About this Course
STEAM Engine is a weekly online program that engages middle school (grades 5 – 8) students in STEM, right from the comfort of their home! In this program, we take students on an exciting journey into STEAM concepts with a focus on digital literacy skills such as computer programming (coding), 3D modeling and graphic design to complete exciting hands-on projects in a fun and engaging environment.
In STEAM Engine Beginner Level we place students on an exciting journey into STEAM concepts such as Mars exploration, 3D modeling, graphic design and coding through exciting hands-on projects in a fun and engaging environment.
In this course, learners will build their fundamental understanding of these topics through live demonstrations and fun and engaging exercises that bring the power of play into the world of technology. Over 10 weeks, students will design 3D models of objects in Tinkercad, create graphics in Canva, and learn fundamental coding concepts using block coding in Scratch! Combining these new skills, learners will create engaging animations about Mars and challenges of living on the Red Planet, exploring concepts about space sciences throughout!
This program is funded by the Hamilton Community Foundation and General Motors Canada at various schools across Hamilton, in which the program fee is subsidized. Check your school’s eligibility by clicking on the Check Eligibility button below.
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Who can sign up for STEAM Engine?
Anyone in grades 5 to 8 can sign up for STEAM Engine.
When does it take place?
Afterschool! Click on the Beginner, Transition and Intermediate courses above to find out when they take place!
How do I know which level to join?
STEAM Engine BEGINNER is best for students who do not have experience with the program topics and have not participated in the STEAM Engine program previously.
STEAM Engine TRANSITION is best for students who want to get some more hands-on practice into more advanced block coding, and slowly make their transition into script coding in Python.
STEAM Engine INTERMEDIATE is best for students who have become comfortable with block coding and are ready to take on the challenge of writing their code to create apps and games in Python!
What topics can I expect to learn?
We will cover topics related to space, Earth, Mars, coding, 3D modeling, graphic design and more!
How do I sign up?
Click on the course of your choice above and then click Register. Complete the Registration process. You will receive a confirmation email once your registration is complete!
What happens after I register?
You will receive an email from our team containing a Google Classroom class code. Add the class to your Google Classroom - inside the classroom you will find the weekly link to the sessions and all other content (slides, assignments, games, etc.).
Is there a fee to register?
The cost of participating is $125.00 CAD for 10 weeks, meaning $12.50 per week!
This program is funded by the Hamilton Community Foundation and General Motors Canada at various schools across Hamilton in which the program fee is subsidized.
To check if your school is eligible, use the form below!
Where do the sessions take place?
The sessions take place virtually on a platform called BlueJeans. All you have to do is download the program once (for free) and use the same link to join the session each week!
I’ve got questions, what do I do?