77 Tarrytown Rd, White Plains, NY 10607 | 914-274-8364

PLEASANTVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL

SPRING, 2018 STEAM AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT

REGISTRATION OPENS SUNDAY MARCH 18th @ 12 NOON

 

 


 

ROBOTICS AND PROGRAMMING

MONDAY | 6 weeks | 3:15 – 4:30 PM
Grades 5-8 | $180

In this class, students learn how to program educational robotic devices on several different platforms. Students will be exposed to different programming interface for computing devices, creating commands to solve challenges and create interactive games. Each class begins with a programming challenge, to be solved by using Lego Robotics (and of course, engineering and design concepts). Students work individually, in teams, and as a group throughout the sessions as they seek inventive solutions and ultimately learn more about real-life physics, architecture, mechanical and structural engineering.

Class dates: MONDAYS 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/21, 6/4, 6/11. Make-up: 6/18.

NO CLASS: 5/28


FILM MAKING WORKSHOP: WRITING AND DIRECTING

TUESDAY | 6 weeks | 3:15 – 4:30 PM
Grades 5-8 | $180

In this class, students will learn how a short film is produced by a working film crew. By taking on roles of writer, director, actor, editor, etc., together the class will produce a film of their own. In each session, roles are rotated so that each student will have a hand playing a different role in the film. Students will learn how to prepare and set up a scene and how films are edited to achieve the final piece. Together the class will script the short film. The class will move to different settings (within the school grounds) based on the scene requirements. The final edited film will be uploaded and shared.  Note: No two film making classes are the same!  All experience levels welcome!

You can see the film the Fall PMS Film Class produced here:  https://vimeo.com/246331915

Class dates: TUESDAYS 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, 5/29, 6/5.  MAKE-UP DATE: 6/12


INTRO TO CODING with SCRATCH

 

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

CODING!! Everybody’s doing it!! 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: 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20. Make-up: 3/27. NO CLASS: 2/20


ACTING WITH ARC STAGES

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

Students discover the magic of Theatre with Arc Stages! Theatre games and acting exercises build technique and confidence on stage and off. Through creative exploration, including a vocal and physical warm up, fun in improvisational skills, truth in creating emotion, games and more! This interactive, theatrical experience promises to take you on a journey of all your senses filled with fun and learning challenges–a feast of the imagination!

Class dates: 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20. Make-up: 3/27. NO CLASS: 2/20


GAME DESIGN with SCRATCH (Gr. 2-4)

TUESDAY| 10 weeks | 3-4 PM
Grades 2 – 4 | $230

Students develop advance coding skills by designing simple video games and learning how to execute their plan using the SCRATCH coding interface. Both game and programming logic have to be considered to build a game worthy of playing and by doing so, students learn some of the basic principles of coding. Students will work on individual projects but will present their games for others to play. Prerequisite: Prior SCRATCH class or coding experience.

Class dates: 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20. Make-up: 3/27. NO CLASS: 2/20


PALEONTOLOGY (Gr. 1-2)

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

Designed for early elementary students, this class integrates investigations of living and extinct species through hands-on activities related to the science of paleontology. Students perform experiments in model excavation, create and examine fossils, and learn about survival and extinction of species. Students will learn how a hypothesis becomes a theory and how theories relate to our understanding of dinosaurs.

Class dates: 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21. Make-up: 3/28. NO CLASS: 2/21


MINECRAFT: ROMAN ARCHITECTURE

WEDNESDAY | 10 weeks | 3 – 4 PM
Grades 3 – 4 | $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: 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21. Make-up: 3/28. NO CLASS: 2/21


 NASA ENGINEERING

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

The Curious Engineer’s Lab is where we take on weekly challenges and work as engineers to solve them utilizing different STEM-based solution designs. Projects are solved using a collaborative, hands-on approach and are designed to encourage teams to work together to address major “real world” needs and issues. In the NASA Engineering unit, projects will focus on engineering and design innovation related to NASA missions. Aerospace engineering projects include principles of flight and design, technologies related to space exploration, robotics and more.

Class dates: 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21. Make-up: 3/28. NO CLASS: 2/21

 

 

 


 

Procedure for Registering

ALL PLEASANTVILLE PARENTS WILL NEED TO CREATE NEW REGISTRATION ACCOUNTS FOR THE 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR.

We are also using a different registration system, so all information will need to be entered at Registration. (Note: This new system will allow us to collect all information we need in a one-step process.)

  1. From https://www.iocuriositas.org/registration/pleasantvillle, click REGISTRATION. NOTE: You will be taken to a different website (jumbula.com, a class and program management system) that is used to process your registration and payment information. You must create a new account and enter information for each child participating in the program in order to register. You will only need to do this once.
  2. Once in the registration system, you will see the Curiositas – Pleasantville PTA logo and a list of classes being offered for Fall, 2017 for review. When you are ready, please click the “EXPRESS REGISTER” button found at the right of each class.
  3. At bottom right of the screen, please click REGISTER. With this system, you will be registering by class for each child.
  4. Select Participant / New Participant. NOTE:  This information will be added to your profile and saved for subsequent registrations.
  5. Complete Participant Information Form – the “Participant” is your child.
  6. Complete Waiver Form.
  7. From the Shopping Cart, you can continue to Checkout OR return to REGISTER to select programs for your next child / children. Previous items selected will remain in Shopping Cart.
  8. Continue to Checkout and pay with Credit Card. Return to REGISTER if you are signing up additional children.
  9. 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 Grades 5-8, 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 Winter 2018 classes closes on WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2017.

Q: When do Winter 2018 classes begin?
A: Classes begin the week of JANUARY 8, 2018.

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.

77 Tarrytown Road, Suite GNB, White Plains, NY 10607

914-274-8364

admin@iocuriositas.org

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