The Art of STEM is a unique track out experience for elementary aged children that is developed and run by educators. It fosters socialization and creative thinking by providing stimulating activities that introduce rudimentary concepts of S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) through visual and performing arts activities.
Each week children perform a short skit (reader's theater style) that is practiced throughout the week. Younger groups perform a dance. The children have a wonderful time practicing, creating their character and making simple costumes. They do all of this without ever being aware that they are practicing their reading fluency and building their confidence.
Throughout the week, children are offered the opportunity for structured art projects, science experiments, building challenges and movement activities. We believe it is important to put an emphasis on free play, where a child develops social skills and is allowed to experiment with their creative side.
WORK ON CREATIVE ART PROJECTS OR CHALLENGES THAT ARE LOOSELY TIED TO ELEMENTARY S.T.E.M. SKILLS
BUILD FORTS, PET HOSPITALS, AND ANYTHING THEIR IMAGINATION LEADS TO, USING FORT TILES, MAGNET TILES, LEGOS ...
CHILDREN WORK TOGETHER PRACTICING A SIMPLE READER'S THEATER/SKIT. THE SCRIPT IS ADJUSTED FOR ALL READING LEVELS. THERE IS ALSO TIME FOR UNSTRUCTURED DRAMATIC PLAY AND DRESS UP
CREATE COSTUMES AND SIMPLE SETS FOR THE FRIDAY SKIT (READER'S THEATER) PERFORMANCE/VIDEOTAPING
EXPLORE CODING CRITTERS, SIMPLE ANIMATION, AND CREATING STOP-MOTION FILM WITH A VARIETY OF PROGRAMS
FUN AND NON-COMPETITIVE YOGA, DANCING, OBSTACLE COURSES, SINGING, STRUCTURED GAMES AND UNSTRUCTURED FREE PLAY