The STEAMshop @ OCYL

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

Registration for the upcoming season has begun.

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. 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

NEW!! 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.
 
OPEN STEAMshop

The STEAMshop is filled with various stations to empower students to use their creativity to solve problems, ask questions, and think out-of-the-box. A variety of materials, tools, and challenge cards available to inspire and tap into the innovator and artist within all of us. 

February and March programs will be free- donations will be accepted. Registration ahead of time is not required however it is encouraged. Last drop in at Noon. Plan on 1-2 hours for your student.
Last Saturday of every month beginning in February, 2017. Grades 3-8 Cost per pupil after free February and March events TBA.

Spring Session registration has begun! Click here for an image of the program offerings. 

Summer program registration will be available March 1st, 2017.

Please click the quick links below or scroll down for the list of current programs.

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Skill Based Classes:

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.

8 Weeks, Thursdays

Winter: Jan.12 - March 9

Spring: March 23 - May 18

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 

Music

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. 

Group Acoustic Guitar Lessons

In this small 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.

8 Weeks

Wednesdays

Winter: Jan.11- March 8

Spring: March 22 - May 17

Grades 1-3: 4:30-5:15 pm

Grades 4-6: 5:30– 6:15 pm

Cost: $85 

Private Music Lessons

Students of all levels are welcome to register for half hour Private Lessons for personalized guitar, keyboard & voice Lessons. A session of private lessons consists of eleven weekly 30 minute lessons. 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 students age 12 and up. It is recommended that beginners under age 12 take the Small Group Guitar Lessons. Students must bring their own acoustic 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.

11 Weeks- new longer session!

Grades 1-12

Tuesdays or Thursdays* 4:30– 7:30 pm

Winter: Jan. 10 - March 30, Spring: April 4 - June 29

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. 

* No financial assistance is available at this time for Private Lessons. 

Private lessons are offered in quarter year blocks; January-March, April-June, July-Sept, October-December.  Within each of these quarter blocks you will receive 11 half-hour lessons.  
 
One make-up day will be allowed per quarter provided we are informed of your absence by 3:00 PM on the day of your lesson. 

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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

Grades 4-9

Fridays 4:30–6:00 pm

Cost: $148 ($45 materials fee*  included)
*Financial Assistance does not cover materials fee.

Workshops

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

Spring: March 21 - May 16

Grades K-5

Tuesdays, 5:30–6:30 pm

Cost: $85 

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

Grades 6-8

2:30 - 3:45 pm

Wednesdays

Cost: $55

Hardware to Artware: REGISTER NOW FOR THIS FEBRUARY BREAK PROGRAM

Tinker and create at the STEAMshop at OCYL on February 21 and 22. In the two day workshop, “Hardware to Artware” students will investigate and deconstruct the inner workings of a computer. On the second day, students will create and upcycle those computer parts along with other materials into their own unique work of art.

Three levels of this program will be offered by three teachers simultaneously from 10- 11:30 AM. Students will be grouped as follows: Grades PreK and K, Grades 1-3 and Grades 4-8. Preschool children who are not currently enrolled at OCYL must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Cost: $20 per student, $10 for students who qualify for financial assistance.

We are still seeking a few old computers for this program! Contact Sue Varela 475-0929 x5

NEW!! 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.
 
 Open STEAMshop

The STEAMshop is filled with various stations to empower students to use their creativity to solve problems, ask questions, and think out-of-the-box. A variety of materials, tools, and challenge cards available to inspire and tap into the innovator and artist within all of us. 

February and March programs will be free- donations will be accepted. Registration ahead of time is not required however it is encouraged. Last drop in at Noon. Plan on 1-2 hours for your student.
Last Saturday of every month beginning in February, 2017. Grades 3-8 Cost per pupil after free February and March events TBA.