Newark STEM Week


Based on the success of the program in 2017, Newark STEM Week will be returning for 6th and 7th grade students from June 4 – June 8, 2018. During Newark STEM Week regularly scheduled classes will be replaced by hands-on STEM curriculum developed by leading STEM organizations such as MIT and NASA. Over the five days teachers and students will work in teams to solve real-world problems in a classroom where hands-on experimentation, critical thinking, and collaboration are encouraged and used as teaching techniques to engage and inspire students.


Prior to leading Newark STEM Week, teachers will attend a two-day professional workshop in interdisciplinary STEM curriculum and project-based pedagogy.


  • 92% of Students said they were happy their school participated in STEM Week
  • 94% of Teachers said STEM Week was a rewarding teaching experience

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Participating schools will be able to offer the program to the 6th and/or 7th grades.  Each grade is assigned a different course, as outlined below.

Applications for Newark STEM Week 2018 are now closed.

Questions? Contact us at or call 646-650-2900

6th Grade: Kinetic Sculpture

In this course, students will be introduced to key concepts and skills of kinetic sculpture, including balance, gearing, energy sources and design-oriented thinking. They will use the work of Alexander Calder, George Rhodes, Anne Lilly and Arthur Ganson as examples of various forms of moving sculpture. Each day they use the principles they learn as the basis for their own creations, and at the end of the week they’ll bring together their complete array of new skills to create a large-scale, chain-reaction-type work of art.

7th Grade: Building a Lunar Colony

If humans continue to deplete resources on planet Earth, will there come a time when we need to create a settlement somewhere else in our solar system? In this course, students will explore what it might take to set up a Moon colony – what materials they will need to bring, how the very different lunar environment might impact the way they live, and what challenges they would face to survive on the Moon. Students will investigate impacts of the lunar environment and construct models of possible colonies to meet specific criteria and constraints.

8th Grade: Digital Game Design

In this course, students will use Scratch to create an original video game with custom graphics, sound effects and music. Students will begin by remixing an existing game, gradually gaining design skills and confidence. When they are ready to develop a whole new game, students will learn how to focus their ideas, integrate player feedback and refine their 2D games before sharing them with the world. No prior computer programming experience is required.