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STEM Challenge:  Engineering Things That Go!

Immerse yourself in hands-on engineering design and problem-solving activities involving planes, gliders, rockets and boats! Explore scientific principles by developing and testing prototypes. For example, you’ll learn about aerodynamics by building gliders and planes, electrical circuits by building an electrical propulsion system for a boat, and force by flying soaring gliders. Work in teams designing machines to complete performance challenges. You'll also take a number of field trips to on-campus labs, where you'll hear from working researchers and scientists. 

Who It’s For

This course is for incoming sixth to eighth graders. 


John Parker is a STEM specialist and career and technical educator for Seattle Public Schools. He enjoys showing students the creative possibilities and applications of makerspace tools and technology. A longtime Summer Youth instructor, John won an Instructional Excellence Award from UW Continuum College in 2019. 

Steve Howard is a middle school science and engineering teacher in the Edmonds School District. He is passionate about out-of-school learning and bringing hands-on, STEM-focused experiences to youth. 

More Information

See the Things to Know section for details about registration policies, transportation and parking, and more.


Jul 20–Jul 31, 2020

Sect. A-1
9 a.m.–12 p.m.
UW Seattle
Refund Deadline
May 13 (100%)
Opens late Feb