STEAM-y Monday classes celebrate the intersection of science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Classes are held at the Burton Center in West Asheville from 11:00 - 2:30 for a four-week period. Participants can choose one class or both each month. A 30-minute supervised lunch/play period is provided between classes.
September Session (Sept. 9 - Sept. 30)
Let’s Make a Movie (11:00-12:30 grades 4-8; 1:00 - 2:30 grades 1-3)
Do you love to dress in costume and act? Ever dreamed of being a Movie Director? Here’s your chance to try it out! Students will work together to plan, act, shoot, direct and edit a short movie of their own design. Students will receive a digital copy of their movie after the last class.
Engineering Challenge: Things that Move (11:00-12:30 grades 1-3; 1:00 - 2:30 grades 4-6)
Learn the engineering process through fun, hands-on activities. Students will work in teams to develop solutions to brief engineering challenges each week. Over the course of the month, they will design, build, and test vehicles that move on land, water, and through the air.
October Session (Oct. 7-Oct. 28)
Engineering Challenge: Costume Engineering (11:00-12:30 grades 1-3; 1:00 - 2:30 grades 4-8)
Take your costume to the next level! Use the engineering process to design and build a costume piece that moves, makes a sound, or lights up. For this class, it is helpful if the student comes knowing what their costume is. They will create a piece of that costume or an accompanying prop.
Let’s Make a Costume Piece – Mask, Hat, Cape or ? (11:00-12:30 grades 4-8; 1:00 - 2:30 grades 1-3)
Students will design and create a mask, costume piece or prop. Construction materials will include structural cardboard, glue-layered brown or newspaper, papier mache, no-sew fabric, foam, paint and more.
November Session (Nov. 4 – Nov. 25)
Papercraft a Flying Dragon (11:00-12:30 grades 4-8; 1:00 - 2:30 grades 1-3)
Craft a beautiful dragon sculpture or toy! Students will choose to create from colorful, pre-designed patterns or design one of their own. We will craft dragons that fly like paper airplanes, hang with clear thread or stand on their legs. Choose from an Ender Dragon, Toothless, Light Fury and more, or create one of your own imagination!
The Art and Science of Dragons (1:00-2:30 grades 4-6)
Who doesn’t love dragons? In this class, we will capitalize on students’ fascination with these mythical creatures to introduce some science concepts. If dragons were real, how would their traits be passed down from parent to offspring? What criteria should we use to categorize the many different kinds of dragons? How could we explain the variation in dragons from different places on Earth? We will also look at how dragons are depicted in art around the world and create our own clay dragon sculptures.
Fantastic Creatures: Real or Pretend? (11:00-12:30 grades 1-3)
Is there really an animal that can turn itself inside out? One that can produce its own light? In this class, we will investigate fantastic creatures, such as dragons, unicorns, dinosaurs, and goblin sharks. We will discuss how we can use evidence to determine which creatures are real and which are mythological, and we will see that real animals can be as fantastic as those in stories.
Special December Holiday Classes
Our special holiday classes are one-day classes that combine science and art for the holiday season while making gifts and special holiday treats. The cost is $25 per class or $45 for both classes.
Crystals and Ornaments
Colorful Ornaments with Wire & Beads (11:00 - 12:30)
Students will create bright & colorful ornaments with craft wire and beads.
Mineral Crystals for the Holidays (1:00 - 2:30)
Learn about mineral crystals and their many shapes. We will make wire-wrapped crystal necklaces and create decorations coated in crystals that we will grow from solution.
Toys and Gingerbread Houses
The Science of Toymaking: Holiday Toys (11:00 - 12:30)
We will play with geometry and mirrors while creating two toys that can be used as gifts - a mosaic board and a teleidoscope.
Make Your Own "Gingerbread" House (1:00 - 2:30)
Students will use graham crackers, homemade white icing, pretzels, cereals, and yes, some candies to create a fun holiday traditional treat! Choices will also include dried fruits and healthier candies to create an edible holiday scene.
Bath Time and Slime
Bath Bombs! (11:00 - 12:30)
Students will measure, mix and mold a dozen bath bombs with all-natural ingredients and essential oils. Each student will make a dozen egg-shaped bath bombs with secret toys or bath beads inside. Bath bombs will come home in an egg carton and need to dry for 1-2 days before ready to use. Bath bombs make great homemade holiday gifts as well as clean, calming fun in the bath!
Holiday Chemistry (1:00 - 2:30)
We will explore states of matter and density as we make snow-globe soap and holiday-themed slime, packaged to share with friends!
Totally Terrific Tuesday Classes
TTTC is a drop-off program that offers two classes and supervised lunch/play at the Montford Recreational Center. The classes for grades 4-6 meet for 12 weeks from September 3 - November 19 from 10:30 - 2:00. The cost is $355 per semester. Payment plans are available. Classes for grades 1-3 meet from 11:00 - 1:30 for 6 weeks from September 3- October 8 (session 1) and October 15 - November 19 (session 2). The cost is $155 per session.
Our classes for the fall 2019 semester are:
In this class, we will learn about insects and other invertebrates. We will use scientific skills to discover more about these fascinating creepy crawly critters. We will map the movements of crickets and hatch butterflies from larvae. Materials fee: $15
Let's Make a Movie about an Insect
Students will select and craft an insect which they will use as a prop in their movie. As they craft, they will also plan the parts of their movie. We will then shoot a combination of crafted insects, student acting and voice-overs, as chosen by the student, which we will use in editing, together with insect sounds and music to complete their short movie. Students will get a DVD or digital link of their movie, as preferred.
Materials fee: $15
Each week, we will look at a different type of vertebrate from the animal kingdom. From amphibians to mammals, we will look at what these different types of animals have in common and what makes them unique.
Materials fee: $10
All About Rockets!
Students will learn about rocket shapes and propulsion, and create a take-home learning toy each week. Soda-straw rockets, balloon rockets, stomp rockets and more!
Materials fee: $15
In this class, students will work in groups to take a product from the idea phase to the sales floor. They will do market research, use design thinking and the engineering process to perfect their product, and come up with a marketing plan. They will track their costs to find a realistic price point for their product.
Materials fee: $20
From Cave Beads to Street Art
An experiential journey through art history. Students will follow a few of the meandering paths human art making has taken, hitting key moments and playing with a wide variety of materials and processes, including: canopic jars from ancient Egypt, Renaissance portraits, Adinka symbols block printing, Keith Haring graffiti and more.
Materials fee: $15