Summer and Learning: A Natural Fit

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Everyone’s best summer memories are of discovering or learning something new, be it learning how to ride a bike for the first time, or discovering where dragonflies come from. Summer and learning just naturally go hand-in-hand!

In partnership with Providence Public Schools, the AfterZone Summer STEM Camp gets students out into the community for the summer while providing them with fun, hands-on, field learning experiences that focus on building science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills, all while having fun under the summer sun!

Collaborative Teaching

Teaching teams consisting of a community-based STEM educator, a district teacher, and an AfterZone staff member co-develop and co-teach a collaborative curriculum that connects STEM and literacy skills with hands-on field research.

Click here to learn more about PASA’s unique collaborative teaching model.

Academically Aligned Hands-On Learning

Twice a week students are out in the field engaging in hands-on learning, led by the teaching teams. On the remaining days students move into the classroom for direct instruction in STEM.  The instruction is led by certified teachers and is directly related to data collected during the field experiences.

At the end of the summer, students engage in a cumulative experience showcasing the projects and learning they’ve done over the summer. The cumulative experience can be anything from showing off the project they’ve built to teaching fellow campers about giant squids to serving salsa made with vegetables that they grew themselves.

The zone/school name for each site’s AfterZone brochure for the Summer 2016 session:

North End/East Side Zone: Nathan Bishop, Nathanael Greene, Esek Hopkins

South Side Zone: Gilbert Stuart and Roger Williams

West Side Zone: DelSesto and West Broadway