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STEM Workshops

STEM Online Workshops - Fall/Winter 2020

A range of online workshops offered by ZIS for Lower, Middle and Upper School students.

 

Virtual STEM Sundays online with ZIS STEM Service Club

The US STEM Service Club is a student-led club run by a group of Upper School students who are passionate about STEM, inspiring the younger generation and at the same doing good together with ZIS Cares by supporting Code to Inspire, an organisation that empowers young women in developing countries to drive economic and social progress by teaching them how to code, find programming jobs and launch technology ventures.

These online workshops are free for ZIS Students and are supported through ZIS Cares and the generosity of parent and alumni donors to the ZIS Annual Fund. 

Saving Humpty Dumpty from his Great Fall
 

Workshop leader:Seth Pace, Martin Sutter, Wong Ed Joe
Grades: Now open to Grades 3-8
Number of students: 10
Date: Sunday November 22
Time: 13:30-15:30

 

The goal of the workshop is to challenge the students to drop an egg from a height of at least 2 meters. Students can get creative with the materials used for their contraption.
 

Note: Participants would need to prepare eggs, toothpicks, straws, paper, string, glue, tape, popsicle sticks.

 

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Salt and Ice
 

Workshop leader:  Konrad Jaszcz, Henri Staehelin, Callum Umana-Stuart
Grades: Now open to Grades 3-5
Number of students: 10
Date: Sunday November 22
Time: 13:30-15:30

 

Based on this SYNT problem: 9. Salt and ice, Study the effectiveness of salt to melt ice cubes. We would like students to investigate the effects of salt on melting ice cubes at the same temperature. Either by changing the concentration of the salt water solution or by changing the amount of salt placed on the ice itself. Maybe if they wish we can try different amounts of salt.
 

Note: Participants would need to prepare salt, ice cubes, water.

 

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HTML/CSS Programming
 

Workshop leader:  Celeste Cheah and Caroline Terryn
Grades: 5-8
Number of students: 10
Date: Sunday November 22
Time: 13:30-15:30

 

Whether you have experience in coding or are completely new to it, come join our web design workshop where we will be learning HTML/CSS by doing projects!
 

Note: Participants would need a computer to code on and for communicating via Google Meet, an additional tablet (iPad, etc) is recommended but not compulsory.

 

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How Do Pulley Systems Work?
 

Workshop leader:  Lisa Sommer, Julia Engel, Natasza Stawirej
Grades: Now open to Grades 3-5
Number of students: 10
Date: Sunday November 22
Time: 13:30-15:30

 

Learn how pulley systems work and how you can create them at home. With help of a slide show we are going to demonstrate the different steps needed to create an easy pulley system, focusing as well on the science behind it and why they work this way.
 

 

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Building a Sustainable City in Minecraft
 

Workshop leader:  Charlie Baldinger
Grades: 6-8
Number of students: 9
Date: Sunday November 22
Time: 13:30-15:30

 

What makes a city eco-friendly & sustainable? The goal of the workshop is to build a large sustainable city in Minecraft. This will be a collaborative project that all participating students will be a part of.
 

Note: Participants would need to purchase Minecraft for their device if they do not already have the Minecraft App/Software installed.

Workshop Full

The Science Behind Making Bread
 

Workshop leader:  Isabel Hallikainen
Grades: 4-8 - now open to Grades 4-8
Number of students: 10
Date: Sunday November 22
Time: 13:30-15:30

 

We will be making some delicious bread, while also learning about the biology behind how the dough rises and bakes. Join us for a fun hands-on workshop, and a snack!
 

Note: Participants would need to prepare ingredients like flour, oil, yeast, salt, sugar, as well as appropriate mixing equipment.

 

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ZIS Upper School Students working on the robot they have built in a robotics competition
ZIS students working together during programming workshop
ZIS student working on coding project

STEM Saturday Fall Workshops

These workshops were offered during the Fall Semester.

  • Rube Goldberg Machine, Grades 6-8
  • Digital Making with Makey Makey, Grades 3-5
  • Scratch Codeathon, Grades 4-5
  • Web Development, Grades 6-12
  • Ecobots (recycling robots), Grades 6-8
  • Sustainable Food Production, Grades 6-12
  • Smart Devices and Gadgets, Grades 6-8
  • Kids Can Code, Grades 1-2
  • Lego Robotics EV3 Sumo Bots, Grades 6-8
  • Lego Engineering - Smart Cities, Grades 2-5