STEAM Academy (Ages 11+) - Full Year

STEAMboat Studio (location map)
Tuesday, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
09/17/19 - 05/19/20 (30 weeks)

STEAMboat Studio’s STEAM Academy program is an educational approach to learning using Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics as points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end result is students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. Our Unit Study approach allows students to explore a variety of science and technology concepts through innovative hands-on projects, experiments, and activities designed to excite and engage students and encourage further exploration at home.

STEAM Academy for ages 11+ is designed to provide additional challenge for more advanced students, incorporating more data collection and analysis while maintaining our engaging hands-on approach to learning. Younger students may enroll at parents' discretion. To be successful in this class, we recommend that students have experience with the following math concepts:

  • Averages
  • Exponents
  • Decimals and place value (tenths, hundredths, thousandths, etc.)
  • Rounding

2020-21 Unit Descriptions and Class Schedule

Unit 1: September 15 - October 22, 2020

Ecosystems and the Biosphere: The world we live in
Description: During this unit, students will examine living things and their habitats. We will learn about relationships between different species, what it means to have a balanced ecosystem, and dive into the oceans and other unique habitats we find on Earth.


Break week: October 26-30


Unit 2:     November 2 - December 17, 2020 

Holidays (no class): Nov. 23-27 - Thanksgiving

Making Sense of our Senses
Description: Have you ever wondered how we sense things? This unit is all about the brain and how the nervous system works. Find out interesting trivia about our eyes and ears, and explore the connection between taste and smell.


Break week: December 21-Jan 1 (Winter Break)


Unit 3:    Jan 5 - Feb 11, 2021
    Biology & Life Cycles: Making the most of what you’ve got

Description: Every living thing reacts to its environment. During this six-week unit we will study how different creatures are especially suited to where they live, and examine how things can live in some of the most extreme places on Earth.


Break week: February 15-19 (Mid-Winter Break)


Unit 4:    Feb 22 - April 1, 2021

Earth’s History: How long ago did it all happen?
Description: Earth has a very long history. During this unit students will learn about how scientists determine just how long ago things happened. We will cover plate tectonics, different types of dating techniques used by geologists, and will finish up the unit by talking about dinosaurs.


Break week: April 5-9 (Spring Break)

Extra break week in case of weather cancellations: April 12-16


Unit 5: April 20 - May 27
    Classifying Living Things: The “Cool” stuff

Description: There are a lot of interesting side trips you can take in biology. During these six weeks we will study some of the oddball organisms out there. We will find out how biologists classify living things, and why they created the equivalent of a “miscellaneous” category.