S.T.R.E.A.M. Academies & More
Immersing students in the S.T.E.M./S.T.R.E.A.M. curriculum in an engaging manner is crucial in developing a passion for the Maths and Sciences. S.T.E.M./S.T.R.E.A.M. curriculum incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, as well as Religion and the Arts, into students' learning. St. John's S.T.R.E.A.M. Academies are after-school, enrichment clubs designed to promote this curriculum.
Based on "Caine's Arcade," this course invites students to design and build fun and engaging arcade games made from cardboard, recycled materials, and imagination. The games are then shared with the school community to help raise awareness and funds for a charity of the students' choice. The program incorporates “The 4 C's” (creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking) into this program and is entirely 100% dedicated to allowing students to develop these skills. Generally grades 4 to 6.
Create a Cake:
In this beginner decorating class students will learn basic cake decorating techniques using the tools of a real baker. Students will learn how to frost a cake and a cupcake, create a border on the edge of a cake, create decorations and even write their own message. Generally grades 5 to 7.
Ignite the Power of Art:
Students will explore and study the positive messages conveyed through art and music in our culture and zero in on having a powerful voice of Social Justice in their own artwork. Generally grades 6 to 8.
Participants are challenged to identify a need or solve a problem using the same procedures an inventor would follow. This Academy culminates in a "Shark Tank"-like presentation where students will market and advertise their new invention. Generally grades 3 to 4.
Students will learn about food preparation, origins of food, and healthy food choices. This favorite Academy combines math, science, and a love for cooking! Generally grades 3 to 5.
LEGO bricks turn numbers, words, and ideas into real models that can be touched, described, and innovated! Each week, the students will undertake a design challenge connected to cross-curricular topics. . At the end of the program, all students will go home with a Lego creation of their own! Generally grades 1 to 3.
Students will learn about nutrition, food groups, measuring, the science behind cooking, and age appropriate cooking skills. All of the yummy treats that students prepare will be enjoyed at the end of the class! **Please notify the instructors ahead of time regarding any food allergies.** Generally Pre-K and Kindergarten
PEAP: Fairytale Adventures:
Come to the rescue of your favorite fairytale characters. This Academy course adapts the engineering design process to meet the needs of our favorite fairytale characters! Students will problem solve, generate design proposals, collaborate, and make connections to the enchantment of engineering. Generally grades PreK to 2.
A VEX Robotics design course, offering students an exciting platform for learning about areas rich with career opportunities spanning science, technology, engineering, and math! This program encourages teamwork, leadership, and problem solving among student design teams. Generally grades 6 to 8.
Meet famous artists throughout history and their most notable pieces of art. Using various mediums and techniques, embrace your inner artist and recreate versions of some of these famous pieces of artwork. Generally grades 1 to 3.
Working in groups, students of all abilities collaborate to solve challenging Math word problems. They experience new mathematical concepts and develop major strategies and flexible approaches for problem solving, while stimulating an enthusiasm and love for Mathematics. The program strengthens Mathematical intuition and fosters creativity and ingenuity. Ultimately, students experience satisfaction, joy, and the thrill of meeting challenges! Generally grades 5 to 6.
Crunch ‘n Munch Math Program:
Crunch ‘n Munch Math is a program designed by our math department to immerse students in mathematics in an inviting setting. Held after-school, students “munch on snacks” as they “crunch numbers” in the company of their math teacher.
The program provides remediation to those who may be temporarily struggling on a concept and enrichment for those who have mastered a given topic. The underlying philosophy of the program is to stretch each student’s understanding and skills to the next level.
Students who regularly attend Crunch ‘n Munch report they have a stronger understanding of the curriculum and tend to achieve better results. Crunch ‘n Munch is generally offered three days a week. Please refer to your child's math teacher's webpage for the most up-to-date weekly listing of the Crunch ‘n Munch schedule.
Crunch ‘n Munch is generally offered several times a week. Please refer to your child's math teacher's webpage for the most up-to-date weekly listing of after-school assistance through the Crunch ‘n Munch program. Generally grades 4 to 8.
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