Learning with Hands-On Activities
For years educators have stressed that students learn better “by doing” – especially in the sciences. Students of all ages learn more science-content and skills when they engage in investigation and discovery using everyday materials and the basic equipment of science. Our carefully designed inquiry-based lessons involve children with hands-on activities, capturing children’s natural curiosity, stimulating their interest in science, and teaching them important science topics along with critical thinking skills. Our clubs also support the current initiative of STEM education.
Our unique Science Club program is designed to meet the needs of children in grades K-6. Club SciKidz lessons help engage students in observation, measurement, identification of properties, and experimentation involving life, earth, and physical science concepts. The units are rigorously researched by science educators with the help of teachers and children. The results are lessons that students can enjoy and genuinely learn from. Science was never this much fun!
Each science enrichment SEMESTER lasts for 8-10 classes Classes meet once a week for approximately 60 minutes. Class size is 10-12 students, per instructor, with the cost starting at $139 per student per class.
Spring 2018 After School Programs
Intro to Coding (3rd-5th)
Students will be using a software program from MIT called Scratch. The program was designed for children, and teaches them the basics of programing as they create animated stories, video games, and interactive artwork.
Using colorful programming blocks, campers drag and “snap” together the blocks to make a character (Sprite) walk, speak, play music, or interact with other sprites.
Since computer programming is considered the new literacy, young people now have an opportunity to put together multimedia programs without any previous programming knowledge. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically.
Connective Detective (K-3rd)
We all know that flipping a light switch turns on the light, but do you know what makes electricity work? Come and explore the science behind electricity and what makes it work. We’ll build our own batteries, experiment with circuits and more. This investigation into electricity will be shockingly fun!
Come Fly with Me (3rd-5th)
Humans have always been mesmerized by flight. Follow in the Wright Brother’s footsteps as we learn about the principles of flight by designing and experimenting with our own model planes and helicopters. Students will set up their own Mission Control center when they launch the model rockets they build. 3…2…1…. BLAST OFF!
Lego Meets Scratch Advanced (3-5)
Grades 3-5: NEW WeDo Legos Meets Scratch Advanced:
Bring your coding skills to life with Scratch as you learn to code WeDo Lego Robotics. Take Legos to the next level by using this popular coding program. Go beyond the basics and build projects such as a Batmobile, Space Shuttle and more!
Lego Meets Scratch Intro (K-2)
Grades K-2: NEW WeDo Legos Meets Scratch Intro:
Learn basic coding skills with Scratch and use them to code WeDo Lego Robotics. Students will build structures and objects with the Legos they love, and bring them to life by coding the actions using Scratch. This class is a great way to extend your child’s love for Legos and introduce them to the world of coding.
Game Wizards: RPG Edition (3-5)
Grades 3-5: Game Wizards: RPG Edition
Tired of just playing video games? Ever wanted to build your own RPG game? Well now you can! Using professional game-making software, your child will be able to create their own RPG Video Game! They will learn to create characters and worlds and learn to program using RPG Maker.
Under the Sea (K-3)
Grades K-2: NEW Under the Sea – Enamored with the ocean or Chesapeake Bay? Explore unique properties of the oceans and seas, and all the truly special life-forms that live in them! Truly turn STEM into STEAM as we complement our hands-on-science investigations with the addition of modeling projects.
Game Wizards: Clickteam Fusion (3-5)
Grades 3-5: NEW Game Wizards: Clickteam Fusion Edition
Do you want to become a video game developer? Become the engineer behind such games as Spaceshooter, Chocobreak, Pong and more. You’ll learn how to use the program Clickteam Fusion and then your imagination is the limit to the games that you can create.
Lego NXT (3-5)
Grades 3-5: NEW NXT Robot Programmer
Robots are not just a thing of the future in this class. NXT Robot Programmer uses Legos to bring robots to life. Students will build and program robots of all types. Learn how robots are a part of the future! Create a dog sled team and travel to Alaska to compete in the Iditarod. Protect your valuables in a combination lock that you build. By the end of the program, students will design and build a robot that can solve one of the problems facing the world today.
Lego EV3 Robot Olympiad (3-5)
Grades 3-5: NEW Lego EV3 Robot Olympiad – Using the LEGO® EV3 platform, build and program robots to complete a different task or theme each day! Themes include Athletic Training Center, Basketball, Hockey, Tug of War, Sprint, and Wrestling.
Icky, Gross, Spooky Science (K-5)
Grades K-2 NEW Icky, Gross, Spooky Science—What young scientist doesn’t like a little mess and fun while learning to do science? Kids will use household products to create fake blood and Ph paper from Cabbage Juice. They will also dissect owl pellets and grow bacteria to learn about germs. We won’t save the best for last though, we will concoct our own gravity defying GOO and end with all scientist’s favorite—Fun Fantastic Explosions!