Valley City’s New Afterschool Program Engages 29 Students In STEAM

We’re excited to announce that Valley City has opened a new SEEC meaningful-out-of-school-time program at Washington Elementary! Located in the school’s library, the program is equipped with enough staff to engage with 29 students (currently 10 4th graders, 9 5th graders, and 10 6th graders) in STEAM-related activities and projects!

Jessica Sanden, a library media specialist and head of the STEAM Afterschool Program, shared her passion for the importance of STEAM and how that she wanted to create a program that allows students to push themselves and their peers.

“Parents have been very excited for Washington school to have a program like this. There are so many programs out there that help students who struggle, but not as many in our school that push students to go above and beyond the norm.”

What is planned for these students? Well, each month Sanden plans to focus on a different STEAM theme:

  • January- Coding
    • We will work with Spheros, Ozobots, and Little Bit kits. At the end of the month, the STEAM team will create a Sphero carnival for the whole school
  • February- Arts in STEAM
    • We will work with 3D pens, Little Bit kits, Makey Makey, iMovie, and a field trips to VCSU art department and VCHS art departments. At the end of the month, the students will create a Claymation project.
  • March- Robotics
    • We will work with Lego robotics and Little Bit Kits.
  • April- Drones
    • We will learn how to fly drones and take pictures for Valley City businesses.
  • May- Escape Room
    • We will work with breakout boxes, little bit kits, and possibly create our own breakout boxes for the school.

This program is part of the SEEC’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21CCLC) grant through the ND Department of Public Instruction. Sheila Kriewald, SEEC’s 21CCLC Rural Site Coordinator worked with Sanden to get things up and running and she hopes to be able to extend the program to Jefferson Elementary school next year!

“Shelia has been AMAZING in helping me get things up and running. She is always so quick to respond to any questions I have and is simply so easy to talk to. I can’t possibly think of anyone I would have rather have helped me get the ball rolling!” said Sanden.

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