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Hands-On STEM Classes

STEM Education is More Important Than Ever

The Lancaster Science Factory proudly presents an expanded schedule of hands-on STEM classes in 2021! We are committed to providing  a safe environment for interactive Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math lessons for kids in grades K through 8.  Students grow their confidence in STEM topics while building, experimenting, and designing in a way they can’t in a virtual class.  Class attendees get to stay and play in our exhibit hall with a parent for free! Parents may sign children up for individual classes but a discount will be given for students enrolled in a full six-week series. 

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Winter/Spring 2021 Classes:

Hands-on STEM for grades K – 3: Thursdays, 4:00 – 5:30pm

The Creatures in Your Neighborhood: In this six-week series, students will explore the insects and wildlife in the world around them. Each lesson is interdisciplinary and will feature a biology lesson, a math activity, and a related building or engineering project incorporating what they learned. Students will bring home what they make in each lesson.

Maker Space Workshops for grades 3 – 8: Thursdays, 4:00 – 5:30pm

Tinkercad Design Workshop: In this six-week series, students will learn 3D Printing and beginner CAD design and how those skills can be applied in the real world. Each week students will be presented with a design prompt and will work collaboratively to make unique prototypes. Projects include personalized keychains, spaceships, game pieces, action figures, and more. Lessons are aligned with 21st Century Skills and students will take home each item they make.


Hands-on STEM for grades K – 3 – Fridays, 2:00 – 3:30pm

The Creatures in Your Neighborhood: In this six-week series, students will explore the insects and wildlife in the world around them. Each lesson is interdisciplinary and will feature a biology lesson, a math activity, and a related building or engineering project incorporating what they learned. Students will bring home what they make in each lesson.

Maker Space Workshops for grades 3 – 8: Fridays, 2:00 – 3:30pm

Wind Power: In this six-week series, students will engineer contraptions that harness the power of wind to perform a specific task. Projects include electricity generation, boats, cars, and windmills that can lift objects. Students will learn about the history of wind power generation, will develop a deeper understanding of how energy moves and is transferred between objects, and explore Faraday’s Law, how kinetic energy can be transformed into electrical energy.


Saturday Maker Camp for grades 2 – 8: Saturdays, 10:30am – 12:30pm

Junk Drawer Inventor:  Students in this Saturday morning camp will use up-cycled household and common objects to solve a variety of engineering challenges. Creativity and critical thinking will be key as students make cardboard creations, build cities and bridges, take apart and reimagine toys, build hydraulic lifts and more! This camp is designed to make students look differently at the world around them, observing common objects and imagining new purposes for them. It will also allow them to work collaboratively and iterate through the engineering design process.


Homeschool Hands-on STEM for grades 1 -6:  Select Tuesdays, 10:00 – 11:30am AND 1:00 – 2:30pm

The Winter/Spring Homeschool Hands-on STEM curriculum will feature science, technology, engineering, and math used to solve problems and answer questions from well-known fairytales. Could you build something as strong as Rapunzel’s hair? Is it possible to prevent Humpty Dumpty from falling to pieces? Would the big bad wolf blow down your house? Students in grades 1st – 6th will learn and use real STEM principles to find out!

PASTE Pre-K Program for ages 4 – 6: Select Tuesdays, 10:00 – 11:00am AND 1:00 – 2:00pm

The Winter/Spring 2021 PASTE Program will feature the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics hiding in fairytales! Could you really put Humpty Dumpty together again? How did Rapunzel’s hair get so strong? Why was the wolf so good at blowing down houses? Each lesson starts with a story and then kids test their theories by making hands-on projects and using science-skills that will get them ready for Kindergarten!

Homework Club for grades 1st – 8th – Wednesdays, 9am – 4pm

Kids enrolled in any type of online, virtual, or hybrid learning can attend for a partial or full day each Wednesday. Our professional educators provide extra help where students need it and  hands-on educational opportunities. Drop off and pick up times flexible.