STEAM Learning for All

IDEA Space offers after school classes, summer camps and school partnerships for students in kindergarten-grade 12 throughout Kansas City.

After School Classes

Looking for after-school activities that are enriching, active and fun for your child? IDEA Space students acquire future-proof skills and get comfortable with the technologies and tools that are shaping our future.  Spring after-school class sessions run January through May. 

James Battmer, parent

"The technology and classes available at IDEA Space really knocked our socks off!"

Monday

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  • Easy Bake Oven Chefs

    Baking for kids with a high-tech twist!  Learn and practice 3D design skills using Tinkercad to create custom cookie cutters and confectionery molds for 3D printing.  Stir up your dough and batter and bake desserts into whatever shapes you can imagine.  At the end of camp, take home your new EasyBake oven and all the cookie cutters and molds you 3D printed.

    Grades K-3
    Mondays, September 9-October 28
    4:30-5:30 p.m.
    $250
  • Minecraft Maniacs

    Whether you are trying out the world of Minecraft for the first time or you’re well-versed in eluding Creepers and other mobs, this camp will be a fun time in the sandbox. With your team, you will face challenges and earn rewards in both creative and survival mode, all of which will lead to a grand tournament at the end of the course where teams will compete for the glory of it all.

    Grades 2-8
    4:30-5:45 p.m. 
    Mondays, November 4-December 16
    $150
  • Sculps, Scans & Sweets

    Get creative with modeling clay and have your sculpts 3D scanned and printed out of plastic.  Build fine motor skills as you add detail to the characters and objects you create.  Make your own toys, memorable keepsakes, ornaments and decor, and even upload your models to share and display online! Celebrate your success trying different sweet treats each week.

    Grades K-2
    Mondays, November 4-December 16
    4:30-5:30 p.m.
    $200

Tuesday

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  • The Knight School Chess Class

    The Knight School teaches students of all skill levels and ages to play chess. Beginners are welcome! This course features fast chess clocks, colorful silicone wristbands, zany movies, tournaments, tactics curriculum and a fun spirit that kids love. This semester-long class includes a chess set with first enrollment. Already taken this class? Repeat it to build your skills.

    Grades 1-6
    4:30-5:45 p.m.
    Tuesdays, September 10-December 17
    $595
  • Cupcakes & Coding

    Nobody is too young to be a computer wizard or a cupcake connoisseur! Solve puzzles featuring familiar characters from Angry Birds and the Star Wars universe as you learn computer skills from the basics to block coding. Practice mouse skills, program problem-solving loops, even build and play your own video games.  Cap off each class with a cupcake toast!

    Grades K-3
    4:30-5:30 p.m.
    Session I: Tuesdays, September 10-October 22 
    Session II: Tuesdays, October 29-December 17
    $175
  • Fingerboard Skatepark

    Shred skate parks with your fingers on iPads and real life. Play “True Skate”, make your own fingerboard and 3D print components to create a skate park to scale that the whole class can ride through. At the end of the course, campers keep the fingerboards and skate park components they make.

    Grades 4-8
    4:30-5:45 p.m.
    Session I: Tuesdays, September 10-October 22 
    Session II: Tuesdays, October 29-December 17
    $210

Wednesday

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  • Mad Science: Inventive Investigation

    Take a deep dive into the science of the world around you. Learn how insects fly and defend themselves against predators. Explore the science of solving crimes, weather phenomena and simple machines. Discover the engineered magic that makes movies spectacular and toys fun to play with. 

    Grades K-2
    4:30-5:30 p.m.
    Session I: Wednesdays, September 11-October 23
    Session II: Wednesdays, October 30-December 18
    $150
  • Mad Science: Brixology

    Using LEGO® bricks, students build a different engineering-themed project each class. They will explore engineering fields including mechanical, structural, aerospace, nautical and bioengineering. Students use critical thinking, cooperation and creative problem-solving to test and improve creations. Extended learning with educational toys and take-home projects to reinforce each concept. They also participate in collaborative engineering challenges to solve real-world problems and develop team-building skills—and fun, physically active games based on daily themes! 

    Grades 2-6
    4:30-5:45 p.m.
    Wednesdays, September 11-October 23
    $175
  • Mad Science: NASA Cadet Corps

    Explore the skies and beyond in this after school course on all things aerospace.  Learn meteorology, astronomy and engineering as they pertain to planning and executing successful missions to space.  Work with classmates to build laser mazes, balloon rockets and space station prototype models. The countdown to a stellar career begins with this after school training program!

    Grades 2-6
    4:30-5:45 p.m.
    Wednesdays, October 30-December 18
    $175

Thursday

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  • Mad Science: PreK Science Explorers

    Little learners will study animal life, various forms of energy and motion, and the senses that let us experience the world around us. Explore space and the properties of water. Experiment with shapes and building techniques while building a noodle structure. Ponder the marvels of our ability to see, smell, taste, touch and hear the world around us, and discover the joy of chemistry while making a batch of  modeling compound (play-dough) to take home!

    Grades Preschool, Prekindergarten
    3:30-4:00 p.m.
    Session I: Thursdays, September 5-October 17 
    $110
    Session II: Thursdays, November 7-December 12
    $80
  • Cookies & CAD: Intro to Tinkercad

    Cookies today for the architects of tomorrow! Tinkercad allows even the youngest designers to quickly turn their ideas into 3D models. Practice using a mouse and keyboard to combine three-dimensional shapes into complex parts and scenes. Learn how 3D printers work and how to turn your designs on the screen into real machine-fabricated parts to take home!

    Grades K-3
    4:30-5:30
    Session I: Thursdays, September 5-October 17 
    $175
    Session II: Thursdays, November 7-December 12 
    $125
  • Rocket League RC

    Rocket League is a classic eSporting favorite, but this course adds a new twist by bringing the game into the real world. Team up with your classmates to play Rocket League; the video game and in real life, with your customized RC car that you get to take home with the 3D printed car bodies you designed. Play Rocket League on powerful IDEA Space Tech Lab PCs and modify a car body design for a real remote controlled car. 3D print your customized shell and try it out on the pitch against other cars to see who can score the most goals.

    Grades 4-8
    4:30-5:45 p.m.
    Session I: September 5-October 17 
    $225
    Session II: Thursdays, November 7-December 12
    $175

Summer STEAM Camps

IDEA Space hosts Summer at Barstow STEAM camps for kindergarten through grade 12 all summer long. If your student wants to develop science, technology, engineering, arts and math skills through exciting hands-on activities, this is the place to be!

Summer at Barstow offers hundreds of camp adventures for every age, interest, schedule and budget. STEAM experiences include Challenge Island, 3D Printing Exploration, Comic Book Creators, PC Gaming, Modern Quilting, Drone Building, Virtual Reality and more.

Educational Partnerships

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