The SIMPLR STEAM Playground

We provide hands-on, video-led STEAM classes for kids.

We use Science fiction and comic book characters and stories to teach kids about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM).

Check out our one-day, summer mini-camps. Each one will explore different emerging technologies that will impact your child's future.
They will run during the weeks of June 24th and July 29th.
Each one is only $55 and will be held from 9am-1:30pm.

Learn more at oasismatters.com/gotstem

3D printing played a major role in the costuming for Black Panther. We’ll learn more at A Week in Wakanda summer camp. #3dprinting #weneedmore #wakandanow
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dispatch.com

Company brings STEM programs to schools, opportunities to students

Check out the write-up in the Columbus Dispatch about OASIS and how our digital STEM labs are working to eradicate STEM deserts on a national level. They're being used in 15 locations including Lebron's I Promise school. #LetsWork #weneedmore #WakandaNow

dispatch.com Sprawled on the classroom floor, the students organized hundreds of tiny robot pieces into color-coded piles at Champion Middle School.They studied

With OASIS (or Opening Access to STEAM in Informal Settings), we can make Wakanda a reality by teaching kids about the technologies of tomorrow to inspire them to create the future.

We're a mission-driven EdTech company focused on eradicating STEM deserts. Join us by using our OASIS labs in your community gathering spot. You'll be part of our mission to expose EVERY child to quality STEAM learning/experiences, no matter where they are. Visit our website for more details: https://oasismatters.com/live/.

Grades 2-5 & Grades 6-8. A Week in Wakanda summer camp!

This year we'll have not one, but two camps--one for youth in Grades 2-5 & one for youth in Grades 6-8.

Spend a week in glorious Wakanda. Want to know more about the fictional ore, vibranium? Were you intrigued by the beautiful clothing being worn by Wakandans?

Want to learn more about their advanced modes of transportation? In this hybrid camp, we’ll learn and create around ALL of the things that make Wakanda such an aspirational idea--history, technology, fashion, and music. Your child will engage in Computer Aided Drafting (CAD), 3D printing, metallurgy, textiles, drum-making, poetry, and so much more. Each day will have a different focus with plenty of hands-on maker activities as well as mental journeys to give historical context. Your child will leave with a deeper understanding of technology, history, and Afrofuturism and end the week with an African-inspired ceremony.

Note: Material will be differentiated for both grade bands. The camp for grades 6-8 will include an in-depth design and development component that will engage learners to imagine novel solutions that benefit their communities. This challenge will guide them through the process of imagining, designing, creating, and presenting their solution. The week will culminate in a presentation of their efforts to their classmates and parents.

We sold out last year so secure your spot early.

Learn more here: oasismatters.com/gotstem

What is OASIS?

What is OASIS (or Opening Access to STEAM in Informal Settings)? We’re on a mission to eradicate STEM deserts by making quality STEAM learning/experiences more accessible to ALL. Contact us for more info and check out our website at www.oasismatters.com.

The SIMPLR STEAM Playground's cover photo

The SIMPLR STEAM Playground

The SIMPLR STEAM Playground's cover photo

Mission accomplished!

machinedesign.com

Why Women Will Be Driving the Future of Tech—and How

Quote from article: "In 2012, the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) collaborated with Lockheed Martin to learn more about girls’ interest in STEM. What they found was that 74% of teenage girls [were] already interested in STEM."

machinedesign.com The CEO of SmartGurlz explains how gender diversity has changed the world we live in and will continue to do so.

wired.com

5 STEM Toys to Entertain and Enlighten Your Kids

wired.com Keep your kids’ neurons firing with these science- and math-centric toys and games.

venturebeat.com

Drone Racing League launches $2 million autonomous drone competition - VentureBeat

Here's how to turn your drone racing hobby into a career!!!

The first drone from an autonomous team to beat a human will receive $250,000, and the winning team of the AIRR Circuit will receive $1 million. Full details on team requirements will be made available when applications are accepted in November.

venturebeat.com The Drone Racing League (DRL) will host a series of races and competitions where autonomous drones will try to beat a professional drone pilot. Teams of university students and other drone enthusiasts will be invited to compete for more than $2 million. The Artificial Intelligence Robotic Racing (AI...

"Learn. Build. Play." at the Playground!

See Kendall (top right photo) logging in flight time on our drone simulator as part of our Game of Drones: Piloting project!!! Also, see members of our FIRST LEGO League team (bottom left photo) building their mission models for the 2018 "Into Orbit" Challenge!

Monthly memberships and daily drop-ins available!

weareteachers.com

50 STEM Books to Update Your Collection - WeAreTeachers

50 STEM Books to Add to Your Library!

weareteachers.com Get kids excited about science, technology, engineering, and math!

Driving the Airblock Modular Drone

Check out our Mr. Mo driving the Airblock Modular Drone!!!

Configuring the Airblock Modular Drone

Check out our Mr. Mo putting together the Airblock Modular Drone!!!

Drop-ins are today (and everyday) from 5pm-8pm!!! Ages 5-13, $12/hr.

Come "Learn. Build. Play" in our makerspace environment. Our Playground is equipped with the latest and greatest STEAM toys and gadgets as well as the old favorites (i.e robots, Legos, 3D printing, Minecraft, art activities, etc.). The Playground is 2 hrs of open play where your child can explore and learn with guidance from our instructors (college students majoring in STEAM fields). Drop your child(ren) off for 1, 2, or 3 hours!!!

Can register at link here: http://simplrstem.com/book-a-time/. Walk-ins are welcome.

From idea to reality . . . Topping our Leaderboard (swipe left) this month is Tiara with her completed custom-designed t-shirt! Look closely to see her process in designing her product. Nice work, Tiara👏🏾!!!

Would your child have an interest in this project or our others—Drone Piloting or 3D Print Your Own Chess Set? If so, come check out our makerspace. Memberships for as low as $30. Drop-ins are daily, $12/hour.

usatoday.com

Female, minority students took AP computer science in record numbers

https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2018/08/27/female-minority-students-took-ap-computer-science-record-numbers/1079699002/

usatoday.com Code.org announced this week that female and minority high school students participated in its computer science program in record numbers this year.

One of three of the first projects for the year- “Custom Design Your Own T-Shirt.” We’re creating young engineers, entrepreneurs, and creatives by giving them the skills and tools to be successful. Memberships as low at $30 or you can do drop-ins for $12 an hour. Our makerspace is open every weekday (M-F) from 5pm-8pm.

Enroll in Level K classes (Grades K-2) today! Classes will be held every Wednesday beginning today, August 22nd from 5-6pm.

Note: If you're unable to make this day/time, you can still book a time for your K-2nd grader to have access to our makerspace environment at anytime throughout the week.

Level K classes introduce young engineers to the awe-inspiring technology of today. Each class is structured as 45 minutes of direct instruction and 15 minutes of open exploration in the makerspace. Your child will learn about the science behind the technology and have an opportunity to get “hands-on” with each. Designed with the young learner in mind, Level K sets a solid foundation for deeper exploration in the subsequent learning levels.

Students will receive binders along with weekly hand-outs for each lab. These hand-outs will allow students to deepen their conceptual and technological knowledge and skills.

Sample Topics Covered:

Introduction to Drone Technology (initial topic covered)

Human Programming

Introduction to Robotics

LEGO Race Car Design

Posters & Paper Circuitry

Mixed Reality (AR/VR)

3D Printing

3D Animation

and many more!

Cost: $75 per month

Our FIRST LEGO League is now in full effect!!! This year’s focus is the "Into Orbit Challenge" where we will transport our team into space 👨‍🚀👩‍🚀Follow our journey as we put together our LEGO Mindstorm kit, go through a series of programming challenges, and engage in innovative real-world problem-solving.

Think you can beat Mr. Mo?!!! Well, stop by The Playground this week as we begin our first week of the makerspace environment Monday-Friday from 5pm-8pm!!! Book a time to visit! You can visit our website here for more info: http://simplrstem.com/.

theverge.com

How the first Wakandacon escaped the fan convention curse

How come we're just now finding out about the first ever Wakandacon?!!!

Quote from article: "Wakandacon started as a tentative, nerdy idea: how can black people make Wakanda, the utopian advanced African nation where Black Panther takes place, real? By the convention’s end, that idea had blossomed into something all nerds have searched for, at one point or another, but that black fans have rarely been able to truly enjoy: a space where you can love what you love fiercely alongside people who look like you and share that passion — a place to belong."

theverge.com In the shadow of several recent, very public fan con failures, these five first-time organizers successfully put together a convention celebrating black geek culture for 2,000 attendees

nytimes.com

Opinion | Make Your Daughter Practice Math. She’ll Thank You Later.

From article: "The way we teach math in America hurts all students, but it may be hurting girls the most."

nytimes.com The way we teach math in America hurts all students, but it may be hurting girls the most.

entrepreneur.com

8 Kids Were Asked to Sketch Futuristic Tech Products. The Results Are Surprisingly Brilliant.

From article: "Decluttr.com asked a group of children aged 4- to 11-years-old to conceptualize the tech products they predict people will use in 30 years’ time. Then, the company asked a concept artist to bring their sketches to life."

entrepreneur.com From an 'eatwatch' to a 'recycle bot' -- the future is looking bright.

Come to our Open House on either Aug. 15th, 16th, or 17th from 5-8pm! Learn more about what we have to offer and drop your child off for one hour for FREE (Grades K-8).

Visit this link to learn more about our makerspace projects as well: http://simplrstem.com/enroll/.

bloomberg.com

Fortnite Mania Fuels Epic Growth to $8.5 Billion

Quote from article: "Tim Sweeney made Fortnite a phenomenon by doing something that sounds crazy: He gave it away.

That strategy has made him a billionaire."

bloomberg.com Fortnite’s owner became a billionaire by doing something that sounds crazy: He made the game free.

Comic book series coming in October!!! #wakandaforever

huffingtonpost.com

Physicist Writes 270 Wikipedia Profiles In Less Than A Year So Female Scientists Get Noticed

From article: “There’s so much energy, enthusiasm and money going into all these initiatives to get girls into science,” Wade told the publication. “Absolutely none of them is evidence-based and none of them work. It’s so unscientific, that’s what really surprises me.”

huffingtonpost.com Dr. Jess Wade wants to share female scientists' stories and get young girls to consider a career in STEM.

engadget.com

Kano's next coding kit is a Harry Potter wand

For all of you Harry Potter fans: "Build a wand. Learn to code. Make magic"!!!

engadget.com Kano's build-it-yourself Harry Potter wand lets you code and perform spells including 'Incendio!'

Enroll in LEVEL K Classes Today (Grades K-2) !!!

Classes will be held every Wednesday beginning August 22nd from 5-6pm.

Level K classes introduce young engineers to the awe-inspiring technology of today. Each class is structured as 45 minutes of direct instruction and 15 minutes of open exploration in the makerspace. Your child will learn about the science behind the technology and have an opportunity to get “hands-on” with each. Designed with the young learner in mind, Level K sets a solid foundation for deeper exploration in the subsequent learning levels.

Note: Students will receive binders along with weekly hand-outs for each lab. These hand-outs will allow students to deepen their conceptual and technological knowledge and skills.

Sample Topics Covered:
Introduction to Drone Technology (initial topic covered), Human Programming, Introduction to Robotics, LEGO Race Car Design, Posters & Paper Circuitry, Mixed Reality (AR/VR), 3D Printing, 3D Animation and many more!

Enroll by Friday, August 17th and get 4 free hours that can be used at any time during the 2018-19 school year!!! Click here to learn more: http://simplrstem.com/levelk/

Opening Aug. 20th: The SIMPLR STEAM Playground is Now a Makerspace for Kids!!! Join Today!

The SIMPLR STEAM Playground is now a makerspace for kids in grades 3-8! It's a membership-based environment equipped with 3D printers, electronics, robotics, and much more. Members have access to homework help, all of our tools and machines, and most importantly our project bank. Kids earn points and badges by completing self-guided projects (with assistance from mentors as needed) that are designed to teach them how to use the machines and materials while giving them the creative freedom to express themselves with their designs/creations.

The Playground will also serve as a club for creative kids. We have video games, robots, VR headsets, and much more of the latest tech toys and gadgets that inspire awe.

Your child can use The Playground for the number of hours specified by their membership level (see below). Our schedule is very flexible which means your child to drop in at anytime Monday through Friday between the hours of 5pm-8pm. You can choose from among three membership levels:

Gray Level: $30

Blue Level: $45

Orange Level: $80

Click this link: http://simplrstem.com/enroll/ to learn more about what's included at each membership level and some of the topics we will cover. Enroll by Friday, August 17th and get 4 free hours that can be used at any time during the 2018-19 school year!!!

cnbc.com

This 11-year-old launched a business with her sister to combat racism—and it's taking off

So awesome!!! How young people are using STEAM and entrepreneurship to combat social injustice!!!

From article: “ 'I actually have no experience in making websites, so I just Google-searched how to make a website,' Pollard tells CNBC Make It. 'I just went through like a secondary website where you can kind of create it.'

They also paid Gabriel, a foster child Erika knew from her job as a social worker, to teach the sisters how to screen print t-shirts. The sisters set up shop in the garage behind their mom’s house in L.A."

cnbc.com Kheris Rogers, 11, and her sister Taylor Pollard, 23, launched Flexin’ In My Complexion together. They’re co-CEOs.

engadget.com

Barbie's latest career path is robotics engineering

"Mattel also released a handful of free coding lessons for kids."

engadget.com Mattel also released a handful of free coding lessons for kids.

thejournal.com

STEM Interest Declining Among Teen Boys -- THE Journal

From article: "STEM interest is dwindling among boys. A recent survey found that just 24 percent of boys 13 to 17 years old expect to pursue a STEM career, down from 36 percent in 2017. However, interest among girls those ages has held steady year-over-year at 11 percent."

thejournal.com STEM interest is dwindling among boys. A recent survey found that just 24 percent of boys 13 to 17 years old expect to pursue a STEM career, down from 36 percent in 2017. However, interest among girls those ages has held steady year-over-year at 11 percent.

Parents, we're holding a brief informational on Sunday, July 22nd at 4pm at The SIMPLR STEAM Playground (located at 710 Cross Pointe Rd. Gahanna, OH 43230)

We'll discuss what's required to create a team, the costs involved, and the timeline. The FIRST LEGO League is for kids in grades 4-8. If you or your child is interested, please join us on Sunday, July 22nd at 4pm.

FIRST LEGO League was founded in 1998 to promote "playful and meaningful learning while helping [youth] to discover the fun in science and technology." Working as a team, youth research a real-world problem and design a solution. Teams must also build and program a robot and prepare to compete against other teams.

mashable.com

5 wallet-friendly drones to boost your summer fun

5 types of low-cost drones!!!

mashable.com Looking to buy your first drone? Take your pick!

There's still time to enroll! Beginning Next Week, Young Engineer’s Cornucopia, Series 1: July 9th-13th (9am-12pm).

The SIMPLR approach to inspiring children to pursue engineering is through learning, building, and playing. This camp will introduce students to various technologies that inspire awe and curiosity such as: drones, electrical circuits, programming, robotics, and more. Through exciting, hands-on activities, we'll begin to understand how engineers use these technologies to solve problems and to make the world a better place.

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