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Tesla STEAM Camp
Next Online Sessions – April 1, April 3

Keep your child engaged and enrich their learning in an online environment that’s educational, fun, and motivating. Each 90-minute session encourages kids to explore STEAM–Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math–through the creative process. These hands-on virtual classes are facilitated by a certified NY State educator and include a well-being break. During each online session your child will be able to interact with the instructor and other kids for a motivating, interactive experience.

Who Should Attend: Appropriate for most youth ages 6 to 12 years of age
Dates: Every Wednesday and Friday through May 8, 2020
Fee:  $20 per Session – $10 for Members of TSCW (discount automatic for TSCW Members) and The Spur (Spur Members enter coupon code: spurkid50%)
Instructor:  STEAM Camp instructor Stephen Phillips is a certified NY State Technology Education teacher with 18 years of experience teaching children at the K-12 grade level.

REGISTER: Once you register, you will receive instructions on how to easily log in from a computer, smart device, or TV. The children and instructor will be able to see and hear each other for a fully interactive (and fun!) experience. Registrants will also receive a recording of the session so your child can do the activities on their own and continue the learning and fun.

Wed. April 1:  VIRTUAL VIBRATION LAB!

TIME:  1:30 – 3:00 pm ET

DESCRIPTION:  Students will participate in various Sound Science experiments and demonstrations.  Some almost seem like MAGIC! Our kids will even SEE invisible sounds working in a colorful dance display!  They will also use their newly learned knowledge and skills in the Engineering Design Process to create and share their own unique instruments in this teacher-facilitated, interactive, real-time virtual classroom.

STEAM Topics Covered:  Vibration, Molecular Science, Wave Functions, Music Art, Human Biology, Material Properties, Instrument Technology, Absorption, Simple Machines, Forces, Measurement, Geometry, Hands-on Tools.

RESEARCH: For this class, a little pre-requisite research, imagination, and gathering are required!  It’s always a great idea for engineers to research ideas on how to build what they want.  So for this project, we encourage you to go online and find out how other kids around the world have explored and made sound, music, or instruments with common items you might find around your home.

Big Question… WHAT is VIBRATION? Can you bring things that vibrate to STEAM Camp?
Tools: Pencil/pen, tape, scissors, ruler
Good Extras: hot glue gun, hole puncher

 Materials:  Please note some items are repetitive for ideas, and not necessary.  You will still experience super fun edutainment with minimal materials!

  • Think recyclables:  cardboard, bottles, odds and ends, unused toys
  • Comparative membranes:  Balloons, plastic food wrap, tinfoil, fabric rag or t-shirt
  • Containers:  Empty plastic or metal cans, cups, boxes (for coffee, soup, cereal, etc.), paper towel rolls
  • Tiny n’ Light items: salt, sand, rice, sprinkles, iron filings, etc.
  • Arts/crafts supplies
  • Straws, rubber bands, wire hanger, mixing bowl, 2 or more same-size drinking glasses
  • One or more different types of string, fishing line, rope, long springs (Do you have a Slinky?)

REGISTER for Wed. April 1: Registrants will receive an exclusive access code and instructions so kids can easily log in and participate from a computer, smart device, or TV.


Fri. April 3:  MAGNET MAGIC!

TIME:  1:30 – 3:00 pm ET

DESCRIPTION:  Students will be awed when they see and learn about how to make objects float using the principles of Magnetic Levitation! Children will participate in various magnetism experiments and demonstrations, and use their newfound knowledge in the hands-on Engineering Design Process to create and share their own unique compasses, life hacks, electric motors, or games in this teacher-facilitated, interactive, real-time virtual classroom.

STEAM Topics Covered:  Magnetism, Magnetic Levitation, Geography, Geomagnetism, Polarity, Molecular Science, Material Properties, Maglev, Simple Machines, Forces, Measurement, Geometry, Hands-on Tools

RESEARCH: For this class, a little pre-requisite research, imagination, and gathering are required!  It’s always a great idea for engineers to research ideas on how to build what they want.  So for this project, we encourage you to go online and find out how other kids around the world have explored and played with magnetism using common items you might find around your home.

Big Question… WHAT is a MAGNET? Can you bring magnetic things to STEAM Camp?
Tools: Pencil/pen, tape, scissors, ruler, arts/crafts supplies
Good Extras: hot glue gun, hole puncher

Materials:  Please note some items are repetitive for ideas, and not necessary.  You will still experience super fun edutainment with minimal materials!

  • Think Recyclables:  STEAM Camp always makes good use of recyclables, especially cardboard and plastic bottles
  • Magnets, Magnets, Magnets!  As many as you can collect from around the house (check the fridge!) BONUS:  Rare earth magnets, called neodymium, are a bonus.
  • Magnetic Materials: Anything magnets stick to!  Clothes pins, paper clips, needles, cans, nails/screws/nuts/bolts, coins, metal bearings, metal balls/marbles, iron filings
  • Levitators:  Lightweight bowl, cork, styrofoam piece, or other light, buoyant object or material
  • Tinfoil, dish sponge, large plastic bottle, cereal box
  • AA or AAA battery, copper pipe, copper wire
  • Small toy car

REGISTER for Fri. April 3: Registrants will receive an exclusive access code and instructions so kids can easily log in and participate from a computer, smart device, or TV


Tesla STEAM Camp:  STEAM-based innovation program in partnership with The Spur and Long Island STEAM

Register Now for April 1 and April 3 Sessions
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