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STEM Programs

 

 
As part of the science program at Dexter Southfield, each student is able to experience firsthand the process of conducting scientific observations during class visits to the observatory. Students are able to view the Sun, Moon, planets and the stars through the telescopes in broad daylight.
 
The telescopes are also available for night-time viewing by students and their families.
After School Science Clubs for Classes 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8+ 

The School is pleased to offer a variety of after school science programs. These are extracurricular, hands-on, enrichment clubs designed to encourage inquiry and learning in a fun, positive, educational environment. Clubs meet in the Clay Center and the Mouse House, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. or 6:00-8:00 p.m. on specific weekdays. Snack or dinner will be provided. Please note: There will be no bus transportation for after school attendees. Please click here to fill out the form to sign up. A lab fee for each enrolled club will be charged to help offset the cost of these extracurricular programs.
 

 

Winter Term 2018 Offered Programs 

Start Making  (Classes 3 & 4 only)  

PURPOSE: Class 3 and 4 students are invited to explore, design, and create by integrating common craft materials and technology (LEDs, digital cameras, robots, and computer programs). Painting with Light and 3D Sculpt It are based on activities developed by Danielle Martin and Alisha Panjwani and the Clubhouse Network (theclubhousenetwork.org). Coding Carnival provides students the opportunity to explore coding through unplugged collaborative games, online programs and programmable robots.

SKILL LEVELS: This club is appropriate for all skill levels.

MEETINGS: Three Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Jan. 9, 16, and 23, in the lower school Mouse House. Lab fee is $90.  

 

Making Things Club  (Classes 3 & 4 only)

PURPOSE: This activity is about how things are made. We use professional tools and software to design and make things, big and small. We generally work with things you can hold in your hand: anything serious or silly is a candidate for being made in this club. This club is an introduction into 3D design and engineering. It helps to prepare students for the middle and upper school clubs. During the club, students will design and make objects they can keep.

SKILL LEVELS: This club is appropriate for all skill levels.

MEETINGS: Three Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Feb. 6, 13, and 27, in the Clay Center Engineering Lab. Lab fee is $90. 
 

 

Space Rocks!  (Classes 3 & 4 only)

PURPOSE: Learn what makes rockets fly, where the planets came from, and explore space with the Clay Center Observatory telescopes. From meteorites and asteroids to black holes and the fate of the universe, students will explore what we know about space and how we know it.

BEGINNER LEVEL: Space Rocks is intended for students who have not taken this activity before.

MEETINGS: Three Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30, Jan. 9, 16, 23 in the Clay Center Engineering Lab. Lab fee is $90. 


 

Electronics Club (Classes 4–8)

PURPOSE: Build battery-operated gadgets that light up or make noise while learning basic electronics. Students learn how to use soldering irons and other tools as they experiment with common electronics components.

BEGINNER LEVEL: Three Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30, Jan. 9, 16, 23. Lab fee $90. For those who have never taken this activity before at school or Sci-Tech Camp. Meets in the Clay Center 5th floor.

ADVANCED LEVEL: Three Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30, Feb. 6, 13, 27. Lab fee $90. For those who have already built the basic gadgets of the beginner level either at school or Sci-Tech Camp. Meets in the Clay Center 5th floor. 

 

Amateur Radio: Technician License Class  (Classes 4–12)

PURPOSE: Students will build a working FM radio while learning about basic radio, earth science, space science, and electronics concepts. At the end of the course, students will take the Technician level radio license test and become FCC-licensed amateur radio operators.

SKILL LEVELS: All levels and ages are welcome. This is a beginner level course.

MEETINGS: Ten Thursdays, 3:30-5:30, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25; Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1, 8, in the Clay Center 5th floor. The radio license test is March 1 or 8, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. (Dinner is included those evenings.) Lab fee $180. 


 

Amateur Radio: General License Class  (Classes 4–12)

PURPOSE: Students will learn about radio waves and antennas, make radio contacts with foreign countries, send signals through orbiting satellites, and more. At the end of the course, students will take the General level radio license test and become licensed for world-wide (DX) communications.

SKILL LEVELS: Must already hold a Technician class license. This is a medium level course.

MEETINGS: Ten Thursdays, 3:30-5:30, Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30, Dec. 7. The radio license test is Nov. 30 or Dec. 7 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. (Dinner is included those evenings.)  Lab fee $180.

 

STEM Club - Evening Program  (Classes 5–12)

PURPOSE: The STEM Club is designed to spark interest in science and train students to operate the huge Clay Center telescope! STEM topics and activities include optics, astrophotography, electronics, 3D design, Arduino programming, amateur radio, telescope instrumentation, and more.

MEETINGS: Normally 6:00-8:00 p.m. with an option to stay until 9:00 p.m. on clear nights for astrophotography. Some students stay for Homework Club first, then join this group for dinner at 5:30. Regular attendance is not required. Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25; Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22; March 1, 8, in the Clay Center 5th floor.

LAB FEE: Students who enroll in this program will receive regular emails about the topic(s) offered each week and may elect to attend only the ones that interest them. There is a “per class” lab fee of $12, or parents may elect to pre-pay $90 for the season.  

 

Radio Club Meetings - Evening Program  (Classes 4–12)

PURPOSE: The Clay Center Amateur Radio Club (CC-ARC) meets regularly on Tuesday evenings. Meetings are open to all but are geared toward licensed amateur radio operators. Join us for educational talks or demonstrations, fox hunts (hidden transmitter hunts), making radio contacts around the world, radio contesting, building radio electronics projects, and more. Club members also build projects to fly on NASA rockets or high-alt balloons. 

MEETINGS: Most Tuesdays 6:00-8:00 p.m. Some students stay for Homework Club first, then join this group for dinner at 5:30. Regular attendance is not required. Tuesdays, Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30; Feb. 6, 13, 27; March 6, in the Clay Center 5th floor. No fee to attend; optional projects may have small lab fees.​

Questions?  Please feel free to ask Mr. Phinney at bphinney@dextersouthfield.org or 617-751-3618.  Sign up here!

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