The Point Roberts-based Digivations Institute will once again be offering summer enrichment programs for children aged 6 to 15 in July and August at the Gulf Road community center.
The nonprofit organization is one of only two organizations in Washington state to be awarded NASA Summer of Innovation grants. The grants will be used to offer scholarships and material costs for low-income families to attend the workshops.
Children ages 6 to 12 can experience the LEGO+ARTS workshops on July 12, 13, 26, 27 and August 2, 3, 9 and 10 Thursdays and Fridays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. with an optional pizza dinner afterward. The fee is $30 per day and those interested need to register for pizza and workshops separately online at www.digivations.com
In August, DIGIVATIONS teaches three NASA workshops for ages 9 to 15 entitled Commercial Space Mission Adventures on Aug 12-14, 19-21, 26-28 (Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students will be paired in teams.
Registration is $120 for each 3-day session. Kids can opt for a pizza lunch at 1 p.m. ($2.50 per slice). Again, register online.
Teams of students will apply science and engineering principles to develop start-up commercial space exploration companies. The teams will write comprehensive business plans focused on designing rockets and payload systems that are innovative and demonstrate profitability. As part of Project X51-Water Rocket Construction, students will build different types of rockets including those using water as a propulsion system. Associated fun activities will include working with LEGOS, NASA and other exciting materials to model their rockets, writing storyboards and developing design templates so students can present their rockets and payload ventures.
In the Habitable Zones – Life Out There program, students will build earth and space eco-system models while learning about life sciences. They will also work hands-on with NASA materials, as well as create storyboards about new life forms and excite their imagination about possible discoveries of life on other planets. Parents and children can both participate so that they can better understand “Why We Search for Extraterrestrial Life.”
The Digivations Institute organizers received a grant from NASA for their educational work. The institute was one of two such organizations in Washington to receive the grant.
For more information, call DIGIVATIONS co-founders Drs. Anne and Steven Berman at 360/543-5641 or 604/628-9825 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.