Welcome to the site for our after-school program for students in grades 3-5!

Club Challenger takes place one Thursday each month, from 4:00-5:30 pm. Each month, we will focus on a different area of STEM – science, technology, engineering, and math. There will be two sessions of Club Challenger. The first session will last from September-December and the second session will be from February-May.

Enrollment is for all four dates. Registrants may not pick and choose dates that they want to attend. The program fee is not refundable and absences cannot be substituted for another session.

Pre-registration is required and can be done here online.

 

SESSION 1 (FALL 2016)

Cost for Fall 2016 Club Challenger enrollment is $70 if you sign up by August 15th (early-bird) and $80 per participant after that date. The deadline to sign up for Fall Club Challenger will be September 19th.

September 22nd

Be prepared to get messy! Students will learn about the power of observation and the necessity of experimentation in the scientific process. They will be performing different science experiments that they will then be able to take home with them and show the whole family!

October 27th

Bring your creative and critical thinking skills!  Students will be working in teams to build various projects with our Cubelets robotics kits using magnetized pieces in order to construct their robots. Students will complete a series of design challenges with these robotic kits, such as building a robot that can be guided through a maze!

November 17th

Invention is the name of the game!  Through invention and creativity, students will design structures with Keva Contraptions.  Engineers will have first-hand experience with balance, leverage, geometry and principles of physics. Students will work through the invention process in teams to create interesting structures to solve problems.

December 15th

Have you ever wondered about the size of the planets or distances in the solar system? How about how much it would take to launch a payload on a rocket into space? We will answer these questions and learn more about the mathematics of space travel.

 

 

SESSION 2 (SPRING 2017)

(HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LOW ENROLLMENT)

February 16th 

Be prepared to get messy! Students will learn about the power of observation and the necessity of experimentation in the scientific process. They will be performing different science experiments that they will then be able to take home with them and show the whole family!

March 16th 

Nano day!  Students will explore big ideas related to nanoscale science, engineering, and technology.  Hands-on activities will introduce and inspire students to learn more about the exciting field of nanotechnology that will be a significant part of our future!
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April 20th 

Bring your creative and critical thinking skills!  Students will be working in teams to build various projects with our Cubelets robotics kits using magnetized pieces in order to construct their robots. Students will complete a series of design challenges with these robotic kits, such as building a robot that can complete a maze on its own!

May 18th 

Blast off with math!  Students will learn about Newton’s Laws of Motion as they design rockets based on their payloads with the objective of launching to Mars!

 

“My daughter attends this program, and she was practically vibrating with excitement when she came home Tuesday! I had to get her to slow down to tell me about it.” – Sandra, Crystal Lake

“Eli and Kendall had a BLAST!  This was our entire dinner conversation last night and it was really exciting to hear what they worked on and then watch Kendall’s video on Facebook!  What a great program!”  – Adrianne, Huntley

 

Click here to register for Club Challenger