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.
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SESSION TWO: Oct 23-Dec 4 , 2017, Mondays only, 3:30-5:30 PM • Ages: 3rd-6th grade • Location: STEM Lab at THS (Room 222) • Tuition: $220/6-week series (includes materials for group projects) NO CLASS 11/20
Join us in the Telluride High School STEM Lab for an exploration of 3D printing, laser cutting, soldering, and more. This class will learn the steps of making a new product, from design to assembly.
MAD LABS: Fall 2017 EDITION
SESSION TWO: Oct 17-Dec 5, 2017, Tuesdays only , 2:00 PM-5:00 PM • Ages: K-2nd grade • Location: Pinhead HQ • Tuition: $40/session, $200/6-week series. NO CLASS 10/31 or 11/21
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.
Some activities are weather permitting. We will be outside for many activities, please dress appropriately.
SESSION ONE TOPICS
September 5: BUGS
We’ll find, study, identify, and learn all about six-legged insects today as our study of entomology gets us outside digging in the dirt, looking at plants, and learning about bugs’ habitats, life cycles, and their impact and importance in the natural world.
September 12: ALTITUDE
Don’t you hate it when your yogurt container squirts you when you open it? At 8,750 feet above sea level, items, and even people, react differently when they arrive in Telluride due to the change in air pressure. Today we’ll learn how and why altitude affects us.
September 19: FOOD SCIENCE
Today we’ll break food down into its various components and take a closer look at sugars, proteins, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and more. Students will also see how our bodies metabolize these different components, and learn ways to keep our bodies healthy.
September 26: CIRCUITS
Conductors and insulators, AC and DC, plugs and switches! Today we’ll make circuits will unusual materials, and learn about how electricity flows.
October 3: WIND
First, we’ll learn about the causes wind, then we’ll explore how the shape and design of our cars, trains, planes, buildings, wind mills, and etc. interact with moving air. We’ll see what makes an object aerodynamic or good at capturing the power of the wind.
October 10: POWER OF 10
Using today’s date (10/10) as inspiration, we’ll investigate the power of 10. Using games and puzzles we’ll learn about exponential numbers, base 10, and more.
SESSION TWO TOPICS
October 17: GRAVITY
Today we’ll explore the force of gravity and learn about how scientists developed our current understanding of the Theory of Gravity.
October 24: SPOOKY SCIENCE
Scary sounds, glowing slime, growing foam, disappearing objects, and more! Today we’ll explore bizarre and strange science in celebration of Halloween.
November 7: WAVES
Waves can be found in many forms. Sounds waves, water waves, shock waves, and more. Today we’ll explore the features of waves and how they are expressed in different forms.
November 14: DECONSTRUCTION
Today we’ll look inside all sorts of objects to see how they work. From computers to remote controlled toys to kitchen appliances, we’ll unscrew, unglue, and reveal what components are used to make the machines around us.
November 28: AUTOMATONS
Automatons are mechanized scenes that show a flow of events built using mechanical advantages such as gears, pulleys, and levels. Today, we’ll learn how to create different types of movement and build our own automaton scene!
December 5: PERSPECTIVE & SCALE
Where you view an object can impact what you see. Students will learn how perspective can make small look big and big look small. We’ll also learn about how our brain interprets signals and why it can be tricked.
CYBER CLUBHOUSE TELLURIDE
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! NO CLASS: 10/31, 11/21
FIRST LEGO LEAGUE ROBOTICS
On your mark, get set, flow! Drink in the 2017/2018 HYDRO DYNAMICS season and learn all about water – how we find, transport, use, or dispose of it. Challenged to think like scientists and engineers, teams will choose and solve a real-world problem in the project while building, testing, and programing an autonomous LEGO MINDSTORMS robot.
KIDZ CAN CODE I (RIDGWAY)
We’ll explore the basic concepts of computer science, from logic to loops, as we learn how to code with user friendly platforms like Bitsbox and Scratch. No previous experience necessary.
LASER CUT JEWELRY WITH AH HAA
In this brand new combined art and science class, we’ll be designing our own custom jewelry from scratch! Learn how to draft your ideas using computer software and then prepare the files for laser cutting. We’ll engrave earrings, pendants, bracelets, and more while learning to use technology to make our designs come alive. This class will take place at the STEM lab at the high school, with some sessions being held at Ah Haa.
What is weather, what is climate, and why are the Earth’s changing? Through experiments and models we’ll investigate how our oceans, water, land, animals, and plants are impacted by climate change, and what we can do to combat it through renewable energies, conservation, and more.
LEGO ROBOTS JUNIOR TELLURIDE
SESSION TWO: Oct 27-Dec 8, 2017, 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.
KIDZ CAN CODE II (RIDGWAY)
We’ll continue to explore the basic concepts of computer science, from logic to loops, learned during Kidz Can Code I, employing user friendly platforms like Bitsbox and Scratch. New students to the class are also welcome and will be accommodated with appropriate materials.
COVER CREATIONS: Laser Cutting & Book Design
Create a one-of-a-kind photo album or scrapbook just in time for the holidays. Using the modern technology of laser cutting to engrave book cover designs, in combination with the historical traditions of bookbinding, students will learn the processes of designing and creating a custom journal or sketchbook. Learn how to sew the pages of a book, prepare materials for the cover, and how to bring designs to life with a laser cutter. Finally, pull it all together in a bookbinding process known as “casing-in.” The finished product will make a great gift or a personal keepsake for drawings, doodles, and creative writing. PARENTS! This is a perfect pre-holiday bonding opportunity for you and the kid(s) – or come on your own for some creative down time! NO CLASS: 11/22.
DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS SKULL ART
Design and create a “sugar” skull inspired by the Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday which honors passed family members and friends. We’ll design our skulls and prepare them for 3D printing at the Pinhead STEM Lab on day one, and then learn about traditional sugar skull decorations while finishing our skulls on day two at Ah Haa.
HOLIDAY GIFTS, CARDS, JEWELRY & ORNAMENTS DROP-IN
Give unique cards, jewelry, ornaments and gifts this holiday season with help from the Pinhead Institute and a little technology! Join us in the STEM Lab at THS for one, two, or more drop-in sessions where we’ll get busy making one-of-a-kind and personalized cards and gifts to celebrate the season. From an engraving of Grandma’s handwritten recipe on a cutting board to family photo ornaments to fractal snowflakes, and more – let Pinhead help you give holiday gifts that stand out.
December 4: ORNAMENTS
December 6: JEWELRY
December 11: HOLIDAY CARDS
December 13: GIFTS & CUTTING BOARDS
*$40 fee includes instruction and file conversion. All materials are extra.