STEAM2 Academy sessions are focused on:
Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics, and Music.
We will host several summer camps at the Carmel Valley Community Center this summer! Check back soon for details on our Artsy Science, Marine Biology, Botany, and Entomology summer camps!
Meanwhile, you can attend an upcoming FREE session at the Mira Mesa Library (all sessions begin at 4pm!):
Friday, January 18 - Marine Biology - Take a closer look at an array of tide pool specimen with magnifying glasses and microscopes; we'll also do a fun art project, learn how the tides work in conjunction with the moon, and discuss some local tide pool opportunities!
Friday, March 15 - Soil Science - We will use soil and water sensors attached to a datalogger to learn about the pH of the soil and water that allows for the best growing environment. Then, we'll compare the pH of other interesting items – like yogurt, orange juice, and the list continues. We'll graph these findings and then plant some sugar snap pea seeds as those are easily grown in a simple cup to take home!
Friday, May 17 - Fairy Tales: The Three Little Pigs and Their Engineering Dilemma!
We'll have three stations in the community room - one for building a house of straws, another for building a house of unsharpened pencils, and a third for building a house of blocks. We'll talk about the properties of the materials and their limitations... then we'll build three little houses! Can these houses withstand wind from a person (about as strong a huff-n-puff as a Wolf!)? What about withstanding the wind created by a hair dryer? We'll make some educated guesses, do some tests to see and then write up our findings.
Contact Kimberly Mann Bruch to establish STEAM2 Academy sessions at your education site.
We work with an array of collaborators to utilize curriculum and equipment developed in conjunction with NASA California Space Grant Consortium (CSGC), the National Science Foundation funded High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network (HPWREN), and the National Park Service Sea to Shining Sea (StSS).
The STEAM2 Academy focuses efforts at the City of San Diego's Ocean Air Recreation Center. This summer, we will feature a series of week-long summer camps for Grades K-6; topics include space and rocket science, chemistry and geology, and botany and entomology.
Additional summer sessions will be offered through the City of San Diego Public Libraries System via their Summer Reading Program; STEAM2 Academy activities are held in branch community rooms and allow library patrons to participate in hands-on art, music, science and technology projects.
Current classes are described in our Classes section. If you are interested in bringing one of these sessions to your education site, contact Kimberly Mann Bruch at 858-336-0053.
The STEAM2 Academy's Space Science sessions provide students a glimpse at the life of astronomers by showing them how to use a simple telescope and helping them construct a model of the solar system. The in-class fieldtrip features a virtual exploration of the retired space shuttle Endeavor, which is housed at the California Science Center.
Aerospace Engineering and Rocket Science sessions focus on hands-on rocketry, parachutes, and activities involving the Mars Curiosity. Students are able to blast off a rocket with baking soda and vinegar, design and build a simple parachute for Mars exploration landings, and talk with an aerospace engineer via Skype. Additional opportunities include an invitation to model rocket launches sponsored by the San Diego Rocket Club.
STEAM2 Academy Botany and Entomology sessions include hands-on planting activities that provide children with opportunities to learn basic botany and record the process of growth from seedling to flower. The students illustrate their findings and also use field science tools to learn more about botany.
Specifically, they use soil and water sensors attached to a data logger to learn about the pH of the soil and water that allows for the best growing environment. The entomology portion of the session encourages students to experiment with magnifying glasses on slides containing real specimen and then they create an illustration regarding the particular insect that they examined during the class.
STEAM2 Academy Chemistry and Geology sessions includes building one of the world's greatest geologic wonders: a volcano! Students also conduct some fun chemistry experiments such as concocting tie-dye colors for shirts, testing out some spa science (such as bubbles, bath salts, etc!), and engineering plaster molds for mixing and molding plaster art.
The STEAM2 Academy utilizes curriculum, hands-on activities, and equipment developed in conjunction with the NASA California Space Grant Consortium (CSGC), the National Science Foundation funded High Performance Wireless Research and Education Network (HPWREN), and the National Park Service Sea to Shining Sea (StSS).