After School STEM and Year-Round Programs

We offer after school STEM and weekend programs throughout the school year that explore topics in STEM and design. NEW: Students in either the STEM & Design program or FIRST LEGO League Club will have the opportunity to attend both programs during their two hours if they prefer.

PROGRAM LOCATIONS
Our programs are currently run at two locations:

  • Makery Coworking, 20 Bank Street, New Milford
  • The Hobby Hangout, 48 Anderson Ave., New Milford

It is important that you note the location of the program you select!

IMPORTANT E-MAIL REQUIREMENT!
You must add info@roboticsandbeyond.org to your approved email contacts list. If this is not done you may miss important information and lose your registration for the class.

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AFTER SCHOOL STEM & DESIGN


Ages 8-14 | Thursdays September 26-October 31 | 3:00-6:00 pm | Cost: $195 | Location: The Hobby Hangout

This 6 week series enables students to explore a variety of topics in STEM and design. Each week will include a group engineering design challenge or topic in physics, mechanics or energy lasting approximately one hour. There will also be continuing topics students can work on each week such as LEGO design challenges, snap circuits and other topics. Students may also bring a personal project to work on and have help if needed. This is a screen-free program; all topics are hands-on with no computer use involved and focused on problem solving, learning new skills, concepts and vocabulary, and interaction with peers. If activities in robotics are desired then students can attend our FIRST LEGO League Club at the same time on the same dates (see separate description). Students come for two hours between 3:00 and 6:00 pm.

SPONSORSHIPS: We will welcome any connections to companies or individuals who may want to be a sponsor or co-sponsor of this program. A sponsorship of $400 will lower the fee to $160 for all students, cover all material and facility fees and provide full tuition aid for one student or lower the cost for several students. Robotics And Beyond is a 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

View details for After School STEM & Design

Students come for two hours between 3:00 and 6:00 pm to allow for different school dismissal and bus schedules (see below), and transportation by parents. Students may stay longer than two hours at an additional cost of $10/hour, paid at the end of the series of classes. We follow the New Milford school calendar.

PROGRAM FEE: The class fee of $195 applies to 2 hours of class time, once per week. Arrangements can be made for a later pick-up time, at an additional charge of $10/hr. This must be prearranged except in unexpected situations.

INSTRUCTORS: The program is instructed by adult staff of Robotics And Beyond with student mentors as assistants. These students range from grades 7-12 and sometimes  college. Additional adults may be present as an instructor or as an adult supervisor. Many of our adult instructors have been cleared through one or more public or private school background checks but not all.

View location and bus information, pickup time, makeup dates, and refund policy.

FIRST LEGO LEAGUE CLUB


Ages 9-14 (or by permission) | Thursdays September 26-October 31 | 3:00-6:00 pm | Cost: $225 | Location: The Hobby Hangout

Robotics And Beyond is re-registering its FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics team. The FIRST Robotics programs are all about introducing young people to the wonders of robotics, mechanics, programming and strategic skills, teamwork and important core values (see links below). The team will be on a club-basis and not fully competitive in 2019. The objective is to introduce students to the concept of the FLL program and competition, build design and programming skills and prepare for a fully competitive team in 2020. Club members will work independently or in pairs to build and program a robot to accomplish as many missions of the 2019 competition field as possible in a 2-½ minute time period. The theme for the 2019 FLL season is “City Shaper.” The objectives are to innovate and solve problems facing cities of today and the future, and create a vision for a thriving, sustainable and healthy model city of the future. Students come for two hours between 3:00 and 6:00 pm.

SPONSORSHIPS: We will welcome any connections to companies or individuals who may want to be a sponsor or co-sponsor of this program. Support of $800 will drop the per-student cost to $180 and cover all materials and facility costs for two 6-week sessions of this program. Robotics And Beyond is a 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

View details for FIRST LEGO League Club

Students come for two hours between 3:00 and 6:00 pm to allow for different school dismissal and bus schedules (see below), and transportation by parents. Late pick-up until 6pm is available at an additional charge of $10/hr. This must be prearranged except in unexpected situations. Payment for late pickup is made at the end of the 6 week program.

PROGRAM FEE: The class fee is $225. A reduction in fee or refund of up to $45 will be made if sponsorship of the program material costs is obtained.

INSTRUCTORS: The program is instructed by adult staff of Robotics And Beyond with experienced high-school students as team coaches. supervisor.  Many of our adult instructors have been cleared through one or more public or private school background checks but not all.

View location and bus information, pickup time, makeup dates, and refund policy.

USEFUL LINKS TO LEARN MORE ABOUT FIRST LEGO LEAGUE

2019 “City Shaper” COMPETITION DETAILS:

RADIO CONTROL TECHNOLOGY


Ages 11-16 (or by permission) | Wednesdays October 16-November 6 | 3:00-6:00 pm | Cost: $180 | Location: The Hobby Hangout

This class has been cancelled but may be offered at a later date.

Radio control (RC) cars, trucks and drone aircraft are fun to operate and race but there is a lot to learn from them as well. In this class, experts from The Hobby Hangout will introduce students to the electronic, mechanical, power and control systems that make the vehicles and aircraft run. Each week, students will split their time between working with vehicles and drone aircraft. Students will learn to safely operate both vehicles and aircraft, experience flying drones using FPV (First Person View) and the drone’s camera with a tablet or goggles, learn about regulations for flying drones and see very advanced drones designed for industrial applications and public safety. Students will use the oval and cross country tracks for vehicles and the suspended drone race track as they learn racing skills and the capabilities and limitations of the vehicles and aircraft. Students come for two hours between 3:00 and 6:00 pm.

SPONSORSHIPS: We will welcome any connections to companies or individuals who may want to be a sponsor or co-sponsor of this program. A sponsorship of $600 will lower the fee to $100 for all students and cover all material and facility fees. Robotics And Beyond is a 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

View details for Radio Control Technology

Students come for two hours between 3:00 and 6:00 pm to allow for different school dismissal and bus schedules, and transportation by parents. Students may stay longer than two hours at an additional cost (see Program Fee below).

PROGRAM FEE: The class fee is $180. Arrangements can be made for a later pick-up time at an additional charge of $10/hr. This must be prearranged except in unexpected situations. Payment for late pickup is made at the end of the 6 week program.

INSTRUCTORS: The program is instructed by adult staff of The Hobby Hangout and high school student assistants.

View location and bus information, pickup time, makeup dates, and refund policy.

Activities in STEM & Design for Grades 2-3 (LITCHFIELD AREA ONLY)


Grades 2-3 | Thursdays 10/10, 17, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21 | 3:45-5:00 pm | Cost: $75 | Location: Litchfield Community Center

This program is for all Litchfield area students only, including home-schooled students.

In this 5-week series, students will get familiar with the design process while developing problem solving and creative thinking skills in a variety of fun, hands-on activities.

The class is supported by Litchfield Education Foundation which is paying half of the fee for each student. The remaining half of the fee is $75 and must be paid to Robotics And Beyond. Registration must be done through Robotics And Beyond. To register, use the “Register Now” button at the top or bottom of this page.  If this is your first program with Robotics And Beyond, please visit our FAQ page and find “How do I register for a class”.

Location is Litchfield Community Center: 421 Bantam Rd, Litchfield, CT 06759.

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Transportation to the Litchfield Community Center is only provided from Litchfield public schools. Transportation from other schools must be arranged by the parents. For busing from Litchfield schools, parents must send in a handwritten note on each day of bus change AND notify the office that the child will be going to the community center on Thursdays for 5 weeks (for example). Parents must still write the note weekly. Classes will occur even on days of early dismissal or teacher Professional Development. On those days it is the parent’s responsibility to transport the student to the class.

Topics in STEM & Design for Grades 4-6 (LITCHFIELD AREA ONLY)


Grades 4-6 | Tuesdays 10/8, 15, 22, 29, 11/5 | 3:45-5:00 pm | Cost: $75 | Location: Litchfield Community Center

This program is for all Litchfield area students only, including home-schooled students.

This 5-week series 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 with no computer use involved and focused on problem solving, learning new skills, concepts and vocabulary, and interaction with peers.

The class is supported by Litchfield Education Foundation which is paying half of the fee for each student. The remaining half of the fee is $75 and must be paid to Robotics And Beyond. Registration must be done through Robotics And Beyond. To register, use the “Register Now” button at the top or bottom of this page.  If this is your first program with Robotics And Beyond, please visit our FAQ page and find “How do I register for a class”.

Location is Litchfield Community Center: 421 Bantam Rd, Litchfield, CT 06759.

View bus information

Transportation to the Litchfield Community Center is only provided from Litchfield public schools. Transportation from other schools must be arranged by the parents. For busing from Litchfield schools, parents must send in a handwritten note on each day of bus change AND notify the office that the child will be going to the community center on Tuesdays for 5 weeks (for example). Parents must still write the note weekly. Classes will occur even on days of early dismissal or teacher Professional Development. On those days it is the parent’s responsibility to transport the student to the class.

MINECRAFT GAME NIGHT


Ages 7-16 | Fridays | 6:00-8:30 pm | Cost: $30 | Location: Makery Coworking

Are you looking for a place to play Minecraft with and against your friends in-person? We have our very own Minecraft server! Bring your friends and make new ones here and join us for fun, social, Minecraft game events. $30 gets you 2.5 hours of Minecraft including pizza and drinks. We offer a $10 sibling discount (now applied automatically for PayPal payments) and can provide computers and Minecraft accounts at no extra cost if needed. You must request a computer or account by phone or email ahead of time.

View details for Minecraft Game Night & Cancellation Policy

Some of our popular games are Capture the Wool, One in the Chamber, Hunger Games, Paintball, and Walls. You can get help with all of your Minecraft questions. When you are ready to get deeper into Minecraft and learning to download mods or create your own or learn about Minecraft servers, try our workshops for those topics.

Due to limited space, ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Last minute attendance may be possible depending on how full we are but call ahead to check. 860-717-4319 or 860-944-6175.

Please PAY IN ADVANCE with a PayPal account or a credit card at time of registration, or by arrangement with us to pay at the event with cash or check.

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUND POLICY: If you registered but cannot attend, please cancel via email to us at info@roboticsandbeyond.org. For last minute cancellations call 860-717-4319 or 860-944-6175. If you paid and did not attend or cancel then the payment is not refundable. If you registered, did not pay ahead and did not cancel then we lost that spot and $30 so PLEASE be considerate.

WHAT TO PLAY ON: Our players must use a laptop or desktop computer. I-Pads and smart phones will not connect to our server. We encourage you to bring your own laptop that you have played on before to allow easy connection and avoid lost game time. Put your name on your charger cord! If needed, we can provide a computer at no extra cost. Please let us know in advance if you will need a computer. Don’t have a Minecraft account? We have several accounts which are available at no cost.

We can also help you set up a Minecraft account at the game event at no extra charge. This takes only take a few minutes and the cost is about $28. Visit www.minecraft.net.