The STEAMshop @ OCYL

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Where the depth and breadth of creativity and learning is driven by each unique mind. 

K-2 Programs for April Vacation still have seats open. See our flyer! Registration for Spring Session has begun! Registration for Summer Session begins March 1st.  

For Grades K-8. Also some volunteer opportunities for Grades 9-12

What is STEAM?

STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math.

What is The STEAMshop @ OCYL?

The STEAMshop an approach to learning and is a place for expression, creativity, innovation and out-of-the-box thinking.  It is a place where taking risks is valued, perseverance and resourcefulness are developed and 21st century skills and strategies are learned- all of which prepare youth for our complex, STEAM-centric world. Students are empowered to use their creativity and natural curiosity to ask questions, solve problems and continuously examine, interact with and interpret the world.

Our STEAMshop offers skill-based classes, workshops and open STEAMshop days. 

  • Skill-based classes are teacher directed and have a specific outcome. These include programs such as Chess, Robotics, Music and Art Lessons. 
  • Workshops take a different approach to learning.  They put the youth is the driver’s seat with open-ended projects (challenges) that are goal-directed but unscripted. They involve exploring and creating with open-ended prompts (challenges), using a variety of materials and tools. These currently include Design Time and Creation Lab.
  • Open STEAMshop days are times when students can drop-in to work on a project of their choosing and/ or explore various stations and challenges provided. February 25, March25 10-1 for Grades 3-8. Register in advance to reserve your seat! Free for these dates. More info coming soon!

Why register for STEAMshop programs?

Research shows learning through this process helps students develop:

  • Creativity & Innovation
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills
  • Communication & Collaboration
  • Flexibility & Adaptability
  • Social & Cross Cultural Skills
  • Confidence & Self-Esteem

Please click the program name for a quick link or scroll down for the list of all current and upcoming programs.

Click here for an image of the SPRING program offerings. 

Click here for an image of the SUMMER program offerings.

Quick links:

Summer Week-long Summer Programs
Legopalooza                      Entering Grades 2-6,   June 26- June 30
Big Dig                               Entering Grades K-3,   July 10- July 14
Maker Shaker Workshop   Entering Grades K-3,   July 10 - July 14
Rocket Science                  Entering Grades 1-5,   July 17- July 21
Lego WeDo 2/0                  Entering Grades 2-6,   July 24 - July 28
Wicked Cool Vet School    Entering Grades 1-5,   July 31 - Aug. 4
Wicked Wacky Lab            Entering Grades 1-5,   July 31 - Aug. 4
Rockets and Robots          Entering Grades 5-9,    Aug. 7  - Aug. 11
Video Game Design          Entering Grades 5-9,   Aug. 7 - Aug. 11
Box Battles                        Entering Grades 5-9,   Aug. 15 - Aug. 18
                                          Note: this is a 4 day program
Game Bots                        Entering Grades 2-6,   Aug. 15 - Aug. 18
                                          Note: this is a 4 day program
Evening and Weekend Programs:
Art Club                             Summer Entering Grades K-4,  6 Tues, beginning July 11
Chess                                Summer Entering Grades 1-9,  6 Thurs, beg July 13
                                          Spring Grades 1-9, 8 Thurs, beginning March 23
Group Guitar                     Summer Entering Grades 1-8,   6 Wed, beg July 12
Private Music Lessons      Summer Entering Grades 1-12,  10 Tues or Thurs,
                                          beg July 11/13
Robotics- Basics               Winter Session has ended
Creation Lab                     Spring Grades K-5, 8 Tues, beg March 21 
Design Time                     Spring Grades 6-8, 8 Wed, beg March 22
Robotics- Systems           Spring Grades 4-8, 5 Fri, beg March 24
Open STEAMshop Saturdays  Spring Grades 3-8, Last Saturday Sept- May (May 20 due to holiday weekend)
Open STEAMshop Summer Summer Entering Grades 4-9, 6 Wed beg July 12

 

Week-long, Full and Half Day Summer Programs:

Listed by the date each program begins.  Register for the Grade the child will be entering in Fall for 2017-18 school year.

Financial Assistance is limited for all week-long programs. When applying for Financial Assistance, cost is $0 until availability and eligibility are verified. 

Check for a * to create a full day by pairing together a 9 am - 12 pm and 1pm - 4pm program!

Legopalooza

Using LEGOS's WeDo robotics system that incorporates motors, sensors, and simple programming software students will engage in open-ended STEAM activities as they build and program a spinning carousel, a roller coaster, ferris wheel, and other fun carnival rides.  Each day continue the fun and build moving machines from your very own take home LEGO Klutz Crazy Action Contraptions kit. 

Entering Grades 2-6
June 26th—June 30th
Monday-Friday 9-4 PM

Big Dig*

Paleontologist? Geologist? Archeologist?  You'll dig our biggest "in the dirt" week yet.  Unearth the secrets of ancient Egypt to see how Pharaohs were buried and then make your own mini mummies.  Create colossal fossils and learn about your favorite dinosaurs as we travel back in time.  Dig up a cool crystal collection to take home as you excavate Earth's buried treasures. 

Entering Grades K-3
July 10th—July 14th
Monday-Friday 9-12 PM
Cost: $195 or, combined with Maker Shaker Workshop for a full day, cost: $295 for both. Discount will be applied at check-out.

Maker Shaker Workshop*

Get shakin' with the maker movement.  In this DIY-based workshop students complete challenging building kits and repurpose items using the engineering and design process to dream up something new, useful, fabulous, or just plain fun.  Create a motorized squiggly pen and a toothbrush robot.  Be an expert maker and design something amazing! 

Entering Grades K– 3
July 10th—July 14th
Monday-Friday 1-4 PM
Cost: $195 or, combined with Big Dig for a full day, cost: $295 for both. Discount will be applied at check-out.

Rocket Science

Featuring the all new Viking research rocket!  This customizable model rocket has 48 different fin configurations and as the aerospace engineer, you choose the design as we journey to the moon.  Keep a Captain's Log as you investigate what's inside the rocky planets and gas giants.  Map distant constellations, create glittering moon rocks, and make galaxy slime as part of your out-of-this-world lunar journey.  Blast off with a solid fuel high flying launch at the end of the week (weather permitting). 

Entering Grades 1-5
July 17th—July 21st
Monday-Friday 9-4 PM
Cost: $295

Lego WeDo 2.0

Using LEGO Robotics WeDo 2.0, science comes to life while learning programming skills!  The newly designed software and LEGO building kits allow kids to make untethered, free-roaming robots capable of completing structured and open ended tasks.  Build roaming bots that use sensors to know when to stop or create a shake table to test house designs to withstand an earthquake.  Explore fun new programming options with WeDo 2.0 and take home your own new minifigure. 

Entering Grades 2– 6
July 24th—July 28th
Monday-Friday 9-4 PM
Cost: $315

Wicked Cool Vet School*

Do you dream of becoming a veterinarian? Grab your lab coat, animal lovers, as we learn about our favorite furry, flying, and fishy friends!  Make amazing animal models, build big bones, and investigate animal intestines from our favorite vertebrates: birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish.  End the week with a featured visit with a live animal. 

Entering Grades 1– 5
July 31st—Aug 4th
Monday-Friday 9-12 PM
Cost: $215 or, combined with Wicked Wacky Lab for a full day, cost $315 for both. Discount will be applied at check-out.

Wicked Wacky Lab*

Spend a wild wacky week at the Wicked Wacky Lab!  Grow enormous polymer cubes and create your own super stretchy formulas from chemical concoctions.  Analyze mysterious liquids with kitchen chemistry and make all kinds of slime! Cultivate colorful crystals and go out with a bang as you experiment with chemical reactions. 

Entering Grades 1– 5
July 31st—Aug 4th
Monday-Friday 1-4 PM
Cost: $195 or, combined with Wicked Cool Vet School for a full day, cost $315 for both. Discount will be applied at check-out.

Rockets and Robots*

Calling all future NASA scientists! Build and launch rockets powered by air, water, and black powder. In the second part of the week, learn about robotic systems and construct and operate a remote controlled robotic arm.  Participants will KEEP the rockets which includes a launch pad and controller and the robotic arm with remote. 

Entering Grades 5–9
Aug 7th—Aug 11th
Monday-Friday 9-12 PM
Cost: $255 or, combined with Video Game Design for a full day, cost $315 for both. Discount will be applied at check-out.

Video Game Design*

Create your own video game!  We’ll teach you how to design your very own online game that can be shared and played at home with family and friends.  You’ll learn about developing a story narrative, character choice, conflict development, spatial planning, and game progression.

Entering Grades 5–9
Aug 7th—Aug 11th
Monday-Friday 1-4 PM
Cost: $115 or, combined with Rockets and Robots for a full day, cost $315 for both. Discount will be applied at check-out.

Box Battles


Inspired by “Boxwars”! We'll be taking cardboard to a whole new incredible level- just Google it! Participants will team up to build extravagant Boxwar-like cardboard structures and then compete for the title of "Master Designer".  (Unlike “Boxwars”, no dangerous destruction included.)
Entering Grades 5– 9
Aug 15th—Aug 18th
Tuesday-Friday 9-12 PM
Cost: $115

Game Bots

Calling all gamers-come have a blast creating robotic games! Students will learn about robotics, gear ratio, sensors, programming, and pulleys as they create fun to play games.  Whether creating a pinball machine, duck hunt, or a ring toss game, your child is sure to have fun building, learning, and playing. 

Entering Grades 2– 6
Aug 15th—Aug 18th
Tuesday-Friday 1-4 PM
Cost: $115

Evening Classes:

Listed by day of the week.
Spring Session: Register for current Grade.
Summer Session: Register for Grade child will entering in Fall for 2017-18 school year.
Financial Assistance: Cumberland Residents who qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch pay 10% for evening programs once application for FA is approved,  except for Private Lessons for which there is no FA. Residents may also apply for Assistance based on our sliding scale. Application process is included when registering.

TUESDAYS:

Art Club 

Come make art in our STEAMshop! In this “no experience needed” program, students will explore the visual arts with a variety of tools, mediums and techniques. Each week, participants will have access to materials and inspiring project ideas to create their own unique works of art. 

Entering Grades K-4
Summer: 6 Weeks beginning July 11th
Tuesdays 6—7 PM
Cost: $65 

Creation Lab

A place of expression, creativity, and invention! NEW projects are introduced each season.

Students engage in hands-on, minds-on, and often-times, messy experiences where they take some things apart, put things together, and are inspired to unleash the inner artist and innovator. Through encouraged collaboration and communication with their peers, they discover new art techniques, how to express their ideas and feelings and how to creatively “upcycle” a wide variety of materials. 

8 Weeks
Winter: Jan. 10 - March 7 (now through March 14 to make up snow day 1/31)
Spring: March 21 - May 16 (no class April 18 during school vacation week)
Summer: Not offered. See Art Club.
Grades K-5
Tuesdays, 5:30–6:30 pm

Tuesday/Thursdays:

Private Music Lessons: Guitar, Keyboard & Voice

Explore your musical side with Professional Musician and Music Teacher, Lon Plynton. Small group guitar lessons are offered for an introduction to the acoustic guitar. Students of all levels are welcome to register for half hour Private Lessons for personalized guitar, keyboard & voice Lessons. The Spring session of private lessons consists of eleven and Summer consists of ten 30-minute lessons.  Any make-ups must be completed within the eleven or twelve week period or be forfeited.   Register for the waitlist and once we receive your registration and confirm availability with the instructor you'll be transferred off the waitlist. 

Private Lessons are recommended for students with some experience and for all over age 12. (Guitar: It is recommended that beginners under age 12 take the Small Group Guitar Lessons) Students must bring their own guitar. Electric guitar students must also have a portable amplifier to bring to class and for at-home practice. A keyboard is available for in-class use. Students will need access to a keyboard for weekly practice.

Private lessons are offered in quarter year blocks; January-March, April-June, July-Sept, October-December. * No financial assistance is available for Private Lessons. 

Missed lesson policy: One make-up day will be allowed per quarter provided OCYL is informed via phone of your absence by 3:00 PM on the day of your lesson.

Entering Grades 1-12
Tuesdays or Thursdays between 4 & 7 PM
Winter: Jan. 10 - March 30
Spring: 11 Half-hour Lessons beginning April 4- June 29 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR SPRING
Cost: The cost is $234* which can be paid in full at the time of registration or can be paid in three automated monthly credit card installments of $78. 
Summer: 10 Half-hour Lessons beginning July 11th. Note: register for summer for Grade Entering in Fall
Cost: $213 * No financial assistance is available for Private Lessons. 

WEDNESDAYS:

Design Time! 

The time and place for creativity, innovation and out-of-the-box thinking! NEW challenges each season.

Students are empowered and inspired to design whatever their minds can dream up.  Working in teams and using the iterative design process- ASK, BRAINSTORM, PLAN, CREATE, IMPROVE-, they take on challenges involving things like bottle cars, spaghetti bridges, a cranking bird, bananas that function like piano keys, electric motors and so much more!  The overall goal is to develop an understanding of the problem-solving process and the social dynamics of cooperative work.    
TIP: Bus transportation is provided from both JL McCourt and North Cumberland Middle Schools. With written permission, registered youth age 12+ may be released as “walkers”  from OCYL. Some students opt to go to the library to do homework and await a later pick-up by parent/guardian.

8 Weeks
Winter: Jan. 11 - March 8
Spring: March 22 - May 17 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR SPRING
Summer: Not offered- See OPEN STEAMshop
Grades 6-8
2:30 - 3:45 pm
Wednesdays
Cost: $55

OPEN STEAMshop Days

Drop in and tinker within our STEAMshop “playground”!  A place where imagination is ignited, taking risks is valued, and perseverance and resourcefulness are developed.

Each week students will self-direct their exploration of 5 Stations with over 25 activities to choose from.  Station topics include Sound, Woodshop, Electronics, Upcycling, Textiles (sewing, weaving, etc.), Things that GO, Minecraft, Machines, Straw Construction, Origami ( did you know origami inspired the airbag and the heart stent?), Sculpture, and more.  The stations empower students to use their creativity to solve problems, ask questions, and think out-of-the-box. A variety of materials, tools, and challenges available to inspire and tap into the innovator and artist within.

Last Saturday of each Month: Upcoming:  April 29, May 20 (Note time and different date in May as the 27th is holiday weekend) 9am-12pm
Saturdays: 10 AM - 1 PM (9-12 on May 20th), Free February and March. $15 each visit thereafter pending sponsorships from the community. Registration ahead of time is not required however it is encouraged. Last drop in at Noon. Plan on 11/2-2 hours for your student. Register the Monday following a STEAMshop for upcoming month. April - May Cost: $15 per student
 
Summer: Entering Grades 4-9
6 weeks beginning July 12th
Wednesdays 6—8 PM
Cost: $65 
 
Fall: Grades 3-8
Dates and cost: TBA
 
 Open STEAMshop
 

Small Group Acoustic Guitar Lessons

Explore your musical side with Professional Musician and Music Teacher, Lon Plynton. In this small introductory group class for beginners, learn to play the 6 string acoustic guitar.  These classes will introduce the students to rhythm, notes and chords. Class pace is based on skill level of the majority of the group. Children must bring their own guitar.

Wednesdays; Grades 1-6 
Grades 1-3: 4:30-5:15 pm
Grades 4-6: 5:30– 6:15 pm
Winter 8 Weeks: Jan.11- March 8 Cost: $85
Spring 8 Weeks: March 22 - May 17: Cost: $85 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR SPRING
Summer: 6 Weeks:  July 12th-  XX?? Cost: 65 Note: must be at least entering Grade 1 for this session. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS SUMMER PROGRAM
 

THURSDAYS

Chess

Learn chess and improve your chess strategy with guidance from Bob Salvas, a lifetime member of the US Chess Federation, Level 2 Tournament Director and a chess instructor for more than 15 years.  Students who have not yet participated in the OCYL program must attend the beginner class before moving up to another level.

Thursdays
Winter: Jan.12 - March 9, Cost $85
Spring: March 23 - May 18, Cost $85 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR SPRING
Summer: 6 Weeks, beginning July 13, Cost: $65 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THIS SUMMER PROGRAM
 

Beginner Level for Grades 1-9: This beginner class is designed to teach the rules and strategies of the game to those who either do not know how to play or for those who have only a very basic knowledge of chess.   5:00–6:00 pm

Intermediate Level for Grades 2-9:  Students who have not yet participated in the OCYL program must attend the beginner class.  This class is designed to teach the official rules, intermediate tactics & strategies of the game. NOTE: Students must have approval of the instructor to register for this level. Contact us for more information. 6:00–7:00 pm

Advanced Level for Grades 4-9: This class is for students who have completed the OCYL Intermediate Program and those who have USCF chess tournament experience.  It is designed to introduce students to competitive chess and some of the more advanced strategies of the game.  The emphasis is on learning how to play in a sanctioned tournament and in leagues, clubs, and how to join the United States Chess Federation.  NOTE: Students must have instructor's approval to register for this level. 7:00–8:00 pm

Cost: $85 

FRIDAYS

Robotics: Basics 

Build your own robot to keep! 
This hands-on program capitalizes on students' fascination with robots to teach STEM content and skills in a fun and engaging way.  Three levels of robotics instruction are offered throughout the year; BASICS, SYSTEMS and ADVANCED.  Each level is led by a professional electrical engineer/instructor.

In this level, ROBOTICS: BASICS, students will learn basic mechanical and electrical systems.

Note: $30 material fee included in the cost. Financial Assistance does not cover the material fee.

5 Weeks
Winter: Jan. 13 - February 10 
Grades 4-9
Fridays 4:30–6:00 pm
Cost: $126 ($30 materials fee*  included)
* Financial Assistance does not cover materials fee.

Robotics: Systems

Build your own robot to keep! 
This hands-on program capitalizes on students' fascination with robots to teach STEM content and skills in a fun and engaging way. Three levels of robotics instruction are offered throughout the year; BASICS, SYSTEMS and ADVANCED.  Each level is led by a professional electrical engineer/instructor.

In this level, students assemble a programmable robot that can be controlled to move about by using a binary program created by the student.  Learning computer programming by using BASIC language to control robots, students will gain knowledge in the sequence of communication between the robot and the programmer.
Prerequisite: Students must have taken Robotics: BASICS or have the permission of the instructor.

5 Weeks
Spring: March 24 - May 5, 2017 Note: No class on April 14 & 21 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR SPRING
Grades 4-9
Fridays 4:30–6:00 pm
Cost: $148 ($45 materials fee*  included)
*Financial Assistance does not cover materials fee.

SATURDAYS

OPEN STEAMshop Days

 

Drop in and tinker within our STEAMshop “playground”!  A place where imagination is ignited, taking risks is valued, and perseverance and resourcefulness are developed.

Each week students will self-direct their exploration of 5 Stations with over 25 activities to choose from.  Station topics include Sound, Woodshop, Electronics, Upcycling, Textiles (sewing, weaving, etc.), Things that GO, Minecraft, Machines, Straw Construction, Origami ( did you know origami inspired the airbag and the heart stent?), Sculpture, and more.  The stations empower students to use their creativity to solve problems, ask questions, and think out-of-the-box. A variety of materials, tools, and challenges available to inspire and tap into the innovator and artist within all of us. 

Saturdays: 10 AM - 1 PM
Last Saturday of each Month: (September- May) Upcoming:  April 29, May 20 (note time change on May 20 is 9-12 and NOT on holiday weekend of May 27th)
Cost: Free February and March. April & May $15
Register the Monday following a STEAMshop for the upcoming month.  Watch for membership pricing next Fall!