Camps & Classes
S.T.E.A.M. Lab Classes
Online Education Program
Join CuriOdyssey educators for a 60-minute exploration of a science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) concept. Share engineering strategies for the perfect hoopster, build an invertebrate hotel, and get playful with chemistry by making your own playdough.
Classes are structured with an introduction/demonstration with an educator, ample independent exploration/experimentation time and concluding discussion of lessons learned and opportunity for further discovery.
Contact CuriOdyssey if you would like to schedule an exclusive class for your “learning pod”. STEAM Lab classes are ideal for 2nd-6th graders or younger students working with an adult to unleash the superpower of science.
Fall 2020 Themes
Classes from September 1-17 listed only. (Additional classes through December are under development.)
Coming Soon: Calendar view of all classes!
Forces of Flight
Tuesday, Sept. 1 || 2:00 – 3:00 pm
You are cleared for takeoff! This summer science sampler takes some classic activities of flight from our popular engineering camp, Gadgets and Gizmos. Students will make spinning helicopters and flying hoopsters with direction and partnership with a CuriOdyssey educator. Students gain a better understanding of drag, lift and thrust with these flying objects all while developing important engineering design process skills.
Wednesday, Sept. 2 || 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Learning animal identification begins with great observations! We can use clues such as sights, sounds, and smells to help identify what’s in our backyard. This class will introduce nature note booking, how to create a sound map and walk through identifying a bird with the field marks seen in real life. CuriOdyssey educators will help kids with tips and tricks to develop nature detective skills and introduce a live wild animal or animal ambassador.
Thursday, Sept. 3 || 2:00 – 3:00 pm
What do you know about the water you drink? CuriOdyssey educators will have a live discussion with kids about fresh water, water conservation, and water purification. Participants will set up a water distillation experiment, share ideas and create a personalized pledge to use less water, and learn about California’s flagship river species! Your child “otter” join us for this class (hint hint)!
Tuesday, Sept. 8 || 2:00 – 3:00 pm
What do jellyfish, spiders, banana slugs and lobsters have in common? They are all Invertebrates (animals without bones) and are incredibly interesting. Get curious about the shapes and structures of invertebrate bodies as you meet live animals and discover ways to safely explore the invertebrates in your own neighborhood. We’ll build tools, such as an insect hotel, pooter, and pitfall trap, that can be used to get a close look at small insects before returning them to their habitats outside.
Wednesday, Sept. 9 || 2:00 – 3:00 pm
In our daily lives, we mostly interact with eggs that come from a chicken. In nature eggs come in all different shapes, sizes, textures and colors! In this class we explore the diversity of eggs and better understand their structure and function! In this class kids will see an oviparous animal, predict the strength of an egg and have a discussion with a CuriOdyssey Educator.
Thursday, Sept. 10 || 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Calling all musicians and tinkerers! What is sound? How do we experience sound and how does sound travel? These questions form the foundation of our inquiry into the world of sound. Along with CuriOdyssey educators, students will creatively construct cardboard instruments and design their own inventions to study the science of sound! Start your paper tube and milk carton collection ASAP to be ready to join in the fun.
Tuesday, Sept. 15 || 2:00 – 3:00 pm
All the energy for life on Earth comes from the sun! Students will harness this energy to make their very own solar oven using a cardboard box, foil and plastic wrap and trap the water that escapes a plant through its leaves in the process called transpiration. Put on some sunscreen and venture outside to explore some solar science.
Water is Sticky
Wednesday, Sept. 16 || 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Find out what we mean by “water is sticky” in this live virtual class. How many drops can fit on a penny? How can two colors of water mix without pouring? Young hydrologists will be able to answer these questions when they join a CuriOdyssey educator to experiment with the different properties of water. Be sure to be in place at home that can get wet and let’s discover how water is sticky.
Thursday, Sept. 17 || 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Looking to explore the creative side of science? Try out an activity from our Art Inventors program! Get playful with chemistry in an ooey gooey exploration of making playdough with salt and flour. We’ll check out the physical and chemical changes you can observe along the way and end up with a wonderful sculpting medium for all your squishy engineering needs.
Class Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Class time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
1-hour online class
Location: CuriOdyssey's Zoom Classroom
Fee: Member: $50/student per class
Non-Member: $65/student per class