February 1st through March 17th

“ I enjoyed that we had a hands on experience even from a distance.” 

Eliana – San Antonio, TX

Elementary Programs

KIDPRENEUR FOR IMPACT

Kidpreneurs is a where students from grades 4-5 learn the steps to launch a DIY business for a cause. In this hands-on program, students will learn to Set a Goal, Create a Plan, and Implement the Plan as they go through the process of starting a business with the focus of giving back. The Kidpreneurs program includes a BEI-In-A-Box Kit that contains all the materials needed to create unique DIY products and an Activity Book that walks the students through the learning.

Days and Times TBD
6 Sessions (February 1 – March 10, 2021) | Virtual Instruction

ISS SPACE PROGRAM

LV1 Inspiration Station (4th and 5th grade)
Designed for students who are interested in space science with a limited time commitment, this fast-paced, 5 session course covers 2-3 pre-designed experiments, multiple data uploads to the ISS (International Space Station), and the opportunity for data analysis. Students will analyze experiments around heat, radiation, conduction, and convection and compare the results on earth and in micro-gravity.

Days and Times TBD
5 Sessions (February 1 – February 22, 2021) | Virtual Instruction
5 Sessions (February 22 – March 10, 2021) | Virtual Instruction

Play Zone

Level 0 Play Zone (Space Art, Robotics, Oceans) (all ages)
Level 0 engages students of all ages with a sampling of several Q4 Excellence activities.
Space Art gets your student’s creative juices flowing at any age, using block coding and their imaginations to create video messages from space and mesmerizing space art.
Robotics and Oceans Level 0 allows your students to drive remote control bots from anywhere you have a browser!

Monday & Wednesday | 3:00 – 4:00 PM
2 Sessions (February 15 – Feb 17, 2021) | Virtual Instruction

Junior High Programs

EXPLORE ENTREPENEURSHIP

( 6th through 8th grade)

Explore Entrepreneurship is a program that introduces the world of entrepreneurship to junior high/middle school students. The class highlights the major steps in the entrepreneurial process: idea generation, market analysis, design thinking, prototyping, and the business pitch. There is an emphasis on using creativity and personal interests to solve problems by thinking up new products and services.

Days and Times TBD
10 Sessions (February 1 – March 10, 2021) | Virtual Instruction

OCEAN DISCOVERY

(5th through 8th grade)

The Ocean Discovery program exposes students to the fields of marine biology and ocean engineering. Students will discover the ocean, study marine life, and engage in educational and environmental experiences that build curiosity, inspire creativity, and enrich their scientific understanding. This program features the opportunity for students to drive a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) through an obstacle course located in the VCS swimming pool.

Days and Times TBD
12 Sessions (February 1 – March 17, 2021) | Virtual Instruction

APPLIED DATA SCIENCE

(7th & 8th grade)

Students will learn how to build and design a broad range of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and collect and process this data using data science techniques on Azure Cloud. These data-gathering devices utilize a CS11 programmable core from XinaBox, with an onboard slot for a micro SD card. Various experiments center around temperature, altitude, atmospheric pressure, and humidity. XinaBox is an Internationally recognized program with virtual instruction from our partners in South Africa and the UK.

Days and Times TBD
12 Sessions (February 1 – March 17, 2021) | Virtual Instruction

ROBOTICS ROBOQUEST

(7th & 8th grade)

This beginning course in STEM robotics uses a hands-on approach to introduce fundamental robotics concepts, focusing on the construction and programming of mobile robots. Students will learn basic programming skills, problem-solving strategies, and have the opportunity to design and build their very own bot.

Days and Times TBD
12 Sessions (February 1 – March 17, 2021) | Virtual Instruction

ISS SPACE PROGRAM

(6th through 8th grade)

Designed for students who are interested in space science with a limited time commitment, this fast-paced, course covers 2-3 pre-designed experiments, multiple data uploads to the ISS (International Space Station), and the opportunity for data analysis. Students will analyze experiments around heat, radiation, conduction, and convection and compare the results on earth and in micro-gravity.

Days and Times TBD
5 Sessions (February 1 – March 10, 2021) | Virtual Instruction

High School Programs

APPLIED DATA SCIENCE

(9th through 11th grade)

Students will learn how to build and design a broad range of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and collect and process this data using data science techniques on Azure Cloud. These data-gathering devices utilize a CS11 programmable core from XinaBox, with an onboard slot for a micro SD card. Various experiments center around temperature, altitude, atmospheric pressure, and humidity. XinaBox is an Internationally recognized program with virtual instruction from our partners in South Africa and the UK.

Days and Times TBD
12 Sessions (February 1 – March 17, 2021) | Virtual Instruction

ISS SPACE PROGRAM

(7th & 10th grade)

Space Apprentice takes 7th to 12th grade students deeper into the world of circuitry and software engineering. Building on the Level 1 experience students develop technical skills in electrical, mechanical, and software engineering in order to run an automated experiment on the ISS. Students rebuild the functionality of one of the boards in the Level 1 kit using a bread board and all the individual circuitry components, if Level 1 discovers the “what “ of heat experiment’s in space, Level 2 uncovers the “how”.

Days and Times TBD
12 Sessions (February 1 – March 17, 2021) | Virtual Instruction

Ocean Discovery

(9th through 12th)

The Ocean Discovery Program exposes students to the fields of marine biology and ocean engineering. Students will discover ocean coral through hands-on science as a way to engage in educational and environmental experiences that build curiosity, inspire creativity, and enrich their scientific understanding. They will also discover the world of underwater Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and be able to drive ROVs in San Jose CA. from their home computers.

Days and Times TBD
10 Sessions (February 2 – March 17, 2021) | Virtual Instruction

Mars Madness Event

Friday, Saturday & Sunday | 5:00 – 8:00 PM
3 Days (March 12 – March 14, 2021) | Virtual

 

LV0 (Space Art, Robotics, Oceans)

(all ages)

Level 0 engages students of all ages with a sampling of several Q4 Excellence programs.
Space Art gets your student’s creative juices flowing at any age, using block coding and their imaginations to create video messages from space and mesmerizing space art. Robotics and Oceans Level 0 allows your students to drive remote control bots from anywhere you have a browser!

Monday & Wednesday | 3:00 – 4:00 PM
2 Sessions (February 15 – Feb 17, 2021) | Virtual Instruction

MARS MADNESS ROBOT TOURNAMENT

Although this tournament is for VCS High School robotics students, Cool 4 School guests will also be able to remotely DRIVE these same bots on separate tracks. The students will face each other in a 70 team bracket tournament where they will compete on a simulated MARS terrain and conquer challenges they encounter as they explore MARS. Guest students can watch the competition, hear how students built unique features as well as attend guest discussions from Researcher Kai Staats who is developing SAM a hi-fidelity Mars analog and research station at Biosphere 2.

Friday, Saturday & Sunday | 5:00 – 8:00 PM
3 Days (March 12, 13, 14 2021) | Virtual