STEAM Academy is a comprehensive science program designed for homeschool students ages 5-14. Our standards-aligned curriculum, which we develop in-house here at STEAMboat Studio, provides an engaging, hands-on science experience for elementary and middle school students which follows a 5E approach. In the four years we have been offering this program, we have developed lessons covering many aspects of the fields of engineering, physics, chemistry, earth science, and biology. Our aim is to provide young students with a positive experience as we introduce them to a variety of authentic science concepts. This gives confidence when they encounter these concepts later in their schooling as they recognize the ideas and look forward to learning more.
In this one-hour class, students will explore the same topics as in our other STEAM Academy classes, with age-appropriate lessons and hands-on projects that are just right for our younger students. Older students who are not ready for the 8-11 year old class may enroll at parents' discretion.
COVID-19 Policy: Cloth face coverings are required for all in-person camps, both indoor and outdoor, and 6-foot social distancing will be maintained in compliance with State requirements.
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.