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  • Afterschool Chess Club with Russ Erickson and Sophorn Phang

    Why join chess club?  In a series of studies, students who learn to play chess demonstrate improvement in math and science test scores, enhanced reading performance, increased motivation and school achievement, improve memory skills, enhance independence, and use their imagination and creativity more.  And most of all, the game is fun and challenging!
  • Java Minecraft Modding: Super-Tool, with Computer Explorers

    New Class! Create a custom Super-tool. Learn and use elements of Java coding to create a Minecraft Mod. Students will create a set of tools and weapons, as well as combine the functions of the tools into one super-tool. Students should be comfortable with keyboarding, and of course playing Minecraft! At the end of class, take home your Mods to share with family and friends. Bring a nut-free snack, drink and a USB drive to class; or, we can email the games directly to parents upon request.*CEC (Community Education Center) is at 2575 West 88th St, Bloomington. Enter north side of building, 2nd floor.
  • Junior Robotics

    For Grades 1 - 5Learn 21st Century Robotics!Robotics programs are certainly our most challenging, unique and instructive courses for 1st grade through 5th grade. The Youth Enrichment League uses the newest components and software available in Junior Robotics. In each class students design, build, program, test and modify different robots to complete assigned tasks and compete in challenges.As the course progresses, projects and challenges become more complex. Students build on the concepts and designs they have tried in the previous class and they use process and reasoning to improve their robots. The final projects are challenging for even the most dedicated roboteer!Students work in teams of 2-4 with each team member covering different tasks each day. Teamwork is a huge component of these courses. Teams that work together succeed. Those that don’t work together have difficulty completing the tasks.This class is comprehensive, fun and as in depth as students would like to get!
  • Outdoor Nature Explorers

    Explore the wonders of nature right outside your school! We will look for signs of animals, the changing plants, weather, and anything outside! Dress appropriately for the weather each day. Rain or snow or sunshine, we'll venture out. In the case of extreme weather, we will enjoy an indoor nature activity.
  • Robotic Builders: Battlebots, with Computer Explorers

    Grades 3-6  Completely New Builds! Let the battles begin! Designed by the experts at MIT, LEGO® Wedo Robotics' unique system teaches students about simple machines, engineering, programming and so much more. In this camp, students will construct a Catapult, Ninja Star, Tank  Battle Axe, Crossbow, Battering Ram, and Fighter Plane and more!LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site or program.* CEC (Community Education Campus) is at 2575 West 88th St, Bloomington. Enter north side of building, 2nd floor.
  • STEM Club Junior with Engineering for Kids - 2nd Session

    Grades K-3  The Engineering for Kids Junior STEM Club introduces student to a new, hands-on, STEM learning lesson every week from various engineering disciplines. For each lesson, students focus on developing problem solving, critical thinking and peer collaboration skills. These life skills provide students with the confidence to approach challenges in their lives and realize that they can succeed.Individual lessons don't build on previous lessons, so kids can register for a whole session or choose which classes they want to attend:Week 1:  Mechanical Engineering - Buzzers - Students will create a fantastic buzzing, spinning toy during this session. They will learn that vibrations often create a noise. In this case, the vibrations between a rubber band and index card make a silly, buzzing noise sure to elicit giggles.Week 2:  Chemical Engineering - Foaming Fun - Foam can have properties of both a liquid and solid. During this lesson, students will create and investigate different solutions of foam and analyze their properties. Prepare to make a mess!Week 3:  Civil Engineering - Over the River - During this lesson, students will examine attributes of two types of bridges--beam and truss. Students will attempt to build a strong truss bridge using some delicious materials! During the lesson extension, students will take the bridges they created in the previous lesson and test their strength..Week 4:  Marine Engineering - Flow-N-Go Boats - Students discover how Newton's laws can help us create inventive designs in this lesson. Students work to design their very own gravity-powered boat that uses water as the fuel. In the extension, students discuss scale and work to create a smaller version of the same boat for a smaller passenger.
  • STEM Club with Engineering for Kids - 2nd Session

    Grades 3-6  The Engineering for Kids STEM Club introduces student to a new, hands-on, STEM learning lesson every week from various engineering disciplines. For each lesson, students focus on developing problem solving, critical thinking and peer collaboration skills. These life skills provide students with the confidence to approach challenges in their lives and realize that they can succeed.Individual lessons don't build on previous lessons, so kids can register for a whole session or choose which classes they want to attend:Week 1:  Mechanical Engineering - Coasters - Students will use knowledge of motion and forces to successfully construct a functioning roller coaster track. Collaboration will also be an important factor in this small group activity. Students will learn that in the workplace engineers usually work in groups or teams on a project.Week 2:  Environmental Engineering - Natural Filtration - Students will engineer their own design for a water filtration system while learning about the water cycle.Week 3:  Aerospace Engineering - Straw Rockets - Students will have the ability to design their own pneumatically-driven rocket, and the fins that stabilize the flight of the rocket. They will also learn how launch angles, mass, and fin design all have an effect on total flight distance.Week 4:  Electrical Engineering - Flashlight Builder - During this lesson, students will get to test their knowledge on circuit building. The students will be building flashlights out of a disposable water bottle. By the end of this lesson, students will have a very firm understanding of how an electrical circuit works.
  • Wizards of Chess, Chess Club

    Gr K-5  Join us right after school in learning this National Award Winning Program for chess club! Learning the game of chess promotes imagination, creativity, develops memory, teaches independence, inspires self-motivation, and develops a logical way of thinking. Students of all levels are welcome. Yes, even if your student does not know how to play, we will teach them! Each session is filled with different material, and all learning is done with encouragement and fun on an individual personal level! All in-class equipment and a snack is provided. Make new friends and see old ones!*No Class DATES:  Mon, Dec 18, 25; Jan 1, 15,  --Tues, Dec 19, 26 -- Wed, Nov 22; Dec 20, 27 -- Fri, Nov 24; Dec 22, 29