The SPARK program is for elementary and middle school students to expand upon their creativity and education on innovation. There are a variety of exciting topics for students to choose from within science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines.
Age: Entering grades 4-6
Dates: See below
Junior Robotics Challenge (Grades 5 & 6)
Build and program robots using the Lego Mindstorm platform in order to learn about mechanical and software design, problem-solving, and teamwork skills. In a team, you will program your robot to move, line track, navigate obstacles and pick up and transport objects. At the end of the program, you will partake in a friendly competition and learn ow to make your robot rise to the challenge!
Learn to Code (Grades 5 & 6)
This program offers the opportunity to explore a variety of coding tools through hands-on projects. Through the use of block-based programming languages, you will learn ho two create interactive stories, animations, and games, and micro controllers to build devices that can interact with the world around us.
Music Technology (Grade 6)
Participants will learn how to compose, perform, and record music using interactive music software as opposed to traditional instruments. Advanced topics include studio effects, processes, and production techniques to create original compositions.
Physicspalooza (Grades 5 & 6)
Discover the fun side of physics and develop an appreciation for the universe through demonstrations such as debunking science fiction films, experiments with lights, lasers, and sound, and hands-on activities such as tug-of-war and rocket competitions.
Robo-Code Challenge (Grades 4-6)
In small teams, learn how to build, program, and test Ozbots and Lego Mindstorm robots with a focus on creativity and teamwork. You will learn how to make robots move, line track, navigate obstacles, and transport objects.
Video Game Design (Grades 5 & 6)
Explore virtual reality by designing your own video game! Learn the foundations of video game level design, programming concepts, and interactive media all while building video games. You will partake in game development projects in 2D and 3D environments.
Women in Science (Grades 5 & 6)
Young women come together to learn how careers in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) are collaborative, creative, and help address a variety of social issues. You will rotate through multiple hand-son workshops each day, all while being taught by female role models. Participants will receive a hands on experience and work in WPI's labs.