STEM Workshops

Brain STEM workshops are for groups of up to 30 participants. Whether you're looking for a brain-boost before a test or just looking to have some fun, we bring it all to you and all materials are provided. Our workshops are a great mix of hands-on learning and awe inspiring demos. If you're booking for more than one workshop, we have discounts!

We travel throughout Southern Arizona. The formula for our mileage for travel outside of Tucson can be calculated using the IRS Standard Mileage rate x the roundtrip mileage from our location to yours.

Check out our current workshops below. Each workshops lasts 1 hour, unless otherwise noted.

STEM Workshops

Sound

Suggested Ages: 5+

Assuming that, like me, you are fans of microwave burritos, can you imagine a world where your microwave doesn't beep to let you know your dubiously tasty meal is ready?! Now that we've instilled an appreciation of how fundamental sound is to our daily lives, let us teach you how it is generated and propagated! We'll learn the physics behind sound waves and learn how to make them building our own instruments to take home.

Activities

  • Wave Pool
  • Rope Wave
  • Slinky Time
  • Harmonikazoo
  • Straw Instrument

Setup Requirements

  • 1 table for the instructor.
  • Workspace for kids, tabletops or desks.

Slime Lab

Suggested Ages: 5+

Students will participate in a slime making lab. The group will learn about controlling variables in an experiment, recording their methods and measurements, and how the scientific community shares the results of their experiments to create a pool of knowledge that everyone can benefit from. Plus, they get slime to take home while learning about the polymers that make our modern lifestyles possible.

Setup Requirements

  • 1 table for the instructor.
  • Workspace for kids, tabletops or desks.

Digestion, Respiration, & Circulation

Suggested Ages: 7+

Brain STEM takes your class on an educational trip through the 28 foot long tube inside of all of us starting at the mouth and ending at the... BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!! We've got about 100,000 km of blood vessels running around our bodies to learn about and a breathtaking lung lesson to get through in this hour long workshop.

Activities

  • Digestive Tract:
  • Stomach Acid Display
  • What is an enzyme?
  • Respiratory System
  • Respiratory System:
  • Diaphragm Display
  • Build-an-Alveolus
  • Circulatory System:
  • Transportation Explanation
  • Stethoscopic Exploration
  • Heart Model

Setup Requirements

  • 1 table for the instructor.
  • Workspace for kids, tabletops or desks.

Electromagnets & Motors

Suggested Ages: 9+

Electricity and magnetism share a fascinating and wonderfully useful connection. This workshop explores how electricity can be used to create magnetic fields, and vice versa, using magnetic fields to generate a flow of electricity. Students will then have a go at making an electric motor, or two, of varying design.

Activities

  • Solenoid Electromagnets
  • Generators
  • Electric Motors

Setup Requirements

  • 1 table for the instructor.
  • Workspace for kids, tabletops or desks.

Magnets

Suggested Ages: 5+

Magnets are an essential part of our modern lives. They are in your phone, computer, car, and even your electric toothbrush. Young scientists will learn what makes magnets different from other hunks of iron and ceramic; this something most adults were never taught. The lessons are physically engaging and filled with exploration and experimentation. After learning the basics of how magnetism works, students will learn how to make a temporary magnet and be given some time to experiment and interact using magnets with a number of extra supplies. This interaction allows students to practice a few of the fundamental steps of the scientific method, primarily: sharing results and having their peers attempt to replicate them.

Setup Requirements

  • 1 table for the instructor.
  • Workspace for kids, tabletops or desks.

Light & Illusion

Suggested Ages: 7+

There are times when our common sense fails to explain what we observe. This is when we stand to learn the most. We will be exploring the fringes of what makes sense as we look at some of light's intuition defying behaviors. Light is already weird enough on it's own, but things will get even stranger when we look into how our eyes and brain work together to produce the visual side of our perception. Our best and brightest have taken advantage of this knowledge and used it to make some invaluable technology that make our everyday lives what they are.

Activities

  • Optical Illusions
  • Diffraction Grating Laser Rainbow Show
  • Double Slit Experiment
  • Invis-o-Beads
  • Light Drill

Setup Requirements

  • 1 Electrical outlet.
  • 1 table for the instructor.
  • Workspace for kids, tabletops or desks.

Temperature & Heat

Suggested Ages: 7+

Thermal energy warms my heart... literally! In this workshop, we'll learn about how thermal energy moves through a system. Students will see some of the bizarre and awesome effects it can have in the world around us while learning its importance to our species. Using Schlieren imaging, students will get a visual demonstration of how changes in temperature affect air currents.

Activities

  • Heat Gun + Receipt Paper Art
  • Schlieren Imaging
  • Radiometer + Coolant/Candle
  • Heat Vs Temperature
  • Thermal Paper
  • Copper & Foam Plates vs Ice
  • Fire Boat

Setup Requirements

  • 1 table for the instructor.
  • Workspace for kids, tabletops or desks.

Rocket Build (1.5-2 hours)

Additional materials cost per student, subject to market pricing.

Suggested Ages: 8+

Students will be guided through the construction process of model rockets and the science behind how they fly.

The rockets are for the students to keep. However, engines will not be included for safety reasons. We do encourage parents to launch their child's rocket as a family activity. These rockets can house a number of different engines, we recommend a B6-4 engine.

Setup Requirements

  • 1 table for the instructor.
  • Workspace for kids, tabletops or desks.
  • Open space for rocket launch finale (optional).