After School Sessions- North Slope

Winter/Spring 2017 After School Session Schedule

Monday or Tuesday- Grades K-2: Robot Crafting

Wednesday – Grades 2-4: Robot Building

Thursday Grades 2-6: Robot Inventing/Programming

Have questions about our after school programs? Check out our FAQs below.

Want to know the Fall 2016 session dates? Go here!

Registration

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Monday or Tuesday, Grades K-2: Robot Crafting

Monday Dates (16 sessions):

January 9, 23, 30 ***skip 16th (MLK, Jr Day)
February 6, 13, 27 ***skip Feb 20th (Mid Winter Recess)
March 6, 13, 20, 27
April 3, 24 ***skip April 10th & 17th (Spring Break)
May 1, 8, 15, 22

Tuesday Dates (19 sessions):

January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
February 7, 14, 28 ***skip Feb 21st (Mid Winter Recess)
March 7, 14, 21, 28
April 4, 25 ***skip April 11th & 18th (Spring Break)
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

  • You can choose Monday OR Tuesday
  • Starts at 3:30 pm
  • Pickup between 5:15 & 5:30 pm
  • Monday (16 sessions)- $540 plus $260 material fee
  • Tuesday (19 sessions)- $650 plus $305 material fee
  • K-2nd Grades
  • School Pickup at PS321 available on Mon and Tues!
  • School Pickup at PS118 available on Mon!
  • School Pickup at Brooklyn Children’s School available on Tues!
  • If your child attends a school other than mentioned above, we are happy to do pickup as long as there are at least 4 kids enrolled in the session from that school. To know how many kids are currently enrolled from the various local schools go here.

Curriculum:
DSC_7025Our after school programs will be very similar to our weekend classes and summer sessions. We will be teaching the kids the fundamentals of engineering through hands-on learning.

This session will be a bit more craft and design focused for our smallest builders. We will teach fundamental engineering concepts but with an emphasis on creativity and imagination.

Wednesday, Grades 2-4: Robot Building

Wednesday Dates (20 sessions):

January 4, 11, 18, 25
February 1, 8, 15 ***skip Feb 22nd (Mid Winter Recess)
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
April 5, 19, 26 ***skip April 12th (Spring Break)
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

 

  • Starts at 3:30 pm
  • Pickup between 5:15 & 5:30 pm
  • $170 plus $80 material fee
  • Wednesday (20 sessions)- $680 plus $320 material fee
  • Friday (20 sessions)- $680 plus $320 material fee
  • School Pickup at PS321 and PS 32 available on Wed!
  • If your child attends a school other than mentioned above, we are happy to do pickup as long as there are at least 4 kids enrolled in the session from that school. To know how many kids are currently enrolled from the various local schools go here.

Curriculum:
photo-3Our after school programs will be very similar to our weekend classes and summer sessions. We will be teaching the kids the fundamentals of engineering through hands-on learning.

Each week we build a new robot and learn a new engineering concept. We will integrate hands-on building experience with demonstrations of engineered objects in the world that use the same concepts. Most weeks students will take home a robot or machine that they build.

 

Thursday, Grades 2nd-6th: Robot Programming/Inventing

Thursday Dates (20 sessions):

January 5, 12, 19, 26
February 2, 9, 16 ***skip Feb 23rd (Mid Winter Recess)
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
April 6, 20, 27 ***skip April 13th (Spring Break)
May 4, 11, 18, 25
June 1

  • Starts at 3:30 pm
  • Pickup at 5:30 pm
  • Thursday (20 sessions)- $680 plus $320 material fee
  • 2nd-6th Grades
  • Two different curriculum available (see below for descriptions)- You pick the curriculum that works for your child.
    1. Robot Inventing: 2nd-6th grades
    2. Robot Programming: 3rd-6th grades
  • School Pickup at PS321 available!
  • School Pickup at PS118 available!
  • We are happy to do pickup at your child’s school as long as there are at least 4 kids enrolled in the session from that school. To know how many kids are currently enrolled from the various local schools go here.

Curriculum:

Robot Inventing

*Your child must have taken either a semester of afterschool or a week of summer with us in order to enroll*

This is one of our favorite classes to teach because children have THE BEST ideas — and we get to help make the ideas become reality!

Each semester we will introduce some superfun,new electrical components. We haven’t finalized the list for this semester but here are some examples from past semester.

The children will create their own inventions, so we welcome children to come in with recycled materials and crazy ideas!

To support different work-styles, we encourage children to mentor and assist each other, experiment with the materials, and work on a multi-week projects. The children will bring home projects intermittently based on their own interest and work style. Sometimes new inventions are a success and sometimes they are not!

Some kids do well with this type of class others do not. Please take into consideration your child’s unique personality before enrolling them in this class. For the most enjoyment, they have to be good at coming up with their own ideas and working without strict guidance from a teacher.

Prerequisite: This class is only available for kids who have taken at least one semester or one week of summer session with us in the past year! If they don’t meet this criteria, it means that they won’t know what they are doing and the semester will not be fun for them. We will be checking to make sure each student meets this criteria.


Robot Programming

UF_ROBOTFOUNDRY_016_small*There are no pre-reqs for programming. Any child can attend as long as they meet the age requirement.*

We will be using the fantastic Hummingbird robotics kit to teach programming. This versatile platform was designed at Carnegie Melon’s CREATE lab.

This is a really fun class because it combines hands-on building and art with real electronics (servos, LEDs, motors, sensors) with programming. The kids will work in small groups and create robots that interact with the other robots and environment.

 

Where will you be doing pickup for Afterschool?

Current Pickup Locations:

Monday
PS 321

PS 118

Tuesday
PS 321

Brooklyn Children’s School

Wednesday
PS 321

PS 32

Thursday
PS 321

PS 118

Enrollment information for potential additional pickup:

If your child attends another local school, we are happy to do pickup as long as there are at least 4 kids enrolled in the session. Below are the current enrollment numbers for other local schools.

If we get 4 kids from your school, we can offer pickup. Some pickups may require that the children have a subway pass. Others will be done as walking pickups. We will not be picking up any children in a bus/van/car.

The numbers below are updated as of December 26, 2016

Monday

ECC at CBE – 1 signup

Tuesday
TBD

Wednesday
PS 118 – 1 signup

Thursday

TBD

FAQs

    1. Do we offer pickup from local schools? Yes, see chart above.
    2. The class is sold out. What do I do now? Once a session is sold out, you will see a “waitlist” button. Please click on that and add your information. If spaces become available, we will let you know!
    3. Is it okay if my child has never taken a class with you before? Yes, the only exception is for Thursday’s Robot Inventors session, the child must have taken at least one semester of afterschool or completed a week of summer in the past year.
    4. My child is very mature for their age, may I sign them up for a session that is above their grade level? Sorry, but we are strict with ages and grade levels. The child must be enrolled in the grade that is list on that program.
    5. Are there any make-up classes?Are there any make-up classes? Sure! You must contact us first and we will coordinate the date to do the makeup. Your child can make up a class as long as they go on a day with the same curriculum. If we don’t offer more than one class for an age group at a location, you can make up the class at another location.  The make-up must occur within one week of the missed class and must be within the same semester. The project that they will be doing in the make-up class may be a project that they have already done or will do.  We canNOT offer school pickup on make-up days.
    6. My child was in your summer session and/or one of your other after school program. Will the curriculum for this program be different? Most of them will be different. Some of the first projects will be the same so that we can get all of the kids onto level grounds but then after that, the projects will be new.
    7. These after school programs don’t work for our schedule. Will you be offering other classes and events? Yes, please check out our weekend classes,one day sessions, and clubs!
    8. My child really wants to learn to solder. Will any of the after school programs have soldering? Yes, we sometimes offer a soldering after school session for older kids. But not for this semester.
    9. What is your cancellation policy? See our cancellation policy.
    10. What does my child need to bring on the first day? They don’t need to bring anything unless they have an Epi Pen or inhaler or similar medication. Then please have them bring those each week. If they are in the Robot Inventors class, they can bring their ideas for cool new robots with them… or we will help them brainstorm the first week.
    11. What do I need to provide prior to the first day? We got most of what we need from you during the registration process. However, if we are picking up your child, we will send you an email about a week before the class starts with additional questions, forms and information.
    12. Will you give the children a snack? Yes. If your child has any sort of food allergies though, please send them with a snack. We also encourage sending kids with a reusable water bottle. Go Green!