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Free STEM Summer Programs for Youth

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Free STEM Summer Programs for Youth

Free STEM Summer Programs @Northern
June 29, 2015 – July 9, 2015 Espanola Campus

The NRG-STEM Summer Programs are designed for 8th -12th grade students interested in exploring science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Students will participate in a two-week summer program in the areas of engineering, mathematics and physics. Students can choose to participate in one area only or in both areas.

Program description:

Physics and Mathematics Of Musical Instruments (9am-12pm)
The goal of this class is to develop an understanding of the nature, behavior, and mathematics of sound and to apply this understanding to the analysis of music and musical instruments. The important components of this class are:

1. Discussion of beats, musical intervals, concert hall acoustics, the difference between noise and music.
2. The application of mathematical relationships and standing wave concepts to musical instruments.
3. Three general categories of instruments will be investigated:
a) Instruments with vibrating strings, such as guitar strings, violin strings, and piano strings.
b) Open-end air column instruments, such as the trombone, the flute and the recorder, and closed-end air column instruments such as the organ pipe and the bottles of a pop bottle orchestra
c) Vibrating mechanical systems, such as percussion instruments.

These instrument categories may be unusual to some; they are based upon the commonalities among their standing wave patterns and the mathematical relationships between the frequencies that the instruments produce.

Programming Arduino (1:30pm-3:30pm) 
This course will teach students the basics of computers and computer programming by building projects with Arduino.  Arduino is an open-source platform used for building electronics projects, and it consists of both, a physical programmable circuit board and a piece of software, or IDE (Integrated Development Environment) that runs on a regular computer or laptop, used to write and upload computer code to the physical board. The Uno is one of the more popular boards in the Arduino family and a great choice for beginners. This course will be focused on Uno 32 and a Basic I/O Shield.

For more information contact Sandy Sanchez NNMC NRG STEM Col-Lab Site Coordinator at (505) 747-2182 or sandy_m_sanchez@nnmc.edu

Northern offers over 50 bachelor's, associate and certificate programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math); Nursing and Health Sciences; Liberal Arts and Humanities; Arts, Film & Media; Business Administration; Teacher Education and Technical Trades.
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