Virtual STEM Empower Hours - All Districts


 
The STEM Empower Hour opportunities held in-person are organized by GEAR UP school district on the menu to the left, click your school district to view offerings.
 

Want to attend a STEM Empower Hour from the comfort of your own space? We've got you covered! All of the following Empower Hours are offered virtually and are open to all GEAR UP students from all districts. Virtual STEM Empower Hours run every Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm.

All Virtual STEM Empower Hours are free for GEAR UP students and materials will be mailed to your home address. Please note, space is limited so if you sign up, you are expected to attend.

Virtual STEM Empower Hour Options

Event Date & Time Event Name & Description Project Example
Tuesday, January 10, 2023
4pm-6pm
Design Tech Intro: Tag Creation

Students will design a cool tag (with whatever words they'd like on it) using programs that will serve as an introduction for our future Empower Hours!  Students must participate in a "Design Tech Intro" session in order to participate in the future Design Tech Empower Hours listed below. 

Deadline to Register: Monday, January 9, 2023
 
DIY name tag
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
4pm-6pm
GEAR Drive Cars

Bring out your inner mechanic and build a car with us. Together, we'll build a gear-driven car kit that, likely, goes a little faster than you can! Add your designer skills to the body of the car to claim your style. Formula? Nascar? Low-rider? You're the designer, make it yours!

Deadline to Register: Tuesday, January 10, 2023
 
GEAR drive car
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
4pm-6pm
Design Tech Project: Tea Candle Shades
Students must first complete the Design Tech Intro course first.

Tea Candles make any room feel warmer and more welcoming. Adding a personalized "shade" to them makes them even better! Use Tinkercad and 3D printing to design a thin shade that fits over a battery-powered tea candle that expresses who you are. Then create a lasercut base to set it in it's place. (Design shown is just a sample, you will design something different)

Deadline to Register: Tuesday, January 17, 2023
 
Tea Candle Shade
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
4pm-6pm
Swivel Planes

Behold the power of thrust as your plane propels itself around a pivot at surprising speeds! We'll work through building a swivel plane kit that can then be modified to make your own spinning creation. Will you make a dog chase a cat, an x-wing and tie fighter? Or opt to keep it a plane?

Deadline to Register: Tuesday, January 24, 2023
 
Swivel Planes
Tuesday, February 7, 2023
4pm-6pm
Design Tech Intro: Tag Creation or Independent Study/Design Your Own

Students will design a cool tag (with whatever words they'd like on it) using programs that will serve as an introduction for our future Empower Hours!  Students must participate in a "Design Tech Intro" session in order to participate in the future Design Tech Empower Hours listed below.  (Feel free to join us even if you have already completed the tag and just want to tinker; this session is repeatable and can be treated like a "design your own" session!)

Deadline to Register: Tuesday, January 31, 2023
 
DIY name tag
Session 1:
Tuesday, February 14, 2023

4pm-6pm

Session 2:
Tuesday, February 21, 2023
4pm-6pm
Design Tech Project: Automatons
Students must first complete the Design Tech Intro course first.

Turn the crank and watch your automaton come to life! We'll build the base of an automaton that allows you to add your own creative animation. Will it spin, bob or weave? It all depends on how you set it up. The possibilities are infinite! You make it happen. This is a two part series, students must be able to attend both sessions.

Deadline to Register: Tuesday, February 7, 2023
 
Automation project
Tuesday, February 28, 2023
4pm-6pm
Design Tech Intro: Tag Creation or Independent Study/Design Your Own

Students will design a cool tag (with whatever words they'd like on it) using programs that will serve as an introduction for our future Empower Hours!  Students must participate in a "Design Tech Intro" session in order to participate in the future Design Tech Empower Hours listed below.  (Feel free to join us even if you have already completed the tag and just want to tinker; this session is repeatable and can be treated like a "design your own" session!)

Deadline to Register: Tuesday, February 21, 2023
 
DIY name tag
Session 1:
Tuesday, March 7, 2023

4pm-6pm

Session 2:
Tuesday, March 14, 2023
4pm-6pm
Design Tech Project: Laser Cut Journals
Students must first complete the Design Tech Intro course first.

Keep track of your ideas, designs and unique thoughts in your very own personalized journal made from thin sheets of plywood and Chicago screw hinges. Design the cover art in CAD and laser-etch the cover board - or utilize another craft or art material to do it by hand. This is a two part series, students must be able to attend both sessions.

Deadline to Register: Tuesday, February 28, 2023
 
Laser Cut Journal
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
4pm-6pm
Design Tech Project: Word Art
Students must first complete the Design Tech Intro course first.

Using Tinkercad 3D design software, you will learn to create word art using layered lasercut pieces combined and aligned with 3D printed objects. Express yourself with a short inspirational word or phrase - or simply show off your name. It's your design! (Design show is just a sample - you will design something different)

Deadline to Register: Tuesday, March 21, 2023
 
3D printed word art
Tuesday, April 4, 2023
4pm-6pm
Design Tech Intro: Tag Creation or Independent Study/Design Your Own

Students will design a cool tag (with whatever words they'd like on it) using programs that will serve as an introduction for our future Empower Hours!  Students must participate in a "Design Tech Intro" session in order to participate in the future Design Tech Empower Hours listed below.  (Feel free to join us even if you have already completed the tag and just want to tinker; this session is repeatable and can be treated like a "design your own" session!)

Deadline to Register: Tuesday, March 28, 2023
 
DIY name tag
Session 1:
Tuesday, April 11, 2023

4pm-6pm

Session 2:
Tuesday, April 18, 2023
4pm-6pm
Design Tech Project: Light Up Stands
Students must first complete the Design Tech Intro course first.

Shine a light on your creativity! Build the cabinet and the circuit that lights an LED strip. Then design an etched acrylic piece that will light up. In this workshop we'll explore circuitry, assembly and digital fabrication. Beginners are welcome! This is a two part series, students must be able to attend both sessions.

Deadline to Register: Tuesday, April 4, 2023
 
light up stand
Tuesday, April 25, 2023
4pm-6pm
Triangle Walker

Put one foot in front of the other with this walker built using a gear motor that moves triangular legs in a very unique way. It looks alive and can navigate tricky terrain!

Deadline to Register: Tuesday, April 18, 2023
 
triangle walker
Tuesday, May 2, 2023
4pm-6pm
Design Tech Project: Bobble Heads
Students must first complete the Design Tech Intro course first.

Bobble heads are cool! But finding just the right one for the people you care about is impossible unless they are famous. But not when you harness the power of Tinkercad, 3D printing and lasercutting! We'll design a head and body to 3D print, and a lasercut case for balance. This is a challenging, but rewarding project. Who will you design? A friend, parent, pet, yourself? Or maybe a game character or someone new. (Design shown is just a sample - you will design something different)

Deadline to Register: Tuesday, April 25, 2023
 
Einstein bobble head
Tuesday, May 9, 2023
4pm-6pm
Propeller Boats

Get your feet wet in aquatic robotics by building a model propeller boat. Together, we'll work through the steps of assembling a boat kit - hull, power circuit and propeller drive. Then add your creative touches to the body of the boat - will you make a power boat, an aircraft carrier...a rubber ducky? Your call!

Deadline to Register: Tuesday, May 2, 2023
 
propeller boat
Session 1:
Tuesday, May 16, 2023
4pm-6pm

Session 2:
Tuesday, May 23, 2023

4pm-6pm
Design Tech Project: Flat-Pack Lamps
Students must first complete the Design Tech Intro course first.

Crank up your design sense with a flat-pack lamp design that will look great hanging in your room! Together we'll assemble a spherical lamp using flap pieces of plywood and hardware. Then add your own creative flair by designing the shades with paper, plastic, and well, whatever might seem to work! Impress your friends when you tell them, "Yea, I made this!" This is a two part series, students must be able to attend both sessions.

Deadline to Register: Tuesday, May 9, 2023
 
lamp