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During this trying time, UC San Diego Extension remains committed to helping you achieve your goals. In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have moved this summer’s Sally Ride Science Junior Academy workshops online. These online STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) workshops for students entering 4th-12th grade will be conducted through virtual class meetings using the Zoom conferencing system and the learning platform Canvas.

Unleash Your Inner Inventor in a Maker Space Lab


A Maker Space is a place where people get together to tinker, ponder and create. In our Maker Space Lab, students will tackle a variety of engineering challenges and develop their own innovation or invention.

Using a variety of everyday materials, students will take on challenges such as “create a fall-proof skateboard” or “create an all-weather hat.” Art, science and engineering will come into play as students develop innovative solutions. As a final project, students will come up with an innovation or invention of their own. They will gain experience in product design, technical writing and art design as they develop their creations. Then they will present their inventions to a panel of classmates in a format similar to the television show “Shark Tank.”

What You Will Learn

  • Learn to identify multiple solutions to an engineering challenge
  • Strengthen their skills in problem solving and critical thinking
  • Research innovations and inventions to discover how scientists work
  • Practice product design, technical writing and art design
  • Create their own innovation and present it to a panel of students for approval

Return to the Sally Ride Science Junior Academy website here.

Course Number: WKSP-90099
Credit: 0.00 unit(s)