Enrichment

Bring AIE to your school or nonprofit with any of the programs below for after-school enrichment or in-school field days at whatever time suits you best.

AIE will handle registration and payment or work within your system.  Fill out the interest form at the bottom of the page and we will be in touch with you shortly!

3D DESIGN & PRINTING Students will learn to use SketchUp or Blender to create 3D computer-aided designs of their own rooms. They will also design and print a 3D object using our dual extruder FlashForge Creator Pro.

APP DESIGN With the kid-friendly program App Inventor 2 by MIT, kids learn coding while making their own apps. They test their creations on either a simulator or Android phone.  Example Apps that kids as young as 2nd grade have made are Finger Painting, Virtual Pet, and Multiplication Help.

ENGINEERING EXPLORATION Students will learn how engineering affects their lives. They will solve problems using everyday objects, conduct experiments, participate in hands-on learning activities, and create amazing inventions!

KEYBOARDING Students learn keyboarding and 10-key numeric typing in a fun, interactive game-like setting. Home keys, shortcut keys, function keys and editing keyboard preferences will all be covered. An essential for today’s word processing demands!

MAKERSPACEA place for building, inventing, learning tools, exploring materials, and more. Example sessions include DIY non-electrical pinball machines, medieval machines, precision stenciling, pyrography, pneumatic pressure boxes, and wearable technology. Sessions will be guided by student input. 

MINECRAFT MODS Enjoy watching your favorite YouTubers make and play mods? Learn how to make mods of your very own in Minecraft! Using Blockly, a visual drag-and-drop programming language where code looks like puzzle pieces, create mods and see them come to life! Summon animals, build towers, make lightning strike, and more. By the end of the course students will be able to mod at a beginning level.

PRINCESS POWER Adventures in Engineering will have your princess re-imagining and re-enacting their favorite stories while collaborating and learning STEAM concepts. Create structures like Frozen’s Elsa, fight like Shrek’s Fiona or study underwater sounds like The Little Mermaid’s Ariel! Challenge your princess power and engineer your way through classic and modern heroine and princess stories!

PYTHON CODING BOOTCAMP Python is a powerful, easy-to-learn coding language. During this bootcamp, students will get an in-depth knowledge of key coding concepts, including input/output, variables, sequencing, algorithms, conditional statements, loops and more. Campers will create projects of their own design, such as a math quiz machine, a Mad Lib maker, and more.

ROBOTICS Whether using LEGO® Mindstorms or arduino-compatible PiBots, students learn the function of each part of a robot while designing and coding for challenges.

ROBOTICS JR Using Ozobots, Spheros, and Makey Makey gives young children a way to connect the digital and physical worlds.  Ozobots follow lines and patterns and can be programmed easily.  Sphero uses drawing and visual block-coding to make rolling robots move. Makey Makey teaches circuits and allows the use of everyday objects to play with any keyboard-controlled device, such as an online musical instrument.

SCRATCH – CODING VIDEO GAMES & ANIMATIONS Using a visually-oriented programming language designed by MIT, kids get an introduction to coding by making video games and animations.

STAR WARS Star Wars has captivated children for 40 years with the technology, effects and amazing inventions used in “a galaxy far, far away”. Students learn about the forces around them, and have fun exploring the inventions of Star Wars. Discover the real-life adventures of NASA, control a droid, collaborate and code based on Star Wars movies.

SUPERHERO POWER Fly high, test your strength, and design superpowered structures based on the most famous DC and Marvel comics! Whether creating a gadget for Batman, slinging Spiderman’s web or testing Captain America’s shield, students will re-imagine and re-enact escapes, rescues & battles while learning STEAM concepts.

STREAMERS – READING & INVENTION Like a hands-on book club, this popular AIE class introduces students to STEAM-themed fiction with weekly invention builds based on those books. Reading will be done as a group in class, and no book purchases are required.

CUSTOMIZED ENRICHMENT AIE will work with you to create a STEAM-based program that meets your students’ interests and learning needs. Past themes have included Arcade Zone, Survivor, Launch & Learn, Toys & Gaming, All About Food, Sports Technology, Full STEAM Ahead, Inventors’ Workshop, Aqua Engineering, and Computer Science 101. Contact us today to find a program that is right for you!

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Testimonials

  • My son really benefitted from Mrs. Saville's STEM classes and her hands-on approach. STEM classes are the future of engineering and it's important that students develop skills that help them think outside the box, approach a problem creatively and learn to work with others to maximize each team member's talents. Mary Saville's enthusiasm and passion for STEM classes is contagious and the students not only learn the core concepts, but are able to extend and demonstrate that learning!

    -Mother of a middle school student
  • I would definitely recommend taking a class from Mrs. Saville because she uses STEM activities all the time, and those are the activities that help you learn how to solve real world problems. She shows how STEM classes will help you succeed in the real world!

    -11-year old student
  • You have really sparked his enthusiasm for the whole engineering pursuit

    -Mother of a student
  • It is the best class that I ever took! I learned a lot, but at the same time it was very fun. Thursdays were always the high point of the week!

    -High school student
  • I like how we got to use toys to build something new!

    -1st grade student, in reference to an invention challenge
  • I did a teacher education seminar on the weekend for Makedo and showed off your handy work. Teachers were totally inspired. Thank you and thank your class. Your outputs have exceeded my expectations! It’s so exciting to see, and I love how you say that you don’ see it as trash but as materials – that was always our intention with this product. I would absolutely love your lesson plans for these classes.

    -Makedo, a corporate partner who donated material that was then incorporated into our lesson plan
  • Thank you so much for making this possible by taking an interest in our son during class time - he really enjoyed learning from you.

    -Family of an Intro to Engineering student who became a National Merit Scholarship Finalist
  • For the record it was the time I spent in your classes that developed my love of engineering. I am really looking forward to college, and feel that I am well prepared for the challenges. You have been an amazing teacher

    -High school student about to enter college as an engineering major
  • I greatly enjoyed you as a teacher last year. You got me started on SketchUp and I wanted to show you how far I have come: I made a 3D-designed house!

    -14-year old student, after receiving computer design lessons for a semester
  • Mrs. Saville’s Engineering knowledge and STEM approach was invaluable to our son during his high school years. Her enthusiasm and engaging approach helped direct him into pursuing a mechanical engineering degree in college at a school that is in the top 20 engineering programs in the country.

    -Kirsten K