Great Science Academy begins March 6, 2021!

Do you know a student interested in robotics, programming or coding? Great Science Academy returns this year for a nine-week session (six in-person and three virtual) for students in grades 6-9. This year’s program will focus on robotics, from learning the basics of materials used to create robots, to building a robot to solve a real-world problem in a culminating project.

The program builds students’ confidence and skills in coding and robotics, generates interest in STEM careers, and develops the 21st century skills needed in the high-tech work force (problem identification, problem solving, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking).

Great Science Academy sessions are led by JonDarr Bradshaw, STEM Learning Coordinator at the Science Center. JonDarr is a former NASA contractor and military aviator with extensive experience in the aerospace industry. Working alongside NASA scientists, engineers, and astronauts, JonDarr has teamed up with science and technology educators from across the country to develop a variety of award-winning, aerospace-themed, engineering design challenges and activities for middle and high school students.

JonDarr’s extensive experience in STEM education (spanning more than 25 years) includes over 15 years with NASA’s SEMAA Project where he served as the coordinator of the program’s first Aerospace Education Laboratory, the national training team lead, and eventually served as the program’s National Operations Manager in the National SEMAA Office. He was the interim V.P. for Education and Programs at Nashville’s Cumberland Science Center, and was a key team member at Ohio’s Center of Science and Industry (COSI) contributing to such award-winning traveling exhibitions as Mission to Mars™ and Virtual Racing™. He has also designed, developed and facilitated over 1,000 hours of STEM-focused, professional development for science teachers at all levels. Through his work with NASA, JonDarr has designed and facilitated 28 space-themed robotics competitions and also provided key support for 48 local, 36 regional, and 10 international robotics championship events for the FIRST and VEX Robotics Programs.

Health and Safety Procedures

  • All staff and participants are require to wear a maks and undergo a temperature screening at the start of each session
  • Each session will have a maximum of nine students per class
  • Each student recaives an indovidualized set of materials. Materials are disinfected before and after each use.
  • Social distancing will be observed in an exciting atmosphere designed for students to socialize and build a sense of commnity together.

Program Dates
Sessions run March 6 – May 30. Students will attend one Saturday or Sunday in either a morning or afternoon session each week at Great Lakes Science Center. The April 3, April 17 and May 1 sessions will be virtual sessions only. Each session lasts approximately two hours. There are no sessions March 27-28.

 

Program Date

Location

Activity

Saturday, March 6 OR Sunday, March 7 (10 a.m. or 1 p.m.)

Great Lakes Science Center

Robotics – Exploring Microbits

Saturday, March 13 or Sunday, March 14 (10 a.m. or 1 p.m.)

Great Lakes Science Center

Robotics – Exploring Little Bits

Saturday, March 20 OR Sunday, March 21 (10 a.m. or 1 p.m.)

Great Lakes Science Center

Robotics – Exploring Sphero RVRs

Saturday, Match 27 and Sunday, March 28

 

No sessions

Saturday, April 3 (1 p.m.)

Virtual

Social Catch-up and Practice

Saturday, April 17 (1 p.m.)

Virtual

Social Catch-up and Practice

Saturday, May 1 (1 p.m.)

Virtual

Social Catch-up and Practice

Saturday, May 15 OR Sunday, May 16 (10 a.m. or 1 p.m.)

Great Lakes Science Center

Robotics – Work toward final project

Saturday, May 22 OR Sunday, May 23 (10 a.m. or 1 p.m.)

Great Lakes Science Center

Robotics – Work toward final project

Saturday, May 29 OR Sunday, May 30 (10 a.m. or 1 p.m.)

Great Lakes Science Center

Robotics – Work toward final project

 

Registration
There is no cost to participate, thanks to generous support from The Reinberger Foundation. Students must commit to all nine sessions to participate. If you or a student you know is interested in participating in Great Science Academy, please contact JonDarr Bradshaw at bradshawj@glsc.org.