Arizona Center for Afterschool Excellence (AzCASE) — 6 hands-on STEM activities to try this week

| November 30, 2021
Spotlight on 2021 STEM Grantee
Fuller Kid Zone Videography Club
Earlier this year, AzCASE and Cox Communications awarded a 2021 STEM Grant to the Fuller Kid Zone to help them launch a videography club.
The Fuller Videography Club gives youth the opportunity to explore new technology in a fun and exciting way. Youth will create music videos with the help of LEGO VIDIYO, and use video to highlight all of the program’s activities to be shared with their families. Youth will learn about the complete video editing process from start to finish, including directing, shooting, lighting, sound and editing. They will able to use their engineering skills to create the backgrounds, props and other materials.
Here’s what they said about the impact of the grant:
“The Fuller Videography Club has been a great addition to our enrichment activities that we offer. We started to explore the many different medias that we can use to capture pictures and videos. We offered a six-week photography club that allowed the children to become familiar with using cameras and a camcorder. Once we received our supplies of the LEGO VIDIYO, we were able to learn more about the technology that is available to editing videos. Oh top of using the LEGO VIDIYO equipment, we were also able to use our engineering skills to build movie sets out of LEGOS and create short action films along with our music videos. One of our big projects that we are working on is creating our Fuller Video Yearbook that we hope to share with the families of our program. We are excited to capture events such as our annual Thanksgiving Pie Party and Gingerbread Making Event. We look forward to capturing all the amazing memories that we create at Kid Zone.”
Hands-on STEM Activities from Million Girls Moonshot
Youth engineer bouncy balls that meet particular criteria. Using the engineering design process, they develop and test their creations.
Youth engineer a table from a newspaper that is at least 8″ high and strong enough to hold a book.
Using everyday materials, youth engineer a glider that can fly straight for 15 feet.
Youth design a cooler that will keep a bottle of water cool using the engineering design process.
Youth engineering a small boat out of straws and plastic wrap that can hold weight.
Youth engineering a writing device (pen) using everyday materials. They think about both the (water soluble) “ink” and the delivery mechanism.
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