Youth Programs

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Engineering FUNdamentals with Lego®
(Boys and Girls grades K-2)
Learn from a customized, unique, S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics) based curriculum while having FUN! The primary medium used for these classes is LEGO® TECHNIC. From the creativity and enjoyment encouraged by LEGO®, kids always enjoy themselves while learning engineering terms and concepts along the way!

Youth Programs
Engineering-Winter           312204-E1
Engineering-Spring           412204-E1

Fee:                 $105/Spring; $85/Winter
Winter:             Mondays 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Spring:             Tuesdays 4:00-6:00 p.m. 
Location:          Academy Multi-Purpose Room #1
Winter:             January 14-February 11 (No Class 1/21)
Spring:             April 23-May 28 (No Class 5/7)
Instructor:        Engineering Imagination

Aspiring Young Engineers 
(Boys and Girls Grades 2-4)
Use a variety of mediums to explore a unique, S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture, Mathematics) curriculum. Learn about and build projects like hydroelectric waterwheels, model rockets and scale bridges. From model roller coasters to LEGO® challenges, have a blast while learning through hands-on, minds-on activities!

Youth Programs
Young Engineers              312204-AY

Fee:              $85
Meets:          Monday, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Location:       Academy Multi-Purpose Room #1
Dates:           March 4-March 25  
Instructor:      Engineering Imagination

Motorized Bridges - NEW
(Boys and Girls Grades K-2)
Moving bridges are fascinating to observe! Young engineers will build functioning models and learn about and build model swing bridges and drawbridges.

Youth Programs
Motorized Bridges             312204-MB

Fee:                  $22
Meets:              Wednesday, 4:00-6:00
Location:          Academy Multipurpose Room #1
Dates:             March 20
Instructor:       Engineering Imagination

Hydroelectric Waterwheels Workshop - NEW 
(Boys and Girls Grades 2-4)
“Go Green” in this inspirational class and focus on a specific source of renewable energy-hydroelectricity! Learn about, plan, design and build fully functioning hydroelectric waterwheels! Using recycled and salvaged materials, work individually and in a group in an effort to generate as much electricity as possible!

Youth Programs
Waterwheels                  412204-HW

Fee:                     $22
Meets:                 Wednesday, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Location:              Academy Multipurpose Room
Dates:                  May 15
Instructor:            Engineering Imagination

Art-Ventures with Penguins and Polar Bears
(Boys & Girls Grade K-4)
Embark on a journey through the Arctic and Antarctic  to learn about the captivating lives of penguins, polar bears, and other cold-weather creatures. In this fun, art-packed series, art explorers set out on an adventure across frozen tundra to discover life in and around the icy waters of the earth’s Poles. Sculpt clay polar bears and penguin reliefs. Build sand castle lighthouses and create shimmery sea jellies out of recycled materials. Paint sharks or fish on stretched canvases. Design hats as colorful as the Northern Lights, make gyotaku fish print aprons, and transform plain t-shirts into oceans teeming with creatures. Explore the art of decoupage, collage, stained glass and so much more while learning fun facts about endangered creatures and the importance of being kind to our earth and oceans!

Kids Crafts
Penguins              312003-PP

Fee:                  $114/Person 
                         (All Materials Included in the Fee)
Meets:              Mondays 3:45-4:45 p.m. 
Location:          Buttonball School Art Room
Dates:              January 14-March 18 
                        (No Class 1/21, 2/18)
Instructor:        Art-Ventures for Kids

Sticky, Shrinky, Shiny Art-Ventures
(Boys & Girls Grade K-4)
The amazingly imaginative 2 and 3 dimensional projects in this program will inspire children’s creativity as they experiment with a variety of unique art forms, tools, and techniques. Art explorers create Shrinky Dink Animal Pendants and Sequined Mexican      Mirrors. Make Funny Felt Monsters, paint Ceramic Butterfly Pots, and sculpt Sweet Treat Clay Desserts. Paint Goofy Animals on Canvases and sculpt Flying Pigs. These projects and more introduce children to a world of artistic wonder while we encourage their own original ideas and unique perception and interpretation of art. 
Kids Crafts
S,S,S Art-Ventures                312003-SS

Fee:                   $114/Person 
                         (All Materials Included in the Fee)
Meets:              Mondays 3:45-4:45 p.m. 
Location:          Buttonball School Art Room
Dates:              April 1-June 3 (No Class 4/15; 5/27)
                        Class on 5/6 will be held in the Academy Teen Center
Instructor:        Art-Ventures for Kids

Jewelry Design - NEW
(Boys & Girls Grade K-5)
Learn how to make amazing jewelry that dazzles! Work on earrings, bracelets and rings and take projects home each day.

Kids Crafts
Jewelry Design              312003-JD

Fee:                  $139/Person (Plus $20 Supply Fee Payable to the Instructor)
Meets:              Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 p.m. 
Location:          Academy Teen Center
Dates:              February 26-April 2
Instructor:        Arts in CT

General Acting - NEW 
(Boys & Girls Grade K-5)
Learn a variety of theater techniques and experience performing in front of your peers! Practice stage presence for both stage plays and musical theater. Classes include a general introduction to theater, theater games and class acting exercises.

Performing Arts
Acting Grades K-2              204233-K2
Acting Grades 3-5              204233-35

Fee:                  $139/Person 
Meets:              Thursdays
                         4:00-5:00 p.m. (Grades K-2)
                         5:00-6:00 p.m. (Grades 3-5) 
Location:          Academy Cafeteria
Dates:              February 7-April 4 
                        (No Class 2/21)
Instructor:        Arts in CT

Voice Classes - NEW
(Boys & Girls Grade K-5)
Learn how to sing alone and in groups and experience performing in front of your peers! Practice stage presence and use your vibrant imagination to create your own songs. Engage in partner songs and receive instruction on identifying parts.

Performing Arts
Voice Classes              204233-VC

Fee:                  $130/Person 
Meets:              Mondays, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Location:          Academy Cafeteria
Dates:              March 25-May 20
                        (No Class 4/15)
Instructor:        Arts in CT

Indoor Playground
(Ages 5-15)
Are you seeking an active and fun way for your child with special needs to spend Saturday afternoons this winter? Whether your child enjoys active movement and music activities or quieter crafts and board games, there will be something for everyone! Join the fun with other families and program staff as we include children of all abilities and their siblings. Parent or caregiver must attend with child (this is not a drop off). Typical siblings can sign up for a reduced price.

Indoor Playground
Indoor Playground              312102-IP
Siblings                               312102-SB

Fee:                       $35/Person; $15/Typical Sibling
Meets:                   Saturdays 1:30-3:00 p.m.
                             January 19-March 9
Location:              Academy Cafeteria