STEM After School Care program in Lexington and Newton

An after school program where kids engage with tech, get homework done, and 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.

Locations in Lexington & Newton

Empow Studios – Lexington
1776 Massachusetts Ave.
Lexington, MA 02420

Empow Studios – Newton
180 Needham St.
Newton, MA 02464

Girls learning to code at Empow Studios

What’s new?

  • Major improvements to our learning system UI, making it easier for kids to conquer quests and earn badges
  • New advanced curriculum for the self-proclaimed “gurus” in Java, Minecraft, Digital Audio, and more;
  • 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;

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Lexington STEM After School Club

2017-2018 School Year

Our 2017-2018 STEM After School Club in Lexington has a few openings! Please join our waiting list here if you are unable to register for a day that is currently filled.

2018-2019 School Year

Registration will open on March 1st. Be the first to know by joining our mailing list here.

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Newton STEM After School Club

2018-2019 School Year

Pre-register to reserve your seat in our Newton STEM After School Club. No payment required! Be the first to know about our grand opening festivities by joining our mailing list here.

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Top 5 in Science & Technology Programs

  • Video Game Design
  • Stop-Motion Animation
  • Robotics
  • Minecraft
  • 3D Modeling & Printing
  • Digital Animation
  • Video Production
  • Music Production

What Happens During STEM After School Club?

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Choice Time / Extended Day – 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?

After School Club Perks!

Classes: Club members at any level can take any Empow Weekend Club held at the Lexington or Newton Studios for FREE! (normally $95/mo). ASC members get a free weekend club for every block of ASC they sign up for. 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 get these at 10% off.

Half Days: We don’t charge extra for those random half-days that occur during the year! Professional Learning Days, Parent/Teacher Conferences, etc… We’re open earlier that day, free of charge, no matter what.

Schedule in Lexington & Newton

Lexington

Schedule

The Lexington STEM After School Club follows the Lexington Public School calendar. 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.

Mon: 3:00pm-6:30pm
Tue: 3:00pm-6:30pm
Wed: 3:00pm-6:30pm
Thu: 12:00pm-3:00pm & 3:00pm-6:30pm*
Fri: 3:00pm-6:30pm

*Thursday is a long day due to the Lexington early release schedule.

Snack & Lunch

Every day at ASC we provide a snack choice from popcorn, granola bars, crackers, and more. We do not provide lunch at our Studio, but do have emergency lunch plans available if needed.

Transportation

Empow Studios is 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 have our own drop off location as a part of the Lexington Bus Department’s Ride-After Program.

If you pay the $500 fee for the Ride-After program, we’d like to help. 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).

Lexpress is also available for middle school students to arrive at Depot Square from their respective school

Newton

Schedule

The Newton STEM After School Club follows the Newton Public School calendar. The week consists of 6 blocks (2 on Tuesday, and 1 on every other day). Families can sign up for the number of blocks that works best for their schedules. There is also an optional extended day until 6:30pm.

Mon: 2:30pm-6:00pm
Tue: 12:30pm-2:30pm, and 2:30pm-6:00pm*
Wed: 2:30pm-6:00pm
Thu: 2:30pm-6:00pm
Fri: 2:30pm-6:00pm

*Tuesday is a long day due to the Newton early release schedule. On Tuesdays, we serve lunch and run a special STEM “funtivity” at no additional charge.

Snack & Lunch

Every day at ASC we provide a snack choice from popcorn, granola bars, crackers, and more.

On Tuesdays, we provide a lunch as a part of your Tuesday tuition.

Transportation

Empow Studios is working diligently to have a solution available for parents who are in need of transportation from a local school to our Studio. Stay tuned.

After School Club Costs

Pricing per month 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, 2018, 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.

Empow’s After School Club has kids from in and around the town of Lexington. Our club members tend to come from ArlingtonBedford, Belmont, Brookline, Burlington, Cambridge, Chestnut Hill, Concord, Jamaica Plain, Lexington, Lincoln, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley, Weston, Winchester, and more.

Regulatory notice:

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 Lexington 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.

The Newton STEM After School Club is in the process of obtaining a license through the Department of Early Education and Care.

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