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STEM After School Programs for K-8 in Westport Schools

Westport, CT - STEM education is growing throughout the nation and Westport Continuing Education’s (WCE) STEM programs are meeting this need. Why STEM? According to the U.S. Department of Education, “In an ever-changing, increasingly complex world, it's more important than ever that our nation's youth are prepared to bring knowledge and skills to solve problems, make sense of information, and know how to gather and evaluate evidence to make decisions.” WCE, a division of Westport Public Schools, works with experienced teachers and diverse education organizations to provide a wide and varied array of after school STEM programs as well as Chess, Rocketry and Role Playing Games. Most programs begin the week of January 27. Online registration is now open on the WCE website at www.westportcontinuinged.com

Do you have a child that likes to take things apart and figure them out? Bricks 4 Kidz®: Factory Fun is the perfect spot for them to engage them in engineering challenges and machine design. Bricks 4 Kidz® brings Life Science to the schools where kids build Lego® models and learn more about the science of living things, from caterpillars to dinosaurs. Put on your safety goggles and join everyone’s favorite, Mad Science, to dig deep into science! In Lab Masters, kids invent, build and zap, create science experiments and more. Later in the spring, Science Wonders presented by Mad Science brings the wonder of electricity, optical illusions and more to curious kids. 

Citizen Invention is another WCE partner that brings cool STEM projects to kids. The first session, Creative Robotics, allows kids to work with popular education robots (including Cozmo and EZ-Robot series). They’ll program these robots to present creative performance and complete challenging tasks! Citizen Invention brings Video Game Design to the spring session. Bring a love of technology and STEM to your remote-control loving kids, who learn how to create a playable, tablet-friendly video game. Along the way, kids learn basic programming concepts and discover how ideas go from paper to screen. For kids fascinated with flight and technology, Hobby Quest presents Airplane Captains. Kids learn important STEM concepts to build all new aircraft models like the Batman helicopter, the long-flying Airshow and more. 

Kids also learn problem-solving and critical thinking skills with Chess Club after school, led by professional instructors from The Chess Club of Fairfield County. New players learn the basic rules, movements and goals of the game and all students study strategies, decision-making and common “endgame” techniques. 

For middle school students Rocketry offers students a chance to construct and launch rockets. For kids who like games “off-line,” join the Role Playing Games Club to learn and develop strategies for playing games like Dungeons & Dragons and more. Knowledge, memory and creativity are reinforced as kids use games to change the world or to discover lost treasures and ancient secrets. Join the RPG! 

For more information and to register for programs, please visit the WCE website at www.westportcontinuinged.com, call 203-341-1209 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The WCE main office is located at Staples High School, 70 North Avenue, Room 1040, Westport, CT 06880. WCE can also be found on facebook at www.facebook.com/westportcontinuinged.

About Westport Continuing Education:

Westport Continuing Education (WCE), a division of Westport Public Schools, provides high quality educational and enrichment programs to the residents of Westport and Fairfield County, annually serving 6,000 adults and kids with over 700 programs. Classes, workshops, and camps are offered throughout the year after school, in the evenings, and on weekends for adults and children. WCE’s mission is to empower and inspire students to reach their full potential as lifelong learners. 

 

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