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.
With three different levels of the program, students can start at Beginner Level🚀 to learn the basics using block coding in Scratch, 3D modeling in Tinkercad and graphic design in Canva, and then move onto Transition Level 🚀 where they will learn how block coding translates into script coding in Python while working on a Solar System project. Finally, students can take Intermediate Level 🚀in which they cruise through script coding to develop applications in Python.
An in-class version of the STEAM Engine Program is available to educators who wish to integrate technology curriculum and workshops into their classroom content. To register, please visit our Educator Registration Portal.
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.
Anyone in grades 5 to 8 can sign up for STEAM Engine.
Afterschool! Click on the IGNITION, LIFT OFF and FLIGHT courses above to find out when they take place!
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!
We will cover topics related to space, Earth, Mars, coding, 3D modeling, graphic design and more!
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!
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.).
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.
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!