DUE TO THE GROUP RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE TO COMBAT COVID-19, THIS YEAR’S SUMMER STEM ACADEMY IS ENTIRELY ONLINE AND IS FREE TO ALL PARTICIPANTS. Our academic instructors use Zoom and Google Classroom to conduct three classes: Literacy, STEM, and Computer Coding. Classes take place from 9:00am – 12:00pm but can be accessed at any time. Participants may register for as few as one or as many as six weeks. Building on previous years’ success, this 6-week summer academic and golf program provides participants with a fun and immersive way to study golf through the perspective of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Our summer academic programs are created with intentional connections to National Common Core Standards, as well as 21st century skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.
STEM – During the summer program, the Google Classroom is updated every day with a new STEM lesson. Each lesson includes:
- A pre-quiz
- A video lesson
- An activity/experiment which can be done at home
- A post-quiz
Altogether, it takes students about 45-60 minutes to complete the day’s STEM class.Students are strongly encouraged to do the activity portion, but it is not mandatory. All the activities can be done with normal household items, such as tape, scissors, plastic bottles, cardboard, plastic bags, etc. Each lesson covers basic objectives and vocabulary for the day’s topic, which are part of the quiz.
Themes each week:
Week 1 (July 6-10): STEM in Golf
Weeks 2-3 (July 13-17 & July 20-24): NASA
Week 4 (July 27-31): New York Hall of Science
Week 5 (August 3-7): Environments & Ecosystems
Week 6 (August 10-14): STEM Challenges
LITERACY – We conduct our Literacy Program to combat the infamous “Summer Slide,” when children’s reading scores tend to decline by several points, due to two months off from school. This program is particularly important for children in order for them to advance in course material for the new school year. Given that the new normal in remote learning will remain for the immediate future, our literacy lessons are interactive and engaging for every participant. We utilize a literacy learning app, called Lexia Learning. It provides skills and progress reports for participants based on their progress in word study, grammar, and reading comprehension. We discuss each child’s progress with their parents for an optimal learning experience. In addition, through culturally responsive vignettes, we feature guest speakers in the field of STEM, who field questions from participants re: their own unique STEM careers.
CODING – The 2020 coding class is completely interactive and self-driven. Using Google’s CS First and Scratch classes, students log in, and choose the coding activity that is the best fit for them at the time. There are no mandatory assignments – rather, the students follows their interests and skill levels.
- The easiest classes, for beginners, are at the top. The most advanced classes are Sports and Game Design. Students work their way up to the advanced classes. Or, if they already have some experience with coding, especially with Scratch, they go straight to the more difficult activities. If they have no experience at all, they should start with one of the beginner activities, near the top of this page.
- Students continue to have their choice of activity every day. Some activities are only meant to take an hour to complete; others are meant to take several days or weeks.
- There are instructional videos already built in. However, if students have questions or need help, a coach is available on Zoom.
OUR 2020 SUMMER STEM STUDENTS IN ACTION
TESTIMONIALS AND FEEDBACK
This is such an awesome Activity!!!! Our Son, Evan truly learned from your video. Thank you.
My son Max is on the Virtual Summer STEM Academy, and I just wanted to reach out and thank you and the team for making this program available. I am very happy with the three programs that were selected, and how things are going. This type of program has been so important especially since school was derailed due to COVID.
Also, we LOVE doing the science experiments together. If Mark does something during the school year, maybe once a week or so we would love to participate.
Lexia especially would be a great supplement when school starts in the Fall especially since things are still so up in the air due to COVID-19.
Mother of JNae, Xavier, and Al-hammed in Plainfield) They are really enjoying the program and this keeps them occupied in the mornings.
Anderson and Allison -“Lexia is fun!”
Chanel -“I love Lexia!”
Amelia – Her high for the day was Lexia Learning and she had no low.