STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Engage your child's creativity with our virtual STEM programs! 

Our STEM Academy programs have been recognized and awarded these very special grants. We are grateful for the support of these organizations:

  • 2019 Cox Charities Community Grant
  • 2018 Cox Charities STEM Education Grant
  • 2016 Cox STEM Education Grant
  • 2015 3M STEM Education Grant
  • 2012 Napier Foundation STEM Education Grant
  • 2011 NASA Summer of Innovation STEM Education Grant.

STEM programs are under the direction of Christopher Stone, Director of STEM Academy. 


CT STEM OPEN HOUSE AT THE MERIDEN YMCA ARTS CENTER

Monday, January 3, 2022  |  6:00 - 7:00 p.m.  |  Meriden YMCA, 110 West Main St.
Join us to preview our upcoming Winter, Spring, and Summer Camp programs.  
Come with your family to this free event and enjoy hands-on STEM activities.

CODING FOR BEGINNERS (VIRTUAL)

Do you like solving problems? Do you like using a computer or tablet? Do you like to create? Come put your problem solving skills to the test and show your creativity while learning the basics of coding with block coding. No previous experience is required!

  • Day/Date: Mondays 1/3, 1/10, 1/24, 1/31 
  • No class on 1/20 and 2/17 
  • Time: 6:00 to 7:15 p.m.
  • Cost: $35
  • Ages: 8 to 12 (10 Maximum participants )
  • Location: Meriden YMCA Arts Center 14-16 West Main St.

ENGINEERING AND STRUCTURES

Have you ever wondered how a building stands up? How does a bridge support its weight? Or even how an airplane flies? Come learn all about how various structures are engineered for success! There will be exploration in bridge building, airplane flight, and tower creations. This hands–on enrichment program is designed for students interested in deepening their knowledge of engineering concepts through daily challenges.

  • Day/Dates: Wednesday 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2 
  • Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. 
  • Cost: $40
  • Ages 8-12 (12 Maximum participants )
  • Location: Meriden YMCA Arts Center 14-16 W Main Street

VIDEO GAME DESIGN (VIRTUAL)

In this class, students will explore the wonderful world of video game design. Students will learn key concepts  of coding on Google CS First and use the Scratch block coding platform to create their own video games. They can share their video games with friends and family and continue adding to them after the program is over.

  • Day/Dates: Monday 2/7, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4 Time: 6:00 to 7:15 p.m.
  • Cost: $50
  • Ages: 8 to 12 (10 Maximum participants )
  • Location: Meriden YMCA Arts Center 14-16 West Main St.

NATURAL DISASTERS

What student doesn’t love learning about natural disasters? This STEM session will give students the ability to explore science and engineering concepts using tangible, hands-on activities. Students will learn about several types of natural disasters including: tornadoes, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. All students will make and take home their own volcano!

  • Day/Dates: Wednesday 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9 
  • Time: 6:00 to 7:15 p.m.
  • Cost: $40
  • Ages: 8 to 12 (12 Maximum participants )
  • Location: Meriden YMCA Arts Center 14-16 W Main St.

CIRCUITRY AND ELECTRICITY

Have you ever wondered how power travels from light switch to bulb? This class takes a look into power, electricity, and what it takes to build circuits that work! Students will get to experiment with different power sources, and the electronics they connect to including Snap Circuits and Makey Makey!

  • Day/Dates: Monday 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21
  • Time: 6:00 to 7:15 p.m.
  • Cost: $32
  • Ages: 8 to 12 (10 Maximum participants )
  • Location: Meriden YMCA Arts Center 14-16 W Main St.

STEM SUMMER CAMPS OPEN HOUSE AT THE MERIDEN YMCA ARTS CENTER

Join us for a Preview of Our Summer STEM Camps. We will be able to answer your questions and share about our upcoming summer programs.

  • Day/Date: Wednesday 3/9
  • Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Location: Meriden YMCA Arts Center 14-16 W Main St, Meriden, CT 06451

TRY ROBOTICS OPEN HOUSE NIGHT

LEGO Mindstorms are fun to explore a different side of robotics that includes interesting building challenges, programming, and innovative thinking with high interest materials. Come have fun and enjoy a free night of Robotics as a preview of upcoming programs.

  • Day/Date/ Time: Wednesday, 4/6 • 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Cost: Free
  • Ages: 9 to 13 (14 Maximum participants )
  • Location: Meriden YMCA Arts Center 14-16 W Main St.
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