STEM

“Look deep into nature and then you will better understand everything.” – Albert EinsteinSTEM

In addition to our STEM Summer Camps and special STEM days at the Meriden YMCA Mountain Mist Day Camp and Outdoor Center, we now offer STEM programs in collaboration with the CT STEM Academy located at 91 Main Street in South Meriden.

CT STEM Academy
91 Main Street
South Meriden

Click this link to read more about our newest STEM classroom

CT STEM ACADEMY AND THE MERIDEN YMCA ROBOTICS INITIATIVE

BRISTLEBOT ROBOTICS

Are you interested in robotics? Then you’ll want to sign up for this program! During this program we will be designing and testing Bristlebots. These robots are micro robots that use a conventional toothbrush and micro motors.

  • Dates: 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27
  • Day/time: Friday 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: CT STEM Academy, 91 Main Street, South Meriden
  • Fee: $25
  • Ages: 9 - 12
  • Minimum: 4 participants. Maximum: 15 participants.
  • Facilitator: Billy Piper

INTRODUCTION TO LEGO ROBOTICS

During this program we will be designing, programming and testing Lego Mindstorms Robotics.

  • Dates: 11/3, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15
  • Day/time: Fridays 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: CT STEM Academy, 91 Main Street, South Meriden
  • Fee:$25
  • Ages: 9 - 12
  • Minimum: 4 participants. Maximum: 15 participants.
  • Facilitator: Billy Piper

**Join both Bristlebots and Intro to Lego Robotics for a robotics experience every Friday!**


STEM ENGINEERING CHALLENGES

This hands–on enrichment program is designed for students interested in deepening their knowledge of STEM concepts through weekly STEM Challenges led by experienced instructors.

  • Dates: 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14
  • Day/time: Tuesday 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Location: CT STEM Academy, 91 Main Street, South Meriden
  • Fee: $25
  • Ages 8 - 12
  • Minimum: 4 participants Maximum: 15 participants
  • Facilitator: Billy Piper

JUST CODING

Did you know that computing related jobs is one of the fastest growing STEM related careers? Join us for an engaging introduction to computer science and coding.

  • Day/time: Monday 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Dates: 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16
  • Fee: $25
  • Ages 8 - 12
  • Minimum: 4 participants Maximum: 15 participants
  • Facilitator: Liana Michaud

VEX IQ ROBOTICS CLUB AND COMPETITION TEAM

This program offers students a rich and exciting introduction to the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The program encourages teamwork, problem solving, and leadership skills. The students will be using the VEX IQ robotics system to learn the basics of building a robot, while also learning other STEM applications. Students will compete in at least three Robotics Competitions. Contact Christopher Stone for more information@CStoneMeridenYMCA.org.


STEM programs at the Meriden YMCA Mountain Mist Outdoor Center

Our STEM offerings at Mountain Mist include STEM Science Saturday programs in our science classroom, and summer STEM camps.

To read an article about one of the Meriden YMCA STEM Academy summer science programs click here.

Overview
The Meriden YMCA Mountain Mist Outdoor Center has been a flourishing summer day camp for over thirty years. For several years, the outdoor center has been offering adventure learning opportunities with low ropes courses, high ropes courses, and team building activities.

In 2009, the Meriden YMCA Mountain Mist Day Camp began to make a shift towards science enrichment opportunities. These enrichment opportunities have been offered through the Messy Lab Science Program, Space Camp, Nature Science Camp and the Young Scientists program (beginning in January 2012).

In July 2011, the Meriden YMCA was awarded a NASA Summer of Innovation Grant for its innovative approach to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education. As a result of these steps, Mountain Mist Outdoor Center has committed to offering science education programming for school age students during the school year. These science offerings, combined with the existing team building and ropes course educational offerings, are known as the Meriden YMCA STEM Academy at the Meriden YMCA Mountain Mist Outdoor Center.

In the spring of 2012, the Meriden YMCA began offering full day programs for local students called Science Saturdays for local school groups. A Science Saturday offering will include a pre-planning survey, pre-planning session with the Meriden YMCA Operations Director and the Science Education Director, and a debriefing session with the Meriden YMCA Operations Director and Science Education Director.

Our Facility

The Meriden YMCA STEM Academy at the Mountain Mist Outdoor Center is conveniently located in central Connecticut along the border of Wallingford and Middlefield, off Route 66 (East Main Street in Meriden, CT). The facility includes:

  • 66 acres of nature
  • The CAT (50 foot climbing tower)
  • Two Rock Walls
  • Ten Low Rope Challenge Course Elements
  • One Large Swimming Pool
  • Large Pavilion
  • Small Pavilion

Science Education Classroom

Our Staff
Our staff includes a group of highly trained professionals that have the following requirements:

College Education and/or Related Experience
Camp Experience (not necessarily at Mountain Mist)
Specialty that can be taught in a class setting
(science interest in rocks, social studies interest in American Revolution, artistic, musical)
People skills and kid friendly

In addition, our staff includes certified ropes course facilitators for Mountain Mist’s low and high ropes course elements.

To learn more about the curriculum and what a typical day is like at the STEM Academy, contact Chris Stone or Carolyn Daniels.

Carolyn Daniels, Arts and Education Director, Meriden YMCA: 203-235-6386 or cdaniels@meridenymca.org

Christopher Stone, Science Education Director, Meriden YMCA or cstone@meridenymca.org or 203-314-7865

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