Saturday STEM Program is a series of model-based, inquiry experiences designed to provide interesting and exciting opportunities in STEM for elementary and middle school students. The program provides K-8 students with the opportunity to explore a major integrated STEM theme for five weeks in Fall and Spring semesters.

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Fall 2022 Saturday STEM Courses:

Online application for the free Fall 2022 Saturday STEM courses is now open. Apply online by 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10. Please note that each class is limited to 20 students and, if there are more applicants than spaces, students will be chosen via a lottery and notified.

Learning Science and Math with the Finch Robot (Grades 3, 4, and 5)

Finch is a robot that can be coded to move on a surface to accomplish given goals. By using Finch with Snap! block-based programming, children will learn how to code a robot and learn science and math concepts! Children will be given ample opportunities to hone their skills and improve their understanding of robotics and coding, along with their conceptual understanding of math and science. Starting to learn block-based coding through educational robotics will enhance students' critical thinking skills and raise students’ interest in STEM and computer science careers.

Program meets on Saturdays, Oct. 15, 22, and 29, and Nov. 5, and 12.

Choose from Section I or II.

  • Section I: 9 -11:30 a.m. with Dr. Hasan Deniz and Burak Sahin
  • Section II: Noon - 2:30 p.m. with Burak Sahin

Integrating Engineering with Robotics (Grades 6, 7, and 8)

This five-week course is designed to engage students who may not think robotics or computer science is for them. This course integrates engineering with the essentials of coding in an engaging environment through Hummingbird robotics. Hummingbird robotics is a great way to introduce kids to STEM by solving authentic problems with construction materials that they are already familiar with. By the end of the course, students will improve their knowledge and skills in engineering and computational thinking, and they will be informed about STEM and computer science careers. No prior experience in robotics is required.

Program meets on Saturdays, Oct. 15, 22, and 29, and Nov. 5, and 12.

Section I: Noon -2:30 p.m. with Dr. Hasan Deniz

Previous Saturday STEM Courses:

Natural Hazards (Grades 3-5)

Are you fascinated by the powerful and extreme natural world around you? Events such as wildfires, earthquakes, volcanoes, and floods occur regularly. Understand why and where they happen and how we can be more prepared. Focus on natural hazards locally and globally, including drought in Nevada, volcanoes in Iceland, and earthquakes in New Zealand along with how humans mitigate the impacts of these events.

Robotics for STEM Learning (Grades 3-5)

This course is designed to engage students who may not think robotics is for them. This non-competitive robotics course teaches the essentials of coding in an engaging environment. Hummingbird robotics is a great way to introduce kids to STEM by solving authentic problems with construction materials that they are already familiar with. By the end of the course, students will improve their computational thinking skills and will be informed about STEM and Computer Science careers. No prior experience in robotics is required to enroll in the course.

Dude Perfect Math (Grades 6-8)

Learn about mathematics connected to trick shot videos that the YouTube sensations “Dude Perfect” have created. Model rockets, fidget spinners, bottle flipping, and more will be investigated!

Introduction to Engineering with EV3 Robotics (Grades 3-5)

This course teaches students the core computer programming logic, reasoning skills using a robotics engineering context. It contains sequences of projects (plus one capstone challenge) organized around key robotics and programming concepts. Introduction to engineering with robotics provides a structured sequence of programming activities in real-world project-based contexts. The projects are designed to get students thinking about the patterns and structure of not just robotics, but also programming and problem-solving more generally. By the end of the course, students should be better thinkers and engineers, not just coders.

Game-based Mathematics (Grades 7 and 8)

Students will be challenged and engaged through a variety of game-based mathematics activities including robotics, escape rooms, and technology-based games. Students will learn more about having the right mindset for mathematics through these experiences.

Engineering-Based STEM Activities (Grades 6-8)

Students will participate each week in a realistic, fun, engaging, team-based activity. The activities will involve the legendary creature Bigfoot, art, sports analytics, alternative energy sources including wind power, and using mathematics to make predictions about the future. Students will develop communication, teamwork, and presentation skills as they investigate a new activity each week that integrates STEM subjects.

National Basketball Association Math Hoops (Grades 6-8)

NBA Math Hoops is a basketball board game and mobile app that allows students to learn fundamental math skills through direct engagement with the real statistics of their favorite NBA and WNBA players. The NBA Math Hoops curriculum is tied to Common Core State Standards and 21st Century Learning Skills. NBA Math Hoops was developed and launched by Learn Fresh, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving student engagement and achievement through the creation and distribution of innovative, fun, and effective educational tools.

Exploring Ecology (Grades 3-5)

Through exciting activities students will investigate life cycles of plants and animals, and basic ecological concepts such as populations, habitats, food webs, and carrying capacity. Student investigations will be supported with scaffolds in merging science content with the practice of evidence-based explanations.

Model Eliciting STEM Activities (Grades 6-8)

Students will participate each week in a realistic, fun, engaging, team-based activity. Each week will have a different topic but will focus on integrating STEM concepts. The activities are structured for students to use applications of math and science while working through the engineering design process while integrating technology. Students will develop communication, teamwork, and presentation skills as they investigate a new task each week.

Mathematical Escape Rooms (Grades 6-8)

An escape room is a game during which teams solve multiple puzzles using clues, hints, and strategy to determine how to escape from a room. Students will be challenged and work together to complete the fun games.

Campus Science Explorers (Grades 6-8)

Students will explore UNLV’s campus over the course of five Saturdays using investigative techniques related to biology and geoscience. Each week, students will investigate topics such as plant identification, biodiversity, and rock/mineral identification on campus. The campus explorers will end the sessions with a science notebook to keep up with all of their discoveries and a completion certificate outlining their science achievements.