Learn With Us
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+When do we meet?
Valley TEAMS meets on Sunday nights from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Our spring session begins on February 11th and ends in early May.
+Who can join?
We welcome kids who are noisy or quiet, short or tall, silly or serious. We welcome the weird kids, the cool kids, and everybody in between. There are only a few requirements:
Students must be enrolled in 4th or 5th grade.
Students must be willing to follow safety instructions from adult volunteers and wear safety gear.
Students must be willing to communicate and work with other students. We don't expect everyone to be an extrovert, but we believe that we learn and create better when we work together.
Valley TEAMS welcomes all children regardless of gender, race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or disability.
+How do I sign up?
It's simple! Just click here to send us a message and let us know you're coming.
+What does a typical class look like?
6:00 - 6:20 - Welcome and Spirituality Conversation - We open each night with a chance to reconnect with one another and engage in a conversation about our calling. We discuss topics like using our creativity to help others, protecting God's creation, and how we are called to use our gifts.
6:20 - 6:40 - Concept Lesson - Tinkering Time - This activity engages students in a quick lesson to reinforces a lesson from a previous week or introduce a new concept to support future activities. Example lessons include learning about electric circuits, exploring air pressure, how to properly use a saw, how gears work, making batteries from pennies and washers, building the world's best paper airplane, and more.
6:40 - 7:40 - Main Activity - Students split into teams of two to four to complete the night's project or challenge. The students take a few minutes to brainstorm and plan with their teams and then start the project. Example projects include rubber band cars, light-up bugs, air-pressure rockets, soldering glass, quilting, and alarms. Adult volunteers are available to guide students throughout the process.
7:40 - 8:00 - Demo and Cleanup - Students gather back together to clean up our makerspace and demonstrate what they've built. We celebrate our successes and learn from our failures.
+Safety and supervision
At Valley TEAMS, we teach our students to use various tools in their projects. These tools include hammers, saws, glue guns, soldering irons, craft knives, rechargeable screwdrivers, shop scissors, and more. These tools are appropriate for students, but could be dangerous if used incorrectly. We insist that students wear safety glasses when working with all tools and safety gloves when using cutting tools. Adult volunteers teach the right way to handle tools and watch for dangerous situations. We cap the size of our classes so that each adult has a reasonable number of students to supervise. We also encourage students to help their teammates remain safe while handling tools.