Afterschool and Weekend Session

STEM and STEAM Programs  


In our Tech and Textile Labs and working across our other makerspaces, students gain practical insight into entrepreneurship, making and Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) concepts. Applying these principles in their own projects, students develop new and powerful designs. 


  • 12th graders have learned about coding and interactivity by creating a set of creatures that "swim" (rise and fall), wave or growl. 
  • Two different groups of students (6th graders and 10th graders) have worked with us to construct laser-cut nightlights with built-in motion sensors that we designed for younger students. A bit of coding, soldering and even 3D printing was involved.
  • 5th graders joined us to create interactive fireflies from recycled materials and small electronic components. The little creatures light up when you wave at them - a great way to learn more about light, energy and circuits.
  • 8th graders developed a collection of sewn stuffed animals with embedded circuits, which they made for younger students.  LED “eyes” soldered to tiny sensors light up when noses or beak are touched.

In past sessions we have partnered with Health Sciences Charter School (9-12th grade), Boys & Girls Club (5th-8th grade), and Tapestry Charter School (5th graders). We work to offer two sessions each Fall and Spring, and have the capacity to support 8 students in each program.  Special thanks to The Garman Family Foundation, Ralph C. Wilson Foundation, and The Emerging Philanthropists of Color for their grants in support of our STEM and STEAM sessions.


If you would like more information or wish to support the growth of our afterschool programs, please contact [email protected]