The Unionville-Chadds Ford School District is developing this site as a resource for our community. We will be posting STEM opportunities for students that occur both here in our district and in our community. If you are aware of STEM events in our area that you would like posted here, please email lleipold@ucfsd.net

We look forward to sharing many great opportunities for students!

**STEM District News & Events**


FIRST Robotics Information Session

The Flaming Phoenix FTC robotics team from Unionville High School hosted an information session about FIRST robotics including FIRST Junior Lego League, FIRST Lego League (FLL), and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) on Wednesday May 24th from 6:30 to 8:00pm in the Hillendale Elementary School LGI.  These programs provide excellent STEM opportunities for students from Kindergarten through Seniors in High School.  We discussed the programs and started to form teams for next year.  This information session was intended for both students and parents.  Note that this program is 100% parent driven.

If you were unable to attend, contact Cliff Warner at ucf.first.robotics@gmail.com for more information.

Second Annual Elementary STEM Challenge

Teams of 3rd-5th graders participated in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Design challenge on Tuesday, May 30th. The challenge was held at Unionville High School in the cafeteria from 4 PM - 6 PM.

Students participated in teams of 3-4 students.  At the event, students were presented with a challenge and the supplies needed.  They had time to design, test, and finalize their design before the final review. 
 
Should you have any questions about this activity, please feel free to contact Kathryn Markloff at kmarkloff@ucfsd.net.

The UCFSD STEM Challenge was sponsored by the High School Technology and Engineering Department Student Club.



**STEM Non-District Sponsored News & Events**

Chester County Intermediate Unit STEM Summer Camp - Summer 2017 (Students entering grades 4 - 7)
     July 11 - 13, 9:00 - 3:30 each day at TCHS Brandywine
     August 8 - 10, 9:00 - 3:30 each day at TCHS Pennock's Bridge
     Registration: $60 per student
http://www.cciu.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&ModuleInstanceID=2821&ViewID=7B97F7ED-8E5E-4120-848F-A8B4987D588F&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=2707&PageID=2183


Chester County Intermediate Unit STEM Saturdays (Students in grades 3 - 8)
http://www.cciu.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&ModuleInstanceID=2821&ViewID=7B97F7ED-8E5E-4120-848F-A8B4987D588F&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=2708&PageID=2183


TCHS Summer Programs - Technical College High School
http://www.cciu.org/summer
http://www.cciu.org/page/400




**STEM Resources and Kid Friendly Sites**

1. CyberChase (PBS Kids)
Join the cybersquad. Good guys only, please. PBS Kids show CyberChase offers a range of online resources, including activities and games geared toward learning math, code, and similar concepts.

2. NASA Kids Club
Want to build a rocket? Have at it -- and plenty of other space-related projects and activities -- with the NASA Kids Club.

3. Code.org
Backed by some of the biggest names in tech, Code.org's stated mission is to grow computer science learning by fostering its inclusion in school curriculum. In addition to its Hour of Code series, the site also features an Intro to Computer Science course for K-8, programming tutorials in languages such as Python and JavaScript, mobile app development activities, and other resources.

4. TechRocket
TechRocket's courses for coding, game design, and graphic design are built on the premise that "you're never too young to learn STEM skills." This site includes a heavy focus on building mobile apps and games, from iOS development to Minecraft mods.

5. Engineering, Go For It (eGFI)
Created by the American Society for Engineering Education,
eGFI's aim is to foster educational and pre-professional interest in engineering and other STEM subjects from kindergarten through high school.

6. Zoom (PBS Kids)
Check out activities, games, and downloadable offline projects from PBS Kids' series Zoom, a show made "by kids, for kids" that encourages curiosity and ingenuity across a range of subjects.