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K-5 After School Remote STEM Clubs
K-5 After School Remote STEM Clubs
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Whether your student is currently attending school in-person, or virtually, we have an opportunity for them. 

Over the past 3 years, through funds provided by two Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) grants (awarded to us due to the large number of military-connected students that attend Derby schools) we have been able to fund some after-school STEM clubs (like Coding Club, Technology Club, Math Club, and a new one that started last year…Weather Club).  Up until this year, all of these clubs met in-person, on designated days, after school, one hour each week.

Because of current COVID-19 restrictions and the need to clear out of the buildings for the cleaning operations, we will not be able to provide the STEM clubs as we had in the past, in an in-person mode.  District Leadership has provided the direction that we look at implementing these clubs via a virtual platform for the remainder of this school year.  Since we are going virtual with these clubs, we are expanding the schools (club sponsors and students able to attend) that can participate in these STEM clubs. 

 Here is a glimpse at the focus of these STEM clubs:

 Technology Club:  Our technology is constantly changing and it is important for students to learn how to use technology to create projects. We will explore the basics of coding and practice using different FREE websites. We will also create different projects using a variety of websites, such as comic strips or short cartoon videos. Students will learn new skills that will help them to be leaders in their classrooms.

 Coding Club:  Coding (also called programming or developing) is telling a computer, app, phone, device, or website what you want it to do. Some are calling it the ‘new literacy’—a knowledge so important that every child needs to know the basics to excel in our rapidly changing world. 

The skills that come with computer programming help children develop new ways of thinking and foster problem-solving techniques. And … learning how to code can be really fun for kids. We will be using numerous FREE websites and devices to learn the basics of coding.

Weather Club:  Weather is all around us and affects our daily lives. It can be both fascinating and scary at the same time. In this club we will study weather patterns, make our own weather forecasts and observations, and learn about weather around the world, what causes it, and how to be safe in the event of dangerous weather.

Space Club: We will study those solar system objects closest to Earth, as well as space exploration (including building and launching our own rockets!)

 We are currently lining up potential sponsors/leaders of these clubs, and now we would like to gather names of students that would like to attend. Even though our DoDEA grants are providing the funds for these clubs, they are being offered to all of our students, if they are Military-connected or not.

 We are using this Google Form to capture the names of students interested in attending one or more of these after school STEM clubs. It is expected that the start times for these clubs will be somewhere in the 4:00-5:00PM timeframe, to allow time for students who attend schools in-person to have sufficient time to get home. These clubs are being offered at no cost to the students who attend.

 Parents, please fill out one of these forms for each of your Elementary students that would be interested in attending one or more of these STEM clubs.  Please keep in mind that filling out this form does not imply that the given student will be selected to attend any of the clubs, due to scheduling conflicts, or to the demand being greater than we can accommodate. If we receive more interest in a given club that we can accommodate, we will determine those to attend via a random selection.  Please only fill out these forms if your student is willing and able to attend the given club sessions. 

We will begin filling out the attendees of the various after-school STEM clubs starting October 30, with the names of the students we have at that time. The plan from there to have the clubs will begin their first sessions the first or second week of November, and will continue through the remainder of the school year.

 If you have any questions about any of this information, contact Ron Rothe, rrothe@gmail.com.

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