Kool Kat Science Clubs

Dave and Paula were great. My son couldn’t wait for Mondays.

Duke W. – Bowling Green, OH

We believe that STEM experiences offer a great opportunity for a child and adult to bond as they work together to solve a challenge. When working together on a PBL project, the child and adult are teammates – each contributing equally to the design and creation of a unique solution.

Kool Kat Science Clubs

In 2018, we took a break from writing to start our first club, STEM Family Fun. We operated the club as a small group under the sponsorship of our church, Cedar Creek. The club was open to students in grades 2-5. Each student was required to bring an adult or older sibling.  Over the course of the next two years we had weekly meetings and saw terrific bonding between the adults and kids.

In 2020, the Pandemic made face-to-face clubs impossible. In the summer of 2020, we began offering one-on-on coding lessons over Zoom, and this grew into our Coding Club for Kids. In 2021, we added our robotics club, Robotics Revolution.

Each of our clubs uses the same student/adult team structure. We originally included adults to make the kids more comfortable meeting in our basement STEM center. We quickly learned that, in many cases, the parents were as much STEM novices as the kids! This meant that everyone was learning together, and the projects they produced were a true collaboration.

STEM Family Fun

STEM Family Fun is focused on project based learning challenges. Teams in our STEM clubs have built magnet car raceways, cardboard arcade games, kites, electric toys, and several other projects. Each PBL challenge uses the Engineering Design Process and lasts about six weeks.

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A STEM club team works on their cardboard pinball game.
Coding Club for Kids

Coding Club for Kids introduces students to the fundamentals of coding using Scratch, a block-based coding program developed by MIT. In the course of a semester, kids build four projects. Projects are taught as a series of mini-challenges that build on each other.

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Paula leads a group of novice coders in their first Scratch project.
Robotics Revolution

Robotics Revolution builds on the kids’ coding skills. The teams learn the basics of electronics, motor control, and sensors using a kit based on the Arduino platform. The Evive kit from STEMpedia provides everything needed to build several different robotics projects.

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A student works on his robot vehicle during an online Robot Revolution class.