Provided by the NEW School, Inc.
The NEW School, Inc. is preparing to open its doors following their ribbon cutting ceremony on April 15, 2016. The organization is revving up its programming, in large response to the call for more fun, hands-on learning activities aimed at preparing youth to be ready for an array of workforce fields. This uniquely designed learning center will provide a variety of activities in the areas of S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), robotics, career exploration, and volunteer engagement. In addition, homework help and SAT preparation classes will be offered to assist college-bound high school students in navigating through the recent restructured test.
The camps and after-school programs provided will be for children ages 8-18. “We [The NEW School] are excited about serving students as a nonprofit organization,” said Vice President, Keeyana Mahoney. “Our value to the community will come as we grow to be a resource to families and children.” Mahoney continues to explain The NEW School’s purpose as a community organization. “We will also be able to provide a positive opportunity that wouldn’t otherwise exist for kids who desire to take part in tech programs around them, and at an affordable cost for families.”
In addition to after school resources, and summer camps, The NEW School will premier its robotics curriculum; focusing on FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) and VEX IQ. Headed up by Denyse Carroll, Education Coordinator for SPARK, the Education Foundation for Prince William County Public Schools, the robotics courses will bring an impactful focus; instructing kids on the design, programming and teamwork of the creative programs from start to finish.
With supplemental computers, essential for the implementation of FLL and VEX IQ, the Virginia STAR program stepped up and assisted by preparing the donation of desk top and laptop computers. “Our partnership with Chuck Drake, VA Star State
Coordinator, the Virginia STAR students and staff, and Prince William County Schools, has proven to be an invaluable resource,” said Executive Director, Alice Mergler. “The computers they will be donating will help to continue the legacy of education around us.” The NEW School is currently partnering with such organizations as Tri-Ed Tutoring, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA -Manassas) and Camp Invention, to provide an all-around, world-class experience for local area youth and prepare them for the 21st Century and beyond.