K12 Students

Programs, events, and resources for K-12 students and their families.

Science Halloween House

Friday October 24 the McCollum Science hall transformed into a Halloween House for all ages to attend. From 4:30-7:30 families could attend the Halloween House to watch shows and create their own experiments. Kristin Staude who is a Senior at the University of Northern Iowa discussed how much work goes into creating the Halloween house and how much fun it is to create it each year. “The Halloween House brings together the Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Earth Science Departments.

Expanding Girls Horizons with STEM

Veterinarian, pediatrician, novelist, interior designer, teacher, physical therapist, material engineer—the girl participants of Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) have big plans for their own futures. These girls know that in general fewer women than men enter STEM fields, but they have come to UNI for a day of exploration designed to create opportunities that change all that. 

Changing the World One Solar Car at a Time

When I first discovered UNI FREE at one of the NE Iowa STEM Festivals I was fascinated with their solar cars and bike pedal power, but Pat Higby taught me that UNI FREE is much more.  As I stepped into the FREE classroom, Pat took me by the hand and began showing me, rather than telling me, what UNI FREE was all about. We experimented with the solar car kits and wind turbine kits. She even let me experience them on my own and I discovered that I need more practice producing wind for the turbines.

Digital Storytelling Camp

Digital Storytelling Campers learn basic and advanced Photoshop techniques and then develop their own master project. Some campers design game cards while others develop digital and print mini-comics. While much of the camp is spent on their own individual projects, these campers often collaborate by sharing advice, design ideas, and providing feedback on each other's work. Digital Storytelling and UNI's other STEM camps are sponsored by EPSCoR.

Mini Sumo Robotics Camp

Mini Sumo Robotics campers build skills that could put them on the cutting edge of vehicle design. In just one week campers entering 8th through 11th grades design, build, and program their own robots to have some features that Google, Case IH, John Deere and others are using to revolutionize vehicle design. In the future cars and tractors may drive themselves. This summer at Mini Sumo camper's robots are built to stay within the ring and seek out their competition and push all other robots out of the play area.

Camp Multimedia

Camp Multimedia campers spent the week using green screens, sound boards, video cameras, and other digital technology to create their own projects.

Camp Multimedia was open to campers entering 7th to 10th grades. This and other UNI STEM camps are sponsored in part by Iowa NSF EPSCoR.

Cookies, Games, and Websites

Cookies, Games, and Websites campers spent most of their week in the penthouse (top floor) of the UNI Innovative Teaching Technology Center touring server rooms, investigating how much data is collected and where it is distributed as they visit popular websites and play common PC and android games, and learning how to protect their personal information in cyberspace. Campers learned how to build a home server and ended the week collaborating virtually with a Minecraft party.

Scientific Thought and Motion Camp

Communication is an important skill in all of the STEM fields. The campers of Scientific Thought and Motion camp develop communication skills through dance. Campers gained control and discipline by playing movement games, like the Mirror Game pictured to the right, and researched the water cycle. Then, in small groups, the campers choreographed their own dances to explain a part of the water cycle. Campers performed for each other, provided comments and then adapted their dances to improve meaning.


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