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Fall Spartan Academy STEM Programming at Marian Catholic High School

Do you know a 4th to 8th-grade student interested in science and engineering? Bring them to Tinker Tuesdays!!

Join us select Tuesday evenings throughout the months of October to December to explore the world of STEM in our engineering lab! Each week brings a unique problem or challenge designed to make learning science and engineering fun!
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Session time choices: 5:00-6:30 or 6:30-8:00


10/2/18 Hot Ice
10/9/18 Robo Wheel
10/16/18 Seismic Shakeup
10/23/18 Catapult Engineering (and a Spooky Surprise)
11/6/18 Simple Machines - Levers & Pulleys
11/13/18 Simple Machines - Inclined Planes & Wheels/Axles
12/4/18 Simple Machines - Wedges & Screws
12/11/18 Simple Machines Challenge: Engineer a Snack Machine
12/18/18 Build a Circuit Tree
Read below about the importance of STEM afterschool programs!

STEM in Afterschool - What’s all the fuss?

“Why is STEM important for my child?
Many afterschool programs that focus on STEM report an increase in student interest in STEM subjects and careers, with many going on to earn college degrees and build careers in the STEM field. Students with access to high-quality STEM learning become more confident in these areas of study – areas that can take them far professionally in today’s world.”

12 Reasons Why Afterschool STEM Learning is Important

“80% of future jobs will require STEM literacy. Yet, students spend less than 20% of their waking hours inside a school-day classroom. A number of studies show that STEM learning during the school day is necessary but not sufficient for lifelong STEM literacy. (Afterschool Alliance)”

“Students need to see the relevance of STEM to their personal goals and daily lives, especially in the middle school years and beyond, ... Students’ lack of ability to see the relevance of what they are learning in school to their personal lives impacts the degree to which they apply themselves in school, and the degree to which they stay in school. (Gates Foundation 2006)”


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Becky Bosco