Virtual STEM labs

VEEP and NHEEP are offering virtual STEM labs to learn about specific energy topics and practice science and engineering design. Groups will meet over several weeks with an online instructor to focus on specific energy-related STEM subjects appropriate for homeschool students, students learning from home, or students just interested in the topic.  

These programs have a minimum # of students needed to run, and are capped at 10 students, so sign up as soon as you can.  Registration closes 10 days prior to the start of the program to give us time to get materials out to all students.  More programs will be added soon for January and beyond!

October and november 2021 STEM Labs

Electricity: From the Electron to the iPad

Come join us as we explore this wondrous, magic-like phenomenon we call electricity.  These 4 lessons, filled with hands-on activities, will help you understand the science behind that plug in the wall.  Each participant will receive an equipment kit to use during the lab.

  • Registration Closed
  • Grades: 4-9
  • # of Sessions: 4
  • Dates: Wednesdays, October 6, 13, 20, and 27
  • Time: 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Educator: Julian Leon
  • Equipment cost to borrow: $20 
  • Equipment list

wind FUndamentals

Join us for a hands-on lab to explore the power of wind! Participants will be guided through a set of 3 lessons that will culminate in designing a wind-powered sail car. A fan will be needed for these lessons, all other materials will be provided. 

  • Grades: 1-3
  • # of Sessions: 3
  • Dates: October 12, 13, and 14
  • Time: 9-10 am
  • Educator: Kaity White
  • Equipment cost to purchase: $20 
  • 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 with renewable models 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, November 2, 9, and 16
  • Time: 10-11:30 am
  • Educator: Angie Krysiak
  • Equipment cost to borrow: $30
  • Equipment list

 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: November 9, 10, and 11
  • Time: 9-10 am
  • Educator: Kaity White
  • Equipment cost to purchase: $20
  • Equipment list

BUTTON UP - HOME WEATHERIZATION

Join us as we explore the science of heat transfer and how it relates to your home. Using equipment from VEEP and some of your common household materials, we will investigate ways to keep you warm and toasty this winter but use less energy doing it.

  • Grades: 5-9
  • # of Sessions: 3
  • Dates: Wednesdays, November 17, 24 and December 1
  • Time: 3:30-4:30 pm
  • Educator: Julian Leon
  • Equipment cost to borrow: $30
  • Equipment list
  • Which STEM Lab(s) are you registering for?
    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 maria@veep.org for the full VEEP/NHEEP online safety protocol.