Design It! An Afterschool Engineering Program



Design It! Afterschool STEM ProgramNow enrolling afterschool sites for the 2012-2013 school year.

Enrollment is now open for this full-year program that includes six engineering projects. Each of the six projects lasts approximately one month, with youth (ages 8-12) meeting in their “Junior Engineer” club once a week for the duration of the program. Selected Design It! projects for 2012-2013 include – Balls and Tracks, Gliders, Paper Bridges, Rubber Band-Powered Cars, Straw Rockets, and Trebuchets. Youth work in teams to design their project, test it, and make adjustments – repeating the process as they try to optimize their design.  Enrollment form and payment for the 2012-2013 school year are due June 8, 2012.  For more information, visit the program’s website

Rutgers Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development and the New Jersey School-Age Care Coalition (NJSACC), The Network for New Jersey’s Afterschool Communities, are proud to offer Design It!, an engaging, inquiry based, and fun STEM program designed specifically for afterschool. This comprehensive and high-quality program was developed by the Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) in Boston and the National Partnerships for After School Science (NPASS2) through the support of the National Science Foundation.

Rutgers 4-H and NJ SACC will provide (1) materials kits, (2) curricula guides, (3) three full-day professional development workshops, and (4) ongoing support and technical assistance to school and community based afterschool organizations who enroll by June 8.  See the website for details, enrollment packages and options, and an enrollment form. 

For questions regarding the program, contact Chad Ripberger, Rutgers 4-H,  For questions regarding enrollment and payment, contact Mike MacEwan, NJ SACC, (checks, purchase orders, and credit cards are accepted).


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