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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.
 
Student observations of sunspots and solar flares are included in the ongoing solar research program at the Clay Center Observatory. The telescopes are also available for night-time viewing by students and their families.
After School Programs for Classes 4, 5, 6, 7, 8+ 

The School is pleased to offer a variety of after school STEM 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, 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.
 

 

Fall Term 2017 Offered Programs ​

Cubes in Space  (Classes 4 – 8)​​ 

PURPOSE: Learn about space, rocket, and satellite technology, about the earth's atmosphere and ionosphere, and the latest space research developments. This is good training for those who plan to participate in the NASA cubes program with the STEM or radio clubs.

SKILL LEVELS: Suitable for all skill levels.

MEETINGS: Three Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30, Sept. 27, Oct. 4, 11.  Lab fee is $90. 

 

Electronics Gadgets 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.

SKILL LEVELS: This club is open to all levels of experience.

MEETINGS: Four Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30, Sept. 26, Oct. 3, 10. 17.  Lab fee $90.
 

 

Computer Lab 101  (Classes 4 – 8)

PURPOSE: Learn how to control settings and resources, fix connectivity issues, and use basic software for writing, research, and presentations.

SKILL LEVELS: This club is suitable for all skill levels. Bring your own computer.

MEETINGS: Four Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30, Sept. 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17.  Lab fee $90.


 

Quadcopters (Classes 5 – 8)

PURPOSE: Learn how to build, program, and fly quadcopters for specific missions. The activity will combine computer programming with servos to learn how to control the flight patterns of these awesome machines.   

SKILL LEVELS: For students who have already done coding or some programming.

MEETINGS: Four Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30, Oct. 24, Nov. 7, 14.  Lab fee is $120. 

 

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

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

SKILL LEVELS: All levels and ages welcome. This is a beginner 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 May 25 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.

 

DX Radio and Astronomy Club (Classes 4 – 12)

DUAL PURPOSE: Radio students will learn about long distance (DX) communications and become proficient with HF radios, send signals through orbiting satellites, practice radio contesting, and more. On clear nights, all students are welcome to do astrophotography in the observatory.

SKILL LEVELS: Open to all students Classes 4-12. Regular attendance is not required. One lab free in advance allows students to attend up to 10 classes at any time. No fee for students enrolled in Astronomy courses.

MEETINGS: Regular attendance is suggested, but not required. Five Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30 and/or 6:00-8:00, Sept. 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25. Lab fee is $90. 

 

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., Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19. 26, Nov. 2, 16, 30, Dec. 7.

LAB FEE: Students who enroll in this program will receive regular emails about the topic(s) offered each week, and they may elect to attend 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. ​

 

CC-ARC 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 projects, and more. ​

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, Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, Nov. 7, 14, 28, Dec. 12. 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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