After-School STEAM Academy

It’s all here! Engineering, chemistry, architecture, art, coding, robotics, and more. Kidzeum’s new after-school program was created to inspire young minds and build students’ confidence in STEM fields.

Built on research that shows the power of open-ended play to spark creativity and hone problem-solving skills, each unit will have a variety of stations that students can explore individually and in small groups. Our STEAM facilitators will ensure that students get the most out of their time at each station. Guided activities create the perfect complement to student-led experiences, deepening understanding of the science topics of each unit and providing opportunities for large group interaction and reflection.

2024-25 Themes

(themes are subject to change)

September: Aeronautics

Calling all engineers, pilots, and mechanics! During our Aeronautics after-school STEAM Academy, students will explore the science and history of flight through hands-on learning and activities. We will study animals that fly and how they inspired us to take to the skies. Students will get to discover and experience model helicopters, balloons, rockets, drones, and all manner of flying machines! 


October: Young Engineers

Does your student have a knack for solving problems (or would you like them to develop good problem- solving skills)? During our Everyday Engineers afterschool program, students will learn how engineers use the engineering design process to solve everyday problems. Our curriculum was co-developed with a local engineer and students will have the opportunity to work with him during this program! Students will have the chance to build their own circuits, rig up an effective pulley system, as well as design new solutions to real world problems.


November: Coding & Robotics

Strengthen your student’s skills for complex problem-solving by enrolling them in Coding and Robotics! Kids who code also learn persistence and enhance their overall digital literacy. In this program, students will be exposed to different types of code, including text-based and block-based, and how they are used. Each student will have access to a computer at Kidzeum and will have the opportunity to write their own block-based code using Unruly Splats. Unruly Splats are programmable, stomp-able floor buttons. Students code the rules that make them light up and make sounds—the first step toward creating fun games like Whack-a-mole, relay races, and Jeopardy.


December: Hydroponics & Aquaponics

It may be cold in January, but did you know there is still an opportunity to learn about plants and gardening, while staying indoors? At Kidzeum, students will have the opportunity to discover how Aquaponics, Hydroponics, and Vertical Garden can all be done inside! Did you know that plants can grow without soil? Your student will grow plants without soil and can tell you all about hydroponics. Students can interact with live fish and learn how they are the key to growing plants using aquaponic techniques. Gardening and engineering will collide when students design a vertical garden!

More to come! 

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