Summer Science Courses

CHATHAM MARCONI MARITIME CENTER

IS OFFERING SUMMER SCIENCE COURSES

WITH A STEM TWIST
  FOR GRADES 2 - 10

 
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Summer Science Classes
July - August 2017

The Chatham Marconi Maritime Center is pleased to announce our 2017 Summer Science courses for kids. We are offering fourteen one-week courses this year on a variety of topics including robotics, astronomy, shark biology, chemistry, and video making. We are fortunate to have six wonderful returning teachers – Annie Haven, Larry Brookhart, Karen Manning, Steve Cass, Marianne Long and Jackie Bicknell. Unless otherwise noted, the courses will be held at the STEM Education facility at the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center.

We are excited about this wonderful opportunity to engage our children during the summer and hope you'll be able to take advantage of it. Space is limited so be sure to sign up early.

Charles Bartlett
Executive Director for Education

Our Summer Science Program is underwritten by generous grants from The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, The Roessner Family Foundation and Bentley Systems.

Summer Science Course Descriptions:
July
Robot Mini!

Teacher: Annie Haven
Students entering grades 3 - 7
Date: July 5 - 7
Mornings 9:00AM - 12:00PM OR Afternoons 12:30PM - 3:30PM
Cost $100 / Session

Is your child interested in learning robotics skills? Using our Roamer robots, students will first learn to input commands for movement and musical notes. Next, students will take their skills to the next level with NXT Lego Mindstorms. They will develop their three dimensional mathematical minds by building the introductory Lego Mindstorm robots and learning the uses of the pieces and each sensor. This is a great starter class for young robot engineers!

Coding with EV3

Teacher: Karen Manning
Students entering grades 5 - 9
Date: July 10 - 14
Mornings: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Cost $150 / Session

Do you want to work with the newest Lego robot system? EV3 is the newest development in Lego Mindstorms with new parts, new sensors, and two variations of motors! Build complex machines like robotic vehicles and arms with the next generation EV3. You have learned the basics; now it's time to deeply engage your critical thinking skills and solve complex, multistep problems with your robots. These missions will build your confidence and boost your brainpower!

Amazing Astronomy!

Teacher: Larry Brookhart
Students entering grades 4 - 7
Date: July 10 - 14
Mornings 8:30AM - 11:30AM plus one Evening Star Party
SPECIAL LOCATION: Harwich Observatory behind Harwich Elementary School (see map below)
[Please note that this class is NOT held at the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center]
Cost $150 / Session

Search the skies and learn how to navigate and locate the many cosmic wonders above us! Students will have the opportunity to operate powerful optical instruments that will deliver exhilarating views of the heavens! Be a part of our astro-crew and discover the workings of a real observatory- the computer controlled telescopes, sky-mapping software, networking with other observatories around the globe and viewing videos sent to us from the international space station. Students will engage in astronomical games, make handy astronomer's tools and use specialized equipment to examine sun spots. We will even have an evening Star Party where you will take a ride to the cosmos on a journey you'll never forget! Not to be outdone by the stars, we also have a Solar Scope! The double- stacked arrangement of the lens elements of this scope allows for viewing the solar landscape through different wavelengths of light. Certain solar features are only visible within narrow bands of the light spectrum, and this scope has that capability. Close-up views of the solar surface reveal a highly-detailed, active, violent environment scarred with agitated strong magnetic fields, tornadic "windstorms", nuclear explosions and massive collisions between plasma and particle materials at vastly different temperatures. All this on an exponential scale not found on our Earth. This device safely opens the door to solar viewing and will allow the students to explore, observe, record and analyze the characteristics and events of solar mass ejections, solar storms, sunspot activity and the changing dynamics of extreme forces interacting on the sun's surface and its atmosphere.

Radical Robotics!

Teacher: Larry Brookhart
Students entering grades 4 - 7
Limit: 12 students
Date: July 10 - 14
Afternoons: 1:00PM - 4:00PM
SPECIAL LOCATION: Harwich Observatory behind Harwich Elementary School (see map below)
[Please note that this class is NOT held at the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center]
Cost $150 / Session

Building machines and programming robots is how students will spend their afternoons! Join us and design, create, build and program a variety of robots in our computer lab. In addition to the Mindstorms kits students get to meet our programmable robotic arms -- teach them to play checkers; Roamer Robots that you direct by communicating with their sensors-- steer them around an obstacle course by "talking" to them; race the Vex dune buggy-- it can turn on a dime; and the Rascal Robots -- here is your introduction to the world of animatronics! You won't believe how much fun you can have with a few electrical circuits, some computer commands and a little imagination!

AWSC Shark Week!

Note: This course is offered by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and hosted by CMMC. For more information, click here to visit AWSC website. To register, scroll down to the "CMMC Registration Information" section of this page.

Teacher: Marianne Long & AWSC Staff
Students entering grades 4 - 7
Dates: July 17 - 21 OR August 7 - 11
Mornings: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Cost $250 / Session

Shark Week is a one week program introducing youth to shark biology and exposing them to the ongoing research being done off of Cape Cod. Youth will have opportunities to learn how to tag sharks, investigate the anatomy and physiology of sharks by completing several labs and a dissection, and they will complete shark art projects over the course of the week. The program is being run for the second summer and will introduce new activities, as well as some of our favorites from last year. The program will be run by Atlantic White Shark Conservancy educators and is land based.

3-2-1 Action!

Teacher: Steve Cass
Students entering grades 5 - 8
Date: July 17 - 21
Mornings: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Cost $150 / Session

In this class, the participants will be using the incredible Monomoy High School studio to create short films or movie trailers. They will first create a story line and then record video and still frame footage used to construct their movie. This will be done through applications such as iMovie and Adobe Premiere Pro

Explorer's Guide to the Galaxy

Teacher: Kirby Smith
Students entering grades 7 - 10
Date: July 17 - 21
Mornings: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Cost $150 / Session

Prepare to be known among your friends as a budding astrophysicist! Have you ever wondered what makes the universe “tick”? What happens when stars die? Can anything escape a black hole? These questions and many others will be answered over the duration of this week, which will focus on a mathematical approach to astronomy. As a group, we will virtually explore the night sky as we search for answers to our questions. Bring any questions you may have about astronomy to this course and we will discuss them as a group and come to a better understanding of our place in the universe. You may be the next Carl Sagan, Vera Rubin, Caroline Moore, Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking, Maria Mitchell, Michio Kaku, or Jocelyn Bell Burnell!

Elements of Summer!

Teacher: Annie Haven
Students entering grades 3 - 7
Date: July 17 - 21
Afternoons: 12:30 - 3:30 PM
Cost $150 / Session

A chemistry workshop based on labs related to the periodic table of the elements. Have you ever wondered why hydrogen burns, oxygen supports burning, but H2O puts out fires? To answer this question and others, students will participate in such activities as decomposing water, building compounds, testing hydrogen fuel cell cars, and using glow sticks to learn about chemical reaction rates. Students will also make slime and crystal creations to take home!

Robot Free Building for Girls

Teacher: Karen Manning
Students entering grades 4 - 9
Date: July 24 - 28 OR August 21 - 25
Mornings: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Cost $150 / Session

Working in teams, girls will first learn basic programming using Roamer robots. Next, student pairs will program Lego Mindstorm NXT and EV3 robots and sensors, then work with their partners to build complex robots of their choosing! Students must be able to follow detailed instructions and work in teams as they engage in technical scientific exploration in a robotics lab environment. This course provides prerequisite skills for Terraformers and Green City Building classes in which students will learn to create more complex instructions for the Mindstorm robots.

Kid in a Candy Store!

Teacher: Annie Haven
Students entering grades 4 - 7
Dates: July 24 - 28
Afternoons: 12:30 - 3:30PM
Cost $150 / Session

Did you know that hard candies are actually a glass? Students will study chemical engineering of various sweet favorites including rock candy, gum, and liquid nitrogen ice cream. Students will learn about solutes, solvents, solutions, and mixtures in this tasty physical science course designed with the summer scientist in mind.

Sounds Like Summer!

Teacher: Annie Haven
Students entering grades 3 - 7
Dates: July 31 - August 4
Afternoons: 12:30 - 3:30PM
Cost $150 / Session

Have you ever wondered what it sounds like in outer space or how sound travels underwater? Learn about the physics of sound waves and communication systems. Students will participate in a variety of hands-on experiments including the creation of string telephones, a party line, and exploration of how sound travels. Students will even have the opportunity to use Morse Code to encode and decode messages with telegraph mechanisms!

August
AWSC Shark Week!

Note: This course is offered by the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and hosted by CMMC. For more information, click here to visit AWSC website. To register, scroll down to the "CMMC Registration Information" section of this page.

Teacher: Marianne Long & AWSC Staff
Students entering grades 4 - 7
Dates: August 7 - 11
Mornings: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Cost $250 / Session

Shark Week is a one week program introducing youth to shark biology and exposing them to the ongoing research being done off of Cape Cod. Youth will have opportunities to learn how to tag sharks, investigate the anatomy and physiology of sharks by completing several labs and a dissection, and they will complete shark art projects over the course of the week. The program is being run for the second summer and will introduce new activities, as well as some of our favorites from last year. The program will be run by Atlantic White Shark Conservancy educators and is land based.

Robot Pioneers with NXT and EV3

Teacher: Karen Manning
Students entering grades 4 - 7
Dates: August 7 - 11
Afternoons: 12:30PM - 3:30PM
Cost $150 / Session

Build a city brick by brick! Students will use specialized Legos and Lego Mindstorm NXT OR EV3 robots to build an environmentally friendly city or settle another planet. Student engineers will design and construct a “Green City” along with its special features such as wind turbines, a power station, and a dam. Terraformers will settle the distant planet, and students will navigate an imaginative mission to space. Students will use the engineering and design processes to ask questions, test prototypes, and work with others to decide on the best solutions for the new cities. These environments are rare ecosystems designed by Lego to encourage students to imagine the possibilities of Green City Building and Terraforming other planets. Come design your future!

Energy at Play!

Teacher: Jackie Bicknell
Students entering grades 3 - 5
Date: August 14 - 18
Mornings: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Cost $150 / Session

Toys! What makes a toy car roll across the floor, balls bounce, and glow sticks glow? ENERGY! Using NEED science materials and colorful Snap Circuitry kits, you will spend your mornings studying some favorite toys to learn the science of energy in many of its different forms. Potential energy activities will include chemical, stored mechanical, and gravitational (not nuclear). Kinetic energy activities will include radiant, thermal, motion, sound, and electrical. Get ready to energize your summer with this spectacular course!

Robot Free Building for Girls

Teacher: Karen Manning
Students entering grades 4 - 9
Date: August 21 - 25
Mornings: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Cost $150 / Session

Working in teams, girls will first learn basic programming using Roamer robots. Next, student pairs will program Lego Mindstorm NXT and EV3 robots and sensors, then work with their partners to build complex robots of their choosing! Students must be able to follow detailed instructions and work in teams as they engage in technical scientific exploration in a robotics lab environment. This course provides prerequisite skills for Terraformers and Green City Building classes in which students will learn to create more complex instructions for the Mindstorm robots.

CMMC Registration Information

Registration is now open and continues on a "first-come-first-served" basis until a class is full.

Registration form and refund policy: Click here for CMMC Registration Form.
Brochure with course descriptions: (sorry, not yet available.)

Print out the registration form. Read the refund policy. Fill in form, indicating your method of payment. Mail the completed form to:

Chatham Marconi Maritime Center
Attention: STEM course
P.O. Box 421
North Chatham, MA 02650

For other information, contact us via email: cmmcsummerstem@gmail.com

Getting Here

All classes, except Amazing Astronomy and Radical Robotics, meet at the CMMC Education Center on the CMMC Campus:

Amazing Astronomy and Radical Robotics Classes meet at the Harwich Elementary School:
By Car (plug into your GPS):

Harwich Elementary School
263 South Street
Harwich, MA 02645

Map to the Harwich Elementary School

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