June 13-June 17 + June 21-June 24 | 9:00 am-12:00 pm | $390 | 6th-9th grade In Robotics Engineering, you will develop the knowledge and skills to build a rotating servo robotic arm by the end of the course! You do not need any prior experience of robotics or engineering to participate! From engaging lectures to hands-on build activities, students will dive into the three interdisciplinary fields of robotics: mechanical, electrical, and programming. Students will learn about mechanical builds, 3-D CAD (computer-aided design) modeling, and physics techniques. Next, they will use electrical engineering principles to explore circuits, soldering, electrical boards, pins, and wiring. Lastly, students will learn programming in C++ through the Arduino IDE by examining input, output, functions, loops, and flowcharts. This course will be taught by members from the nationally ranked St. Francis & Jesuit Robotics teams.
Life on Planet Earth!
June 21-June 24 | 9:00 am-12:00 pm | $180 | 6th-8th grade In Life on Planet Earth!, get ready to learn about ecology: the science of how all organisms on Earth interact with each other and the environment! Because ecology requires an understanding of multiple fields, students will first learn about how geology and the astronomy of the solar system leads to weather patterns on Earth. Then, we will explore how these weather patterns affect the occurrence of biomes and the biodiversity of living creatures. Students will practice population ecology through calculations and data analysis. Then students will examine communities and ecosystems as they research and create presentations about ecosystems and build their own miniature terrariums!
Website Coding & Analysis
June 21-June 24 | 1:00 pm-4:00 pm | $150 | 6th-8th grade In Website Coding and Analysis, you will explore the world of websites through HTML as you become an ethical, white-hat hacker! White-hat hackers use legal processes to perform penetration testing, test different security systems, and perform vulnerability assessments. Students will learn all about the information that a website can hold in its code, like hidden messages and cookies.
Microbiology and Public Health
June 27-July 1 | 1:00-4:00 pm | $180 | 6th-8th grade Microbiology and Public Health is a very unique multidisciplinary course that explores microbiology and applies it to the field of public health, an important subject during the current pandemic. First, students will gain an intricate understanding of cell biology and the evolution of the three domains of life on a cellular level. Students will have the opportunity to grow their own bacterial cultures on petri dishes and develop yeast cultures to further explore the function of different types of cells found on Earth. Then, the course will pivot as students apply their understanding of microbiology to various diseases, both communicable and noncommunicable.