Engage with technology, get homework done, make new friends!
Kids will ask, “Why can’t SCHOOL be like this?”
Empow Studios STEM After School Club (ASC) is a unique care and enrichment program that brings together technology, arts, and play. Whether your child is programming their first robot or creating a self-watering garden in Minecraft, we nurture their creative talent, build up their imagination, and spark interests that can open up new possibilities, while accommodating individual differences. ASC is open on early release days for Lexington. Our After School Program is perfect for kids in grades 2 through 8 in Lexington, MA and nearby communities.
What’s new for 2017-2018?
- Challenge-based curriculum makes it easy for kids to ‘level-up’ with their Designing, Building, and Coding skills;
- Enhanced coding curriculum to bridge the gap from Scratch to Java;
- Updated digital animation tools for kids who want to tell their stories through digital art and cartoons;
- Major improvements to the learning system, including new digital portfolios and achievement badges.
Sign up for ASC
Our 2017-2018 STEM After School Club in Lexington is currently open for registration! Sign up here.
Important Transportation Notice
Please Note: The Lexington School Committee has voted to continue the “Ride-After” program for parents, but the price of a seat has increased from $60 to $500 (in addition to the +$300 base fee to ride the bus to/from school). To learn more about this notice, please visit the LPS Transportation Department page and read the official notice.
Although we are happy to hear the program will be continuing this year, the $500 cost is not easy to swallow, and we’d like to help.
The $500 fee over the course of the school year breaks down to $50/mo. If your child is riding the bus to Empow, we’ll pay $10/mo (20%) towards the cost of the Ride-After program for every month your child is in our STEM After School Club program (up to $100 total).
Empow will continue to be a designated drop-off location for all 6 elementary schools, at the corner of Waltham St. & Vinebrook Rd, which is a short 3-5 minute walk to Empow.
We are an official designated drop-off location for all Lexington Elementary Schools through the Lexington Bus Department’s Ride-After Program. We have members from Empow staff at the drop-off location to make sure your child gets off the bus and arrives to Empow safely. Please contact us for more details at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-395-7527.
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What Happens During STEM After School Club?
3:00 – 4:00 Arrival / Choice Time – Students work on individual or group projects in a free-play format using their imaginations and creativity. Sample activities include: free-building with LEGO, group games, playing a board game, testing games their fellow students have made, etc.
4:00 – 4:15 Snack Time – Brain food! Kids need their snack, and we provide many choices (sometimes too many!) to keep them happy and refueled. Please see our food policy.
4:15 – 5:00 Homework / Project Time – Homework is corrected daily. Our educated, helpful staff work with students to complete their assignments and are open to working with parents on academic issues. Once kids complete their homework, they can choose from all types of projects including Video Game Design, Animation, Minecraft, Robotics, and more!
5:00 – 5:30 Physical Activities – Sometimes there is no better way to release energy then a good ol’ game of capture the flag, kickball, or Empow exclusive games like ‘Ollie Tag.’ When the weather is not nice, we stay inside for indoor activities in our open space, including our very own four-square court.
5:30 – 6:00 Tech & Design Project Time – We understand that kids should have the opportunity to explore more than just one project type here in the studio. We use this time to exclude Minecraft and introduce Scratch, Video Game Design, Robotics, Animation, 3D Modeling & Printing, Music Production, DJing, and Video Production.
6:00 – 6:30 Choice Time – What better way to end the day with some games with staff members and friends in the program. Who’s down for a game of Wii, or better yet, who can drive the Sphero robot on the grinding rails first?
Classes: Club members at any level can take any Empow Weekend Club held at the Lexington Studio for FREE! (normally $80/mo). And we now have 8 to choose from! All they need to do is register, and consistently attend. ASC kids who are holding seats in a weekend club and are not consistently attending may be unregistered from the weekend club.
NanoCamps: You know those days where you have to work but kids have the day off? Well, you save on that too! All ASC kids can sign up for NanoCamps for only $50 (normally $95).
Vacation Camps: February and April Vacations often sneak up on us. ASC members who register for a vacation camp before December 31 can get 15% off!
Half Days: We don’t charge extra for those random half-days that occur during the year! Professional Learning Days, Parent/Teacher Conferences- We will pick the kids up early from the bus and keep them the extra 3 hours.
More Details About the Program
The STEM After School Club runs for 10 months and follows the school year schedule. The week consists of 6 blocks (2 on Thursday, and 1 on every other day). Families can sign up for the number of blocks that works best for their schedules.
Thu: 12pm-3pm & 3pm-6:30pm*
*Thursday is a long day due to the Lexington early release schedule. Thursday consists of two blocks, both of which must be selected. For example, registering for a full week means selecting 6 blocks.
All other school days that happen to have an early release due to any reason, we will open early and continue to pick the kids up off the bus, at no additional charge.
Snack & Lunch
Every day at ASC we provide a snack choice from popcorn, granola bars, crackers, and more.
We’ve recently teamed up with Red Apple Lunch, who provides home-delivered and Empow-delivered lunches & snacks for your child. On Thursdays and other early-release days, kids need to bring a lunch to Empow, unless they have purchased from Red Apple Lunch. To sign up for Red Apple Lunch, please visit RedAppleLunch.com.
Pricing per day varies based on the number of blocks your child attends, as follows:
1 block: $160/month
2 blocks: $275/month
3 blocks: $340/month
4 blocks: $435/month
5 blocks: $515/month
6 blocks: $560/month
Payments can be scheduled monthly, on the 1st of the month for 10 months. If you pay in full by March 31st, 2017, you will get the last month free (June). This only applies if you attend for the full duration of the school year. See our policy for cancellations and refund terms.
Please see our Important Transportation Notice for information on the Ride After program. Empow will continue to be a designated drop-off location for all 6 elementary schools, at the corner of Waltham St. & Vinebrook Rd, which is a short 3-5 minute walk to Empow.
We are an official designated drop off location for all Lexington Elementary Schools through the Lexington Bus Department’s Ride-After Program. We have members from Empow staff at the drop-off location. Please contact us for more details.
Lexpress is also available for middle school students to arrive at Depot Square from their respective school
Empow’s After School Club has kids from in and around the town of Lexington. Our club members tend to come from Lexington, Arlington, Waltham, Belmont, Burlington, Newton, Jamaica Plain, Cambridge, Lincoln, Bedford, Winchester, Concord, and more.
Empow Staff will supervise children during program hours with a student-to-adult-staff ratio of no higher than 13:1. The STEM After School Club has specific start and end dates provided in program information, and follows a formal registration process, during which we collect information about students. Children are expected to be released at the end of each class to their parents/guardians or an authorized adult, or a written permission must be given by parents/guardian to dismiss the child on their own.
The STEM After School Club is licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care, however, instructional programs (classes) and camps being offered by Empow Studios which do not occur at the same time as the STEM After School Club, are not licensed by the Department of Early Education and Care. Students participating in these programs as well as the EEC licensed After School Club will be required to fill out a form granting them access to both the licensed and unlicensed programs.