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Monday, April 27, 2015

Design It! Afterschool Engineering Program from Rutgers 4-H and NJ SACC - Now Enrolling for 2015-2016 - due June 12

Now enrolling afterschool sites for the 2015-2016 school year.

Enrollment Form (274k PDF)
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Enrollment form and payment due June 12, 2015.

Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development and the New Jersey School-Age Care Coalition (NJSACC), The Network for New Jersey's Afterschool Communities, are proud to offer Design It!, an engaging, inquiry based, and fun STEM program designed specifically for afterschool. This comprehensive and high-quality program was developed by the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) in Boston and the National Partnerships for After School Science (NPASS) through support of the National Science Foundation.

Rutgers 4-H and NJSACC will provide the following to school and community based afterschool organizations who enroll by June 12.

  1. materials kits
  2. curricula guides
  3. professional development
  4. ongoing support

This is a full-year program that includes six engineering projects. Each of the six projects lasts approximately one month, with youth meeting in their "Junior Engineer" club once a week for the duration of the program. Selected Design It! projects for 2015-2016 include – Balls and Tracks, Gliders, Paper Bridges, Rubber Band-Powered Cars, Straw Rockets, and Trebuchets. Youth work in teams to design their project, test it, and make adjustments – repeating the process as they try to optimize their design.

Click here to read more.