Watch your child’s curiosity SOAR with our in-person Summer STEM classes in Chandler, Arizona. We offer highly engaging, fun STEM topics all summer long! Classes are week long (M-F), with half-day or full-day options.
June & July – in Chandler, AZ
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Chandler · Gilbert
(kids to adult)
Sign up for week long classes individually in AM or PM sessions.
Attend all day and stay for lunch by signing up for an AM and a PM class!
Take as many classes as you want to build your own summer.
Please drop off no earlier than 10 minutes before class, and please pick up your child on time. We do not provide before or after care.
Sign up for classes ala carte style to work with your schedule. Sign up for as many classes as you want! If you choose to sign up for both AM & PM classes, a supervised lunch is held from 12pm - 1pm.
Every Kiddo Bring:
Water Bottle & Snack.
We strongly suggest each child have a water bottle and a snack. We have snack breaks during each class.
All-Day Kiddos Bring:
Please pack a lunch.
We have a supervised lunch that takes place between 12pm - 1pm.
Only for kiddos staying all day. Lunch is not provided. Be sure and pack your own lunch and snacks.
How we run classes at each grade level.
Our Mini Nerds classes are designed and taught by the amazing preschool and kindergarten teachers at Desert Sun. They are a montessori style class and include tons of engaging stations and hands on activities. Typically, each day starts with a short lesson during circle time, followed by time to explore outdoor stations if weather permits. The Desert Sun campus is well shaded and many of the outdoor stations incorporate water, so our minis stay cool, but we also watch the temperature, especially in afternoon classes. The nerds eat a snack from home and head back inside for another short lesson followed by indoor building activities and more stations. Exploration is paused again for the last short lesson and songs as we wrap up the class. Mini nerds classes tend to be messy!
Our Little Nerd classes are engaging and exciting and vary greatly in content and structure, but in some form there is always direct instruction from the teacher, guided practice, and independent or small group work with help and support from peers and staff. We usually begin the day with a team building activity and move into our first lesson. Next is a hands-on activity or project. Halfway through the class, kids will take a brief recess and snack break. A second lesson follows break and the kids will do another project/activity or continue one they were working on.
Our Big Nerds classes have 2 types: regular classroom classes and computer lab* classes. The regular classroom classes run very similarly in format to the Little Nerds classes, essentially lesson, building/work, break, lesson, building/work.
Our computer lab* classes are Graphic Design, Virtual Reality, Coding Games, and 3D Printing. All of them require design or coding software that we provide account access for. The class will be based around learning that software to design or code the assigned projects. In addition to instruction on the software, all of these classes include lessons about how to connect what we are learning to the real world. There may be some building of physical projects mixed in, and we will certainly take breaks, but the majority of the class is spent working in the lab.
*We strongly recommend against taking 2 computer lab classes in the same week. It’s too much sitting and screen time! Mix and match with a non computer lab class if your nerd stays all day!
Every Friday, friends and families are invited in 40mins before class ends for a presentation by students about what they have learned. Families get a chance to interact with what the nerds have created and built over the week.
For Friday AM Classes, arrive at 11:20 AM
For Friday PM Classes, arrive at 3:20 PM
Enrollment expected to open in mid March.