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It’s electric! Electronics STEM Saturday student is wowed as he learns how to solder a circuit.

Fab Lab in Sarasota Extends Weekly STEM Classes for Kids

| Jenn Sams |
Students collaborate on constructing a bridge that can withstand 20 lbs of weight in Engineering STEM Saturdays class.

The Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab is extending its weekly STEM Saturdays classes for students in grades 2-12. Classes run every Saturday from 8:30 am-12:30 pm and include themes like Chemistry, Coding, Electronics, Engineering and Robotics. Every session provides participants with the opportunity to explore the STEM subject of the week through collaborative, hands on activities and the creation of take-home projects using the lab’s high-tech laser cutters, vinyl cutters, 3D printers and more.

STEM Saturdays

“Our boys love STEM Saturdays! The small group atmosphere is ideal and is coupled well with plenty of eager volunteers. The Fab Lab has provided opportunities that we could not re-create at home or school due to the unique variety of tools and instruction that they have available. We feel grateful to have this extraordinary resource in our community!” shared the mother STEM Saturdays participants.

Whether it is diving into the world of Coding by programming a tic-tac-toe game or building and launching a bottle rocket in Engineering; there are activities to suit all ages and interests. Each class is $40 and includes all supplies. Limited spaces are available due to enhanced COVID-19 health and safety policies. To see the schedule of classes and register, visit HERE.

Chemistry STEM Saturday students have fun getting messy while experimenting with elephant toothpaste!

STEM Saturdays classes are developed and led by high school students from the lab’s Student Proposals & Education Committee (SPEC), a program that empowers tomorrow’s leaders to pursue their passions through peer-to-peer education. From curriculum development to project prototyping to volunteer training, all SPEC students manage all aspects of the class development with support from lab staff.

About the Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab

The Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded with the mission to inspire and support tomorrow’s innovators through experiential learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Through its fabrication lab and innovative programs, the Suncoast Science Center encourages people of all ages to explore ideas, build skills and confidence, and become lifelong learners. To learn more, visit HERE or connect with us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

Photos courtesy of Suncoast Science Center/Faulhaber Fab Lab

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