Spring 2021

  •  Spring 2021 After School Experience

    April 12 - May 27

     

    Explore, Create, Innovate - experience and learn through fun, hands-on programs! 

    The Downingtown Community Education Foundation wants to inspire all children to learn, grow and reach their potential.  Our mission is to enhance and enrich the education of all students through programs that support innovative and forward-thinking educational opportunities. We are pleased to work with the outstanding teachers in the Downingtown Area School District to provide these programs that engage students and encourage them to combine technical knowledge and skills with creativity.

     
    Some classes are In-Person and some are Virtual.   Choose the one that suits your child and family the best.   All programs meet once a week from 3:30-5:30pm. 

     

    IN-PERSON grades 1&2:

    ANIMAL ADVENTURES - Farm Animals:  (grades 1&2) Focus on ELA skills - reading, comprehension, research, presentation and writing while learning about animals, insects and habitats.

    CODING:  (grades 1&2)  Many of our daily activities involve devices that employ programs created by software developers. In coding, students will develop their problem solving and thinking skills as they learn the concepts of computer coding which can then be used to create their own games and art. Students will participate in unplugged activities as well as self-paced activities. 

    COOKING UP SCIENCE: (grades 1&2) Students will learn about the different properties of matter - solids, liquids and gases. Experiments will teach them about the surface tension of water, hydrophilic and hydrophobic substances, how gases behave, creating solids from liquids and non-Newtonian fluids.  They will also learn some civil engineering as well as participate in some design challenges.

    FINCH ROBOTICS: (grades 1&2)  The Finch Robot is an all-in-one bot that comes with leveled programming. Programs include different levels to guide your students through the experience of learning to code and build.   

    OZOBOTS: (grades 1&2) Students will participate in a design thinking challenge that is grade appropriate. They will collaborate and create like an innovator by employing creative problem-solving skills and code the Ozobot. they will employ the engineering design process to identify challenges, gather information, generate potential solutions, refine ideas, and test solutions.

    IN-PERSON grades 3-5:

    CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY: (grades 3-5)  Create your own music, videos, films.  Learning the building blocks of verses, chorus, and bridges from songs you know will help you to create music of your own. Using iPads students will learn to create beats, arrange tracks, and record vocals. They’ll learn chord structure, drum beats, and song composition so they can open up new ways to convey themes and ideas in their music storytelling.  Using the iPad camera and iMovie, students will learn about composition, lighting, camera angles, pacing, and how to establish setting to construct strong narratives through documentaries, live events, and short films.

    FILM MAKING WITH THE iPAD: (grades 3-5) Students will use digital media to create a book trailer of one of their favorite chapter books. They will create a script with images and use iMovie to produce a final product. 

    FORENSICS:  (grades 3-5)   Explore the science of forensics. Learn how to fingerprint, analyze handwriting, spot the difference between real and counterfeit money, collect evidence, and solve a mystery.   

    HUMMINGBIRD ROBOTICS:  (grades 3-5) Using components such as light, sound, rotary sensors, servos, and gear motors, along with your imagination and craft materials, create and learn to program a robot. Students can take a Hummingbird course as many times as they like and make something completely different with different levels of complexity each time as they master programming and engineering skills.     

    LEGO ROBOTICS:  (grades 3-5) Build LEGO robots using Mindstorm EV3.  Use software to plan, test and modify your robot's behavior.

    PROGRAMMING WITH SCRATCH:  (grades 3-5) The ability to code computer programs is an important part of literacy in today’s society. When students learn to code in Scratch, they learn important strategies for solving problems, designing projects, and communicating ideas.  
     

     REGISTRATION NOW - click on school name to register for in-person class at that school

    Not all programs are offered at each school - program offerings are based on teacher availability.  
     
    Fees for 2 hour virtual classes:       $155class          $75/class for students eligible for or participating in Free & Reduced Lunch program
     
    Fees increase $10 March 22nd  
    10% sibling discount will be taken at end of registration - make sure to register all siblings at the same time.
     
     
    VIRTUAL CLASSES: 

     VIRTUAL grades 1&2 - 90 minute class (3:30-5pm)

    ANIMAL ADVENTURES - Farm Animals:  (grades 1&2) Focus on ELA skills - reading, comprehension, research, presentation and writing while learning about animals, insects and habitats.

    CODING:  (Tuesdays)  Many of our daily activities involve devices that employ programs created by software developers. In coding, students will develop their problem solving and thinking skills as they learn the concepts of computer coding which can then be used to create their own games and art. Students will participate in unplugged activities as well as self-paced activities. 

    MATH MAGIC:  (Thursdays)  Students will apply concepts that support and extend their current grade level standards and content. From number bonds, to deductive reasoning, children will solve problems, apply skills and engage in activities that will enrich their mind and cultivate curiosity. 

     

    VIRTUAL grades 3-5 -(3:30 - 5:30pm)

    PROGRAMMING WITH SCRATCH:  (choose from Mondays or Tuesdays Learn computer science and create your own art, stories and games using logic and the programming language, SCRATCH.  According to Steve Jobs, …”everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.” 

     

    click here to register  Virtual Spring 2021

     
    Fees: 90 minute virtual classes:  $100class          $50/class for students eligible or participating in Free & Reduced Lunch program
    Fees: 2 hour virtual classes:       $140class          $70/class for students eligible or participating in Free & Reduced Lunch program
     
    Fees increase $10 March 29th
    10% sibling discount will be taken at end of registration - make sure to register all siblings at the same time.
     
    The Downingtown Community Education Foundation is committed to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to participate in "The Experience".   Scholarships are available - please contact Jackie Fenn   jfenn@dcedf.org 
     

    Please consider increasing your registration payment for this session as a tax deductible donation to support our scholarship efforts.  Just $10 or $20 can make a difference! 

    A minimum enrollment of 7 is required for a class to run. Full refunds are issued for programs cancelled by DCEF.  Refunds will be given up to one week prior to the start of the session minus $10 administrative fee.  Credit toward another program session will be given for withdrawals after the start of the program session - no refunds.  
    Parents are responsible for to picking up children on time - transportation is not provided.  (parents will be charged $5.00 for every 10 minutes beyond the end of the class.)