Our Awesome Mentorship Project, conceived as a program to have high schoolers do fun activities with or tutor elementary school students via the Internet during quarantine, has grown into a program beyond even our grandest hopes!. We had a successful 82 mentor pairs by our spring session’s end, and soon expanded it into a full-fledged virtual summer camp with 150 students and 80 teachers, that we ran along with a summer session of AMP. We could not have done this without the gracious support of the parents, the enthusiastic kids, and the devoted teachers and mentors, so thank you all!
But, we’re not done–we are offering a fall session of AMP! We anticipate that like the spring, many will be staying at home more, especially as the winter months settle in, so this program is a great way for mentor and mentee alike to bond and spend time together!
Stay safe everyone and we hope to see you all in person really soon!
Missed our first FLL Info Night? Come to our second one!
September 14, 2020
For those who missed our first FLL Info night, we’ll be hosting a second virtual info night on Wednesday, September 23th at 7 pm to introduce parents to FIRST LEGO League (FLL) and how to get involved. to learn how to build and program a LEGO robot to solve specific problems. The goal is to create a fun and friendly atmosphere for learning.
If parents can’t make the info night or need more information, there is additional information included at the bottom. Parents are encouraged to talk to their children to see if they’re interested. We can’t wait to see you all there!
The Ligerbots end of summer activities included hosting a virtual FLL Info Night on Monday August 24th! We introduced the parents to FIRST and FLL, talked about our own experiences with FLL, and showed them how to get involved and start a team. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we also discussed 2020 changes to the game to ensure safety for all.
The LigerBots will be hosting its annual FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) information night online on August 24, 2020, at 8 PM. If you would like to attend — or cannot attend but are interested — please fill out this form. You can also email [email protected] for more information. You can find more information about FLL here.
cAMP wrapped up Session 3 — hear what our students made!
This week the LigerBots wrapped up the third session of cAMP and we’ve been amazed at the amount of enthusiasm and support for this program. Teachers and students alike have been having so much fun learning and gaining new skills.
Each of our two-week sessions ends with a showcase in which the students show off something that they accomplished. On Friday we saw cool CAD creations of a living room, dream house bedroom, and a library! From the music class, we listened to songs authored by students in under six hours that sound crazy professional as well! One student even showed off a drawing of a well constructed Aquaponics system.
In addition to learning, some students have used the time to continue seeing their friends and meet new people with similar interests. This summer we’ll reach around 200 students from Newton and Lexington, Needham, Boston, Brookline, to even kids outside of Massachusetts coming from states like New Jersey and Ohio.
Our teen counselors gain the experience of teaching and interacting with younger students while building their resumé and having fun! We couldn’t do this without them. Providing a way for them to teach topics they were passionate about to so many different grade levels not only benefited the students but helped them learn through teaching. Our camp is taught by almost 100 counselors that are not only from Newton, but other cities including Andover, Cambridge, Brookline, and many more.
As we enter our fourth session of cAMP, we hope to continue our mission of motivating kids to continue being learners.