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. During evening pick-up, parents should park in the Athletic Facility Lot and enter the Clay Center Lobby to sign out. Lower and middle school children are not allowed to leave without an authorized adult or parent. 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.
 

 

Spring Term 2017 Offered Programs

Space Rocks!  (Classes 4 – 8)​​

PURPOSE: Explore the geology of planets in our solar system, meteorites, asteroids, occultations, exoplanets, etc.  Examine rocks that have come from the outer edges of our solar system and are older than the Earth.  Learn to use telescopes!

MEETINGS: Three Mondays, 3:30-5:30, April 24, May 1, 8.  Lab fee is $90.
Students in grades 5 and up who would like additional astronomy experience are encouraged to sign up for the Thursday evening STEM+ Club to attend some of the astrophotography sessions on Thursday evenings, 6-8 p.m., weather permitting. Also join us for the public telescope sessions Tuesdays at 8 p.m.
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Making Things Club  (Classes 4 – 8)​

PURPOSE: Use professional tools and software to design and make things, big and small. Anything serious or silly is a candidate for being made in this club. This is an introduction into 3D design and engineering. Students design and make objects they can keep!  Bring your PC Surface with Microsoft to receive a copy of the 3D design software.
SKILL LEVELS: Suitable for all skill levels. The program is designed for four teams of two. Please email your lab partner preference or one will be assigned.
MEETINGS:Three Mondays, 3:30-5:30, April 24, May 1, 8.  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, April 25, May 2, 9, 16.  Lab fee $90.


Coding Club  (Classes 4 – 8)

PURPOSE: Learn computer “coding” in a fun and interactive way by creating puzzles, mazes, Angry Bird game modules, and art doodlers.  
SKILL LEVELS: This is suitable for all skill levels.  Students must bring their own computer with web access.
MEETINGS: Four Tuesdays, 3:30-5:30, April 25, May 2, 9, 16.  Lab fee $90. 


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, March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1.  The radio license test is May 25 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  (Dinner is included on May 25.)  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, March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1.  The radio license test is May 25 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.  (Dinner is included on May 25.)  Lab fee $180.  


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 Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30, April 5, 12, 19, 26.  Lab fee is $150.
 

STEM+ Club - Evening Program  (Classes 5 – 12)

PURPOSE: This program 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.
SKILL LEVELS: This club is suitable for all skill levels from Class 5 and up.
MEETINGS: Normally 6:00-8:00 p.m. with an option to stay until 9:00 p.m. on clear nights for astrophotography.  Younger students typically stay for Homework Club first, then join this group for dinner at 5:30. Regular attendance is suggested but not required.  Meetings: Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1.
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. Because this activity is extracurricular and involves dinner and hi-tech labs, there is a “per class” lab fee of $12, or parents may elect to pre-pay $100 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. 
SKILL LEVELS: This club is suitable for all skill levels from Class 4 and up.
MEETINGS: Most Tuesdays 6:30-8:00 p.m. Younger students typically stay for Homework Club first, then join this group for dinner at 5:30. Regular attendance is not required.  Meetings: Tuesdays, March 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. 



 

   
 
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