Macomb Community College introduces new programs for K-12 students focused on exploring math, science and technology while having fun

– Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:00AM

Additional STEM-based College for Kids courses include inspiring the next generation of female engineers

The dog days of summer may be upon us, but Macomb Community College’s College for Kids is offering several new programs in August to help wrap up the summer with fun learning experiences. These experiences introduce kids, ages four and up, to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through compelling, hands-on activities.

Several of the courses use LEGOs® to help students understand STEM concepts. Another new course employs the use of GoldieBlox, a construction toy and book series that encourages girls to explore STEM subjects by tapping into their preference for knowing the story behind a concept versus building for the sake of building.  The GoldieBlox series stars Goldie, a girl inventor who loves to build.

These new courses are weeklong, half-day morning sessions. They will also be offered this fall on Saturday mornings.  The new courses are:

Motorized Mechanisms, Ages 10-14: Students use LEGO component parts to investigate the principles of simple machines, mechanisms and structures.

GoldieBlox Engineering, Ages 4-10 and Ages 11-14: Each course offers age-appropriate materials that help students develop special skills, engineering principles and confidence in problem solving through a variety of design ideas and unlimited building possibilities.

LEGO®: EV3 Next Generation, Ages 13 & Up: Using the next generation of LEGO Mindstorms robots, students build, program and test solutions based on real-life robotics technology.

For more information about these and other courses offered through the College for Kids program, including dates, times and cost, visit www.macomb.edu/continuinged. Registration can be made online or by calling 586.445.7225.

About Macomb Community College
Macomb Community College (www.macomb.edu)  is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to nearly 48,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded by community colleges and as the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan.  The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities. 

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Media Contact: Tish Wirth, 586.445.7560, wirthp@macomb.edu

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