STEM Saturdays with Dr. Calvin Mackie

"The Scale of the Solution must equal the scale of the problem"

Power of the Sun: Solar Energy!


ENTERGY is the Official Sponsor of "STEM Saturday with Dr. Mackie" on August 11th! Power of the Sun: Solar Energy! Come out and Design, Build, Test and Race your own Solar Car! Student will also design, build and test Solar Bugs, Ovens, Cars, Boats and Water Heaters.


Have you ever used a magnifying glass to make something melt or burn? If yes, than you were using solar power! Solar energy is generated during the day by the sun's powerful rays. Photovoltaic solar panels absorb the sun’s rays and convert them into energy. A control device converts the energy from direct current electricity to alternating current electricity, capable of powering electrical items. This electricity is added to the electricity grid which powers local homes and businesses. Solar energy can be used to heat water and power cars, aircrafts, calculators, and other small appliances. It can even be used to cook food! It is the Earth’s most available energy resource because it can be found anywhere the sun shines. It takes about 8 minutes for sunlight to travel from the sun to the earth, moving at 186,282 miles per second. The largest solar power plant in the world is located in California's Mojave Desert and is made up of over 930,000 mirrors that convert the sun's heat into electricity. Solar Energy is a renewable energy source because it is constantly replenished and will never runs out.  


One hundred FREE slots sponsored by Entergy, Jack and Jill of America Chapter of New Orleans, Crescent City Chapter of The Links Inc. and NORD are available for ALL students who receive free or reduced lunch vouchers on a first come basis, all others must pay $60 for participation. Registration will be on a First come/First serve basis, and will officially open on March 31, 2018. You must register online!!! For more info or to register visit: http://www.STEMNOLA.com   


Note: Although you may have registered for an event in the past, parents must Pre-register their child(ren) online for EACH Saturday event and complete the full Consent/Registration packet only once (Completed Consent/Registration will be placed on file at STEM NOLA office). The full registration packet must be downloaded/printed out and returned to the STEM NOLA office via mail (1631 Elysian Fields Suite #1, New Orleans, 70117), via email (info@stemnola.com) or fax (504-391-0760), or brought to the Camp Site on the day of participation. Registration will be on a First come/First serve basis. Participation will be limited to the first 125 (One hundred) registrants.


Thank you for helping STEM NOLA reach the goal of exposing, inspiring and engaging the youth of our communities to see and experience the unlimited possibilities in STEM.

Introduction

“STEM Saturdays with Dr. Mackie” will provide city-wide family, and community-based academic events each month where students and parents can attend, and learn together. STEM NOLA will partner with the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) to host events at NORDC facilities across the city, at the following sites: Joe Brown Park, The Treme Center, The Lyons Center and Behrman Park.


The goal of the STEM NOLA program is to engage the entire community around Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM). By holding widely publicized events on the 2nd Saturday of each month, all participants - parents, teachers, community volunteers and/or corporate volunteers, will be given an opportunity to engage students in fun, and educational STEM-Based activities. The community will be exposed to STEM activities that they can choose to participate in as a family, at any time. People in underserved communities do not take advantage of such activities because they have not been exposed. “STEM Saturdays with Dr. Mackie” will provide youth, especially urban youth, with exposure to activities and create curiosity about life, education and careers in STEM.


To participate in STEM Saturday, Parents need to Register their child(ren) and then complete a full registration packet. A full registration packet is needed on file before students will be allowed to participate in Saturday programming. To Register for STEM SATURDAYS please click here.


KEY POINTS ON STEM SATURDAYS

  • STEM NOLA (SN) is an organization founded by New Orleans native, and former tenured Tulane University Engineering professor, Dr. Calvin Mackie. The purpose of its existence is to expose, inspire and engage members in the surrounding communities about the opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
  • "STEM Saturdays with Dr. Mackie" is only one of the components of STEM NOLA that will provide city wide family and community based hands-on academic each month. Students and parents can attend, and learn together.
  • STEM Saturday and all other events will be fee based depending on the parent's economic status. Students receiving free and reduced lunch at school will be free. See Pricing
  • Parents must Register their children online for EACH Saturday event and Complete the registration packet. The registration packet must be downloaded/printed out and returned to The STEMNOLA office via email (info@stemnola.com) or fax (504-391-0760), or brought to the Camp Site on the day of participation. Note: The Full Registration Packet should be completed only once and must be on file with STEM NOLA.
  • In 2004, Dr. Mackie received the 2003 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring from President George H. Bush in a White House Ceremony. Dr. Mackie has been doing this work for over 20 years.
  • STEM NOLA will partner with the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) to host such events at NORDC facilities across the city, including: Joe Brown Park, The Treme Center, The Lyons Center and Behrman Park, every second Saturday of each month starting in February 2014 (February 8th).
  • Dr. Mackie's mission is to show the community that STEM-Based activities (Innovating, Creating, Building, Making and Producing) are the new recreation for the 21st Century.
  • The Initial STEM NOLA Kick-Off was held on Dec 14th at Joe Brown Park and was sponsored by AXA Financial, Cox Cable of New Orleans, Councilman James Gray (District E), Channel ZerO Group and NORDC. (9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
  • Eventually there will be programming at each of the four NORDC sites on the 2nd Saturday of each month.
  • Certified Teachers, College Students, and Corporate Volunteers will serve as Instructors and Mentors for STEM Saturday events.

STEM Saturdays with Dr. Calvin Mackie: Calendar (Tentative)

January 2018 – No Programming

January 27, 2018 - Sanchez Center (Due to Mardi Gras)

March 10, 2018 – Gernon Brown Center

April 14, 2018 – Cut-Off Center

May 5, 2018 – Joe W. Brown Multi-Purpose Facility

June 2018 – No Programming

July 14, 2018 – Lyons Center

August 11, 2018 – Treme Center (View Evacuation Plan)

September 8, 2018 – Cut-Off Center

October 13, 2018 - Sanchez Center

November 10, 2018 - Gernon Brown Center

December 8, 2018 - Joe W. Brown Multi-Purpose Facility

STEM Saturday's Pricing

Single STEM Saturday is $60/per session – includes snack.

   9 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Register for more than 1 Saturday event or a group of children to get the best pricing.
  • Siblings registering for the same Sat camp events will get multi-camp package discounts.
  • Payments can be made by money order, certified check, VISA, AMEX or MasterCard.

Register FOR STEM SATURDAYS


Re-Cap of the STEM Saturday Kick-Off