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Empower Hours

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Spring 2021

 

GEAR UP Swivel Plane

Swivel plane
Registration Deadline: Friday, February 26, 2021
Registration Closed
Thursday, March 11, 2021
4:30-6:30 p.m.
Grades: 6-12
FREE for GEAR UP and Talent Search Students

Event Details:
GEAR UP your creativity and get flying with this fast-moving swivel plane. Use your hands and your brains as you navigate clearly illustrated directions - with help from a virtual facilitator - to assemble the frame, wire up the circuit, and build the plane. Not into airplanes? Wind up your design skills and make it something better! What you use for the customization is up to you. Ready for take-off!  STEM supply kits will be provided for you and shipped to your home. Check out what you'll be creating at: https://youtu.be/Mpqzg25Dguk.


GEAR UP Gear-Drive Car

Gear-drive Car
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Registration Closed
Tuesday, April 27, 2021
4:30-6:30 p.m.
Grades: 6-12
FREE for GEAR UP and Talent Search Students​

Event Details:
GEAR UP your creativity and get rolling with this super-charged gear-drive car. Use your hands and your brains as you navigate clearly illustrated directions — with help from a virtual facilitator — to assemble the car, wire up the circuit, and align the gears. Then rev up your design skills to customize the car and make it uniquely yours!  What you use for the customization is up to you. 3... 2...1... GO! STEM supply kits will be provided for you and shipped to your home. Check out what you'll be creating at: https://youtu.be/fuqaNBSAu7g.

 

Fall 2021

 

Hanging Lamp Creation

Diagram of hanging lamp project

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 26, 2021

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TWO VIRTUAL SESSIONS
***Students MUST attend both sessions***

SESSION 1: 
Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 4-6pm
SESSION 2:  Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 4-6pm

FREE for GEAR UP Students

Event Details: 
Join us and get your creative juices flowing as you are guided through the assembly of your very own hanging lamp.  The sky is the limit with the creative options you may use to design your shade!  A fabulous gift for yourself or someone else. All supplies will be shipped to your home. Check out this video for one design option! 

Light Up Canvases

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Registration Deadline: Tuesday, November 9, 2021

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VIRTUAL SESSION
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
4-5:30 p.m.


FREE for GEAR UP Students

Event Details:
Ready to get creative with us? Join us to paint your own version of a well-known painting AND add in lights to create a LIGHT-UP canvas!  A magnificent gift to yourself or someone else. All supplies will be shipped to your home. 

Doing DNA

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Registration Deadline: Wednesday, November 24, 2021

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VIRTUAL SESSION
Thursday, December 9, 2021
4-5:30 p.m.


FREE for GEAR UP Students

Event Details: 
Join UW-Madison's Biotechnology Center staff for this highly interactive session where we will be ScienTESTS – and dive into the world of DNA. We will learn to extract it, see it, touch it and work with it! Along the way, we will do other experiments and test ideas about how things work. All supplies will be shipped to your home.

Sweet and Savory Snacks!

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Registration Deadline: Monday, November 29, 2021

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VIRTUAL SESSION
Monday, December 13, 2021
4-5:30 p.m.


FREE for GEAR UP Students

Event Details: 
During this hands-on session, you will be amazed at the sweet and savory snacks you can make without an oven, microwave or stovetop – snacks that will provide you delicious tastes with regular ingredients – and actually give you energy and nutrition to get through your day! Join us to learn and make food together! All supplies will be shipped to your home. 

 

 

Spring 2022


Butter Bubbles & Milk Fireworks

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Registration Deadline: Thursday, January 6, 2022

Registration Open Soon!

VIRTUAL SESSION
Thursday, January 20, 2022
4-5:30 p.m.


FREE for GEAR UP Students

Event Details: 
Be a scienTEST with us, as we use puzzles like "Which makes better bubbles, skim milk or whole?” to develop our talents in designing and doing experiments to test ideas. Join UW-Madison Biotechnology Center staff for this for this hands-on session, where we will design and engineer, test and tweak, multiple ways to experiment and invent! All supplies will be shipped to your home.

Kirigami: Part 1

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Registration Deadline: Monday, January 17, 2022
Registration Open Soon!

VIRTUAL SESSION
Kirigami Part 1:  The Art, Science and Math of Paper Folding

Monday, January 31, 2022
4-5:30 p.m.


FREE for GEAR UP Students

Event Details: 
Become a kirigamist with us!  With paper, cardstock and a few other supplies, design and engineer amazing paper folding creations, starting with basics and growing in folding techniques. We are offering “Kirigami Part 2” in March- sign up for both! All supplies will be shipped to your home.

Inventing Squirt Guns - Engineering Ingenuity!

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Registration Deadline: Thursday, February 10, 2022

Registration Open Soon!

VIRTUAL SESSION
Thursday, February 24, 2022
4-5:30 p.m.


FREE for GEAR UP Students

Event Details: 
We’ll hone our engineering ingenuity with the “Invent the Squirt Gun Challenge.”  Join us for this hands on session, led by UW-Madison's Biotechnology Center staff, where we will design and engineer, test and tweak, multiple ways to experiment and invent! All supplies will be shipped to your home.

Kirigami: Part 2

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Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Registration Open Soon!

VIRTUAL SESSION
Kirigami Part 2:  Exploding Boxes

Wednesday, March 30, 2022
4-5:30 p.m.


FREE for GEAR UP Students

Event Details: 
Now that we have practiced the basics of paper folding, join us to make a more complex box (using paper, glue sticks and scissors), that will explode when you open it! The perfect way to surprise a friend or family member!  All supplies will be shipped to your home.  **If you were unable to join us for Kirigami Part 1, no problem!  You may still sign up.

Light Stand Creation

Diagram of light stand project

Registration Deadline: Monday, April 11, 2022

Registration Open Soon!

FOUR VIRTUAL SESSIONS
***Students must attend all 4 sessions***

SESSION 1:
Monday, April 25, 2022, 4-6pm
SESSION 2: Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 4-6pm
SESSION 3: Monday, May 2, 2022, 4-6pm
SESSION 4: Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 4-6pm

FREE for GEAR UP Students

Event Details: 
Woah! This 4-session series will allow you to build your own light stand and add your own personal flavor that will be etched on the light up plate!  You’ll learn to use the design tool called Tinkercad in these sessions and your instructor will send you your final product. All supplies provided. Check out this video for one design option! 

Sessions are offered in collaboration with Extension Brown County/4-H Youth Development and the Einstein Project.

***No cancellations will be accepted in the 2 weeks prior to each event, as kits are assembled and shipped to participants homes during that timeframe.

Questions? 
Please contact Aubrey Schramm at gearup@uwgb.edu or your GEAR UP Education Specialist (Look up here: https://dpi.wi.gov/weop/directory).