STEM Saturdays with Dr. Calvin Mackie

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


Simple Machines and Structures using Hydraulics!


Have you ever seen a car lifted into the air at an auto repair shop? Have you ever wondered how an elevator can lift a load of people up into the air? Have you ever seen a large crane arms moving tons of dirt? This technology is called hydraulics! A hydraulic system uses a liquid, usually oil, to transmit force and it's used to power everything from car brakes and garbage trucks to motorboat steering and garage jacks. Consider some of the world’s biggest machines like cranes, tipper trucks, fork lifts and diggers and they are all examples of a liquid, usually oil, being used to produce work, hydraulics.  


At STEM Saturday with Dr. Mackie on October 13th, students will design and construct simple machines and structures using hydraulics like elevators, fork lifts, crane arms and diggers. By learning how to build different type of hydraulic structures or simple machines, students will learn how engineers work and what goes into designing and building complex, but necessary machines that are used by people every day. Students will learn the different types of forces, which act on all type of structures. Engineers design all structures with enough strength to withstand forces or motion, like pushing, pulling, rotating, regulating or driving. Students will work with STEM Professionals and college students on projects to learn about Simple Machines, Structures and Hydraulics (Civil Engineering) and the forces and motion they must withstand! Students will construct hydraulic powered simple machines and structures.


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