Front of Brauchle Elementary School Campus on a Sunny Day



Kara Collins and Terri Hayes

Cardboard Arcade is a tuition-based after-school program for 2nd grade students in Northside Independent School District. It is an engineering program where students work virtually in teams or individually to design, test, redesign, retest, and eventually create a working arcade-type game. Students consider game design, rules for playing, and prior science knowledge when designing their games.

Amber Ramos and Kim Scott

Girls on the Run is an after-school program designed to inspire girls of all abilities to recognize and embrace their inner strength. Lessons emphasize the important connection between physical and emotional health.

Coach Velasquez and Coach Bethel

Kids set goals in their Marathon Kids program and our coaches track their progress to run, jog, walk or move the equivalent of four (or more!) marathons over the course of a season. Our methods have been tested and verified. Research shows the Marathon Kids running program effectively jump-starts healthy, long-lasting change. 


Kiersten Acosta and Cheryl Perez

The goals of Project ACORN are to improve environmental literacy for participating PreK - 8th grade students through hands-on, inquiry-based science activities and to increase community involvement in environmental science activities by addressing plant biodiversity in the San Antonio River watershed.

Cheryl Perez and Marty Stanley

FIRST LEGO League teams have the opportunity to research challenges facing today’s scientists, design, build, test and program robots using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology, apply real-world math and science concepts, learn critical thinking, team-building, and presentation skills. Our students also participate in tournaments, celebrations and understand how to practice Gracious Professionalism®

Robert Gallardo and Vickie Arce

Solar Cars is a non-tuition based after-school science enrichment program for fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students. Students will build engineering skills as they work in teams to design and build a working solar car model. Students will apply science knowledge, creativity, and grit to work this exciting engineering task.

  • Runs 8-10 weeks, based on campus need
  • Engineer design program where students create Rube Goldberg machines
  • Each machine has a goal and parameters (i.e. pop a balloon in 5 steps)
  • Students use a combination of simple machines: pulley, wheel and axle, lever, inclined plane
  • Students should have the opportunity to share or present their work with their peers or campus/parent community
  • Optional: recording and editing of working Rube Goldberg machines

Rebecca Belton and Katharine Gracia

Student Council helps to teach skills outside of the academic curriculum such as leadership, civic responsibility, and organization and planning. Student Council members can be positive role models for all students in the school. All students in the school benefit from school spirit events, fundraisers, and community engagement. Student Council helps share students’ ideas, interests, and concerns with teacher, principals, and district administration.

Holly Hernandez and Cristen Wiggins

Young Astronauts is an after-school science enrichment program for fourth and fifth grade students. The topic changes each year, and all lessons and activities focus on building student interest and understanding in the area of space science. The program culminates in February with our annual Stargazing event for fifth grade Young Astronaut.

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