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Investigations, study, experimentation, and discovery
under the guidance of experienced instructors. Different subjects every year. Students investigate by experiencing first hand. They develop critical thinking skills and problem solving to design and build their own projects. Weekday, morning program, sometimes divided into two age groups: 8-10 and 11-12+ years. Click for More About the program

Tahawus’ goal is to attract expert instructors and curious youth and join in the wonder of discovery, hands on lab experiments procedures, to create enthusiasm for STEM, and to engage area teachers in the potential for extra-curricular enrichment at the Tahawus Center. The Center is located at 14234 Rt 9N, in Au Sable Forks, NY.

Science Lab Fee $90. CLICK for Registration for the STEM LAB, July 22-26, 2019.

Small groups, hands-on learning, and outstanding teaching is
a critical and integral component of this enrichment program.
Different subjects and themes each year.

Skills leading to web design, collaborative projects, logic and reasoning skills for our changing world. Students learn what robots can and can't do, and learn the need for precise instructions. 

Have fun with Chemistry and Experiments! Investigate super saturated solutions, make borax crystals, discover non-Newtonian fluids. Explore air pressure and gas laws.

Students study the ecosystem at the confluence of the East and West Branch of the Ausable River. Identify trees, plants, flowers, and insects.

Explore Infinity, measure the chaos of the human heart! Learn about statistical and information theory. Stimulates inquiry, sparks curiosity, and reveals mathmatics through problem solving and guided discovery.

Tahawus Summer STEM program began in 2012

Gary Dreiblatt, Founder/ Advisor, Tahawus STEM Labs, retired science instructor, Heschel School, NYC, and director of summer environment camps in the Adks for youth.

Craig Brashear, Lab Instructor holds a B.A. in Physics from Haverford College, PA.
Provides iInstruction in math, coding and robotics for 4th to 8th grade.

Kaitlin Fielder, Science Lab Instructor. She holds a B.A. in Environmental Science and an Earth Science Education. Currently at Elizabethtown-Lewis Central, she has taught Earth Science, Physical Science, Physics, Environmental Science and Forensics. Ms. Fielder is a Section Area Representative in Earth Science for the Scence Teacher Association, and a recent fellow NYS Master Teacher.

Summer Lab Assistants:
Alex Lamarche, Au Sable Forks, Talahassee, FL (2015)
Eydon Thomashow, Bloomingdale, NY (2016)

OUR FOUNDING PARTNER Casella Waste Systems states
"The programs being developed are needed and impactful to the
kids who are fortunate to attend, and to our area overall

CASELLA WASTE SYSTEMS is a founding and leadership supporter for the Center’s Science Lab and Tahawus' efforts to build a full STEM program. “It’s a very worthwhile and exciting partnership,” says Bill Meyers, General Manager. "It’s great to be a part of program highlighting the sciences for kids in our area." AND - not only was Casella on board at the very first Lab helping to support scholarships and costs, but following Hurricane Irene, when Tahawus’ basement was flooded by 6.5 feet of water, Casella provided a dumpster for debris that needed to be removed. Later, in support of our STEM efforts, Casella sent us a rising female executive who visited with our students to share her own path through science to her career as Sustainability Manager today.

TAHAWUS CENTER opened its doors in 2011 to showcase the creative output of the Ausable River Valley. Activities taking place in its Windows Art Gallery and the Cloudsplitter Dance Studio, have included science labs, symposia, independent film series, dance, yoga, and visual arts instruction, choreography, rehearsal projects, and music events, Tahawus Center gathers professionals and provides space to bring their expertise, knowledge, and creativity to the Adirondack community in Essex and Clinton counties. Questions - 646-734-7151.