Events & Classes
Bringing accessible STEAM to our community through fun educational events that leave kids walking away with more knowledge than ever before.
The COVID-19 Robotics Initiative
Free classes for POC middle school students who love robotics, design, and science and want to learn more from their own homes.
June 27th - June 28th, 2020
Every Kid Gets a Robot
Receive a free Every Kid Gets a Robot kit, assemble it as a class, and learn how it works. Understand more about the world of engineering and design from the inventor of the robot. Click the link to apply to be a part of this weekend class.
CAD: Computer Aided Design
Learn about the world of manufacturing and how to design your own robot concept in the SOLIDWORKS App for Kids. All you need is a mouse and an internet connection and we will CAD together as a class!
June 20th, 2020
June 21st, 2020
How I Made a Robot Using SOLIDWORKS
Learn about how the robot Every Kid Gets a Robot was designed by our founder using the CAD (Computer-Aided Design) software called SOLIDWORKS and understand more about robotics design and the world of engineering from the perspective of our teen founder.
Different Types of Engineers: Q&A
There is more to engineering than meets the eye. Meet a diverse group of engineers who love their job in everything from robotics to designing for social media. This is an opportunity to learn about jobs you otherwise may have never known about and to ask questions.
June 16th, 2020
June 17th, 2020
Becoming a Young Inventor
Are you an inventor or someone who plans on being one? Learn from a teen inventor about her inventions, lessons that she has learned, and how she has scaled her work. She will offer tips and tricks on how to get your work out there and how to keep your proprietary information safe.
Meet a Student Microbiologist: Q&A
There is more to biology than meets the eye! Learn from a minority student attending the University of Washington on what being a microbiologist and an up-in-coming researcher is like. Garner college tips and tricks and further hone in on what kind of science path is in store for your future!
June 9th, 2020
Past Events - January 2020
Weeknight STEM Jam
Innovative Tech: Recycle & Recreate
Science in our World
Random Robot Wednesday
The Secret of Colored Plastics: Online
Barbie STEAM Night
Simple Circuits for Little Ones
Creative Technology: CAD
Protecting our Earth at Home
Intensive Public Speaking Skills
5/24/19 - 8/16/19
Engineering Design Club
A summer course to teach engineering design skills to students going into 7th grade (2019-20 school year) from Oakland County, Michigan. This course will cover prototyping skills, computer-aided design lessons, how to design to 3D-print, how to build a robot, reading electrical diagrams, and more. Students get to take their designs, a robot, and their own 3D-prints home. Additionally, we will be entering design competitions as a group to boost both their skills and resumes. Optional drop-in sessions will be available for competition project guidance.
Where: Troy, Michigan USA
Time: 4-6 PM
5/24/19 - The Design Process
6/7/19 - Designing to 3D Print Sustainably
6/21/19 - Materials and Reverse Engineering: Designing in an Environmentally Conscious Way
7/5/19 - Designing to Integrate New Technology in Architectural Applications & Every Kid Gets a Robot Assembly
7/19/19 - Electrical Diagramming and Every Kid Gets a Robot Wiring
8/2/19 - Programming Introduction: Adafruit Circuit Playground Express, Apps, and the Mindstorm Robot
8/16/19 - Video Shoot, Robot Fun, & Cupcakes (Student's will get their class projects, Every Kid Gets a Robot, and a certificate of completion).
Read about each class and what we did on our blog.
Optional Drop-In Competition Guidance
Based on student interest, we will be entering STEM competitions as a group or as individuals. The guidelines and brainstorming sessions will be done in class, but extra guided work time will be done during these sessions. The majority of the competition work is encouraged to be done on individual time.
Where: Troy, Michigan USA
Time: 6-8 PM
5/25/19 & 6/8/19- Apollo Art Contest, TIMES for Kids Contest
6/22/19, 7/6/19, & 7/20/19 - You Make it Challenge by Rockwell Automation
5/27/19 - 8/28/19
The Detroit Maker Faire
"Don’t miss Maker Faire® Detroit’s 10th anniversary, celebrating a decade of makers, entrepreneurs and inventors. It’s the biggest geek-culture party in the Great Lakes and it’s happening at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.
This year’s mind-bending invention extravaganza features more art, more biz wizardry and more kid-focused fun than ever, plus a NEW main stage filled with entertainment of all kinds, from music to circus acts and speed talks. Celebrity LeVar Burton will be our master maker emcee, adding geeky gravitas to the festivities.
Explore how the past fuels the future as we activate rarely-seen artifacts from the collections of The Henry Ford. Join us as we fire up historic arcade games, a century-old electric car and our massive steam engines. Even the artisans of Greenfield Village are crashing the midway this year with a new look at wheel-thrown pottery, a mobile glass hotshop and a nail punch tin activity for crafters.
Hard to describe and harder to forget, Maker Faire® Detroit is what happens when thousands of people share their beautiful, crazy genius with you. Enter as a curious visitor and leave as a maker in the spirit of American innovation." - The Henry Ford
Join The STEAM Connection at the Detroit Maker Faire. See Every Kid Gets a Robot, take home your own illustrated STEAM pages, learn about our student's projects, and even assemble a robot yourself at our workshops! Our workshop The STEAM Connection: Making Robotics Accessible will be available at 12 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Our booth will be in Lovett Hall. Be sure to check it out!
7/15/19 - 7/17/19
Fisher Unitech: Future of Manufacturing 3D Printing Summer Camp for Teens
Fisher Unitech Description:
Do you have the passion to change the world and love to "geek out" with technology? That’s what engineering is all about.
To help build the next generation of engineers Fisher Unitech is offering our first ever 3D engineering summer camp for students entering 9th-12th grades. During these one-day camps, students will learn a basic introduction to SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD and 3D printing. Teens will discover how to start using cutting-edge technologies that will advance the way products are designed and manufactured today and in the future.
What you will experience:
Hear from local teen, entrepreneur, and advocate for the STEAM Community Danielle Boyer
Get started with learning about SOLIDWORKS with a hands-on session
Learn about 3D printing and how it is revolutionizing manufacturing
What you will take home:
Student edition of SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software
Every Kid Gets a Robot, a robot that you can use for your continued education