STEMentors is an eLearning program provding afterschool sties with high-quality educational experiences focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). These STEM-related experiences are led via video conferencing by off-site eMentors, who are students at the University of Nebraska. A frontline instructor at the afterschool site helps lead the activities.
Our trained eMentors join your program virtually two times a week as scheduled to teach the STEM lessons.
We set up the video conferencing system and provide links for joining. A technology check with your afterschool site is scheduled prior to the start of the program.
We provide a collection of research-based STEM curriculum and resources to ensure youth have a high-quality, hands-on learning experience, all while having fun!
Two 75-minute sessions each week
Pick the days of the week that work best for your program, as well as the 75-minute session time.
Experiences are customized to fit your current afterschool schedule and program.
6 Week Courses
A variety of STEM courses are available for both the fall and spring semesters.
Program Sites Provide:
Afterschool program sites are responsible for providing a classroom for participants, a frontline staff member to assist youth, a computer with reliable internet capabilities, a projection system with audio, printer access, and specific lesson materials (varies by course). Full supply lists will be provided after registration.
Grades K-3 Digital Storytelling with Scratch Jr.
Youth use Scratch Jr. to design their own interactive story and learn computational thinking skills and logic such as breaking a command into discreet actions and sequencing those actions.
Primary Supplies Needed: iPads (1 iPad per team, 2-3 youth per team), Scratch Jr. app on iPads, additional handouts and basic materials (full supply lists provided after registration).
Grades 4-8 Robotics Building Blocks with LEGO EV3
Youth build and program robots using LEGO EV3 kits. As they learn to get the robot to do what they want, they apply computational thinking skills and create algorithms for their robot.
Primary Supplies Needed: LEGO EV3 kits (1 kit per team, 2-3 youth per team), 3-ring binders (1 per team), additional handouts and basic materials (full supply lists provided after registration).
Grades 4-8 Engineering with Nanoscience
Youth engage in hands-on science experiments based on the world of small–the really small. 10^-9 in fact! At this level even blood cells look large in comparison. The amazing thing about nanoscale is that things start to behave differently. You can take something that loves water and turn it into a water repellent, develop body armor, and understand what is around you at an elemental level.
Primary Supplies Needed: handouts and variety of supplies, many commonly found in afterschool settings; a few of the unique supplies include nanoscience, nano sunblock, alligator clips, polarizing material, etc. (full supply lists provided after registration, including suggestions for where unique items may be purchased).
Youth walk through tutorial guides developed by Machine Learning For Kids on supervised learning, decision trees, intent recognition, and prediction making. Youth learn these concepts by building a smart virtual assistant, teaching Pac-Man to avoid ghosts, developing a chatbot, and much more. The best part is youth do not need any prior background in programming to be successful.
Primary Supplies Needed: laptop or desktop computers (1 computer per team, 2-3 youth per team), additional handouts and basic materials (full supply lists provided after registration).
Semester: Fall 2021
Delivered: September 20 - November 19, 2021
Registration Deadline: Tuesday, August 10, 2021 (extended to Friday, August 20, 2021!)