About Stem Club

 

What Is Stem Club?

Stem Club is a weekly education program for young people interested in the world of STEM and Making.

Some definitions:

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

MAKING is best described by one of the Maker Movement founders:

“What you see in the Maker Movement is a wide range of people, young and old, who are developing their talents and discovering new ways to solve interesting, everyday problems by working together on projects. Making is a meaningful form of personal expression that fosters creativity, builds community and encourages the collaborative practice of innovation.” Dale Dougherty, Founder & CEO of Make: Magazine

Our aim with Stem Club is to encourage kids to think outside the box, approach problems from multiple angles and engage in the joy of working alongside like minded people on projects that they can learn from.  We aim to build creative thinkers who will be ready to handle the challenges of our rapidly changing future. 

What Is The Stem Club Philosophy/Approach?

When kids first start at Stem Club the focus is on skills development.  This is achieved through projects and activities exploring the worlds of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.  Many of the projects are 'Take Home Projects' where the kids get to design, build and keep their work.  Others use the resources at MakeRoom to teach things like robotics and computer programming.  We encourage a 'Club' like feel focussing on collaboration and fun, with things like Engineering Challenges to get the kids working together to solve problems.  As more and more skills are mastered we begin to introduce opportunities for everyone to follow their own path and passions.  The ultimate goal is to get the students having conversations with themselves like this...

"I have an idea for a thing...  I think I know how to do it and I have some of the skills... and actually my friend Molly might be interested in helping me.  I know at Stem Club I have access to all the equipment I need and anything I don't know how to do I can just ask.  Let's do this!" 

When Do The Sessions Happen, How Long Are They?

Stem Club sessions happen on the weekends during school terms.  We run 10 weeks every term with each session being 2 hours long.

Where Do The Session Happen?

All Stem Club sessions happen at MakeRoom Wellington - 118 Miramar North Road, Miramar, Wellington 6022.

Who Can Join Stem Club?

Girls and Boys from 8 years up to (and including) 13 year olds.

For the younger groups (8 or 9 years old) we do require that each child be accompanied by a grown up. This allows us to tackle slightly more complicated projects and helps ensure the safety of every child.

How Many Kids Per Group?

We have a maximum of 5 kids per group.

Can Kids Bring A Grown Up?

As mentioned above having a grown up present for the younger kids (8 - 9 year olds) is required.  However we are very happy for parents of the older groups to sit in as well.  The focus will be on the kids but we know there are grown ups out there who are keen to support and learn alongside their children.

How Much Does It Cost?

The cost per child is $300 + GST per term.

How Do I Enrol My Child?

All our classes are currently full but we will be adding more capacity in Term Two.  If you are looking to get onto our wait list please fill in the form HERE and we will contact you as soon as we have places available.  If you are enrolling with some friends each individual child will need to enrol separately  (make sure to mention your friends full names on the form).

Terms And Conditions

Enrolment in Stem Club indicates acceptance of our Terms and Conditions.  These can be found HERE.

Is There Someone I Can Contact If I Have More Questions?

Feel free to CONTACT us with any questions or queries.