STEAM Youth Programs

When school is out, STEAM is in! More than just fun and games, our programs provide engaging and unique learning opportunities for students ages 8 to 12 on a college campus. Don’t miss out on these diverse, academic youth programs.

Summer 2018 Offerings - Located at Skokie and Des Plaines

Click on the link below, view our classes on pages 1-2, and submit the registration form on pages 3-4.

Printable Flyer (PDF)

June

Minecraft© Animators
Bring your favorite Minecraft® characters to life in an animated short film. Learn how studios like Pixar and Disney make movies using techniques such as key framing, texturing, animating rigged 3D models, and more.
Monday - Thursday, 6/4 - 6/7, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Skokie
Monday - Thursday, 6/11 - 6/14, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Des Plaines

New! Code Your Own Adventure! Interactive Storytelling
Start with a concept, design the characters, and choose not just one ending, but many! Learn how to create your own text-based adventure games with variables, conditional logic, images, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.
Monday - Thursday, 6/4 - 6/7, 1 - 4 p.m., Skokie
Monday - Thursday, 6/11 - 6/14, 1 - 4 p.m., Des Plaines

New! App.IO: Make Your First Multiplayer App
The hottest new Apps are IO apps! Do you like to play Agar.io or Slither.io? If so, then you will love this class! Become the creator of the next viral web IO. In this class, your team will design an original multiplayer experience.
Monday - Thursday, 6/4 - 6/7, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Des Plaines
Monday - Thursday, 6/11 - 6/14, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Skokie

New! ROBLOX® Makers-Coders-Entrepreneurs
Discover how to code in the Lua language while playing and designing worlds in ROBLOX®. Class combines game design concepts, coding, and fun.
Monday - Thursday, 6/4 - 6/7, 1 - 4 p.m., Des Plaines
Monday - Thursday, 6/11 - 6/14, 1 - 4 p.m., Skokie

New! Drone Adventures
Let the drone battles begin. In this hands on, interactive class, learn how to fly and drive drone robots. Working in teams code your drone to compete in missions that will prepare you for the ultimate challenge.
Monday - Thursday, 6/18 - 6/21, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Skokie
Monday - Thursday, 6/25 - 6/28, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Des Plaines

Minecraft Designers
Love the game Minecraft®? Learn to design your own characters and buildings for your games. Design your very own objects, create skins for characters, and import them into your favorite Minecraft® games.
Monday - Thursday, 6/18 - 6/21, 1 - 4 p.m., Skokie
Monday - Thursday, 6/25 - 6/28, 1 - 4 p.m., Des Plaines

Virtual Reality: The Future is Now
Create your own virtual worlds, explore simulated environments, and craft memorable 3D experiences. At the end of the class, take home your VR headset to be used on your mobile device. Tuition includes cost of VR headset.
Monday - Thursday, 6/18 - 6/21, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Des Plaines
Monday - Thursday, 6/25 - 6/28, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Skokie

New! Learn How to Program
Have you ever wondered what it is like to code your own solution to problems or create your own software program? Now is your chance. Various software languages will be used.
Monday - Thursday, 6/18 - 6/21, 1 - 4 p.m., Des Plaines
Monday - Thursday, 6/25 - 6/28, 1 - 4 p.m., Skokie

July

New! Aquatic Biology
Interested in life underwater? Like fishing, swimming at the beach, or have a fish tank? In this camp, learn about aquatic ecology, fish anatomy, and home care. This will be a fun opportunity to understand aquatic life.
Monday - Thursday, 7/9 - 7/12, 1 - 4 p.m., Skokie
Monday - Thursday, 7/16 - 7/19, 1 - 4 p.m., Des Plaines

Environmental Biology
Have fun outdoors while composting, planting, and exploring environmental science activities. Be prepared for any type of weather as most of the class will be spent outside exploring all things in the environment.
Monday - Thursday, 7/9 - 7/12, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Skokie
Monday - Thursday, 7/16 - 7/19, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Des Plaines

New! Animation Studio
Budding filmmakers will form small production teams and take their ideas from concept to storyboard to character design to animation. We will also investigate how real world animation studios work and the many different type’s careers available within the industry.
Monday - Thursday, 7/9 - 7/12, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Des Plaines
Monday - Thursday, 7/16 - 7/19, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Skokie

New! 3D Printing with an Engineering Focus
Learn the basics of 3D printing, the engineering design process, and then collaboratively design and print a figure to use in an engineering experiment. Are you up to the challenge?
Monday - Thursday, 7/9 - 7/12, 1 - 4 p.m., Des Plaines
Monday - Thursday, 7/16 - 7/19, 1 - 4 p.m., Skokie

New! 3D Printing with a Biology Focus
Learn the basics of 3D printing, study the mathematics in biological structures, and then collaboratively design and print a biological figure.
Monday - Thursday, 7/23 - 7/26, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Skokie
Monday - Thursday, 7/30 - 8/2, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Des Plaines

New! Computer Programming with Arduino
Use a combination of mechanical, electrical, and software engineering skills to program with Arduino™– an exciting electrical engineering prototyping platform that explores electronics and how electronic circuits work.
Monday - Thursday, 7/23 - 7/26, 1 - 4 p.m., Skokie
Monday - Thursday, 7/30 - 8/2, 1 - 4 p.m., Des Plaines

New! Nanotech
Do you like small things? Really small? Join us to discover how exciting the world gets at the atomic level and learn about one of the most fascinating science fields today.
Monday - Thursday, 7/23 - 7/26, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Des Plaines
Monday - Thursday, 7/30 - 8/2, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., Skokie

New! Photoshop/YouTube Creations
After taking photos, learn to use filters, layers, color theory, and more. Later, discover how to cut and edit raw video including adding title pages, music, special effects and transitions, before posting your video on YouTube. Each student will need to bring to class each day a device with a built-in camera such as an iPad or smartphone and a USB cable to plug it into a computer.
Monday - Thursday, 7/23 - 7/26, 1 - 4 p.m., Des Plaines
Monday - Thursday, 7/30 - 8/2, 1 - 4 p.m., Skokie

View our flyer here.

Lunch is not provided.

To Register for a Summer 2018 Class:

Click on the link below, view our classes on pages 1-2, and submit the registration form on pages 3-4.

Registration Information (PDF)

Note: Please submit a separate registration form for each youth. For security reasons, registrations can not be submitted via e-mail.

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