S.T.E.M. Class

Mythical Forest: Art & Engineering

Grades: 1-3*

Calling all artsy nerds!

Enter the mythical forest and use art and engineering to rescue mythical creatures. Create 3D clay and plaster sculptures, and tackle engineering design challenges. Develop problem-solving skills with the Engineering Design Process, learn about materials engineering, color theory, and building techniques.

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Q. Why was the tree’s mother angry? A. Because he was being knotty.


Welcome to the mythical forest, but beware! You’ll need all your art and engineering skills to build contraptions to rescue your mythical friends! With your incredible teacher, you’ll be creating 3 dimensional clay and plaster sculptures and other beautiful art creations! You’ll also use the engineering design process to build contraptions and accomplish tasks. Bring your creativity and maker skills. Also, beware of mess and dress appropriately!

This class is for creative nerds that love art and to build. And WHO DOESN’T?

We are constantly making things in this class! We will be working with plaster and clay to make 3 dimensional sculptures. We will also be conducting engineering design challenges. How will you rescue the baby unicorn from the river? With a rope? A scoop? A ramp? What kind of hanging troll house will you design? Let’s test it to see what works best!

Nerds will learn to use the Engineering Design Process to find solutions to problems. They will investigate the problem, imagine possible solutions, plan their best design, create a prototype to test, improve the design, and finally share with the class!  We will also learn about Materials Engineering in this class. What are the properties of different materials? What materials are best for different purposes? Also, how do we make our projects beautiful? We will learn color theory and building techniques!

Our Little Nerd classes for grades 1-3, 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. Bottom line: It’s hands-on, interactive, fun learning.

SUMMER & BREAK CLASSES ONLY: Class is 3hrs each day, so bring a snack for break time. Also, bring your own refillable water bottle. Don’t have one? Add our Nerding water bottle to your order and pick up on first day of class!


Your nerd will build and discover like these nerds have.

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Registration opens March 2, 2024 @ 10am

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