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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FALL 2017


taz_6Sept 11-Oct 16 , 2017, Mondays only, 3:30-5:30 PM • Ages: 3rd-6th grade • Location: THS STEM Lab 222 • Tuition: $220/6-week series (includes materials for group projects)

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 tuesdaysSept 5-Oct 10, 2017, 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.

Some activities are weather permitting. We will be outside for many activities, please dress appropriately.


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.


CyberClubhouseCloseCropSept 12-Dec 12, 2017, 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! NO CLASS: 10/31, 11/21


Sept 5-Nov 30, 2017, meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-5:00 PM • Ages: 9-14 years old • Location: THS STEM Lab 222 • Tuition: Free, registration required

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.


Sept 6-Oct 11, 2017, Wednesdays only, 3:30 PM-5:00 PM • Grades: 2nd-5th • Location: Ridgway Elementary School Library • Tuition: $125/6-week series

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.


Sept 6-Oct 11, 2017, Wednesdays only, 3:30-5:30 PM • Grades: 5th-9th • Location: Ah Haa School/THS STEM Lab 222• Tuition: $195/6-week series

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.

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Sept 7-Oct 12, 2017, Thursdays only, 3:30-5:30 PM • Grades: 3rd-6th • Location: Pinhead HQ • Tuition: $150/6-week series

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.


Sept 8-Oct 13, 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.

COVER CREATIONS: Laser Cutting & Book Design

Oct 25-Dec 6, 2017, Wednesdays only, 3:30-5:30 PM • Grades: 6th-8th • Location: American Academy of Bookbinding/THS STEM Lab 222• Tuition: $195/6-week series

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. NO CLASS: 11/22.

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Oct 26-Nov 2, 2017, Thursdays only, 3:30-5:30 PM • Grades: 3rd-6th • Location: Ah Haa School/THS STEM Lab 222• Tuition: $65/2-week series

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.

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