STEAM2 Academy classes are focused on:
Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics, and Music.
We will host a Coding Camp at the Carmel Valley Community Center this summer! See our flyer for details!
Check out our STEAM2 Academy News and plan on attending an upcoming FREE session at the Serra Mesa Library (first Fridays at 4pm!):
August 3 - Science of Sound - We will discuss the science of sound, play a fun game with some stringed instruments, and make pitch instruments using spoons and rubber bands.
September 7 - All About Apples - Miss Kim will share a story about the history of apples in the USA, we'll celebrate Johnny Appleseed's birthday (September 26), play an apple trivia game, and the grand finale: an apple taste test!
October 5 - Pumpkin Science - Before guessing (and then counting!) the number of pumpkin seeds in a pumpkin, we'll take a closer look at the seeds with a microscope. Then, we'll look at some soil with the microscope as well as a soil sensor! We'll also get creative with decorating some paper pumpkins!
November 2 - Animal Classifications - We'll discuss the various types of animals and then play a classification game regarding mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods.
December 7 - SNOW! - We will have a brief lesson on how snow forms and why we don't get any here in San Diego. Then, we will use our chemistry skills and make our own "snow"!
Contact Kimberly Mann Bruch to establish STEAM2 Academy sessions at your education site.
Botany, Entomology, and Ornithology
Your students will get a little bit dirty with hands-on planting activities as they learn the basics of botany and get an introduction into the science behind bugs and birds! Learn more...
This session provides students a glimpse at the life of an astronaut aboard the International Space Station. They will also get to construct their own solar system model, gaze through a real telescope, and paint an amazing constellation masterpiece. This session's in-class fieldtrip features a virtual exploration of the Endeavor.
Amusement Park Science
Students will discover the physics behind designing rollercoasters and investigate the ups and downs of Newton's Three Laws of Motion. They will design their own roller coaster and learn how to use a data collection vest equipped with an accelerometer to measure the g-force of rides. They will also engineer a bottle accelerometer and the list continues!
Aerospace Engineering and Rocket Science
Blast off into the engineering land of air and space. Students will experiment with hands-on rocketry, parachutes, and activities involving the Mars Curiosity. We will have a special virtual visitor during this session: an aerospace engineer who will tell us all about his project and answer any questions we may have about rocket science!
Zoology and Biology
Learn the basics of zoology, marine biology, wildlife biology and more through hands-on science, art, and technology activities. We'll interact with a biologist at a National Park Service coastal site and participate in a virtual exploration with a wildlife biologist at the California Wolf Center. We'll design a marine habitat, engineer a wildlife preserve concept, learn fun oceanic and wildlife animal songs, and paint our favorite animal from this session's adventure.
Chemistry and Geology
This session includes building one of the world's greatest geologic wonders: a volcano! We'll also conduct some fun chemistry experiments such as concocting our own tie-dye colors for shirts, testing out some spa science (such as bubbles, bath salts, etc!), and engineering our own plaster molds for mixing and molding plaster art. This session's in-class fieldtrip features a field geologist who will teach us all about fun fossils with some hands-on activities.
In addition to the above topics, these themes are available:
- Animal Science
- Art and Science of Tie-Dye Fabrics
- Chocolate Science
- Farm Science
- Five Senses
- Fondant Science
- Garden Science
- Geography: Where in the World?
- How Things Work: Sewing Machines
- Marine Biology: Tidepools
- Paper Making
- Plaster Creation and Molding
- Spa Science
- Transportation: How Things Move
- Under the Sea: Whales!
- Vernal Pools: Home to Fairy Shrimp
- And More!
Custom Theme: If you have monthly themes at your site, we are happy to work with you on a complimentary session. For instance, if you are focused on "Snow", we have a great "Snow Science" session.
The STEAM2 Academy utilizes curriculum, hands-on activities, and equipment developed in conjunction with the NASA California Space Grant Consortium (CSGC), the National Science Foundation funded High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network (HPWREN), and the National Park Service Sea to Shining Sea (StSS).