Opportunities To Inspire Creativity
Whether you’re new to STEM projects or an advanced developer, uniteSTEM offers a wide variety of classes, programs, projects, and clubs to choose from, spanning from ages 9 and up…
All of our projects and curriculum are founded in engineering design principles and provide all students the opportunity to engage in truly integrated learning. Our curriculum covers educational domains of science, engineering, technology, mathematics, design, and computer science.
All of our programs reside in one of these domains, and regardless of your interests, there is a program for you!
The Lab@uniteSTEM is pleased to provide Ypsilanti and surrounding communities with the opportunity to participate in the CoderDojo movement.
The CoderDojo movement believes that an understanding of programming languages is increasingly important in the modern world, that it’s both better and easier to learn these skills early, and that nobody should be denied the opportunity to do so.
To that end, we’ve built a global network of free, volunteer-led, community-based programming clubs for young people. Anyone aged seven to seventeen can visit a Dojo where they can learn to code, build a website, create an app or a game, and explore technology in an informal, creative, and social environment.
Click Here to find the next Dojo!
What is a CoderDojo?
CoderDojo is a global, volunteer-led movement of free, open coding clubs (Dojos) for young people aged 7 to 17!
At a Dojo, the participants, who we call Ninjas, learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, and games, and explore technology in a fun and creative way. Ninjas also meet like-minded peers, work on exciting team and individual projects, and learn valuable social and transferable skills for the future.
Dojos are typically set up by one lead volunteer, known as the champion. The Dojo champion is like the ‘project manager’ of the club. The champion also has a team of volunteers who help them run their club.
CoderDojo’s mission is to give young people around the world the opportunity to learn to program computers within a social and safe environment. Because CoderDojo is an open-source movement, anyone anywhere can volunteer to set up a club and each Dojo is unique and operates autonomously. This means every club will differ slightly. However, all verified Dojos are committed to live by the CoderDojo Charter and share the CoderDojo ethos: to be inclusive, free, open, and collaborative.
One of the founding principles of CoderDojo is ‘One rule, be cool.’ This means, in short, that we should behave kindly towards each other! This applies to Ninjas, parents, guardians, and volunteers.
Helpful Resources for CoderDojo
Volunteer at a Dojo
Join us and meet other like-minded volunteers
Whether or not you can code, you can help a local club in a just a few hours a; month? Dojos need general volunteers, and mentors for sessions. Even mentors don’t have to have technical skills, because they help the young people mainly by encouraging them to discover their own way forward.
uniteSTEM Summer Camps
Where Kids Discover Their Interests!
The uniteSTEM Summer Camps are designed to teach integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to students of all ages in a way that connects students to real world problem solving. Students learn new skills, make new friends, improve social skills, and identify individual passions and interests in learning.
Register for a 2020 Summer Camp!
- uniteSTEM offers Summer Camps for kids in Ypsilanti that are engaging, exciting, fun, active, and enriching.
Looking for pre- and post-camp care in Ypsilanti? Check out our Pre- and Post-Camp Care offerings through our partner Bottles and Backpacks.
- Who teaches the classes? Our instructors are professional teachers, assisted by college students with documented experience working with children, as well as volunteer high school students who act as mentors and guides during projects and builds.
- Where are camps located? All camps are located at Chapelle Business Center in the Lab@uniteSTEM.
Classes and Events for Adults
The Lab@uniteSTEM is not just for kids! Adult classes and events are scheduled on a regular basis, and by request. Interested in learning about programming and coding? robotics? game design? electronics? Need to learn Excel? Adult classes at uniteSTEM provide an opportunity to learn a new skill, explore new topics, or just have some fun building a robot.
uniteSTEM AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM
uniteSTEM offers an after school program where kids have the opportunity to get homework done, engage with new technologies, learn new skills, and make new friends!
The uniteSTEM After School Program allows students 12 and up to engage in problem based learning activities and projects, or work on homework.
Whether your student is interested in programming or robotics, drones or gaming, uniteSTEM has the educational programming, space, and materials to provide numerous opportunities for student growth. You’re student will leave wondering why school can’t be this way.
The Lab@uniteSTEM is located in the Chapelle Business Center on Wallace Blvd. Families needing additional childcare options, may contact our partner Bottles and Backpacks for support with children 12 and under. STEM programming will be available as an option during registration.
uniteSTEM Clubs spark creativity through an integrated exploratory educational enviornment that allows students to imagine, design, build, and share their ideas. Students collaborate on projects and processes, which encourages collaboration.
Clubs are organized and scheduled on a rolling basis. To create or participate in a club, please contact uniteSTEM.