After School Programs
Register Now! Click on your school for registration linkThe 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.The "Experience" is afterschool enrichment programs for DASD students in elementary - middle school. Winter session begins the week of January 14th and runs through March 1st. The exact schedule depends on school closings due to holidays and/or weather. Elementary and 6th Grade Center programs run from 3:30-5:30pm. Middle school programs run from 2:45-4:45
Explore, Create, Innovate - experience and learn through fun, hands-on programs!
ELEMENTARY:ROBOTICS (grades 1&2)Finch 1.0The Finch robot is an all-in-one bot that comes with leveled programming. The software starts at Level 1 with simple blocks and pictures and levels up to Level 4 allowing for more complex coding and variables. The After School Experience includes different levels to guide your students through the experience of learning to code and build. Due to the diverse nature of the Finch bot and software, we highly recommend students take courses more than once to master all the skills of each level.FORENSICS (grades 2-5)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.COOKING UP SCIENCE (grades 2-5)Experience the fun of learning science and math concepts with food. Find out what happens when you combine liquids, how to make raisins dance. Create a "fruit battery", build a lava lamp while learning electricity, chemical changes and more new experiments.CODING (grades 3-5)Many of our daily activities involve devices that employ programs created by software developers. In Coding, students will develop their problem-solving and thinking skill as they learn the concepts of computer coding which can then be used to create their own games and art.CODING (grades 1&2)Many of our daily activities involve devices that employ programs created by software developers. In Coding for grades 1&2, students will begin to develop their problem-solving and thinking skill as they learn the concepts of computer coding.CODING (grades 3-5)Many of our daily activities involve devices that employ programs created by software developers. In Coding, students will develop their problem-solving and thinking skill as they learn the concepts of computer coding which can then be used to create their own games and art.KEYBOARDING (grades 3-5)Creating a product using computers is a part of everyday life for many students and parents. Using a web-based Keyboarding program, students will learn to touch-type by completing lessons and gaming activities that will develop their keyboarding skills. The program follows the keyboarding standards set by the National Business Education Association.ROBOTICS (grades 3-5)Hummingbird 1.0 & 2.0The Hummingbird Circuit Board is a versatile robotic component that allows students to build their own robot using recycled materials, the engineering process, and a lot of creativity. The circuit board comes with a variety of components such as different sensors, motors, and lights. Our programs give students the ability to learn about the different components and the basics of building, creating, and engineering. Due to the diverse nature of the Hummingbird bot and its components, we highly recommend students take courses more than once to master all the skills at each level.STOP MOTION FILM MAKING (grades 3-5)Stop Motion is a filming technique in which objects (such as clay models or lego figures) are photographed in a series of slightly different positions so that the objects seem to move. Create a story board, choose sets, characters and effects to create your own movie.
MC6 and MIDDLE SCHOOLS:PROGRAMMING WITH FINCH (MC6, DMS & LMS)The Finch is a small robot designed to inspire and challenge students learning computer science by providing them a tangible and physical representation of their code. The Finch has support for over a dozen programming languages, including environments appropriate for students elementary through college!LEGO ROBOTICS (MC6)Build LEGO robots and use software to plan, test and modify your robot's behavior.ROCKETRY BASICS (LMS)Rocketry Basics is the first in a series of rocketry based engineering courses. This fun course has a significant academic content. The last day of the course will be launch day where students will launch the rocket they have built. Students will receive a certificate of completion and a grade for the course. They will get to keep the rocket they built and flew in class. Successful completion of this course is required for students to participate in the higher level rocketry courses in this series.FILM MAKING (DMS)Learn the basic structure of film (shots, angles, lighting, music, etc.) and use their ipads and iMovie to shoot and edit a movie based on scripts developed from popular children’s stories. Students will engage in acting techniques in order to serve as characters in the movie.To register click here: Winter 2019 ExperienceNot all programs are offered at each school - program offerings are based on teacher availability. (We try to make sure that all programs are offered at least once at each school.)Use the Filter section on the left side of the registration page, select "Pennsylvania" from the drop down, and then select your child's school to see what is offered at your child's school. Update your child's current grade to make sure you can select the appropriate class.Fees: $150/class $75/class for students eligible for or participating in Free & Reduced Lunch program10% 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 email@example.com
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.)