VEEP and NHEEP are offering virtual STEM labs to learn about specific energy topics and practice science and engineering design. Groups will meet over several weeks with an online instructor to focus on specific energy-related STEM subjects appropriate for homeschool students, students learning from home, or students just interested in the topic.
These programs have a minimum # of students needed to run, and are capped at 10 students, so sign up as soon as you can. Registration closes 10 days prior to the start of the program to give us time to get materials out to all students.
2022-2023 STEM Labs
See descriptions of STEM labs below.
Are there invisible forces in our world? Join us to learn about energy that we cannot see! Through hands-on investigations, independent exploration, and engineering, participants will explore concepts of magnetism, static electricity, and gravity.
# of sessions: 3
Student Energy Action Group
What it is: A virtual class for homeschool students. We will examine energy and climate issues and plan and implement an action project that decreases the negative impacts of energy use.
Who can participate? Students grades 4-9
The goal: Students plan and execute an energy or climate action project at the end of the four month session. Students will receive a certificate of completion for their action project and their time spent participating in the online classroom and virtual sessions.
Criteria for student projects: Reduces energy use in one of the three sectors (Electricity, Thermal, Transportation) to help mitigate the impacts of climate change.
What it looks like: We will post weekly investigations and resources in Google Classroom that students should engage with throughout that week. These weekly activities will include discussion prompts, videos, lessons, and hands-on tasks. VEEP/NHEEP staff will be available for ongoing support and questions as students proceed through the activities. We will have group virtual check-ins once a month. Students will have a VEEP/NHEEP project advisor that will support them throughout their project planning and implementation, which will include more personal check-ins as they plan and implement their project.
What is expected from students and families:
1. Attend the 5 virtual sessions.
2. Check into the Google classroom every week and complete the activities/post in the discussion stream.
3. Plan an action project and work toward implementing the project with help from VEEP/NHEEP educators.
4. Parent/guardian attendance at the first virtual session in order to be familiar with the work expectations, class structure, and technology used.
Optional Additional Opportunities:
- Borrow equipment if you need it to accomplish your project
- An invitation to present at VINS Science Symposium in May
Cost: $25 (if cost is a barrier we have scholarships available)