Tomorrow’s innovators practice imaginative thinking and teamwork. Guided by adult Coaches, FIRST LEGO League teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology, then compete on a table-top playing field.
It all adds up to tons of fun while they learn to apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM), plus a big dose of imagination, to solve a problem. Along their discovery journey, they develop critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM applications, and even presentation skills, as they must present their solutions with a dash of creativity to judges. They also practice the Program’s signature Core Values.
EVERY OTHER TUESDAY SCIENCE LAB
Solar cars is an afterschool science program for fourth and fifth grade students. They are provided a solar panel, gear box, and axle rods but the rest of the car design is up to them. In addition to learning about teamwork, students are also developing their engineering skills through the design and testing process.
Marathon Kids works for any kid, at any fitness level. Kids set their goals and track their progress on a journey to complete four marathons, or 104.8 miles, over the course of the running club season. They run, walk, (or skip!) one lap at a time, one day at a time, and before they know it they’ve gone farther than they ever dreamed.
They learn how to fuel their bodies so they can run faster, better, longer. And for a little extra motivation, they earn fun Nike rewards at milestones along the way. They have a network of dedicated adults showing them how it’s done, and most importantly, a motivated and inspiring coach supporting them every step of the way.
TWICE A MONTH/GYM
Twirl club is an after school Baton Twirling program for students to grow and learn the beauty of Baton Twirling. They are provided with a Baton and foundational skills to create different routines. In doing Baton Twirling students develop spatial awareness (left, right, up, down, front, back), fine motor skills (which help them use pencils, scissors and keyboards), as well was hand-eye coordination. Students also develop strength, flexibility and stamina, as well as poise and a positive image of self, by participating in the sport of baton twirling. Students work individually but also as a team while learning various routines to music. Students have the opportunity to perform during the year to showcase all that they have learned.
EVERY OTHER THURSDAY
Young Astronauts is an after-school club that learns about the aspects of space exploration. We run for 8 weeks with an evening Stargazing event at the end. We involve the students in fun activities that help them learn as well as nurture their curiosities. Students also engage in problem solving situations that are similar to what real astronauts may face.