Learning After School

The fall 2019 session of Lower and Middle School After-School Clubs is off to an energetic start. After-School Clubs provide students with opportunities to learn and explore new interests while spending quality time with teachers and having fun with friends after school. Participating in After-School Clubs also helps students connect and collaborate across grades—they learn quite a bit from each other. So, what's in store for club participants this year? Here are just a few examples of how the RCDS learning experience is extending beyond the school day for Lower and Middle School students this fall:

Students in Grades 1 – 4 in the Minecraft Strategies club are utilizing collaborative strategies to build a sustainable world using the Minecraft program. This club provides opportunities to explore architectural and engineering concepts while applying logic-driven circuitry via Redstone to create simple machines.

Students in Grades 3 – 6 in the Sumo Bot Club & Competition are learning to design, build, and program a Sumo Bot using Lego Mindstorms EV3 components. Throughout the fall, students will collaborate to use robot structure, weight distribution, gear ratios, and sensors to create robots capable of pushing other robots out of game play ring. Competing teams will be from local schools, and competitions will have various skill levels. Go, Wildcats!

Students in Grades 4 – 7 are exploring all things airborne in Come Fly With Me, including learning the concepts of aviation and how to build things that fly, from world-record-holding paper airplanes to aero props.

That's just a slice of what's happening in After-School Clubs this fall. From yarn art to video game design, 3D printing, and chess, after-hours at RCDS are just as engaging as the school day!