Bricks4Kidz is Back!

UPDATE

Click here for the fall registration form for Bricks 4 Kidz! 

Can't make it to this fall's session? No worries. We have sessions coming in Winter and Spring too! 

Winter Dates: 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10

Spring Dates: 4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5, 5/12, 5/19, 6/2


Bricks 4 Kidz will be back at TVA in October 2016!

Look for registration information coming soon. 

Class will be from 2:15-3:15 on the following dates: 

October 14, 21, and 28, November 4, 11, and 18, and December 2 and 9. 

About Bricks 4 Kidz:

Bricks 4 Kidz is devoted to providing an extraordinary atmosphere for children, where we learn, we build and we play with LEGO Bricks. Classes are designed to teach teh fundamentals of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, built around our proprietary model plans, created by engineers and architects. At Bricks 4 Kidz, we believe that kids learn best through activities that engage their curiosity and creativity.

Goals: 

  • Introduce engineering and architecture principles
  • Explore all four of the S.T.E.M. concepts; science, technology, engineering and math
  • Increase general knowledge through discussions related to each model
  • Develop social/emotional skills such as patience, teamwork and communication
  • Enhance self-esteem by solving problems and completing projects
  • Improve fine and gross-motor skills as children manipulate small components
  • Utilize multiple learning modalities to engage visual, kinesthetic, interpersonal and auditory learning styles
  • Teach important classroom skills such as organization and following directions
  • Foster an appreciation for how things work

 

After School Chess Club

Does your child enjoy a challenge? TVA's Chess Wizards after school chess club may be for them! 

Students in Chess Wizards will have fun lessons, exciting tournaments, fun team activities and more! 

For more information and to sign up, click here. We look forward to seeing you in Chess Wizards!

Amazon Rainforest Binocular Service Project

Help Mr. Kahler get more binoculars to Lucio! 

Donate binoculars to help teachers in the Peruvian Amazon

Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest have been working with local bird guides and Peruvian teachers to bring the BirdSleuth-International curriculum into remote schools along the Amazon River. Lucio Pando, one of several extraordinary guides in the area, enthusiastically shares his knowledge and love of birds with adults and children alike. He admits to watching birds even during his off time at home, he just can't help himself. Like many of us who are addicted to watching birds, Lucio's binoculars are a permanent fixture around his neck. While talking with Lucio, Mr. Kahler learned he does not have adequate access to binoculars and field guides needed for teaching students in local villages. So, last spring Mr. Kahler was overjoyed when one of his former students donated several pairs of gently used binoculars.

On July 8, 2015 twenty Peruvian teachers arrived at the Amazon Library in small motorized boats to attend a BirdSleuth workshop presented by Lilly Briggs from Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The Amazon Library is run by CONAPAC, a Peruvian non-profit organization that leads conservation and sustainable development projects in the Amazon. During this workshop Lilly, Lucio and Mr. Kahler took these teachers on a short bird walk along the bank of the Amazon River. The teachers were all smiles and filled with excitement as they took turns looking for birds. Having never used binoculars before, they got great looks at some most cooperative birds. As the teachers listened to Lucio share his extensive knowledge, they wanted to know how he became such an expert. For Lucio it was a deeply meaningful opportunity to inspire fellow countrymen and women to take a closer look at the incredible bird diversity found all around them. After the workshop, Mr. Kahler handed the binoculars off to a very grateful Lucio, who is now using the binoculars with the teachers and their students. 

We want to support Lucio and his colleagues in their important work training up the next generation of Peruvian naturalists and bird guides. Your donation of gently used waterproof optics will greatly help Lucio's efforts. So if you have an extra pair of binoculars, please consider saving them for this project. Watch for more information and shipping instructions coming this fall! Teacher participants in the 2017 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest will personally deliver your binocular donation to Lucio and the teachers he works with along the Peruvian Amazon. 

Bricks4Kidz Registration is Open!

Registration for the Bricks4Kidz after-school classes is OPEN! The link is below. Class size is limited to 18, so you will want to sign up as soon as possible.

Bricks 4 Kidz after-school classes deliver a high quality educational program where kids experience the hands-on fun of motorized and brick model construction using LEGO® bricks.

We Learn… Problem solving & critical thinking skills are developed while creativity and self-confidence are encouraged. Lessons teach S.T.E.M based concepts across a variety of subjects like gear ratio, torque and friction, geography, space exploration, weather and MORE!

We Build… Classes are multi-age with 2 levels of builds for each class; a beginner model for K-2, and advanced model for Grades 3-5. Working with a partner, students build a new model each week, from concept to completion.

We Play… Math & Science are applied to real world situations while architecture and engineering concepts are explored through challenges and creative free play.

Grades: K – 5th
Fee: $70.00 for 7 week session

Friday Class Dates:
April 15, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20, 27

For a full class description and to register online, please visit their website.

For questions, please email: b4k.oregon@gmail.com

Eagles Gear Clothing Exchange

Do you have Eagles uniforms or other sports gear or clothing ready to hand down? If so, check out TVA Home and School on Facebook! We will be having a FREE clothing exchange starting February 9! 

It's super easy: you post a picture of what you have and the first person to reply: TAKEN gets it! Then arrange to meet at school to trade the items.