Summer STEAM Virtual Academy

K-State Summer STEAM Virtual AcademyJune 7–24, 2021
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

  • Virtual Zoom sessions
  • Open to students in grades 5–8 during the current school year
  • All classes require each student to have an iPad or digital device
Register Online

Classes will fill up quickly and have limited space. Late enrollees are not guaranteed class choices.

Questions? Email Calista Speake at or call 785-532-5550.

School districts that are interested in providing a hybrid version of our classes should contact us at

Class Descriptions

Wild, Weird, and Wonderful Writing
Taught by Vicki Sherbert and Delaney Pollart

There are so many ways to tell our stories! Each day we’ll have fun using words, pictures, and music to create stories, cartoons, poems, and art. Imagination is our greatest tool!

Supplies (suggested):

    • Composition book
    • Notebook
    • Pens or pencils
    • Markers, colored pencils, crayons, or paints
    • Apps for iPad (suggested)
      • Canva, PowerPoint or Keynote, iMovie, Garage Band, Screencast-o-matic, Pic Collage, Adobe Spark, Powtoon, Toontastic, Puppet Pals

M.U.S.I.C. (Music Using STEM Is Cool)
Taught by Meredith Casey

What makes your movie, podcast, or slide show even better? Your own music! Get ideas and music coaching to produce your own background music. Find out how to use your own instrument or voice to create music for your own movie, podcast, or slide show. Then get help as you compose and record your own song. You’ll be able to write and record tracks that you can use for your upcoming tech creations and save to your personal playlist.

Supplies (suggested):

    • Computer with an iPad or phone
    • Household objects such as pots, pans, boxes, rubber bands, and anything you can think of that makes music notes
    • Garage Band (app)
    • Online access for websites

Sports Science
Taught by Angie Messer

Have you ever wondered why a frisbee flies the way it does? Do you ever wonder about the trajectory of the basketball that makes you hit the goal? Do you like sports? Would you like to enjoy a little more? Join us for this week full of fun activities designed to show you how science and sports meet.


    • Tennis ball
    • Frisbee
    • Basketball or kickball
    • Sidewalk chalk

Stop Motion Animation Fun
Taught by Rachael Asbury

If you are super creative, LOVE movies, technology and using your hands to create, THIS is the class for you! Ever wonder how The Lego Movie was made? THIS is how! You will use your iPad and other supplies to create super cool animations on your own.


    • Play Doh/Modeling Clay
    • Construction paper
    • Colored pencils, crayons, or markers
    • 20 notecards, sticky notes, or paper cut to size and stapled
    • Posable toy figurines (Legos, Barbie, etc.)
    • Shiny surface to write on
    • Dry erase marker

Planet Podcast
Taught by Shelly Camba

Do you care about the Earth, climate change, plastic in the oceans, and animals going extinct? Let’s gather some data about the environmental topics about which you are interested. Together we will consider the ways in which we each can make a positive impact or try to provide solutions. Finally, we will share our voices and ideas through a podcast. The skills you learn will allow you to continue creating podcasts on any topic you choose in the future.


    • Apps for iPad: Garage Band and Word
    • Access to research internet sites provided