Ox Ridge Parent-Teacher Organization

Sign up for STEAM Week, March 19-22

We’ll be featuring classes on dinosaurs, marine biology, robotics, programming and more. All classes will be $25 and held immediately following school during spring conference week, March 19-22. All classes run 1:30 – 3:00 pm. Due to limited space no refunds will be granted. To register, please log on to Pay4SchoolStuff by clicking here.

We are also looking for eight parent volunteers (two per day) to help run the event. Please consider helping out! Sign-up to volunteer here.

STEAM KIDS 

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:
 
TUESDAY 3/19
 
K-2: Art & Engineering (25 students max) – With the objective of learning how to convert 2D into 3D, and inspiration from the book Rosie Revere Engineer, students will learn about Leonardo da Vinci’s geodesic dome. Beginning with their own 2D sketches they will use pipe cleaners and straws to make their structural ideas come to life. Emphasis will be on inventing, measuring, building concepts, and beginning tutorials on how to draw 3D images. Brought to you by the Darien Arts Center.  
 

3-5: Globs, Goo & Guts (25 students max) – Students get to roll up their sleeves and make all kinds of icky sticky stuff! They’ll have a hands-on look at real cow hearts and other organs. Listen to their own hearts, make a model lung breathe, and find out what makes them tick! Brought to you by High Touch, High Tech.

WEDNESDAY 3/20

K-2: Coastal Ecology (25 students max) – Students will get the chance to meet some of the fascinating creatures that live just beyond our shoreline. There will be all sorts of interesting invertebrates to help students understand maritime life cycles and how different animals have interesting adaptations that allow them to survive and thrive in the intertidal zone. Hands on experiences with mollusks, crabs and sea stars provide an up close and personal experience. Brought to you by the Bruce Museum.

3-5: Robotic Engineering (25 students max) – Using Lego Mindstorms, a platform produced by Lego, students will design and build their own robots guided by the theme ‘Mini Golf’! They will be encouraged towards creative tinkering and exploration of new building concepts helping to improve their critical thinking skills. They will then utilize code to program their robots to execute tasks. Brought to you by CompuChild.

THURSDAY 3/21

K-2: Lego Robotics (24 students max) – This is a hands-on approach where students will learn about different motor-powered mechanical systems and use gears, axels, belts and pulleys to build Lego robots. They will then learn the basics of programming to bring their Lego robots to life! Brought to you by CompuChild.
 

3-5: Scratch Programming (25 students max) – Scratch is a fun, flashy visual programming language which was designed and is maintained by the MIT Media Lab. In this class, students will learn the concepts of computer programming and create stories, games and animations by programming in Scratch. Scratch helps students learn to think creatively, reason logically and learn the process of design. Brought to you by CompuChild.

FRIDAY 3/22

K-2: Dinosaurs (25 students max) – Ever dreamed of being a paleontologist? This program will give students an introduction to how scientists study dinosaurs. Students will get hands on experience identifying different types of dinosaurs by their fossil remains and think about where humans fit in the grand timeline of life on earth. Brought to you by the Bruce Museum.

3-5: Coastal Ecology (25 students max) – Students will get the chance to meet some of the fascinating creatures that live just beyond our shoreline. There will be all sorts of interesting invertebrates to help students understand maritime life cycles and how different animals have interesting adaptations that allow them to survive and thrive in the intertidal zone. Hands on experiences with mollusks, crabs and sea stars provide an up close and personal experience. Brought to you by the Bruce Museum.