Classes

Classes and camps year round for kids of all ages
Investigate, Invent, Experiment, Interpret, Discover

Pinhead Institute is proud to offer a variety of courses that allow children an opportunity to explore and discover the wonderful world STEM. From after school programs in regional libraries, to Mad Labs and Mini Missions at Pinhead Headquarters, to summer science camps with Telluride Academy, we offer a variety of camps and classes to inspire the next generation! We’re also excited to offer expanded programming in the STEM Lab (room 222) at Telluride High School.

REFUND POLICY:

As of January 1, 2018 full tuition less a $20 administrative fee will be credited to your account when cancellations occur 14 days or more before a class begins. No refund will be given when a cancellation is made less than 14 days before a class begins. Class transfers are subject to the same restrictions as cancellations, and a $20 administrative fee will apply. Please call 970.369.5190 or email info@pinheadinstitute.org if you need to cancel or transfer a class.

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WINTER 2018

MAKER MONDAYS

SESSION ONE: RACE CAR RUMBLE

Jan 15-Feb 26, 2018, Mondays only • 3:30-5:30 PM • Ages: 3rd-6th grade • Location: Pinhead STEM Lab at THS (Room 222) • Tuition: $185/5-week series (includes materials for group projects) NO CLASS 1/22 & 2/19

Using our 3D printers, laser cutter, soldering, and more, we’ll design and build our own custom race cars during this RACE CAR RUMBLE-themed Makers workshop. As a grand finale, we’ll put our creations to the test during the first ever Pinhead Grand Prix!

SESSION TWO: AUTOMATA

March 5-April 2, 2018, Mondays only • 3:30-5:30 PM • Ages: 3rd-6th grade • Location: Pinhead STEM Lab at THS (Room 222) • Tuition: $185/5-week series (includes materials for group projects)

Kids will get an in-depth look at mechanical advantage as they choose from a selection of 3D printed or laser cut objects that we refine and automate with features like gears, axles, cranks, and more, during this AUTOMATA-themed Makers workshop.

CLIMBING/PINHEAD PE

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Jan 9-Feb 6, 2018, Tuesdays only • Tuition: $250/6-week series

INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
Jan 10-Feb 7, 2018, Wednesdays only • Tuition: $250/6-week series

We’re joining forces with our friends at the Telluride Academy to offer a brand new Climbing/Pinhead PE this winter. When we’re not climbing, we’ll take a look at the physics of climbing and ropes, investigate snow science, explore sports science, examine anatomy, and more. Students will also design and build models and experiments during our hands-on science lab. Log into your existing Telluride Academy account, or create a new one, to register.

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CYBER CLUBHOUSE TELLURIDE

CyberClubhouseCloseCropFeb 13-April 3, 2018, Tuesdays only • 2:15-3:15 PM • ages 8+ • Location: Wilkinson Public Library • Tuition: Free

Entry-level computer coding for kids ages 8+ on a drop-in basis. No registration necessary. Play coding games, build basic apps, learn to 3D model, and more!

MAD LABS: WINTER 2018 EDITION

mad labs tuesdays Feb 27-April 3, 2018, Tuesdays only • 2:00 PM-5:00 PM • Ages: K-2nd grade • Location: Pinhead HQ • Tuition: $40/session, $200/6-week series

Science is more than a subject. It’s part of everything we do. The more we understand, the more we can appreciate and conserve our natural world. Join us for one or all of MAD LABS taking place on Tuesday afternoons in Telluride for hands-on, scientific activities that will encourage kids to experiment, learn, design, create, investigate, and more. Get your lab coats ready – we are going to get mad in our lab! A Pinhead Institute representative will be available to walk kids to Pinhead HQ from the Telluride Elementary School.

TOPICS

Feb 27: FOOD ENERGY
Today we’ll power a light bulb with a potato, control a computer with a banana, and run a clock with a lemon! Join us as we harness the energy in our food to power everyday objects.

March 6 : NOISE MAKERS
Come explore sound, pitch, and amplification as we make homemade speakers and musical instruments in today’s class.

March 13 : SNOW SCIENCE AND SAFETY
Do you like to ski, snowboard, or even extreme snowshoe? There’s a lot to know about the different types of snow, snow conditions, and weather – especially how they all come together to form avalanches. Today we’ll go through Colorado Avalanche Information Center’s “Know Before You Go” program to learn how to stay safe while we play outside.

March 20: CELLULAR BIOLOGY
During today’s class we’ll learn about the basic building blocks of life as we zoom in and investigate how DNA, amino acids, viruses, germs, and more, work to form organisms and life.

March 27: GEARS
Bicycles, cars, motors, clocks, and more are all powered by gears. Join us for today’s class as we take inspiration from them to design and build our own geared contraptions.

April 3: OPTICS
From Newton’s classic prism experiment to a high-tech smartphone projector, we’ll look at the physics of light and lenses in today’s class.

DIGI-GIRLS

Feb 27-April 3 , 2018, Tuesdays • 3:30-5:30 PM • Ages: 4th-7th grade • Location: STEM Lab at THS (Room 222)• Tuition: $150/6-week series

In this class specifically for girls, we’ll learn digital skills by transforming ideas into graphics, apps, 3D prints, and laser cut objects while exploring software such as Solidworks, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, AutoDesk, and more.

CURIOUS Q?RIUS SCIENCE

RIDGWAY: Jan 17-Feb 14, 2018, Wednesdays only • 3:30 PM-5:30 PM • Grades: 3rd-6th • Location: Ridgway Elementary School Library • Tuition: $30/session

TELLURIDE: Jan 18-Feb 22, 2018, Thursdays only • 3:30 PM-5:30 PM • Grades: 3rd-6th • Location: Pinhead HQ • Tuition: $30/session, $150/6-week series

Making use of award-winning Smithsonian Science How live and archived webcasts, we’ll get a look at the research and people of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History before doing fun activities and experiments designed to deepen our understanding of the scientific world.

TOPICS

Jan 17/18: ALL ABOUT CELL PHONES
Did you know that a little part of everywhere in the world is inside our cell phones? Today we’ll learn from Smithsonian cultural anthropologist Joshua A. Bell by taking a journey with him along a supply chain, from the mines that produce cellphone minerals to the millions of discarded cellphones. Later, we’ll deconstruct our own phones, examining the components and mechanics of these world-changing gadgets.

Jan 24/25 : OH MY OH MY MUMMIES!
Today we’ll learn how extreme cold, dryness, or lack of oxygen may preserve humans or other animals for hundreds or thousands of years from Smithsonian anthropologist David Hunt. After unwrapping the secrets of mummies using modern techniques such as X-ray and CT scanning, and compare human-made mummies to naturally-made mummies via webcast, we’ll conduct mummification experiments of our own using a variety of preservatives to see which works best. Children will learn about modern mummification techniques, plastination, and cryogenics, and conduct our own cryogenics experiments with ice and everyday objects. We’ll even create our own mummified apples!

Jan 31/Feb 1 : PARASITES – FRIEND OR FOE?
Come learn all about the important roles parasites like leeches and tapeworms play in our lives and our ecosystems via webcast with Smithsonian zoologist Anna Phillips. Students will get a chance to see a live medical leech and observe what happens when it attaches istel before Children will observe live medical leeches and see what happens when a leech attaches itself to the instructor. They’ll also learn about the anatomy of a leeches and compare their movements with those of earthworms.

Feb 7/8: BE A BIRD DETECTIVE
Today we’ll analyze the remains of birds from airplane strikes and other events via webcast with Smithsonian ornithologist Carla Dove. We’ll learn how far forensic ornithology has come since the days of comparing feathers, and discover the practical applications of the field. Later students will learn about bird anatomy and create their own models. They’ll also learn to identify different birds in our area, and about their natural predators.

Feb 14/15: CEPHALOPOD ANATOMY AND GYOTAKU
They have no backbones, yet boast camera-like eyes and super camouflage capabilities. Find out more about rarely seen octopods and squids via webcast with Smithsonian zoologist Dr. Mike Vecchione, including the technologies used to study them in the deepest parts of the ocean. Next we’ll learn about cephalopod anatomy by observing real deep sea specimens of octopuses and squids, and create our own original artwork in the style of Japanese gyotaku fish printing.

Feb 22 (Telluride Only): INNER EARTH REVEALED
Explore volcanoes as windows into the Earth’s interior via webcast with Smithsonian geologist Dr. Elizabeth Cottrell. We’ll learn about how volcanoes form, how they work, what comes out of them, and what they reveal about our planet. Following the webcast we’ll create our own earth and volcano models to learn about the different layers of our planet and how volcanoes are formed. We’ll also learn how to create our own volcanic explosions!

ART LAB: LIGHT & OPTICS

Feb 28-April 4, 2018, Wednesdays only • 3:30-5:30 PM • Ages: 3rd-6th grade • Location: Ah Haa School for the Arts • Tuition: $195/6-week series

A Pinhead and Ah Haa Collaboration

This class is sure to light up the long, dark winter! We’ll explore and play with the physics of light to blend colors in a whole new way. Through reflection, refraction, movement, shadows, and color changes, we will construct and create art with light. Students will learn about color theory and the science of light to create contemporary, high-end works of art through drawing, painting, and even video. Log into your existing Ah Haa School account, or create a new one, to register.

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ART LAB: “TECH” STYLES

May 2-May 30, 2018, Wednesdays only • 3:30-5:30 PM • Ages: 3rd-6th grade • Location: Pinhead STEM Lab at THS• Tuition: $165/5-week series

A Pinhead and Ah Haa Collaboration

Sew, stitch, and program your wardrobe in this wearable art/science class. Using unusual materials to create new trends and laser cutting techniques to invent interesting patterns, we’ll explore how to incorporate lights and sounds into clothing. We’ll explore weaving, dying, and felting, and then bring our creations into the 21st century by adding technological components. This fun, exploratory class will have students designing and engineering their way into the high-tech fashion world! Log into your existing Ah Haa School account, or create a new one, to register.

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LEGO ROBOTS JUNIOR TELLURIDE

SESSION ONE: Jan 19-Feb 23, 2018, Fridays only • 3:30 PM-5:00 PM • Ages: 5-8 years old • Location: Pinhead HQ • Tuition: $125/6-week series

SESSION TWO: March 2-April 6, 2018, Fridays only • 3:30 PM-5:00 PM • Ages: 5-8 years old • Location: Pinhead HQ • Tuition: $125/6-week series

A preparatory class designed to get younger kids ages 5 to 8 familiar with Lego Mindstorms robots and their components like motors, sensors, and gears — all in preparation for joining our FIRST LEGO League teams when they meet the age requirements. A Pinhead Institute representative will be available to walk kids to Pinhead HQ from the Telluride Elementary School.

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