Homeschool Programs

STEM Learning Lab is excited to offer unique hands-on programs to the Calgary homeschool community! Our ​courses ​offer a ​wide ​range ​of ​coding and robotics ​experiences ​for ​kids ​aged 3 and up.

We run our programs on Mondays in two locations:

  • NW: Calgary Technologies Inc (Alastair Ross Technology Centre: 3553 – 31 Street NW, Calgary)
  • SE: STEM Learning Lab Head Office (7101 5 Street SE, Calgary)

Please refer to our “schedule at a glance” below and scroll down to access registration links and descriptions for each program.

May/June 2018 Courses

North Programs

My Pet Robot
May 14 – June 4 
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Recommended ages: 5-8

How would you care for a pet robot?

Build a home, food station, and bed for your robot. Then, code your bot to move and talk! In this 3-week course, students will learn about robot wiring, sequential coding, and programming logic in addition to experiencing the Maker philosophy.

Session Dates

Monday May 14, 28 (1:00pm – 2:30pm)
June 4 (1:00pm – 2:30pm)
*There will be no class on May 21 due to Victoria Day.

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Bot Buddies
May 14 – June 4
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Recommended ages: 9-12

A robot is a kid’s best friend!

Code your new buddy to walk, talk, and even dance! In this 3-week course, students will learn about robot wiring, motors, sensors, and programming fundamentals to create custom dialogue and moves for their robot.

Session Dates

Monday May 14, 28 (3:00pm – 4:30pm)
June 4 (3:00pm – 4:30pm)
*There will be no class on May 21 due to Victoria Day.

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South Programs

Science Creations
May 14 – June 4 
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 AM
Recommended ages: 3-6

Let’s explore science!

In this 3-week course, each child will experience a variety of hands-on activities and experiments that allow them to experience the world around them.

Session Dates

Monday May 14, 28 (10:30am – 11:30am)
Monday June 4 (10:30am – 11:30am)

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Lego WeDo Robotics
May 14 – June 4
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Recommended ages: 5-8

Let’s build some robots!

Construct a helicopter, science rover, caterpillar…you choose! In this 3-week course, students will learn about sensors, the engineering design process, and sequential programming as they build and code their robot to move around its environment. Students will also experience the Maker philosophy as they create a landscape for their robot to navigate.

Session Dates

Monday May 14, 28 (1:00pm – 2:30pm)
June 4 (1:00pm – 2:30pm)
*There will be no class on May 21 due to Victoria Day.

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Lego Mindstorms Prosthetics
May 14 – June 4 
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Recommended ages: 9-12

Design and build an artificial limb!

Students will learn to address needs for people with anatomical disabilities by modeling and building robotic prosthetics. Using Lego Mindstorms, students will also learn to code specific functions.

Session Dates

Monday May 14, 28 (3:00pm – 4:30pm)
June 4 (3:00pm – 4:30pm)
*There will be no class on May 21 due to Victoria Day.

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Art/Tech Mashup
May 17 – May 31
Time: 5:00 – 6:30 PM
Recommended ages: 12+

Love art and technology? Bring the two together in this hands-on course!

In this 3-week course you will:

– Learn calligraphy and paper circuits to create light-up cards
– Code your own music with Sonic Pi
– Use a Microbit (pocket-sized computer) to control circuits and create games
NOTE: Please bring your own headphones and a USB stick to class. All other materials will be provided.

While we recommend this course for children ages 12 and up, we are flexible with our age ranges. Please contact us at info@stemlearninglab.com if you have any questions.

Session Dates (3 sessions)

Monday May 17, 24, 31 (5:00pm – 6:30pm)

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Spring 2018 Courses

 

The Art of Electricity
(Ages 5-8)

March 19, 26 and April 2
Time: 1:00-2:30 pm
Recommended ages: 5-8
Tickets: $68

Build your own circuits out of paper and play dough! Learn about electricity while making light-up cards, sculptures, and 3D shapes. What will you create?

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Microbit Creations!
(Ages 9-12)

March 19, 26 and April 2
Time: 3:00-4:30 pm
Recommended ages: 9-12
Tickets: $68

Learn to code a Microbit – the pocket-sized computer from the BBC! Create a game, play music, and even use the Microbit to control your own circuit!

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Winter 2018 Courses

Robot Creation with Lego WeDo
(Ages 6-8)

January 22, 29 and February 5, 12, 26
Time: 1:00-2:00 pm
Recommended age range: 6-8
Tickets: $75

Let’s build some robots! Construct a helicopter, science rover, caterpillar…you choose! In this 5-week course, students will learn about sensors, the engineering design process, and sequential programming as they build and code their robot to move around its environment. Students will also experience the Maker philosophy as they create a landscape for their robot to navigate.

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Python Workshop: MadLibs Madness!
(Ages 12+)

Dates: January 22, 29 and February 5, 12, 26
Time: 4:30-6:00 pm
Recommended age range: 12+
Tickets: $115

Get up close and personal with a real programming language! Students will program their own MadLibs word games with the Python language. Through this 5-week course, students will learn key programming concepts including variables, loops, lists, and functions.

Python is one of today’s most popular programming languages and is used for a wide variety of applications including data analysis, scientific computing, and web programming. Since the language is similar to English, it’s a great place to get started!

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Fall 2017 Programs

 

November/December 2017 Courses

 

Interactive Stories with Scratch (Ages 7-9)

Dates: Nov 6, 13, 20, 27 and Dec 4, 11
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Recommended age range: 7-9
Tickets: $90

Use Scratch to bring a story to life! Learn to code dialogue, scene transitions, and game elements to take your readers on an animated journey. Perhaps your characters will go on a treasure hunt, or choose their own adventure…it’s up to you! This 6-week course will cover fundamental coding concepts including conditional statements, iteration (repetition with loops), and variables.

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Minecraft Modding with JavaScript (Ages 10+)

Dates: Nov 6, 13, 20, 27 and Dec 4, 11
Time: 1:00-2:00 pm
Recommended age range: 10 and up
Tickets: $90

Are you a big Minecraft fan? Now you can code your own mods with JavaScript! Write code to build a TNT mountain, generate a maze, and create your own mini-game! This 6-week course covers key programming concepts through JavaScript, the native language of web browsers and one of the most widely-used languages today.

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App Development with MIT App Inventor (Ages 9-12)

Dates: Nov 6, 13, 20, 27 and Dec 4, 11
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm
Recommended age range: 9-12
Tickets: $90

Now you can code your own app! Learn to create a Magic 8 Ball app, Whack-A-Mole game, or a pong challenge and play them on our Android devices! In this 6-week course, students will learn coding fundamentals including variables, loops, event handlers, and methods.

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2016 Programs

STEM Learning Lab is happy to welcome Calgary’s homeschooling community to learn with our team. Students will learn a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) with a twist of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. Workshops will provide support to students from grades K-6 between 2 and 12 hours of instruction. Our homeschool programs include Monthly Workshops, a Coding Intensive, a Science Project Intensive, and an Entrepreneurship Intensive.

Courses will be taught by a variety of experts in their field to ensure your child has the opportunity to experience authentic learning while also receiving the support of experienced and committed educators.

Take a look at our listing below and click on the registration links to sign up for a class that will be perfect for you and your little inventor, thinker, player and artist!

 

Monthly Intensives
(Available students in Kindergarten – Grade 2, Grades 3-4 and Grades 5-6)

Class Schedule:

Class runs on Tuesday, November 29, with a variety of times available for students of different grade levels.

  • 10am – 12pm: Kindergarten-Grade 2 students
  • 1pm – 3pm: Grade 3-4 students
  • 10am – 12pm: Grade 5-6 students

Introduction to Coding

Coding is becoming an important skill for all citizens in the 21st Century and as such, is being added to school curricula in Canada and around the globe. In this introductory coding class, students will learn to code using Scratch-Junior (k-2, and 3-4), Scratch (3-4 and 5-6), MIT App Inventor (3-4 and 5-6), and Python (5-6) to make their own games, apps, music and even art!

Class Schedule:

Class runs on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, with a variety of times available for students of different grade levels.

  • 10am – 12pm: Kindergarten-Grade 2 students
  • 1pm – 3pm: Grade 3-4 students
  • 10am – 12pm: Grade 5-6 students

 

DNA/Synthetic Biology (in collaboration with FREDsense)

Just like computer code helps determine how a robot work, DNA is like the biological code that determines how our bodies are built and work! In this workshop students will explore the purpose and structure of DNA begin looking at some of the cool things DNA can do, from the creation of glowing bacteria to viruses that can cure disease!

Class Schedule:

Class runs on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, with a variety of times available for students of different grade levels.

  • 10am – 12pm: Kindergarten-Grade 2 students
  • 1pm – 3pm: Grade 3-4 students
  • 10am – 12pm: Grade 5-6 students

 

Using Technology to Explore Mars

Missions like Mars One (http://www.mars-one.com) are exploring opportunities to place permanent settlements on an uninhabited planet! For this to happen, we need to find humans who are prepared to not only work, but also live on Mars! Students will discover some of the advantages and disadvantages to living on Mars, and will design and engineer solutions that help us make a permanent habitat. This class includes robotics and programming.

Class Schedule:

Class runs on Tuesday, March 15, 2017, with a variety of times available for students of different grade levels.

  • 10am – 12pm: Kindergarten-Grade 2 students
  • 1pm – 3pm: Grade 3-4 students
  • 10am – 12pm: Grade 5-6 students

 

The STEAM in Science Fiction

Science fiction has been a popular genres in books, movies and games, and lets us explore new worlds and experience new challenges. In this workshop students will use technology to create a new science fiction world, and craft a graphic story to help others experience their new world!

Class Schedule:

Class runs on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, with a variety of times available for students of different grade levels.

  • 10am – 12pm: Kindergarten-Grade 2 students
  • 1pm – 3pm: Grade 3-4 students
  • 10am – 12pm: Grade 5-6 students

 

Moving with Maker

Humans use a variety of machines to help us move over, around and through the earth. In this workshop, students will explore the science of movement through air, water and land. Through the creation of simple machines, students will have an opportunity to explore the forces of buoyancy, gravity, flight and movement.

Class Schedule:

Class runs on Tuesday, May 10, 2017, with a variety of times available for students of different grade levels.

10am – 12pm: Kindergarten-Grade 2 students
1pm – 3pm: Grade 3-4 students
10am – 12pm: Grade 5-6 students

 

Advanced Robotics and Coding (grades 5-6 only)

Robots are becoming easier to access, and as a result more and more students have experience coding, programing and engineering robots. In this workshop, students will build their own unique robot, and learn how to create a computer program that others can use to animate their unique creation. Students may choose to build robots that move well, are very human-like, look like and move like monsters, move objects around, or any other creation they can imagine!

Class Schedule:

Class runs on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, from 10am – 12pm. This class is only available for Grade 5-6 students.


Coding Intensive
(Available for students aged 8-15 years old)

More and more students are exploring coding, and asking for help to learn new coding languages and find new challenges. Students will explore a number of coding programs, like Scratch and MIT App Inventor, and languages, like Python and Java. Students will explore the advantages and disadvantages of each coding type, and determine how they’d like to use these languages to make and design games, websites and programs. Each student will be challenged to create a solution to a real-world problem of their choosing.

During this 6-session intensive students will receive ample time to imagine, design and create their own unique software solution!

Winter Session

  • Tuesday, January 10, 17, 24, 31 (1:00pm – 3:00pm)
  • Tuesday, February 7, 14 (1:00pm – 3:00pm)

Science Project Intensive
(Available for students aged 8-15 years old)

Science allows us to explore the world around us through research and observation. In this science project intensive, students will be given the opportunity to come up with the next great science or technology innovation. Students will pitch their ideas to a panel of students and experts, and use the feedback provided to modify and improve their concept. Through this intensive students will work collaboratively and be faced with challenges, be asked to take risks and challenged to use their imagination to create the next big idea!

  • Tuesday, February 28 (1:00pm – 3:00pm)
  • Tuesday, March 7, 14, 21 (1:00pm – 3:00pm)

Entrepreneurship Intensive
(Available for students aged 12-17 years old)

For this 4-session intensive, students will explore the basics of entrepreneurship by looking at problems in the world and designing customized solutions. They will pitch their ideas, and then brainstorm, design, test, redesign and finally share prototypes of their work. Through the creation of solutions, students will not only learn how to help others, but practice learning collaboratively, recovering from failure, taking risks, being creative and practice innovation. By the end of the intensive, each group will have a product or service they could share with others.

  • Tuesday, April 25 (1:00pm – 2:15pm)
  • Tuesday, May 2, 9, 16 (1:00pm – 2:15pm)