Virtual Spring Break Camp

Spring Break Camp Registration 2021

This virtual summit, presented by Project Exploration and the James Dyson Foundation, will provide virtual engagement opportunities for K-12th grade students on Zoom in a wide array of STEM disciplines. Students will choose the opportunities that are most interesting to them from multiple organizations – from coding to career exploration to marine biology, aeronautics, and more – and  work with real world mentors to get an idea for what that STEM field is all about!

As always, registration for current and qualifying students is completely FREE, and includes supplies wherever appropriate. If your family lives out of our service area, the form below will prompt you to instead consider our Spring Break kit. If you have questions or concerns, please contact [email protected]

All of these Spring Break options will take place at pre-scheduled times and days during Spring Break week, March 29th to April 2nd. Space is very limited and as such, we ask that when you register your student, that you make sure you are committed to attending every session you choose! In fact, options that involve PE sending a costly, mailed kit require a small deposit to hold your child’s spot to ensure students are truly committed. If your child attends all sessions, your deposit will be refunded. If your child misses one or more sessions without an excused absence, PE reserves the right to retain the small deposit to offset the cost of that underutilized STEMkit.

Registration for sessions requiring mailed supplies closes on Sunday, March 21 at 11:59 pm CT, or when all spots have been claimed. After March 22, if you would like to register for any other session, please email [email protected] with your workshop preferences. 

Camp options for each grade group are below, and provided within the registration form.

 

Kindergarten to 2nd Grade Camp Options

Register by Sunday, March 14th, and your child’s registration for the LOOP will also include a FREE STEM in the CHI STEMkit, which includes activities to do on their own time during free blocks, a t-shirt, and enamel pin!

 

K-2nd Grade Camp Options in More Detail:

 

9:00 am – 10:00 am

  • Learn Coding with Osmo Creatures (Monday to Thursday) Is your child interested in math and coding? Help them build social-emotional skills like problem-solving, creativity and perseverance, as they complete activities with the kit and iPad. They will learn more about physics, coding, and math, with the help of the Osmo creatures!

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • iPad (or see right column)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • Osmo Kit (mailed to student)

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • iPad (check box on registration that says you want to borrow an iPad)

 

10:00 am – 11:00 am

  • Butterfly Scientists (Monday) Is your child interested in butterflies and life science? They can become a butterfly scientist for the week and learn about butterfly body parts and the ways butterflies grow and change throughout their lives! Then, they will create your own butterfly life cycle models to teach others what you have learned.

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required

 

Register Your K-2 Student

3rd to 5th Grade Camp Options

Register by Sunday, March 14th, and your child’s registration for the LOOP will also include a FREE STEM in the CHI STEMkit, which includes activities to do on their own time during free blocks, a t-shirt, and enamel pin!

 

3rd-5th Grade Camp Options in More Detail:

 

10:00 am – 11:00 am

  • Saving Butterflies (Wednesday) Interested in butterflies and conservation? Observe and compare rare and endangered Midwestern butterflies! You will learn about the characteristics of native butterfly habitats, the Nature Museum’s conservation research initiatives, and the ways in which people impact local butterfly populations.

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required

 

10:00 am – 11:00 am

  • Tiny DNA, BIG Impact: DNA Extraction (Thursday) Interested in genetics? You will learn how information is encoded in DNA and its downstream effects! Through an interactive activity using supplies readily available in their kitchen, you will isolate DNA from strawberries.

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • 1 Strawberry or Banana
  • 1 Ziploc Bag
  • Cup, Spoon, and Toothpick/Fork
  • Water
  • Dish Soap
  • Salt
  • Rubbing Alcohol or Hand Sanitizer
  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required

 

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • Tips and Tricks for E-Learning (Monday) Want tips and tricks for e-learning? As e-learning expectations increase, we know you have been facing many challenges in transitioning from the more traditional in-person education setting to one that is much more self-directed and complex. With help from the experts, you will learn the best ways to succeed through building new and improved skill sets.

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required

 

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm 

  • Zebrafish Under the Microscope (Monday) Interested in cell biology? Take a virtual tour of the Saxena Lab at UIC and learn how scientists maintain and breed zebrafish, collect their fertilized eggs, and view them under microscopes! You will observe the development of the embryos and learn about how stem cells differentiate into neurons.

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required

 

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

  • Cybersleuths Games and Videos (Thursday) Interested in cybersecurity? Through a series of videos and games, learn what it takes to make encryption possible and the internet safe!

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required

Register your 3-5 Student

6th to 8th Grade GIRLS Camp Options

Register by Sunday, March 14th, and your child’s registration for the LOOP will also include a FREE STEM in the CHI STEMkit, which includes activities to do on their own time during free blocks, a t-shirt, and enamel pin!

 

6th-8th Grade GIRL Camp Options in More Detail:

 

10:00 am – 11:00 am

  • Science of Engineering and Noise (Monday) Meet a scientist! Learn about how noise is at the intersection of science and engineering, and participate in a research activity!

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required
  • Rapid Prototyping with Dyson (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday) Interested in engineering? The James Dyson Foundation’s rapid prototyping workshop encourages students to solve problems to everyday solutions. The workshops will lead you through the design process: brainstorming, sketching, constructing prototypes and presenting their ideas- just like the Dyson engineers!

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Recycled Materials – as many as you can find! Plastic bottles, cardboard, paper, and more!
  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required
  • Impact of Humans on Nature (Thursday) Interested in human impact on nature? Join museum curators in Beecher Collections Laboratory for an interactive Collections Connection! You will get a look behind the scenes to learn more about what’s in our natural history collection and the stories that museum collections tell. Then, you will use your observations to seek evidence to construct explanations on how humans have impacted other living things in the past and present.

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required

 

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • Tips and Tricks for E-Learning (Monday) Want tips and tricks for e-learning? As e-learning expectations increase, we know you have been facing many challenges in transitioning from the more traditional in-person education setting to one that is much more self-directed and complex. With help from the experts, you will learn the best ways to succeed through building new and improved skill sets.

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required
  • Intro to Physics and Wave Mechanics (Thursday) Meet a scientist and learn about physics and wave mechanics with a slinky! Explore simulations and learn about how waves affect our lives.

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • Slinky!

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required

 

Afternoon Blocks – CHOOSE FROM:

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

  • OPTION 1: Love the Skin You’re In! with PepsiCo (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday) Interested in skin care, hair care, and coding or animation? This three part, girls-only workshop describes the biology of skin, the importance of skin care, and you will make your own sugar scrub. Next, learn the science behind hair as you create your own hair shampoo and conditioner. Finally, celebrate Spring Break with a series of modules that help you learn to code while you create dance animations with characters.

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • 3 mailed kits to complete the activities

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required
    Conflicts with High Tech Garden, Taking Flight, Meet a Scientist Series, and Explore Cybersecurity Sessions.
  • OPTION 2: Bending Light and Lasers (Monday), Zebrafish Under the Microscope (Thursday), and Climate Change and Your Footprint (Friday) – On Monday, meet a scientist! Have you ever wondered how the internet works? Do you want to see people shine lasers through different things? Did you know that light can bend? In this workshop you’ll hear from scientists to learn more about how light behaves and how we can use it to communicate! Next, take a virtual tour of the Saxena Lab at UIC and learn how scientists maintain and breed zebrafish, collect their fertilized eggs, and view them under microscopes! You will observe the development of the embryos and learn about how stem cells differentiate into neurons. Finally, learn about climate change and its effects on various parts of the world, and discuss solutions that have emerged as cities combat climate change. Utilize sustainable materials in an activity and learn how you can help reduce your environmental footprint! 

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Pencil, Markers, and any arts and crafts materials
  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required

 

      • Conflicts with Self Care Series, Taking Flight, High Tech Garden, and Explore Cybersecurity Sessions.
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  • OPTION 3: Take Flight with Aerostars (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, until 2 pm) Interested in aerospace engineering or aviation? Meet professionals in the aerospace STEM fields and dive deep into the countless career paths available in the realms of aviation and space. Give wings to your dreams!

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Recycled materials, as many as you can find!
  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required

Conflicts with High Tech Garden, Self Care Series, Meet a Scientist Series, and Explore Cybersecurity Sessions.

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm 

  • OPTION 4: High Tech Garden (Monday to Friday) Interested in technology and gardening? This workshop will teach you how to code using Arduino. You will design a plant monitor that measures temperature, humidity, and soil moisture. Now that’s one high-tech garden! (small, refundable deposit required)

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • Kit to be mailed, including Arduino coding board!

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required

Conflicts with Self Care Series, Taking Flight, Meet a Scientist Series, Explore Cybersecurity Sessions, Build a Beat, Code a Game, and Brain Power/Mindfulness.

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

  • OPTION 5: Explore Cybersecurity Jobs and Cybersleuths Games and Videos (Tuesday, Wednesday) Interested in cybersecurity? The cybersecurity workforce is one of the fasting growing professions in the world. This course provides exploration into the various skill sets and job roles of a cybersecurity field professional. Learn more about what it takes to be a cybersecurity expert through activities, and hear from real-world cybersecurity professionals!

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required
    • Conflicts with High Tech Garden, Taking Flight, and Self Care Series.
  • OPTION 6: Code a Game Using Python with TechGirls (Thursday) Interested in gaming? In this girls-only workshop, you will learn more about the coding language of Python. You will learn the basics of Python programming including: simple data types, comparisons, if-statements, and loops in Trinket.io. Using what you learn, you will make a fun game!

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required

Conflicts with High Tech Garden, Taking Flight, and Meet a Scientist Series.

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

  • OPTION 7: Build a Beat with Python Code (Monday to Friday, until 3 pm) Interested in music and coding? Dive into the basics of music, rhythm, and Python code in this interactive workshop. You’ll learn some foundational coding concepts as you create a customized hip-hop or house beat pattern.

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required
    • Conflicts with High Tech Garden and Brain Power/Mindfulness Session
  • OPTION 8: Brain Power (Monday to Friday, until 3 pm) Interested in the power of the brain? In this workshop you will identify, collect data, and analyze emotional intelligence. You will explore why some scenarios affect the mind and body, and understand how everyday life can be foundational ground for mental illness.

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Pen and Paper
  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required

Conflicts with High Tech Garden and Build a Beat Sessions.

Register my 6-8 Girl

6th to 8th Grade BOYS Camp Options

Register by Sunday, March 14th, and your child’s registration for the LOOP will also include a FREE STEM in the CHI STEMkit, which includes activities to do on their own time during free blocks, a t-shirt, and enamel pin!

 

6th-8th Grade BOYS Camp Options in More Detail:

 

10:00 am – 11:00 am

  • Science of Engineering and Noise (Monday) Meet a scientist! Learn about how noise is at the intersection of science and engineering, and participate in a research activity!

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required
  • Rapid Prototyping with Dyson (Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday) Interested in engineering? The James Dyson Foundation’s rapid prototyping workshop encourages students to solve problems to everyday solutions. The workshops will lead you through the design process: brainstorming, sketching, constructing prototypes and presenting their ideas- just like the Dyson engineers!

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Recycled Materials – as many as you can find! Plastic bottles, cardboard, paper, and more!
  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required
  • Impact of Humans on Nature (Thursday) Interested in human impact on nature? Join museum curators in Beecher Collections Laboratory for an interactive Collections Connection! You will get a look behind the scenes to learn more about what’s in our natural history collection and the stories that museum collections tell. Then, you will use your observations to seek evidence to construct explanations on how humans have impacted other living things in the past and present.

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required

 

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • Tips and Tricks for E-Learning (Monday) Want tips and tricks for e-learning? As e-learning expectations increase, we know you have been facing many challenges in transitioning from the more traditional in-person education setting to one that is much more self-directed and complex. With help from the experts, you will learn the best ways to succeed through building new and improved skill sets.

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required
  • Intro to Physics and Wave Mechanics (Thursday) Meet a scientist and learn about physics and wave mechanics with a slinky! Explore simulations and learn about how waves affect our lives.

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • Slinky!

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required

 

Afternoon Blocks – CHOOSE FROM:

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

  • OPTION 1: Bending Light and Lasers (Monday) – meet a scientist! Have you ever wondered how the internet works? Do you want to see people shine lasers through different things? Did you know that light can bend? In this workshop you’ll hear from scientists to learn more about how light behaves and how we can use it to communicate! 

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required
    • Conflicts with High Tech Garden Session.
  • OPTION 2: Zebrafish Under the Microscope (Thursday) – take a virtual tour of the Saxena Lab at UIC and learn how scientists maintain and breed zebrafish, collect their fertilized eggs, and view them under microscopes! You will observe the development of the embryos and learn about how stem cells differentiate into neurons.

    Supplies Needed at Home:

    • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

    Supplies Mailed to Student:

    • None

     

    Borrowed Supply Options:

    • None required

Conflicts with Taking Flight and High Tech Garden Sessions.

  • OPTION 3: Climate Change and Your Footprint (Friday) learn about climate change and its effects on various parts of the world, and discuss solutions that have emerged as cities combat climate change. Utilize sustainable materials in an activity and learn how you can help reduce your environmental footprint! 

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Pencil, Markers, and any arts and crafts materials
  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required

 

        • Conflicts with High Tech Garden Session.
  •  
  • OPTION 4: Take Flight with Aerostars (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, until 2 pm) Interested in aerospace engineering or aviation? Meet professionals in the aerospace STEM fields and dive deep into the countless career paths available in the realms of aviation and space. Give wings to your dreams!

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Recycled materials, as many as you can find!
  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required

Conflicts with High Tech Garden, Zebrafish Under the Microscope, and Explore Cybersecurity Sessions.

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm 

  • OPTION 5: High Tech Garden (Monday to Friday) Interested in technology and gardening? This workshop will teach you how to code using Arduino. You will design a plant monitor that measures temperature, humidity, and soil moisture. Now that’s one high-tech garden! (small, refundable deposit required)

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • Kit to be mailed, including Arduino coding board!

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required

Conflicts with Bending Light, Taking Flight, Zebrafish Under the Microscope, Climate Change and Your Footprint, Explore Cybersecurity Sessions, Build a Beat, Code a Game, and Brain Power/Mindfulness.

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

  • OPTION 6: Explore Cybersecurity Jobs and Cybersleuths Games and Videos (Tuesday, Wednesday) Interested in cybersecurity? The cybersecurity workforce is one of the fasting growing professions in the world. This course provides exploration into the various skill sets and job roles of a cybersecurity field professional. Learn more about what it takes to be a cybersecurity expert through activities, and hear from real-world cybersecurity professionals!

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required
    • Conflicts with High Tech Garden and Taking Flight.

 

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

  • OPTION 7: Build a Beat with Python Code (Monday to Friday, until 3 pm) Interested in music and coding? Dive into the basics of music, rhythm, and Python code in this interactive workshop. You’ll learn some foundational coding concepts as you create a customized hip-hop or house beat pattern.

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required
    • Conflicts with High Tech Garden and Brain Power/Mindfulness Session
  • OPTION 8: Brain Power: Mental Mindfulness (Friday) Interested in the power of the brain? In this workshop you will identify, collect data, and analyze emotional intelligence. You will explore why some scenarios affect the mind and body, and understand how everyday life can be foundational ground for mental illness.

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Pen and Paper
  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required

Conflicts with High Tech Garden and Build a Beat Sessions.

Register your 6-8 male student

9th to 12th Grade Camp Options

 

9th-12th Grade Camp Options in More Detail:

 

MORNING BLOCKS – CHOOSE FROM:

9:00 am – 11:00 am

  • Discover Careers: Graphic Design (Tuesday) Interested in graphic design? You will be taken through the basics of GIMP and learn graphic design and image manipulation basics. You will explore different careers that use GIMP and similar software, the average pay, and what requirements jobs in this field typically have.

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Profile selfie downloaded on device
  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required

Conflicts with Plants/Climate Change and Sports/Tech Sessions.

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  • Explore 3D Animation (Wednesday) Interested in animation and 3D visualizations? You will use a platform to create 3D visualizations including images, 3D animations, VFX shots, and video editing–the same technology used in blockbuster movies such as Wonder Woman. Students will be taken through the basics of Blender and learn how to create different 3D images.

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required
    • Conflicts with Sports and Tech Session.
  • Explore Marine Life with the Shedd Aquarium (Thursday) Interested in marine life? Join scientists at the Shedd Aquarium as you take a virtual tour of animal habitats. You will practice nature sketching, conduct ethograms with live animals, and meet an Animal Care Specialist!

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required

Conflicts with Sports and Tech Session.

10:00 am – 11:00 am

  • Discover Careers: Space and Telescopes (Monday) Meet a scientist! Alysha Shugart is a Observations Specialist at the Vera C. Rubin Observatory in Chile. She began working in observatory operations at McDonald Observatory in West Texas and has more than 13 years working on telescopes in the United States and Chile. She has contributed to optical instrument building and testing at both Apache Point and McDonald Observatories. She also works on galactic merger research with data taken on the Gemini Multi-Conjugate Adaptive Optics System (GeMS).

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required

Conflicts with Sports and Tech Session.

  • Plants and Climate Change (Tuesday and Friday) Interested in botany and conservation? Chicago Botanic Garden scientists will introduce you to plant phenology, or the study of the timing of seasonal life cycle events in plants. You will learn what this can tell us about climate change and how observing plants in your own backyard can help research and conservation efforts!

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required

Conflicts with Graphic Design and Sports and Tech Session.

 

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • Sports and Tech: Build Your Own Wearable (Monday – Friday) Interested in sports technology? This workshop meshes sports and technology! Learn how Steph Curry keeps his elbow straight, or how Tom Brady keeps a short arm movement, then take it to the next level by creating your own tech that can evaluate your arm movement.
    (deposit required)

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • Kit with all materials required mailed to student

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required

Conflicts with Space and Telescopes, Tips for E-Learning, Coding Cures, Graphic Design, Climate Change, 3D Animation, Molecular Engineers, and Discover Marine Life Sessions.

 

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • Tips and Tricks for E-Learning (Monday) Want tips and tricks for e-learning? As e-learning expectations increase, we know you have been facing many challenges in transitioning from the more traditional in-person education setting to one that is much more self-directed and complex. With help from the experts, you will learn the best ways to succeed through building new and improved skill sets.

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required

Conflicts with Coding Cures and Sports/Tech Sessions.

  • Coding Cures (Monday – Friday) Interested in coding and medicine? Using the coding language Python, and the program PyMOL, you will learn through hands-on activities how we can use computers to design medicine that will stop viruses from working normally. This is what real scientists are using to protect people from COVID-19!

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required

Conflicts with Tips for E-Learning, Molecular Engineers, and Sports/Tech Sessions.

  • Discover Careers: Molecular Engineers (Wednesday) Meet a scientist! Molecular engineering is an approach to solving problems in biology, chemistry, and physics on the molecular level, and computational research, or using coding for engineering, can help us explore things that we cannot see with the naked eye. You will learn how computational engineering can be used in several areas, such as the COVID-19 vaccine, adaptive materials, and powerful quantum technology.

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required

Conflicts with Coding Cures and Sports/Tech Sessions.

 

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

  • Discover Careers: Cell Biology (Tuesday) Interested in cell biology? Take a virtual tour of the Saxena Lab at UIC and learn how scientists maintain and breed zebrafish, collect their fertilized eggs, and view them under microscopes! You will observe the development of the embryos and learn about how stem cells differentiate into neurons.

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required
  • Bending Light and Lasers (Wednesday) Meet a scientist! Have you ever wondered how the internet works? Do you want to see people shine lasers through different things? Did you know that light can bend? In this workshop you’ll hear from scientists to learn more about how light behaves and how we can use it to communicate!

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required

 

 

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

  • Cybersecurity Simulator (Thursday) Interested in cybersecurity? Engage with the BNBCE International Cyber Simulation and learn about threat intelligence, governance and risk management. Try your hand at being a cybersecurity professional and protect your city system against an attack!

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required

Conflicts with Discover Careers: Space Exploration Session.

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

  • Build a Beat: Learn Coding Through Music (Monday and Friday) Interested in music and coding? Dive into the basics of music, rhythm, and Python code in this interactive workshop. You’ll learn some foundational coding concepts as you create a customized hip-hop or house beat pattern.

    Supplies Needed at Home:

    • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

    Supplies Mailed to Student:

    • None

     

    Borrowed Supply Options:

    • None required

 

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm 

  • Discover Careers: Space Exploration (Thursday) Meet a scientist! Dr. Burçin Mutlu-Pakdil studies the most peculiar objects in the Universe. Her research has led to a discovery of an extremely rare galaxy with a unique circular structure, which is now commonly referred to as Burçin’s Galaxy. Her work has provided the first description of a double-ringed elliptical galaxy, introducing new challenges for our understanding of galaxy formation and evolution.

Supplies Needed at Home:

  • Device on which to join Zoom program (tablet, laptop, smartphone)

Supplies Mailed to Student:

  • None

 

Borrowed Supply Options:

  • None required

Conflicts with Cybersecurity Simulator Session.

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