Structural and Mechanical Engineering
This is a hands-on, project based class where kids learn how simple machines, structures, motion, force & energy, and sustainable systems work and are used in the real world. Kids engage in hands-on, project based engineering activities where they design and test, redesign and rebuild towers, bridges, transport vehicles, wind and sail powered cars, carnival games using magnetism. They learn that success comes after making many mistakes and learning from those mistakes. Confidence comes from making mistakes, persevering and moving forward. We have new challenges each session for returning Starfire Junior Engineers.
This is a hands-on, project based class where kids learn how electricity works and how it is used in the real world. Kids engage in project based learning activities where they explore static electricity, voltage, resistance, circuits, batteries, conductors and insulators, and electromagnetism. They will bend water with static electricity, make a battery and build a flashlight, and make and test circuits in series and parallel. They will build an electric motor and make their own electromagnet, a telegraph, a radio and an electric toy. Advanced topics include an introduction to resistors, capacitors, transistors, breadboard, multimeter and measuring electricity.
Starfire Teaching Methods and Curriculum
Starfire classes foster a growth mindset, grit, teamwork, and empathy in a fun, emotionally, intellectually safe and supportive learning environment. Starfire teachers’ inspire intellectual and personal growth in their students. The teachers love what they do and their passion is contagious.
What are the Starfire teacher-coaches' qualifications?
Starfire teacher-coaches are highly qualified math and engineering professionals and teachers with degrees from Stanford University, University of California and other excellent academic institutions.
Small Class Size
The Starfire Engineering classes maintain a student to teacher ratio of 12 students to one teacher with no more than 18 students per class.
Starfire Try a Class and Cancellation Policy
If you would like your child to try a Starfire class, please register and pay online. If you feel that Starfire is not the right fit, you may withdraw your student within the first two weeks of class.
A cancelation fee equal to the cost of two classes plus a $25 processing fee will be applied, and the balance of the registration fee will be refunded.
The cancellation fee applies to all eligible refunds. Cancellations made after the two week trial period are not eligible for a refund.
Starfire is able to offer a limited number of scholarships intended only for students with a financial need who would not otherwise be able to participate. If your family is able to pay for after school classes, please allow others to utilize the scholarships!