Learn the fundamentals of coding by starting from Scratch. Scratch is MIT’s engaging, easy-to-use, drag-and-drop programming language that introduces programming to young coders. From brainstorming to play-testing, students make interactive programs that incorporate a variety of foundational coding concepts. Draw characters and worlds on a digital canvas and make them come to life in interactive programs, animations, music videos, and more--all while building a foundation of basic coding concepts on which to grow in future classes.

1 hr, Fridays, 10:00am - 11:00am

This science class introduces students to Earth science. Students will learn how our Earth was formed, how fossils of plants and animals are made, and how earthquakes and volcanoes work. Students will explore the surface of the earth and we will talk about the water cycle. Students will also learn how we, as humans, are impacting our Earth and discuss how we can take better care of it. Students will learn the difference between renewable and non-renewable resources and discuss the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. The class will include lessons, drawings, hands-on activities and discussions. In addition, each student will have the opportunity to make a diorama at home about their favorite topic of the course (optional but encouraged!). We will share our project at the end of the semester and at Open House.

1 hr, Mondays, 11:00am – 12:00pm

The goal of this class is to ensure that elementary and middle school students thoroughly grasp the fundamentals of chemistry. We explore the meaning and history of chemistry, as well as its numerous branches. In the second term we deepen our understanding of the fundamentals and begin basic lab work. 

1 hr, Wednesdays, 11:00 am - 12:00pm

This class will cover the fundamentals of measurements and geometry, studying core topics such as points, lines, angles, surfaces, and solids. 

1 hr, Wednesdays, 10:00am - 11:00am

This class introduces fractions and decimals, and progresses to converting them, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. Students should be new to fractions, but should be familiar with how to add, subtract, multiply and divide. Although we cover both fractions and decimals, the decimals come later in the year once the students have a handle on fractions. 

1 hr, Fridays, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

This class is for students who are ready to learn these operations, having already become proficient in adding and subtracting. Multiplication and division skills will be taught to those who are brand new to them, and taken to new levels for those who are already familiar with these operations. The goal is for students to know all the multiplication tables by the end of the year, if multiplication is new, and for students with more experience to be comfortable with long division and multiplication with larger numbers. The class work will be a blend of visuals, tactile work, and written work on paper.

1 hr, Mondays, 10:00 am – 11:00 am

In this class, students explore the evolving world of robotics, learning how to build, program, and perfect your very own robots. Using LEGO robotics kits, they learn to build and program robots—integrating motors for moving parts, and sensors to take input from the physical world—to complete a variety of challenges.

1 hr, Fridays, 11:00am - 12:00pm