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Scienterrific Kids: Grade K

A wide variety of hands-on science experiences — including neighborhood trips and museum visits – with an emphasis on fun activities that can easily be done at home. Taught by renowned science educator Mary Stetten Carson, author of The Scientific Kid and Let’s Play Science. 

Storybook Cooks: Grade K

Whisks, egg, beaters, and measuring spoons — that’s only half of the fun. The best part is that our young chefs will get to eat their culinary creations! During prep time and cleanup, children will be entertained by readings from children’s literature featuring food. Taught by experienced Afterschool cooking teachers and PS87 Librarian Dawinca Conyette.

Wiggle, Giggle and Dance: Grades K-2

This exciting club is a combination of silly songs, musical games, and creative dances. Students will deepen their understanding by being exposed to every aspect of the performing arts, while developing motor skills and making friends. Because the key ingredients in performing are made up of listening and responding, students will learn skills to dissipate conflict, build confidence, and experience the thrill of making a choice and committing.  Every class we will see what wonderful fantasies play out with the power of the collective imagination. This class is taught by Reid Watson, a NYC-based teaching artist. Reid serves as 87 Afterschool’s resident theatre director for Rising Star and Shining Star. He is recognized as a YoungArts Winner in Theatre through the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and is a graduate of Syracuse University with a BFA in Musical Theatre.

Tiny Techies (Coding): Grade K -2

Tiny Techies leads kids through fun, playing and building-based games and games and projects in STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and math). Exploration and experimentation-based project in coding, robotics, physics, mechanics, alternative energy, 3D printing, geometry, rocket science foster early interests in STEM and introductory skills lead to a lifelong love of STEM. This class will be led by experienced team members from MakerState; provides STEM instruction through NYC. Note:   A $50 supplemental fee is charged.

Create-a-Play Musical Theatre Grades: 1-3

Caring, dynamic teaching artists from this internationally acclaimed children’s theatre organization give students a vibrant, fun-packed experience as they work to create an original musical production. In addition to their final production, each student receives a professionally produced CD of the show’s music. Director Stephen Jacobs has worked with hundreds of children in school and summer programs; his Dirty Sock Funtime Band has been featured on Nickelodeon and performed in concerts and festivals across the United States. Note: A $50 supplemental fee is charged.

MathMagic: Grades 1-2

(Math Enrichment) This enrichment class, led by experienced NYC teacher Gloria Zwick and math teacher Bernard Zwick, uses the acclaimed KidzMath program of cooperative games and storybook-based activities to promote mathematical understanding and social development. Children in KidzMath programs across the country develop math skills, gain confidence in their mathematical abilities, increase their enjoyment of mathematics, and improve their abilities to work with others. Best of all, KidzMath makes math FUN!

Capoeira (Brazilian Martial): Grades 1-3

This class is designed to give students an opportunity to learn about themselves and their physical capabilities while gaining cultural awareness. Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art disguised as a dance and was used by enslaved Africans in Brazil to liberate themselves from slavery. The students are not only introduced to the physical aspect of the art, which offers an intense workout, but are introduced to the instruments, songs and history of the art as well. Capoeira is an art that can be learned by those of all ages and capabilities and promotes a healthy, active lifestyle. Instructor Aaron Anaya, has over nine years of experience in Capoeira and currently trains under the direction of Contra-Mestre Omi. Ana PS87 Kindergarten Teacher, will also co-instructor. Ana has over 10 years of Capoeira experience. Note:   A $50 supplemental fee is charged.

Hip-Hop Dance: Grades 2-5

A vigorous class, requiring lots of enthusiasm, for students who want to learn the basics in jazz/Hip Hop dancing. No prior dance experience required! Corey Brandford leads the class and began his professional training at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and the Point Park Summer Conservatory Program. Since moving to New York he has trained at the prestigious Alvin Ailey School and Broadway Dance Center focusing on his commercial hip hop work and concert training. His teaching and performing has also had the opportunity to expand internationally in countries such as Denmark, South Africa, Dubai, Paris, London, Amsterdam and Malaysia.

Young Magicians Club: Grade 2-5

A fabulous hands-on, interactive introduction to the world of mystery and illusion, led by professional magician and Afterschool team member Matthew Cooke. A focus on developing children’s imagination, creativity, and problem-solving skills, Matthew will introduce performing magic tools and tricks our young magicians can try at home to amaze family and friends. Custom-designed professional materials will be provided to each young magician.

Basketball Stars A/B: Grades 3-4 (a)/Basketball (b): Grade 5

This class will develop sport-specific strategies and skills — offensive and defensive techniques through fun basketball drills, scrimmage, dribbling, passing, shooting, rebounding, – as well as coaching in the rules of the game. Individualized skill building, emphasis is placed on teamwork and coordination. Kids will participate in matches against teams. Travel may be required.

Experienced coaches from BSNY will led this class. Note: To provide more extended individual coaching and team play experience, this class meets from 3:15 to 5:15 PM. A $50 supplement fee is charged.

Bows and Arrows (Archery): Grades: 3-5

Hidden Gems Archery will be leading the Archery program that focuses on introducing beginners to the lifelong sport of archery.  Kids will learn important skills like range safety and proper shooting form, play exciting games and earn achievement awards. Hidden Gem Archery will lead this class. Note: A $50 supplemental fee is charged 

Lego Robotics Team *A/B Grades: 3-5

Working in small groups, students will explore and apply basic robotic fundamentals using LEGO Mindstorms technology – featuring NXT bricks, expanded sensor capabilities, and wireless Bluetooth technology. Through design and construction of individually invented robotic models, students will become active masters of technology. Students will compete in local matches. Led by the nationally recognized First Lego League-trained 87Afterschool teacher Max Arnaud Note: This club has limited spots available and students may be asked to participate in weekend competitions.  

***Please Note***

Lego Robotics (A) will be a yearlong class. Participants must have prior Lego Robotics experience. This is will be a competitive class expected to participate in local tournaments.

Lego Robotics (B) will be a one-term class, introducing participants to Lego Robotics.