145 Palisade Street, Suite 2S, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522 | 914-274-8364

BEDFORD ROAD SCHOOL / PLEASANTVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL

FALL, 2017 STEAM AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT

REGISTRATION OPENS 12 NOON FRIDAY, 9/8

 

INTRO TO CODING with SCRATCH

 

TUESDAY  |   10 weeks  |  3 – 4 PM
Grades 1 – 3  |  $230

In this class, students will be introduced to logic of coding and programming through SCRATCH, the coding language developed by M.I.T. for children Through use of a graphical, drag and drop interface, students learn how to create simple programs that are fun, animated and personalized. We follow the Creative Computing curriculum introduced by Harvard Graduate School of Education. Each class contains a separate lesson in Scratch and students can share their work with their families at the end of class.   

Class dates: 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12 Make-up: 12/19

MAKERSPACE EXPLORATION

TUESDAY  |  10 weeks  |  3 – 4 PM
Grades 1 – 2  |  $250

This class embraces the “Maker” theme that has inspired maker spaces around the world as well as the Maker Fair.  Maker classes are where kids create their own working models, games and gadgets using raw and recycled materials and basic engineering and technology. NOTES: Involves cooperation with others, following safety instructions, use of multiple materials and the ability to focus on a project for the length of the class.  

Class Dates: 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12 Make-up: 12/19

PROGRAMMING with TYNKER (Gr. 3-4)

TUESDAY| 10 weeks | 3 – 4 PM
Grades 3 – 4 | $230

This class uses the TYNKER platform to introduce concepts of programming to students in scaffolded interactive sessions that allow students to gauge their individual progress through the lessons. The curriculum is developed by Tynker itself and provides an engaging way to develop programming skills in a creative mode, i.e., students follow lessons and then create games to demonstrate the programming concepts. The instructor introduces programming concepts and then assists students in achieving their individual goals. NOTE: TYNKER is a subscription based program. Students will be provided access to the program for use for the duration of the class. At conclusion, access to the program can be obtained through https://www.tynker.com/.  

Class dates: 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5, 12/12 Make-up: 12/19

MATH SOLUTION SEEKERS (Gr. 1-2)

WEDNESDAY | 10 weeks | 3 – 4 PM
Grades 1-2 | $250

A program designed to provide mathematics enrichment through hands-on, creative learning exercises and projects. Innovative games, projects and life-size puzzles build core math skills while kids build some fun, slightly outrageous projects. Activities include board games, life-sized dominoes, giant tic-tac-toe, musical math and a human clock.  

Class dates: 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6Make-up: 12/13

SCRATCH II

WEDNESDAY | 10 weeks | 3 – 4 PM
Grades 2 – 4 | $230

Prerequisite: This class is designed for students who have already taken the Introduction to SCRATCH class, or have had experience learning SCRATCH basics in some other setting. Students explore more capabilities and programming options as they work on weekly challenges, creating more complex animations, interactive stories, and simple games.  

Class Dates: 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6 Make-up: 12/13

MAKERSPACE SOLUTIONS

WEDNESDAY | 10 weeks | 3 – 4 PM  
Grades 3 – 4 | $250

This class embraces the “Maker” theme that has inspired maker spaces around the world as well as the Maker Fair.  Maker classes are where kids create their own working models, games and gadgets using raw and recycled materials and basic engineering and technology. Some projects involve using electrical circuits or a computer interface (such as creating a physical game that is hooked to a computer for scoring). NOTES: Involves cooperation with others, following safety instructions, working with a variety of  materials and the ability to focus on a project for the length of the class.  

Class Dates: 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6 Make-up: 12/13

 

RPG COMPUTER GAME DESIGN 

MONDAY | 10 weeks | 3:15 – 4:15 PM
Grades 5-8 | $230

RPG stands for “Role Playing Game,” which means that the player controls the actions and decisions of a character they bring to life, in a world they create. Many role-playing video games (i.e., Pokemon, Legend of Zelda, etc.) have been influenced by table-top classic RPG’s like Dungeons & Dragons. In this workshop class, students will learn how to use the game design program, RPG Maker, to make their own role-playing games while strategizing game theories, and challenging others in the class. There are no limits to the possibilities of expanding ideas to include in a RPG. Whether a student is a first-time game programmer or has previous experience, this class will excite and challenge anyone that has ever wanted to create and star in their own game world.

LOCATION: GEISER SCIENCE ROOM.

Class dates: MONDAYS 9/25, 10/2, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4  Make-up: 12/11

WEBCODING WORKSHOP

MONDAY | 10 weeks | 3:15 – 4:15 PM
Grades 5 – 8 | $230

Learn basic web coding skills and create a website of your own in this 8-session class that teaches fundamental web architecture, online tools for creating websites, and basic coding using HTML. The class covers how content is arranged in a website, basic site components and image management. It then moves on to creating pages from scratch using HTML in a simple editor.

Class dates: MONDAYS 9/25, 10/2, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4  Make-up: 12/11

VIDEO MAKERS  

WEDNESDAY | 10 weeks | 3:15 – 4:15 PM
Grades 5-8 | $230

Video Makers will explore a variety of techniques, including storyboarding, shooting, editing and animation (including Stop Motion). No prior experience required! The class will work individually and in groups to create short videos of their actions and test their techniques and learn new ones to make fluid, animated shorts that look as believable as possible. The instructor serves as the director and will work with the class step by step as their work becomes a polished production. Each student will produce one or more films that will can be uploaded and included in making their own video channels.

Class dates: WEDNESDAYS 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6 Make-up: 12/13

MINECRAFT CHALLENGE: ROMAN ARCHITECTURE

THURSDAY | 10 weeks | 3:15 – 4:15 PM
Grades 5 – 8 | $230

This class uses Minecraft as a learning platform to complete an architectural and urban planning challenge to build themed structures that are designed in advance. Class is held on computers and includes a non-computer component where students learn about classic Roman architecture, engineering and civilization and draw out their own design plans.  

Class dates: THURSDAYS 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/12 Make-up: 12/19

WOODWORKING SKILLSHOP      

THURSDAY | 10 weeks | 3:15 – 4:15 PM
Grades 5-8 | $270

This class is an introduction to the basics of woodworking. Class begins by developing an appreciation for wood itself; where wood comes from, what everyday materials are made from it, and how do trees live? How humans and trees interact? Students will learn basic tree identification and a greater understanding of trees as natural resources. Students then move into developing the skills necessary to work with wood, including: how to plan a project and measure wood, use of woodworking tools (hammer, saw, drill, etc), cutting and assembling a project, and sanding and finishing. Each student will complete a finished project (toolbox or art caddy) that they will keep.  

Class dates: THURSDAYS 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/6 Make-up: 12/13

 CREATIVE STORYTELLING: YOUNG NOVELISTS

THURSDAY | 10 weeks | 3:15 – 4:15 PM
Grades 5 – 8 | $230

The Young Novelists class allows writers to leap beyond the usual “kid’s short story.” In this class, we will build upon student ideas using brainstorming, story mapping, visuals, character arcs, and subplot development. All story outlining is done during class and the option to write at home is always encouraged but never required. This class can be sequenced to additional levels to allow serious writers to continually hone and share their skills. Students with an interest to write and share their work are encouraged to join this class.

Class dates: THURSDAYS 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30, 12/12 Make-up: 12/19

Procedure for Registering

  • Log-on: http://www.iocuriositas.org/register/pleasantville/
  • After deciding which class(es) you’re interested in, click on the “Register HERE!” button. NOTE: You will be taken to a different website (MindBody.com, a class and program management system) that is used to process your registration and payment information. You will see the “Curiositas” logo, as seen to the right.  You must create a Curiositas account in order to register. You will only need to do this once.
  • FOR THOSE REGISTERING FOR THE FIRST TIME:  Create your account by clicking on “Sign Up!” in the upper right-hand corner. Once you have signed up, be sure to “Add Family Member” for each child (using the child’s name, not yours) who might enroll in a class.  
  • Use your account to log-in. Once you are logged in, you can select your class(es) and register.  Payment information is due immediately.
  • Please see our FAQ’s page for answers to more detailed questions.
  • Note: If you have used the MindBody website for classes with another organization, you must first log out of that account, THEN click on the “Register HERE!” button.
  • ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE E-MAIL admin@iocuriositas.org or call 914-274-8364.

FAQ:

Q. Who may enroll in Pleasantville PTA STEAM After School Enrichment classes?
A. Students at the Pleasantville Middle School and Bedford Road School Grades 1-4.

Q: Do I need to pick up my child at regular dismissal time (2:55)?
A: No, we will walk students to their Pleasantville PTA STEAM class. BRS PTA STEAM classes start at 3:00, immediately following dismissal. PMS PTA STEAM classes start at 3:15.

Q. What time is pickup?
A. Students are dismissed from Pleasantville PTA STEAM classes at 4:00 (grades 1-4) and 4:15 p.m. (grades 5-8). Unfortunately the Pleasantville PTA STEAM program does not have the staff or facilities to care for your child after his or her designated pick-up time. Repeated failure to pick up your child on time may impact his or her ability to remain in the program and to sign up for future classes.  If your child attends the after-school program offered through the Panther Club, they will be taken there when their Pleasantville PTA STEAM class ends.

Q: How are the Pleasantville PTA STEAM classes related to the after-school program offered through the Pleasantville Recreation Department?
A: The two programs are completely separate. It is possible for a child to enroll in both the Recreation Department classes and the Pleasantville PTA STEAM classes; however, registration and payment are handled independently.

Q: What if school is cancelled on the day my child has a Pleasantville PTA STEAM class?
A: The Pleasantville PTA STEAM program follows the Pleasantville district calendar. If school or after-school activities are cancelled due to weather or other reasons, a make-up session will be provided. Our calendar allows for one class to be made up per session. In the event of multiple cancellations where no make-up class can be scheduled, families of registered students will be notified and receive a refund on a prorated basis.

Q: My child has to miss a day of his Pleasantville PTA STEAM classes. Can s/he make it up?
A: Make-up sessions will only be offered for days when the District cancels school or after-school activities.

Q: Where do students go for Pleasantville PTA STEAM classes?
A: Students will be instructed to meet at a designated location immediately following dismissal. An onsite administrator will walk students to their designated classrooms.

Q: Where do I pick up my child at the end of each Pleasantville PTA STEAM classes?
A: Students will be dismissed as per the information completed on the information form – Parent or guardian pickup, Panther Club or other pick-up (babysitter, carpool, etc.). Parents of registered students will be notified with specific instructions for this procedure.

Q: My child is registered for a Pleasantville PTA STEAM class but now needs to withdraw. Can I receive a refund?
A: All registrations are final. Withdrawals due to extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact admin@iocuriositas.org.

Q: How many Pleasantville PTA STEAM classes can my child register for?
A: As many as you want! Please note that registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis for all classes.

Q: I have a great idea for a course. Who should I contact with ideas?
A: The Pleasantville After School Enrichment advisory board always loves to hear good ideas. Contact BRSafterschoolenrichment@gmail.com or PMSafterschoolenrichment@gmail.com with any ideas.

Q:  I tried to register for a Pleasantville PTA STEAM class but it was sold out. What can I do?
A: Registration for Pleasantville PTA STEAM classes are on a first-come, first-served basis. Once a class is registered to capacity, all other applicants have the option to be placed on a waitlist.  If a space becomes available in any particular class, registrants will be notified in order of their place on the waitlist. If no response is received within 24 hours, the space in the class will be offered to the next person on the waitlist.  As we launch this program and are better able to gauge demand for courses, we will plan to continually monitor and improve the program.

Q: Can I register for Pleasantville PTA STEAM classes via email? 
A: Registration for Pleasantville PTA STEAM classes are made through the www.iocuriositas.org website. Email registrations will not be accepted. Registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Q: Can I register via phone for Pleasantville PTA STEAM classes?
Registration for Pleasantville PTA STEAM classes are made through the www.iocuriositas.org  website. If you do not have access to a computer and need to register, please call Curiositas at 914-274-8364 during business hours (Monday – Friday,9am-5pm). Registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Q: What date does registration close? 
A: Registration for Fall 2017 classes closes on MONDAY SEPTEMBER 18, 2017.  CLASSES BEGIN THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 25th.

Q: My child is currently taking a Pleasantville PTA STEAM class and needs to be picked up early – who do I notify?
A: If your child needs to be picked up from Pleasantville PTA STEAM early, please either email admin@iocuriositas.org OR call 914-274-8364 and leave a voicemail if nobody answers. You will receive confirmation that your message was received.

Q: My child cannot attend his/her Pleasantville PTA STEAM class, although he/she will be at school that day. Do I need to notify someone?
A: Yes! Please send in a note to your child’s teacher so that they are aware of the change of dismissal. Also, please either email admin@iocuriositas.org or call 914-274-8364 and leave a voicemail if nobody answers. You will receive confirmation that your message was received.

Contact Us

To contact Curiositas for more information about our after-school enrichment programs.

145 Palisade Street, Suite 2S, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

914-274-8364

admin@iocuriositas.org

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