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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

During an Empow Studios Summer STEM Camp, an Empow Studios camp counselor works with kids on their 3D modeling projects
Girls learning to code at Empow Studios

What’s new at STEM After School Club?

  • Advanced tracks in 3D Video Game Design using Unity;
  • Equipment & curriculum to support engineering, with projects using circuits, Arduino, and electronics;
  • New advanced curriculum for the self-proclaimed “gurus” in Java, Minecraft, Digital Audio, and more;
  • Major improvements to our learning system UI, making it easier for kids to conquer quests and earn badges;
  • Wider breadth of Minecraft: Education Edition, including modding, animation via command blocks, advanced Redstone, and more.

2018 Transportation Plan for After School

updated as of May 16, 2018

We have safe transportation options from Lexington and Newton Public Schools

Sign up for After School Club

Lexington STEM After School Club

2018 – 2019 School Year

Our 2018 – 2019 Lexington STEM After School Club is now open for registration! Sign up now to reserve your seat in our EEC-licensed After School program.

If the block you would like to sign up for is taken, please join our waiting list here.

Lexington: Register for 2018-2019

Newton STEM After School Club

2018 – 2019 School Year

Our 2018 – 2019 Newton STEM After School Club is now open for registration! Sign up now to reserve your seat in our EEC-licensed After School program.

Newton: Register for 2018-2019

Newton Weekday Tech Clubs

Not looking for the full after school care program? Sign up for only the enrichment class from 4:30pm-6:00pm.

Newton: See our Weekday Schedule
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2018 Winner of Best Enrichment and After-School Program

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2017 Winner of Best Enrichment and After-School Program

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.

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.

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

*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.

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 April 30th, 2018, you will get the last month free (June). This only applies if you attend for the full duration of the school year.

To reserve a seat in our After School program starting in the Fall, you are required to pay for the first month in advance, which is non-refundable after July 1st. We do this because we are reserving a seat for your child, and often have to turn other families away to keep your spot in our program.

See our policy for cancellations and refund terms.

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, creating redstone mechanisms in Minecraft, playing a board game, testing games their fellow students have made, etc.

Snack break – 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 support – 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 jump right into project time.

Project Time – Kids choose from our 3 core domains of technology curriculum: Digital Arts & Design, Robotics & Electronics, and Coding & Game Design. Tracks within each domain consist of:

  • Digital Arts & Design – Stop Motion Animation, Digital Animation, 3D Modeling & Printing, Electronic Music Production, Architecture
  • Robotics & Gadgets – LEGO EV3 Robotics, Arduino, Electronics, Circuitry
  • Coding & Game Design – 2D & 3D Video Game Design, Scratch, Greenfoot, Java

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.

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.

Empow’s Lexington After School Club has kids from in and around the Town of Lexington. We serve the communities of Acton, Arlington, Andover, Bedford, Belmont, Burlington, Cambridge, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Jamaica Plain, Lincoln, Maynard, Newton, Reading, Salem, Stoneham, Wakefield, Waltham, Winchester, Woburn, and more.

Empow’s Newton After School Club has kids from in and around the City of Newton. We serve the communities of Arlington, Auburndale, Belmont, Boston, Brighton, Brookline, Cambridge, Canton, Chestnut Hill, Concord, Dedham, Dover, Framingham, Franklin, Hopkinton, Jamaica Plain, Lexington, Mansfield, Middleboro, Milton, Natick, Needham, Newton, Newton Centre, Newton Highlands, North Attleboro, Norwood, Roslindale, Sharon, Sudbury, Walpole, Wayland, Wellesley, Wellesley Hills, West Newton, West Roxbury, Weston, Westwood, 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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