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Sign up now for the second week of Michigan Tech’s STEAM program for the youth of Traverse City.

This course will teach you how to write code and program LEDS to create your very own glowing cloud light show!

The goal of this project is to introduce STEAM to the current youth of Traverse City. This program will be focusing on the Technology and Art aspects of STEAM. The program will be a 3-day course that is taught in the morning, 9am to noon, of August 22, 2022 to August 24.


Age Range: 6th through 10th grade
Requirements: There is no cost for this class
Location: Engineering Academy, Career Tech Center
880 Parsons Road, Traverse City, MI 49686

To sign up for the class, please email us at: jmeldrum@mtu.edu or call: (906)-281-1069.

New STEAM Program with Newton’s Road and Northwest Educational Services (Updated)

Make your very own glowing cloud by using STEAM. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. You will learn how to program and code an Arduino Uno, learn how to program a WS2812 LED strip to create a light show, and learn how to turn it into art.

Suggested grade level:

  • 6th Grade through 10th grade
  • This is an introductory level program
  • No prior programming experience is necessary

Learning goals:

  • The goal of the program is to introduce STEAM to the current youth of Traverse City. This program will focus on the Tech and Art aspects of STEAM.
  • This course will teach students how to program an Arduino Uno using the Arduino programing app. The students will learn how to write code to tell the WS2812 LED strip to light up in their own unique color patterns.
  • We will create a structure to wrap the LED strip around and apply the cotton on top of the structure to create the illusion of a cloud.

Timing:

  • This will be a 4 day course taught in the mornings 9am to Noon.
  • Class dates will start the week of July 11, 2022 and continue July 12, 13 and 14
  • Additional classes will be offered through July and August based on interest.

Requirements:

  • There is no cost for this first Pilot class
  • For a $50 contribution, the students can keep their Arduino Uno and their Cloud creation including the LED strip
  • Students are encouraged to bring their own laptop computer (and Arduino Uno if they have one).  LED strips and cloud material will be provided.
  • We will have some laptops to share.

For more information contact:

Jay Meldrum at jmeldrum@mtu.edu or 906-281-1069

Location:

  • Class will be taught at Northwest Educational Services, Engineering Academy (formerly MTA), Career Tech at 880 Parsons Road, Traverse City, MI 49686

Michigan Tech STEAM Programs

Michigan Tech has a new facility located in Traverse City, Michigan. Currently, a STEAM program is being launched through this new facility.

What is STEAM?

STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. STEAM has always been here but was always called STEM.

The Importance of having Art

A common shortfall in many schools is the lack of funding and interest in the visual arts. This is a shame considering that it is an important part of everyday life. You can find art in everything you look at, whether its the cars that drive, the Lego’s you build, down to the simple way your shoelaces look.

Current STEAM Lesson

The Glowing cloud

The goal of this lesson plan is to teach and focus on the Technology and Art aspect of STEAM.

In this lesson you will make your very own glowing cloud by using STEAM. You will learn how to program and code an Arduino Uno, learn how to program a WS2812 LED strip to create a light show, and learn how to turn it into art.

Other STEAM Lessons

Painting with pH levels

This lesson focuses on the combination of Science and Art. This lesson will teach you about pH levels, how these pH levels are present in every day life, and using chemical reactions to paint a pretty picture.

Cardboard Automaton

This lesson focuses on the combination of Engineering and Art. This lesson will tech you about measurements, ratios, gears, and much more. You will also learn how to make a cardboard creature come alive with what you learned.

Drawing with Graphs

This lesson focuses on the combination of Math and Science. This lesson will teach you about graphs, equations, and how to graph with a calculator. You will learn how to draw with equations.