VIRTUAL STEM SERIES

FREE, OPEN TO ALL MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

SATURDAYS APRIL 24–JUNE 12, 12:00 OR 3:00 CST

INSPIREus is hosting a free virtual STEM series for middle school students, covering a variety of exciting topics in STEM! Join us for a 30-45 minute interactive Zoom session on Saturdays from April 24th to June 12th to learn about the science behind cake, see how AI lets Google guess what you’re about to draw, discover the field of Bioengineering, and much more! Keep reading to explore the rest of the sessions and to see the schedule. You can sign up for any that interest you by clicking the button reading "register here" and filling out the brief form!

MEETING ID: 852 5336 3823
PASSWORD: STEM

SATURDAYS, 12 OR 3 PM CST

STEM SERIES SESSIONS

MAY 1

12:00 CST

SOLVE A HEALTH PROBLEM WITH BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

Are you interested in biology or medicine? Do you like problem-solving? Then Biomedical Engineering might be the field for you! Come learn all about this diverse aspect of engineering and what you could do in the future to improve human life. Then, come up with your own ideas on how to fix health issues in society!

APRIL 24

3:00 CST

ENGINEERING CHALLENGE: DESIGN A POPSICLE-STICK BRIDGE

If you’ve ever wondered what goes on inside the world of Engineering, join us as we explore the design process by prototyping and testing a miniature bridge using popsicle sticks! Afterward, we’ll talk about the choices you made and the ideas that made your design work.

MAY 8

3:00 CST

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: HOW MACHINES READ YOUR MIND

Did you know that machines are better than us at math, reading, and even video games? In this session on AI, you'll experience firsthand what makes machines so smart. You’ll get to see how machines use data to learn as your computer guesses what you’re drawing or typing—before you’re even done—as well as discover how some cars can drive themselves!

MAY 15

12:00 CST

TACKLING TODAY'S ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

If you want to find out how we can make the world a cleaner place, join us as we explore the environmental issues we face today. Learn how cars pollute the air, as well as the effects of big factories through a fun choose-your-own-adventure game and a round of Kahoot!

MAY 22

3:00 CST

A LOOK INTO OUR GENETICS

​Genetics are behind every single trait you can see—and all of those you can't. Genes explain why living things are the way we are, from you to your dog to the tree in your backyard. Join us as we talk about how genes are passed on, explore different patterns of gene inheritance, and solve a genetics mystery using what you've learned!

MAY 29

12:00 CST

HOW EVOLUTION SHAPED OUR WORLD

Did you know that evolution is behind the reason that chameleons can change color? This is the result of natural selection, which can turn fish into birds, and birds into dinosaurs. You’ve probably heard it described as “survival of the fittest.” In this session, you’ll discover how evolution transformed every living thing you see today, over millions of years!

JUNE 5
3:00 CST

HOW IS ORIGAMI RELATED TO STEM?

Join us to see how origami can apply to a surprising number STEM fields, ranging from robotics to medicine to structural engineering! You’ll also have the chance to try the Miura fold, a design that has been used in space probes to compact a sheet of material!

JUNE 19
3:00 CST

FOOD CHEMISTRY: THE SCIENCE BEHIND CAKE

How do flour, milk, and sugar combine to form cake? What’s the difference between baking soda and baking powder? Does it matter if you replace cane sugar with brown sugar? Discover the answers to these questions—and more—as we perform an experiment with mug cakes, then discuss the chemistry behind common ingredients in baked goods!

Our goal is to make our programs as accessible as possible. If you would like to take part in this event but anything presents a barrier against participating, please contact us at info@inpire-us.org, and we will do our best to get you involved!