Enrollment for the Spring Semester of the NW Saturday Academy is now open. For the next three months, DC students in grades 3 to 7 will enhance their computational thinking by learning Scratch programming and participating in our Math Circle. View registration details here.
Here, students engage in a question-driven curriculum that emphasizes creative problem solving and stimulates logical thinking, analytical abilities and mathematical reasoning. Here is a sample question:
Three consecutive numbers add up to 165. What are these numbers?
Students work together to solve problems like this. They also learn how to explain their solutions in a clear and logical way. Stating assumptions and conclusions, and presenting all the steps are skills that are practiced.
The Festival comprises more than 80 unique events — for very young children through adults — including performances, demos, games, puzzles, mathletic events — and dozens of lectures on the playful side of math, and many different applications of math, from eyesight to drag racing to DNA modeling to the jazz of physics, to epidemiology and much more!
In our coding class, students build their own computer using the exclusive BooleanBox Discovery Kit created by our friends at BooleanGirl. Featuring the unstoppable Raspberry Pi computers, classes are designed to introduce and connect technology skills directly to the interests and experiences relevant to students. Students get to know computing concepts in a low anxiety and informal model. Collaboration and fun is at the heart of every class.
What Parents are Saying about the NW Saturday Academy
This spring will be our sixth session of the NW Saturday Academy. As a 100% grass-roots organization, we are proud of the work that we have done. We are even more excited about the impact our programs have had on our students, who are the technology leaders of tomorrow. Here are a few responses from our latest parent survey:
Very well organized; helped the kids manage their time to successfully complete the project.
My daughter loved the program. She enjoyed each session and thoroughly enjoyed the competition at the end. Overall, it was a fantastic experience for her and she has already asked about when the next session will take place.
My child had the opportunity to learn while having fun. The hands on experience was invaluable.
The exposure to competition is great!!!
I like the opportunity for black and brown children to participate in STEM in a meaningful way.
[I like] the relaxed academic atmosphere where the children can engage and disengage while they are involved in the creative process.
We are happy that our robotics teams have won team awards during our last two competitions and we look forward to continuing the streak!
The classes begin Saturday and will take place at Northminster Presbyterian Church on Alaska Avenue NW.
Tuition is $275 for nine weeks of classes and the field trip. If you want to learn more or enroll your child, please visit our EventBright page.
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