Students Can Develop STEM Skills with Weston Community Center Classes

By Stacey Bomser

The Weston Community Center offers a wide variety of programs sure to appeal to all ages and interests. The new spring schedule features activities focused on the arts, athletics and academics, including two classes promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills for children.

This season there will be two separate Code Explorers programs. PK Sensor and Robotic Programming is specially designed for children ages four and five. Children will explore, learn and experiment with computer engineering, while learning the basic elements of computer programming sequencing, sound integration, and movement programming.

The Electrical Engineering class is for older students, with one session for six to nine-year-old’s and another for children ages ten to 13. Students in this program will explore, learn and experiment with circuitry and digital electronics, in addition to learning about electrical components. The class will also cover the theory behind electrical circuits such as Ohm Law, Kirchhoff Law, DC vs AC current, integrated circuits and more.

Buildbots Robotics is another STEM program. In this class, students ages six to 14 will explore the magic of Lego Robotics and apply knowledge to design, build and program robots to solve challenges. This class combines creativity, design, logic, teamwork, scalability and problem-solving skills.

With its location inside Weston Regional Park, the community center is a natural place for children to take part in athletic and fitness programs. The First Tee golf program teaches basic golf skills and fundamentals through an innovative curriculum developed by The First Tee in collaboration with the PGA, LPGA, Champions Tour and Masters Association. The Nike Marathon Kids Running Club helps children create a lifelong commitment to physical activity. This fun fitness program sets realistic goals and provides rewards and incentives for reaching those goals. In addition to coordinating the golf and running programs, Kidokinetics offers two popular athletic programs.

The community center’s Youth Karate class teaches children the basic principles of USA Goju Karate including self-defense, fighting, and weaponry to build confidence and self-esteem. Other programs include the Advanced Performance Ensemble for aspiring thespians, presented by the Inside Out Theatre Company. Superstars Dance and Baton is a high-energy class incorporating cheerleading, baton twirling and dance. Chess Club challenges young minds while also improving memory, self-confidence, intuition, concentration, logical and critical thinking, and reasoning skills. Fun in Spanish allows children, ages two to five, to learn and practice Spanish in a playful, musical and artistic environment.

There is a nominal fee to participate in many of the programs at the Weston Community Center. Generally, the tuition is charged either by the month or by the session.

To see the complete listing of all classes and programs available at the Weston Community Center go to www.WestonFL.org/Parks or check out the Winter/Spring 2018 edition of the Weston @ Play Parks and Recreation Guide. You can register for classes at the community center located at 20200 Saddle Club Road. For more information, call 954-389-4321.