City of Ottawa In-Person and Virtual Fall Program Registration Now Open

Virtual and In-Person School Programs

Orange STEM is now offering virtual classroom learning.  We've adapted our programming for the online classroom and we are working virtually with in-person classes and virtual classes in both public and private schools.  Our courses in LEGO Engineering, Robotics & Coding, and Electronics have all been adapted for virtual teaching and have been running successfully.  We have also been teaching in-person in private schools with extensive safety measures in place, when appropriate, and when permitted by health guidelines. 

Working with students from kindergarten through high school, Orange STEM has significant experience teaching both in-class programs and extra-curricular programs at schools in the Ottawa-Carleton District Board, the Ottawa Catholic School Board, and several of Ottawa’s private schools. We have also worked for more than a decade with Ottawa’s home schools.

Our programs cover elements of the Structures and Mechanisms strand of the Ontario Science and Technology curriculum and enhance Technological Problem-Solving Skills. As well as introducing students to mechanical engineering, our courses are a great way to prepare teams for LEGO® competitions.

Below are the original descriptions for our Grade 1 - 8 School Programs. Ask us about how we can customize classes to meet the needs of your school or home school group, either virtually or in-person.

LEGO® Mechanical Engineering
(Grades 1 & 2)     
Through hands-on projects and challenges, students will strengthen their LEGO building skills and their understanding of engineering principles. Students will learn about strong and stable structures, as well as gearing and drive systems. Mechanical projects may include vehicles, a paper crinkler, and a battle top. Several projects will be brought to life with motors.

LEGO® Mechanical Engineering 
(Grades 3 & 4)     
Through hands-on projects and challenges, students will strengthen their LEGO building skills and their understanding of engineering principles. Students will learn about strong and stable structures, as well as gearing and drive systems. Mechanical projects may include vehicles, bridges, tools, amusement rides, steering mechanisms, and transmissions. Several projects will be brought to life with motors. Students will be introduced to robotics as they build LEGO robots with pre-installed programs and explore the use of sensors.
 
LEGO® Robotics & Coding
(Grades 1 & 2, Grades 3 & 4, Grades 5 & 6, Grades 7 & 8)     
Through hands-on projects and challenges, students will strengthen their LEGO building skills and their understanding of engineering principles. Each team will build a Mindstorms EV3 robot and control it with rotation, light and ultrasonic sensors. Students will use the LEGO EV3 programming app for tablet-based coding and they will perform mini challenges with their robots.
 
Advanced LEGO® Robotics
(Grades 5 & 6, Grades 7 & 8)    
Through hands-on projects and challenges, students will strengthen their LEGO building skills and their understanding of engineering principles. They will build Mindstorms EV3 robots, and learn to program them using the EV3 app, with input from rotation, light, touch and ultrasonic sensors. They will also design and build tools for their robots including grabbers and lift mechanisms. Challenges, such as maze and line following, will prepare them for LEGO competitions. 
 
Electronics & Robotics
(Grades 3 & 4, Grades 5 & 6, Grades 7 & 8)    
Students will learn about electronics concepts, components, and systems. They will learn to use a modular circuit building tool and breadboard techniques to build circuits that will power LEGO® machines and projects. They will learn to integrate LEGO pieces with electronics, robots and mechanical projects, using EV3 and other coding platforms.
 
Contact us to plan educational programs for your school or home school:

ian@orangestem.ca 

 

Updated: September 14, 2021