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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. We established After-School, Virtual STEM clubs in November 2020, and have room for additional students for the remainder of this school year!

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 list of our established after-school virtual STEM clubs:

STEM Class Schedule, Also Available on Form

We are limiting attendance for each of these clubs to no more than 18 students, so signup, today! We are using this Google Form to capture the names of any additional students interested in attending one or more of these after school STEM clubs.

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. If we get enough demand, we may look to start new sessions of these existing clubs. Please only fill out these forms if your student is willing and able to attend the given club sessions.

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!)

Math Club: Using extended resources from our current Math curriculum, including solving fun story problems and different math puzzles. We have learned Sudoku and You cubed activities.

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.

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

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