Full S.T.E.A.M Ahead: WSC’s New Comprehensive Science and Media After School Program

posted Oct 2, 2014, 8:04 AM by Suzannah Ohring   [ updated Oct 2, 2014, 8:05 AM ]

West Side Collaborative’s new full-time on-site after school program is underway!  

As a part of our participation in Mayor de Blasio’s School’s Out New York City  (SONYC) after school initiative we are pleased to provide a new  free full-time on-site after school program.  A collaboration of WSC and City Parks Foundation, after school classes will include environmental science learning, photography, stop motion animation, videography, homework help and weekly field trips.  It is WSC’s interpretation of S.T.E.A.M education:  Science, Technology, Environment, Arts and Media.   Students are engaged in authentic, hands-on and project-based activities that allow freedom for student voice and choice, with an emphasis on the scientific-process.

The four components of the program include:

1. Homework Help/ Academic Intervention.  Students receive 1:1 and small group academic support four days a week.

2. Science Learning.  Students participate in an environmental science club of their choice two days a week.  Themes are developed based on student interest and needs, for example, Urban Wildlife, Forest Ecology and River Ecology.  The program is aligned with the WSC science program.  

3. Media Arts and Technology.  Students participate in a media arts club of their choice two days a week.  Clubs provide an engaging environment where students can learn photography, videography or stop-motion animation.  Media projects focus on documenting or advocating for the natural world and environment.

4. Service Learning.  On Fridays, students visit public parklands within a 30 minute commute from the school.  These fieldtrips focus on weekly leadership, community engagement and physical activities.  A visit to nearby Central Park, for example, might include hiking and a wildlife survey.  A trip to the Hudson River might include a shoreline cleanup, water quality testing and canoeing.  Parents are invited to join fieldtrips.

In addition, on three Saturday mornings throughout the year, families are invited to come together for a community breakfast, hands-on science and service learning activities.  The after school program is open to current students.  Please contact Ms. McClaire, parent coordinator, to inquire about enrollment.