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2016-2017 Session 1

The PTA STEM Education Committee offers fun and educational programs for K- 5 grade students seeking enrichment and hands-on experience in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. After school classes are offered across the school year in four sessions with four to six classes offered per session across Robotics, Programming, Engineering, STEM Literacy, and Sustainability. This year, Wood Acres will partner with the Great Adventure Lab ( and Girls for Good ( to deliver the STEM curriculum.

New this year is a partnership with Girls for Good, a social enterprise with a mission to inspire girls to change the world through STEM by discovering, exploring, and creating sustainable solutions to the world’s most challenging problems. Girls for Good will provide after school STEM programs for girls grades 3-5 in Session 2 with additional sessions to be added based on interest.  For more information on Girls for Good and its approach, please visit the website ( .

Also new this year, we have worked with Great Adventure Lab and Girls for Good to schedule classes for the entire 2016-17 school year. Please see the attached flyer for a preview all the classes, dates by session scheduled for the 2016-17 school year. The registration window will open four weeks before the start of each session and will be reserved on a first come, first served basis.

Finally, please visit the PTA website for an overview of the full STEM program at Wood Acres.

 Session 1 Classes are as follows:

·         Intro to Robotics A – Grades 1 –2 – Mondays

·         Robo Challenge Machines – Grades 4-5 – Tuesdays

·         Storybook Lego – Grades K-1 – Tuesdays

·         Lego Engineers -  Grades 1-2 – Wednesdays

·         3D Design – Grades 4-5 - Fridays


To register for Session 1, please click here:

Please note the "event details" below the “tickets” for detail on class format, pricing and opportunities for parent aides.

Details on classes and schedules are included below. In all cases, student may not repeat the classes and must be in the specified grade range.

 If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the STEM Committee at


Kristalee Overdahl, STEM Committee Chair


Intro to Robotics A

Grades 1-2

Mondays 3:45-4:45pm

Sep 5, 19, 26, Oct 10, 17, 24, 31

Areas of Exploration: Robotics, Programming, Mechanical Engineering


Here’s a fun introduction to the world of robotics and mechanical engineering, designed especially for grades 1 and 2.  We’ll learn what programs do and how to write our own.  Each class meeting, we’ll build a different project and then use motors, sensors, and our own programs to bring our creations to life!  Projects include drawbridges, sliding fortress gates, motorcycles that pop wheelies… and more!


Robo Challenge Machines

Grades 4-5

Tuesdays 3:45-4:45pm

Sep 13, 20, 27, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25

Areas of Exploration:  Independent Problem Solving, Robotics, Programming, Logic, Mechanical Engineering.


Robo Challenge Contraptions and Machines are independent classes. Same curriculum, different projects. Take one or both in either order! Our Robo Challenge classes are ideal for students who want more of a challenge. No more step-by-step directions and sample programs. Instead, we start each class with a programming challenge, then design bots to go with our programs. We’ll build and program cars, hexbug catchers, and more! Our Robo Challenge Contraptions class follows the same format, but with all different projects, including a marble shooter!


Storybook Lego

Grades K-1

Tuesdays 3:45-4:45pm

Sep 13, 20, 27, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25

Areas of Exploration: 3D spatial visualization


Why should big kids have all the fun?  Think outside the box and return to the days before Legos came in kits.  We’ll provide the Legos and the inspiration, your children will provide the imagination!  In each class the instructor will read a story and then inspire the students to build some of the scenes characters out of Legos.


Lego Engineers

Grades 1-2

Wednesdays 3:45-4:45pm

Sep 7, 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 19, 26

Areas of Exploration: Engineering, Simple Machines, Physics.


Lego Engineers students learn and apply mechanical engineering concepts and create a wild amusement park ride, a go-cart, and, of course ... a catapult that launches Lego pieces! Students will  learn the physics behind levers, gears, pulleys, and other simple machines using LEGO® Education’s Simple Machines set. We’ll explore a new project each week and improvise on our designs to make our creations work in cool new ways!


3-D Design

Grades 4-5

Fridays 3:45-5:15pm

Sep 9, 16, 23, Oct 7, 14, 21, 28

Areas of Exploration:  3-D Spatial Visualization, Design,


Students will sharpen their spatial awareness as we learn how to use 3-D software to bring our ideas to life! Students will design their own objects, which they print on a printer. We’ll also bring our own 3-D printer to class to play with and print some of our simpler objects.