Announcing Media Lab Afterschool Clubs 2016

The Nerd Battalion

For: Grades 2-6 by invitation
Begins: October 3
The Nerd Battalion is our student IT support, learning new and advancing technology. Sessions this year will focus on keyboards, memory, identity theft, and RFID. Nerds began meeting this Monday and will meet alternating Mondays from 2:45-4:00 Media Lab.

Dragon Tag Programming Club

For: Grades 4-6 ONLINE SIGN UP FORM FOR DRAGON TAG PROGRAMMING
Begins: Monday, Oct. 17
Programming club will be learning Code.org’s K-8 Intro to Computer Science. Students will be learning how the Internet works, basic computer programming, logic, problem solving and creativity. The course features puzzles, video lectures by Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat, as well as familiar characters from popular games Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies. Using a blended learning model, your children are learning with a mix of online, self-guided activities and “unplugged” activities that use no computer at all. We will meet through 2:45 to 4:00 on alternate Mondays in the media lab beginning October 17. Special thanks to our coach and mentor Anna Wagenhofer and programmers from FedEx programmers Tommy Moran and Sam Arnone.  A reminder system is set up through Remind.

 

Take Action Club

For: Grades 3-6 ONLINE SIGNUP FORM FOR TAKE ACTION CLUB
Begins: Wednesday, October 19
The Take Action Service Learning club will be part of the We Schools program and include a full calendar of action campaign ideas. Students will gain an understanding of the root causes of pressing issues like hunger, poverty and lack of education, and explore what they can do to help. They also plan at least one local and one global action to improve their community and the world. The club is limited to 18 students. We will meet the alternating Wednesdays each month from 2:45 to 4:00 pm in the Media Lab beginning October 19. Special thanks to our coach and mentor Sara McMillen. A reminder will be sent home the Monday before with instructions to sign up or send in a permission form using REMIND.

Future Engineers Club

For: Grades 3-6 ONLINE SIGNUP FOR FUTURE ENGINEERS CLUB
Begins: Thursday, October 20 in the Media Lab
The Future Engineers club will be preparing to take part in the next Future Engineers competition. We will learn about Computer Animated Design (CAD) software using the online software TinkerCAD. We will also be learning about the International Space Station and their 3-D printers. Our task will be to solve a particular problem the astronauts are facing by designing an object that can be printed on the space station. The club is limited to 18 students in grades 3-6. We will meet the alternating Thursdays each month from 2:45 to 4:00 pm in the Media Lab beginning October 18. Special thank you to coach and mentor Sara McMillen! A reminder will be sent home the Monday before with instructions to sign up or send in a permission form using REMIND.

BACS Robotics Club

For Grades 3-6 ONLINE SIGNUP FOR ROBOTICS CLUB
Begins: Wednesday, October 12
The Baden Academy Robotics club will be preparing 16 different robots to invade K-1 classrooms on April Fools Day (celebrated Monday, April 3). We will learn about Lego Mindstorm and Groma Robots, how to build, program and troubleshoot operations, and some creativity in scripting and rehearsing an effective fun invasion. The club is limited to 18 students in grades 3-6. We will meet the alternating Wednesdays each month from 2:45 to 4:00 pm in the Media Lab beginning October 12. Welcome and thank you to mentor and coach Gina Tennerelli, Alpha Providence School Innovation Lab Director. A reminder will be sent home the Monday before with instructions to sign up or send in a permission form using REMIND.

Future City

For: 6th grade only SIGN UP ONLINE TO JOIN THE FUTURE CITY COMPETITION TEAM
Begins: Tuesday, October 11 (competition is Saturday Jan 23 at the Science Center)
The Future City Competition Team is open to any 6th grade student at Baden Academy. We will meet weekly to get ready to compete in the Saturday, January 23 Future City Competition at the Carnegie Science Center.  We will learn engineering concepts as we try to design creative public spaces in a future city.  We need to do research then build our solutions in the virtual SIM City and build our solutions in a real model out of recycled materials.  Shout out to coach and mentor Brenden Finn and thank you to Miss Iorfido for working on the essay portion of the competition in class time.  We will meet every Tuesday from 2:45 to 4:00 pm in the Media Lab until the competition on Saturday, January 23.

TED-Ed Club

For: Grades 4-6 by invitation
Begins: Friday, Oct 28
The TED-Ed Club supports students in discovering, exploring and presenting their big ideas in the form of short, TED-style talks. Meetings will be when school is out of session and memorized talks will be presented on Monday, February 20 at 12:30.

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