Bradley Univ. Pathfinders
DAPCEP at Bradley University – Pathfinders
DAPCEP Saturday courses at Bradley University are foundational STEM courses that prepare 4-12th grade students to pursue advanced STEM educational pathways. Taking place in both the Fall and Spring, terms are five weeks. Courses take place both virtually, and in-person. Topics include: articificial intelligence, robotics, aerodynamics, computer programming, coding, chemical and engineering, artificial intelligence, and many more.
BRADLEY UNIVERSITY is a top-ranked private university in Peoria, Illinois, that offers nearly 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students opportunities and resources of a larger university and the personal attention and exceptional learning experience of a smaller university.
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3D Printing Makers
Students learn the fundamentals of 3-dimensional designs for making 3D prints using TinkerCAD to introduce 3D modeling and 3D printing technology.
Students will develop the mathematical knowledge and skills, as well as the critical thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills fundamental to the study of mathematics in general and algebra in particular.
All-Star Film Makers
Students will learn the basics of film making using technology, software and equipment to produce a short film/movie trailer about select DAPCEP STEM classes.
Explore the world of everyday autonomous wheeled mobile robots. In-person class at Bradley Univ. in Peoria, IL.
Basic Music Production
Students will be able to match their passion for music with the basic elements of music production.
Building Blocks of Math
Building Blocks of Math is a virtual course designed to give young students a strong math foundation that is vital to future math.
Building Blocks to Programming – Cracking the Code
Intermediate skilled coders will investigate how the programming language Blockly incorporates Python. In-person class at Bradley Univ. in Peoria, IL.
Coding & Game Design
Learn to code in an interactive learning environment! Students build upon the fundamentals of coding and strengthen computer science skills using miniature-applications in coding.
Throughout this course students will use critical thinking skills to solve and build board games; these games will be based on themes chosen by the students.
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Different types of engineering are introduced each week in a hands-on, student-centered manner. For example, students will make slime to learn about physical and chemical reactions.
Engineering in Medicine
Students will interact with simulation manikins and equipment while learning how materials used in engineering impact and improve medical treatment. In-person class at Bradley Univ. in Peoria, IL.
Engineering in Medicine (WSU)
Students will be introduced to the field of biomedical engineering, innovative engineering solutions, solve problems in biology, physiology, and medicine.
Everyday Chemistry Program
This chemistry program will be a three year (six semester) program for 10th grade students that can result in a scholarship to attend Lawrence Technological University. Students will gain exposure to chemical principles through hands-on activities, and research methods.
Exam Experts SAT Level 1
Peoria, IL students only. Level 1 is an informative course for students in grades 7th – 9th that will provide systemic, comprehensive training for the SAT exam, utilizing ExamExperts’ highly motivational Accelerated Retention Learning (ARL) training method.
Exam Experts SAT Level 2
Peoria, IL students only. Level 2 is an informative course for students in grades 10th-12th grade that will provide systemic, comprehensive training for the SAT exam.
Explore 3D Design
Learn the components of how to operate a 3D printer and create various designs on Tinkercad, then print creations on a 3D printer.
This class provides students with the opportunity for engineering exploration through teamwork and weekly challenges.
Growing Great at the Detroit Zoo
Students will explore what it means to eat healthy, where our food comes from, and how nutritious diets are selected for the animals living at the Detroit Zoo.
This course will deal with concepts in linear equations, graphing techniques. The material covered in this five week plan will be: Basic Math review, Sets and real Numbers, Variables,and more.
This course requires both students and their parent(s) to participate in the invention process. It is offered in partnership with the Henry Ford Museum and the University of Michigan - Dearborn.
Life of π(thon) – Cracking the Code
Python is the ideal language to teach beginner programmers due to clear, readable syntax, quick progression, versatility, widely available resources, and the supportive community.
Making Meaning: Teaching Engineering Through the Lens of Blackness
Students will be exposed to the racialized history of engineering in Detroit and encouraged to establish guiding principles for pre-college engineering education.
Math Masters – Bradley University
Students will learn techniques and strategies to increase their proficiency in the subject, as well as learn mathematics strategies to solve complex problems quickly and more efficiently on tests and standardized exams.
Math Masters – Elementary
This valuable class is for 4th to 6th graders and will take a deep dive into problem-solving methods for Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry.
Math Masters – Middle
This valuable class is for 6th to 8th graders and will take a deep dive into problem-solving methods for Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry.
An interactive course for 6th grade students where students will learn how to add, subtract, multiply and divide integers; locate coordinates on a grid; read a number line; and more.
Roblox e-Sports Game Design
Students will learn about the eSport industry and how to design a gaming platform using the Roblox Studio application.
Robotics: Robo Warriors
Build a robot in this exciting engineering challenge! Students will work to complete an electronic machine that will be put through various challenges during the term.
SAT Level 1
This course will provide systemic, comprehensive training for the SAT exam, utilizing ExamExperts’ highly motivational Accelerated Retention Learning (ARL) training method.
SAT Level 2
SAT Level 2 is for students in grades 10th - 12th. This informative course will provide systemic, comprehensive training for the SAT exam, utilizing ExamExperts’ highly motivational Accelerated Retention Learning (ARL) training method.
SAT Math Test Prep
SAT Math Prep course by Math 4 Success is designed to prepare current high school students (9th-12th graders) for the PSAT and SAT tests.
Scratch Game Design
Students will further develop an understanding of coding and Scratch including variables, sprites, loops, conditional statements and other programming basics.
Scratching the Surface – Cracking the Code
An introduction into Computer Science through Scratch. Students will learn coding fundamentals such as loops, variables, and data types.
Students will learn about college culture and gain the skills needed to be successful with a focus on the college application process, financial aid, admissions and essays, ACT/SAT prep and other college readiness opportunities.
STEM Builders of the Future
This course is a hands-on interactive experience with early exposure various STEM fields. Students will learn how STEM is applied in the real-world by doing project-based experiments covering multiple topics.
The Science of Risky Business
Students will learn how to build a stock portfolio through simulation and evaluate their profit and loss margin every week.
Up, Up, and Away
Up, Up and Away is a course about airplanes and why they fly. Each student will explore forces of flight called thrust, momentum and lift. In-person class at Bradley Univ. in Peoria, IL.
Urban Design Architecture Workshop
Students are asked to develop a site located within one of Detroit’s most historic neighborhoods. Sample topics include map reading, outdoor spaces, floor plan and scale, and building forms.
Water You Thinking? The Chemistry and Biology of Life’s Medicine
Students will explore general physical and chemical characteristics of water hydrophilic and hydrophobic molecules and their importance in biological systems. In-person class at Bradley Univ. in Peoria, IL.
At the Detroit Zoo, students will learn about the wildlife who share their neighborhoods while also developing skills in scientific research.