Welcome, Tuckahoe Parents!

The SPRING session of the Curious-on-Hudson after-school program in Tuckahoe is organized by the Tuckahoe PTA. Classes at Cottle Elementary and Tuckahoe Middle School begin the week of April 9.  Below you will find the class descriptions for the upcoming term. 

ONLINE REGISTRATION OPENS March 20, [email protected] 12:00 noon.  You do not register on this site. Please go to the following link to access the registration system (NOTE: this system will not be live until registration opens): 

https://tuckahoeschools.jumbula.com

Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

If you have questions, please call Curious-on-Hudson at 914-274-8205. 

Days and Times:

Classes take place immediately following dismissal at the times indicated. Each class runs for eight (8) sessions except for the spring term, there will be 6 sessions for all Thursday classes. Two of the Thursday classes will run for extended times (90 minutes). More details will be sent to anyone registering for a Thursday class.  The complete list of dates can be found on the registration page. 

 Prices/fees for classes are posted below.  

For further information on any class or questions regarding this program, please email us at <[email protected]>.

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Classes for Grades K-2

Cottle Elementary

Grade:  K-1

Mondays: 3:15-4:15

$200 (8 sessions)

 

Curiologists: Environmental Science

In this unit of the Curiologists classes, students will environmental studies through experiments, labs, models and journals. The class is designed to teach an appreciation for the local environment and the ecosystems around them. Students learn about water and soil, as well as the flora and fauna of the local environment. Labs include water testing, sources of energy, pollution and its effects, habitats, effects of climate change and marine life and ecosystems. Some units have a take home project.

Cottle Elementary

Grades 1-2

Mondays, 3:15-4:15

$200 (8 sessions)

Paleontology 

Take your child’s love for the animal world to a whole new level.  This class is designed to encourage and early investigation of the history of living things and integrates investigations of living and extinct species through hands-on activities related to the science of paleontology. Students perform experiments in model excavation, create and examine fossils, and learn about survival and extinction of species, including (of course), dinosaurs – including the one that lived right where we do (imagine that!).  Following an authentic inquiry approach, students will learn how a hypothesis becomes a theory and how theories relate to our understanding of dinosaurs.

Cottle Elementary

Grades 1-2

Tuesdays, 3:15-4:15

$200 (8 sessions)

Intro to Coding with Tynker

This class uses the TYNKER platform to introduce concepts of programming to students in scaffolded interactive sessions that allow students to gauge their individual progress through the lessons. The curriculum is developed by Tynker itself and provides an engaging way to develop programming skills in a creative mode, i.e., students follow lessons and then create games to demonstrate the programming concepts. Tynker offers the same graphical interface as Scratch but also offers the structured lessons that previous students of Scratch (previous Scratch training is not required) may find more engaging as a means to develop and demonstrate gained skills. The instructor introduces programming concepts and then assists students in achieving their individual goals.

Cottle Elementary

Grades 1-2

Tuesdays, 3:15-4:15

$200 (8 sessions)

Intro to Robotics!

This class introduces students to basic robotics and programming using platforms such as Ozobots™, ZOOB Mover and Edison™programmable robots (using LEGO™blocks). Beginning with simple instructions using optical bar codes and scanning, students learn to program devices to follow instructions. As the class progresses, students learn how to program their devices using a software interface on a computer.

Cottle Elementary

Grades 1-2

Thursdays, 3:15-4:15

$175 (6 sessions (2 extended)

Coding with Tynker (II) 

If your child has taken Tynker or Scratch in a previous class, this is a follow-on class that will allow them to advance their skills using Tynker with more advanced lessons using the Tynker system of learning how to code. Tynker using a visual interface to make the class interesting and fun for young students while at the same time allowing students a scaffolded approach to the logic of coding. Some prior experience in either introductory class (Scratch or Tynker) will make this class more enjoyable for students.

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Classes for Grades 3-5

Cottle Elementary

Grades 3-5

Mondays, 3:15-4:15

$200 (8 sessions)

Curious Engineer: Ancient Science & Architecture

In this section of the Curious Engineer series, students examine the major scientific discoveries of Greek and Roman societies as well as Middle East, Asia, Mayan and Aztec civilizations. The class allows students to understand how structures we associate with these civilizations were built without modern tools and technologies and the class investigates some of the greatest scientific and engineering discoveries and the people who first introduced them to the world. Students mostly work on individual take-home projects in this class but in some situations, a group project may be assigned (depending on access to space in the facility). Sample projects include a Viking ship model, reconstruction models of the pyramids, astronomy and time-keeping devices. This class has a strong science theme integrated with social and cultural themes.

Cottle Elementary

Grades 3-5

Tuesdays, 3:15-4:15

$200 (8 sessions)

Robotics and Programming

This class introduces students to advanced robotics and programming using platforms such as Ozobots™, LEGO™and Edison™programmable robots. Beginning with simple instructions using optical bar codes and scanning, students learn to program devices to follow instructions. As the class progresses, students learn how to program their devices using a software interface on a computer.

 

Cottle Elementary School

Grades 3-5

Thursdays, 3:15-4:15

$175 (6 sessions, two extended)

Minecraft Roman Architecture

We learn the story of Rome’s foundation with the tale of Romulus and Remus, their war with the Sabine tribe, and the creation of the Roman Forum. The class creates their own forum and decorates it with mosaics and learn that the ancient Romans were not inventors, but engineers. The class takes many ideas from neighboring cultures and improves them. We build temples, and learn about the styles of columns and how to differentiate Roman temples from their Greek counterparts. The class will learn about and build the 3 types of Roman homes: the insula (apartment), the domus (city house), and the villa (country estate). The class will cover the different methods of how the Romans gathered water: the compluvium and impluvium in homes to gather rain water, and aqueducts to transport water from natural sources and build their own working models. The class learns about the Coliseum: its history, construction, and usage and worked together to build our own grand amphitheaters. And finally the class learns about the lasting effects of the Roman Empire and where to find traces of their influence in our modern world.

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Classes for Middle School

Tuckahoe Middle School

Grades 6-8

Wednesdays, 2:45-3:45

$235 (8 sessions) includes a materials fee of $35

Science Pre-Olympiad: Engineering Challenge

Students in this class will work on Science Olympiad-style challenges using the methodology of the Olympiad to fulfill a project within constraints. Depending on the project chosen, students will work with materials and tools to fulfill the project demands. Class meets weekly for one hour over 8 sessions. Within the 8 sessions, students may complete multiple projects, depending upon complexity or depending upon the willingness to work as one or two teams. Limited to 15 students.