Exploring STEM

Instructor: Liz Shimada

Course Length: Two semesters. Class meets 2x/month, every other week. Students are either in Set 1 or Set 2.

Type of Class: Group meetings through HEART Academy

When: Friday, 10:05 am – 11:20 am

Fee payable to the teacher: $45/month If you’ve enrolled in the class before, please contact teacher for discount. Lab one-time fee: $50

Curriculum: Handouts.

Minimum – Maximum Class Size: 6 students

Questions: Elizabeth Shimada lizshimada@gmail.com

Grade Levels: 5th – 9th grade

Prerequisites: Due to the project nature of this class, the student must be able to listen to and follow detailed oral and written instructions. The student must also have reasonable patience with their fine motor skills for tracing, cutting, gluing, taping, wrapping, and bending materials. The student must have the ability to manage basic tool safety and will be periodically using a wire cutter, a pair of pliers, and a mini hot glue gun. Parents are welcome to attend to assist their student. Students should have basic math arithmetic and measurement skills.

Course Goal
The goal of this class is to teach math and science concepts in an exploratory, fun way to get students excited about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and become familiar with concepts encountered in higher science coursework.

Course Description STEM is an acronym for “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math” and is often used to reference studies or education of the student in four specific disciplines – science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. In this course, students build theseprojects to understand math and science concepts and to connect those concepts to engineering, technology, and real world applications. The course shows students how to be creative and resourceful with every day materials, as well as introduce them to common materials, parts, and tools used in science and engineering. During each class, we will also read a bible verse and point to God’s mastery in His wonderful creation. We spend about 30 minutes on vocabulary, concepts, discussion and activities, and then about 45 minutes building a related project from the list below:

  • 3D Kaleidoscope (Law of Reflection)
  • Infinity Mirror (Absorption, Transmission)
  • Cartesian Divers (Archimede’s principle, Buoyancy)
  • Spinning Motor (Magnetics, electromagnetics)
  • Bug Balance (Equilibrium, center of mass)
  • Solar Pendulum (Solar Energy, Gravity)
  • Hologram Projector (Light Transmission)
  • Animation Carousel (Zoetrope, Visual Persistence)
  • 3D Glasses (Anaglyph, Stereoscopic Effect, Light Waves)
  • Racing Birds (Potential Energy, Friction, Gravity)
  • Wobbly Bug (Rotational Dynamics, Electricity)
  • Push Puppet (Springs)
  • Earbud (Sound Waves, Electromagnetics)
  • Popping Heads (Gears)
  • Zap Jar (Leydon, Electrostatics, conduction, insulation)
  • Pendulum Wave (Sinusoidal Waves)

Grading There is no grading in this course, although optional take-home worksheets may be scored.

Attendance Students sign up for either Set 1 or Set 2. Each set meets every other week. Due to the logistics of managing project materials, students can only attend the set they sign up for. Make ups may be discussed and worked out with the teacher.

What to Bring to Class Students should bring to every class: • pencil and eraser • patience ☺

Contacting the Teacher lizshimada@gmail.com