• Grade 4-9 Summer Science Courses from Astronomy to Robotics

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    The mission of the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center, founded in 2002, is to engage, educate and inspire visitors of all ages and interests with the rich history of wireless communication on Cape Cod and the limitless future potential of science and technology to transform our lives.


    This July and August, the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center is sponsoring some out-of-the-world science courses with a STEM twist.

    STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

    Here is a summary of the six courses, each offering one-week curricula on a variety of topics including astronomy, marine environment, robotics, chemistry, and physics taught by Larry Brookhart, Janice Gregori, Annie Haven and Karen Manning.

    The courses will be held at the new STEM Education facility at the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center.

    Amazing Astronomy! 

    Teacher: Larry Brookhart
    Students entering grades 4-7
    Date: July 14 – 18
    Time: 8:30AM – 11:30AM plus one evening Star Party
    Special location: Harwich Observatory behind Harwich Elementary
    [Please note this session is not held at the Chatham Marconi Maritime Center] Cost $100 / Session

    Search the skies and learn how to navigate and locate the many cosmic wonders above us! Students will have the opportunity to operate powerful optical instruments that will deliver exhilarating views of the heavens! Be a part of our astro-crew and discover the workings of a real observatory- the computer controlled telescopes, sky-mapping software, networking with other observatories around the globe and viewing videos sent to us from the international space station. Students will engage in astronomical games, make handy astronomer’s tools and use specialized equipment to examine sun spots. We will even have an evening Star Party where you will take a ride to the cosmos on a journey you’ll never forget!

     Marine STEMania!

    Teacher: Janice Gregori
    Students entering grades 7-9
    Dates (3 sessions): July 14-18, July 21-25 or July 28 – Aug 1
    Time: Weeks One and Two – 8:30-11:30AM; Week Three – 12:30-3:30 PM
    Cost $150 / Session

    Specifically designed to combine our rich, Cape Cod marine environment and STEM concepts, students will explore the geological formation of Cape Cod, then use their knowledge to make a magnetic compass. Students will design and make sampling equipment for temperature, salinity, turbidity, density, and depth. This equipment will be used to collect samples from the shore as well as from the water on a special boat trip for the team! Students will analyze the samples, report their data, and culminate the weeks experience by taking a field trip to the aqua farming facility located on Stage Island Road. (Week Three, July 28th-August 1st, will be held in the afternoon at 12:30 – 3:30 PM.)

    Deep Space Terraformers 1: Robotics!

    Teacher: Karen Manning
    Students entering grades 7-9
    Date: July 28-August 1
    Time: 8:30AM – 11:30AM
    Cost $100 / Session

    Using Lego Terraformer Robots, students will work in teams, learn to program the robots, and use them to solve problems encountered in simulated space missions! This Terraformers experience involves students in an engaging “hands-on, minds-on” environment where guided navigation leads students forward along this imaginative mission into space.

    Deep Space Terraformers 2: Advanced Robotics!

    Teacher: Karen Manning
    Students entering grades 7-9 who have completed Terraformers 1
    Date: August 4-8
    Time: 8:30AM – 11:30AM
    Cost $100 / Session

    Using Lego Terraformer Robots, students will use their skills from Terraformers 1 to complete more advanced space missions! You have learned the basics; now it’s time to deeply engage your critical thinking skills and solve complex, multistep problems with your robots. These missions will build your confidence and boost your brainpower!

    Elements of Summer!

    Teacher: Annie Haven
    Students entering grades 5-7
    Date: August 4 – 8
    Afternoons: 12:30 – 3:30 PM
    Cost $100 / Session

    It’s Elemental!
    A chemistry workshop based on labs related to the periodic table of the elements. Have you ever wondered why hydrogen burns, oxygen supports burning, but H2O puts out fires? To answer this question and others, students will participate in such activities as decomposing water, building compounds, testing hydrogen fuel cell cars, and using glow sticks to learn about chemical reaction rates. Students will also make slime and crystal creations to take home!

    Sounds Like Summer!

    Teacher: Annie Haven
    Students entering grades 5-7
    August 11 – 15
    Afternoons: 12:30 – 3:30PM
    Cost $100 / Session

    Have you ever wondered what it sounds like in outer space or how sound travels underwater? Learn about the physics of sound waves and communication systems. Students will participate in a variety of hands-on experiments including the creation of string telephones, a party line, and exploration of how sound travels. Students will even have the opportunity to use Morse Code to encode and decode messages with telegraph mechanisms!

    Registration is now open and continues on a “first-come-first-served” basis until a class is full.

    Registration form and refund policy: Click here for Registration Form.

    Brochure with course descriptions: Click here for Brochure.

    Print out the registration form. Read the refund policy. Fill in form, indicating your method of payment. Mail the completed form to:

    Chatham Marconi Maritime Center
    Attention: STEM course
    P.O. Box 421
    North Chatham, MA 02650

    For other information, contact us via email: cmmcsummerstem@gmail.com

    Click here for map & directions to CMMC Campus


    May 17, 2014