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2019 Middle School STEAM Academy


Summer STEAM Academy 2019

Ages:  Students entering grades 6-9 in the 2019-2020 School Year.  

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts,  and Mathematics) is all about creating, building, and making things better! So what does it take to be an engineer? If you like math and science, you are off to a great start. If you enjoy discovering new things, solving problems, and learning how things work - even better! Creativity, persistence, and the desire to make the world a better place are also important qualities. Our summer program will be a great start to your career in science and engineering.


Summer STEAM Academy attendees engage in project-based modules and hands-on design activities. This program will bring the latest in technological advances to the classroom and lab sessions.  

If your student is interested in attending the STEAM Academy, please fill out the Registration Forms

June 11th ~ 13th  Location: Yellow Medicine East  ~ STEAM ~ Laser Engraver/Plasma Cutter ~ Darrel Refsland/Tammy Isfeld ~ This workshop offers a technical and hands-on introduction to proper setup and safe usage of our new CNC machine. Learn to use the CNC Plasma Cutter to make artistic intricate designs out of metal for metal sculptures and signs!


June 18th ~ 20th ~ Location: Yellow Medicine East ~ Art through Metal/Woods ~ Darrel Refsland/Tammy Isfeld  ~ This summer program will be about using a laser engraver, another new piece of equipment at YME. You can engrave on metal, wood, paper, plastic and ceramic tiles just to name a few ideas.  See how you can add your artistic design to the project.


June 25th ~ 27th ~ Location: Minneapolis/St Paul Twins Cities Trips ~ Andy Holt ~ This we will be heading down to explore a variety of hands on activities.  We will be exploring the Mill City Museum and Science Museum to look at the history of our state as well as the science that goes into each location.  The final date we will be heading to Valleyfair for a day of physics. We will learn how to calculate speed, time, and distance as well as understand gravity.


July 9th ~ 11th ~ Location: Canby Aerospace/Drone Flight ~  

Canby Public High School will be offering a summer RC building class. The class will focus on building and then flying an RC plane from Flitetest.com. Students will be expected to follow along with a self-paced tutorial in order to complete the task. Students learn aviation terminology, cooperation, and foam construction skills. This course is hands-on and students are expected to participate with a partner to complete the plane. This plane should be able to fly when the students are finished.

July 16th ~ 18th ~ Location: Yellow Medicine East Tammy Isfeld/Pewter Jewelry Casting

Using a methods that has been done for centuries we will be casting jewelry from a mold that you carve. We will be carving into Cuttlefish bone to make the mold and then melt the pewter to turn it into jewelry. By the end of the week, each student will have a finished and polished pewter item to take home.


July 23rd ~ 25th ~ Location: Yellow Medicine East  Robotics ~ Andy Holt  ~ We will explore the fascinating world of Lego Robotics.  This will be a hands-on week your child will never forget.  We will be looking at coding, solar panels, and the creation of robots.  Explore, build, develop, and play!

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