After-School Engineering and Design
Litchfield Community Center
Robotics & Beyond of New Milford will lead this 5-week series which enables students to explore a variety of topics in STEM and design. Each week will include an engineering design challenge or topic in physics, mechanics or energy. This is a screen-free program; all topics are hands-on and focused on problem solving, learning new skills, concepts and vocabulary, and interaction with peers. Sign up at www.roboticsandbeyond.org.
Grades 4-6, $75, Tuesdays, 4:00-5:15p: 10/8, 15, 22, 29, 11/5 (11/12 make-up)
Grades 2-3, $75, Thursdays, 4:00-5:15p: 10/3, 10, 17, 11/7, 11/14 (11/21 make-up)
LEF has provided a 50% subsidy to defer costs. Transportation provided by bus from Litchfield Public Schools (except 10/10) but open to all area students. Financial aid also available.
Litchfield Intermediate School
Litchfield Public Schools and the Litchfield Education Foundation have partnered with Connecticut Kids Play Chess, Inc., (CKPCI) one of the largest chess teaching organizations in Connecticut, to run the program. The program is open to all students at the Litchfield Intermediate School, Grades 4 through 6.
Dates: Mondays from 3:30 to 4:30 PM: 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/18, 11/25
Cost: $70 for the eight week session (LEF has provided a 50% subsidy to defer costs, financial aid also available).
Questions not addressed here: Contact Glenn Budzinski by email: “CTKidsPlayChess@gmail.com”
Girls Robotics Team
Litchfield Middle School
The idea behind competitive robotics is to bring the excitement and energy our culture has for sports and bring it to STEM. The competitive aspect motivates students to learn about engineering design and computer programming. But like in sports, it’s not really whether they win or lose. The program is really about team building along with learning some very valuable tech skills.
The middle school girls robotics team will compete in the VEX Robotics Challenge. VEX Robotics is a world-wide competitive robotics event. The students on the team will design, build, and program a robot that will accomplish the various tasks within the competition game.
The team will meet once a week starting in October-March. (LEF has funded 100% of program costs).
Contact Chris Thompson for additional information: Email: Phone: 860-805-3911
1/2 Day Cursive Club
Litchfield Historical Society
Reading and writing in cursive is a valuable fundamental skill for students. Recent studies reported in the Washington Post and New York Times have highlighted the benefits of proficiency in cursive writing. According to the studies, the ability to join letters in a continuous flow improves retention and comprehension because of it requires student to process information and reform it in their own words as they put pen to paper.
The Litchfield Historical Society’s Cursive Club program will support literacy by instructing students in both reading and writing in cursive. Using the Society’s extensive collection of handwritten historical documents, the Cursive Club program will utilize games and activities that develop fine motor skills, observational skills, and research skills.
Litchfield Public Schools Half Days, 1:30p-2:30p. Open to students in grades 4-6. Transportation from LPS is provided but open to all area students.
Registration is required. Visit www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org to sign up.
1/2 Day Animals Explorer's Club
Oliver Wolcott Library
The Animal Explorer’s Club will present a variety of experts throughout the state including Riverside Reptiles, Horizon Wings Raptor Rehabilitation and Education, White Memorial, Christine’s Critters, the Children’s Museum, and Animal Embassy. These enriching and engaging programs for students support the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) which encourages students to “be inspired and enabled to continue to learn about science outside school” by offering them an opportunity to learn new life science concepts and skills and the chance to see wild animals up close.
Litchfield Public Schools Half-Days, 1:30p-2:30p. Open to students in grades K-3. Transportation from LPS is provided but open to all area students.
Registration is required. Visit www.owlibrary.org to sign up.