Virtual STEM labs

VEEP and NHEEP are offering virtual STEM labs to learn about specific energy topics and practice science and engineering design for homeschool students or students just interested in the topic. Groups will meet over several weeks with an online instructor.

These programs are capped at 10-15 students, so sign up below as soon as you can. Materials will not be shipped until payment has been received. 

February 2021 STEM Labs

SUn FUndamentals

Can you be an energy engineer? Explore the sun's energy and use your engineering skills! Students will investigate light and shadows, and talk about how the power of the sun is important to people and animals. Students will learn about the engineering process and put their skills to the test to design and test their own shade structures. 

  • Grades: 1-3
  • # of Sessions: 3
  • Dates: Wednesdays, February 3, 10, and 17
  • Time: 10-11 am
  • Educator: Kaity White
  • Equipment cost (purchase only): $15 (includes shipping)
  • Equipment list

Electricity and the Environment

How do we generate electricity? What are some of its environmental impacts?  Students will use hands-on activities, video, discussion, and demos to answer these questions and more. Explore Faraday’s coil and engineer ways to use renewables like solar and wind power.  We’ll learn about the energy use of our lights and appliances and brainstorm ways to use less electricity.

  • Grades: 4-6
  • # of Sessions: 3
  • Dates: Tuesdays, February 2, 9, and 16
  • Time: 1-2 pm
  • Educator: Angie Krysiak
  • Equipment cost to borrow: $30 (includes shipping and a prepaid return shipping label)
  • Equipment cost to purchase: $105 (includes shipping)
  • Equipment list

Button up: home weatherization

As you step out of your hot shower in wintertime you notice your foot on the bathmat feels warm. However, the other foot on the bathroom tile floor feels super cold. Why is that? Is the tile really that much colder than the bathmat? Using equipment from VEEP and some of your common household materials, we’ll investigate how the bath mat/tile experience can be used to find strategies to keep you warm and toasty in winter (but use less energy doing it).

  • Grades: 6-9
  • # of Sessions: 3
  • Dates: Wednesdays, February 10, 17, and 24
  • Time: 3-4 pm
  • Educator: Julian Leon
  • Equipment cost to borrow: $20 (includes shipping and a prepaid return shipping label)
  • Equipment cost to purchase: $40 (includes shipping)
  • Equipment list

March 2021 STEM Labs

Shining a light on our electrical connections to climate

What do holiday lights, smart phones, and your refrigerator have in common?  And how does that relate to our environment and climate?  We’ll figure out how electricity is generated, how our electricity use might impact the world around us, and what actions we can take to reduce negative impacts. In order to investigate these things, you’ll do hands-on demos and experiments with our equipment, build your own mini-generator to power a light, search for electrical vampires in your home, and come up with an action plan to change the world (or at least your lightbulbs).

  • Grades: 7-12 or families
  • # of Sessions: 4
  • Dates: Tuesdays, March 2, 9, 16, and 23
  • Time: 7:30-8:30 pm
  • Educators: Angie Krysiak and Aubrey Nelson
  • Equipment cost to borrow: $40 (includes shipping and a prepaid return shipping label)
  • Equipment cost to purchase: $145 (includes shipping)
  • Equipment list
  • Register for a STEM Lab

    Which STEM Lab(s) are you registering for?
    Purchase Equipment - $15
    Borrow Equipment - $30 or Purchase Equipment - $105
    Borrow Equipment -$20 or Purchase Equipment - $40
    Borrow Equipment - $40 or Purchase Equipment - $145
    If you are registering two students.
    Which STEM Lab(s) are you registering for?
    Purchase Equipment - $15
    Borrow Equipment - $30 or Purchase Equipment - $105
    Borrow Equipment - $20 or Purchase Equipment - $40
    Borrow Equipment - $40 or Purchase Equipment - $145
    Please note you will receive an e-mail from VEEP with a Paypal link within the next 3 days.  Student registrations will be finalized when payment is received.

    I am aware that this is an online virtual classroom in which students will be sharing audio and video. There will be one or more teacher(s) and multiple students. VEEP/NHEEP’s online safety protocol means that a single educator will never be alone with a single student.* We will not record the classes.  Students will be expected to behave respectfully, appropriately and safely and will be asked to leave the classroom if they are not following these expectations at the discretion of the instructor. Students will receive equipment to be able to do hands-on portions of this course, and most of these materials are to be returned to VEEP/NHEEP at the end of the class.  

    *Contact anna@veep.org for the full VEEP/NHEEP online safety protocol.