 28

Students will become acoustical engineers as they learn about the science of sound, the instruments used to measure and see sound, as well as how to manipulate sound.
Grades 3 - 5
SESSION 1

Light Up the Night
Mondays – Sept. 9, 16, 23, 24
OR Tuesdays – Sept.10, 17, 24 and Oct. 1

Students will learn about the phenomena known as Northern Lights. They will design and create a light display that replicates this fascinating event viewed in night sky of northern latitudes. The focus of this class is electrical engineering and circuitry.

Rockets and Rovers

Mondays Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28
OR Tuesdays – Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29

Design rockets and rovers to explore planets and moons within our solar system! Students will design rockets to carry a rover to the desired location, land safely and release the rover for exploration. The rovers must be able to maneuver in a variety of terrain.

To the Rescue
Mondays Nov. 4, 11, 18
OR Tuesdays – Nov. 5, 12, 19

Natural disasters often leave communities in remote areas in dire need of supplies. The class will learn about agencies that provide crisis support and how they administer it. Students will engineer and test protected packages that are dropped from various heights. They will have to take into consideration the rate of descent, wind direction and speed, weight distribution within the package and visibility of package on the ground.
   SESSION 2

Slippery Slope

Mondays – Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27
OR Tuesdays – Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28

Avalanches can be very dangerous to communities of people living in the mountain ranges that are subject to large amounts of snow. Students will learn about the major causes of avalanches and use their knowledge of forces and trajectories to divert falling objects. As avalanche engineers, they will build a model mountain and design barriers and catches to create an avalanche protection system for a town at the base of the mountain.

Shake Things Up

Mondays - Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24
OR Tuesdays – Feb. 4, 11, 28, 25

Earthquakes are powerful forces that impact vast areas of Earth. Students will learn about different types of earthquakes, how they are measured and how the surrounding geology impacts the buildings and structures in the earthquake impact areas. Students will become structural engineers and learn how to protect and support buildings during earthquakes by creating model structures and testing the level of earthquake resistance.

Recycled Racers

Mondays – Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23
OR Tuesdays – Mar., 10, 17, 24

The green engineering field uses recycled materials to create new products. Students will use recycled materials to engineer, build and race toy cars. To engineer a fast race car, green engineers must understand the properties of the recycled materials available, gravity, friction and aerodynamic design.

Flying Technology

Mondays – Apr. 6, 13, 20, 27
OR Tuesdays – Apr. 7, 14, 21, 28

Students will become aeronautical engineers as they design and build flying technologies able to study harsh and dangerous environments. Activities include building technologies that hover in a wind tunnel, designing and making drop copters with a slow fall, creating flying discs that spin as they fly and making a model technology that meets a set of criteria and constraints. The final project will be to showcase students’ engineered designs.
Grades 6 - 8 (Tuesdays Only)
SESSION 1

Global Sustainability Engineering

Tuesdays – Sept. 10, 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29,  Nov. 5, 12, 19

The definition of sustainable engineering is the process of designing systems and products such that they use energy and resources sustainably, in other words, at a rate that does not compromise the natural environment, or the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainable solutions to the global issues affecting our planet depend on collaboration across geographical boundaries. A different topic will be introduced each month and a challenge will be given which requires study and teamwork to design a solution and build a prototype. Topics may include biofuels, bioplastics, microplastics, products from recycled materials, green construction, green agriculture practices and insect extinction solutions. Teams will problem solve and share solutions via video with student teams from Hadera, Israel.
   SESSION 2

Global Sustainability Engineering

Tuesdays – Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 28, 25, Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, Apr. 7, 14, 21, 28

Session 2 will build on the work and relationships developed in the first session. Sustainable solutions to the global issues affecting our planet depend on collaboration across geographical boundaries. A different topic will be introduced each month and a challenge will be given which requires study and teamwork to design a solution and build a prototype. Topics may include biofuels, bioplastics, microplastics, products from recycled materials, green construction, green agriculture practices, insect extinction solutions. Teams will problem solve and share solutions via video with student teams from Hadera, Israel.