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Youth Programming

The Space fosters curiosity, experimentation, imagination, hands-on problem solving, and collaboration through the exploration of digital fabrication, gaming, electronics, robotics, digital literacy, computer programming, graphic design, AV production, design thinking, and more. We offer a variety of day camps, after school programs, and one-off workshops.

YOUTH PROGRAMMING INTEREST

We are planning out youth programming opportunities. We need your feedback to determine where to focus our energy. Please use the button below to submit an interest form. Email thespaceonmain@gmail.com with any questions!

AFTER SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION

Guest what?! BUS 6 from BES/OHS has an after school drop-off location at the corner of Main St + Bank St. This is perfect for attending programming at local community organizations such as The Space On Main, The Hub: Teen Center, and Bradford Public Library. (Note: Make sure your student has a note giving them permission to ride Bus 6 and be dropped off in front of Star Cat Books.)

SUMMER 2023: SPACE CAMPS

Students (ages 8-12) will be able to apply for one or multiple weeks. The progression of themes and skills will build off of each other, but will also be able to standalone. Space is limited to 16 students. All meals, materials, equipment-use, and instructor fees are included in tuition. Day camps run Monday through Friday 8:00am-4:00pm. Each camp blends STEM education with outdoor activities, guest speakers, and craft projects at Bradford Public Library. New in 2023, we are exploring the possibility of adding in short, local field trips. Registration information is coming soon. In the meantime, please feel free to fill out the Youth Programming Interest Form below.

[Jul 10 – Jul 14] Digital Fabrication
Students will explore 3D modeling, 3D printing, 2D design, and laser cutting. Equipment used will include Prusa 3D printers and a Full Spectrum Muse laser cutter. Example software used will include Autodesk Tinkercad and RetinaEngrave.

[Jul 24 – Jul 28] Robotics & Microcomputers
Students will explore robotics, microcomputers, block coding, and CircuitPython. Equipment used will include Sphero BOLT, micro:bit, and Circuit Playground. Example software used will include Sphero Edu, Microsoft MakeCode, Code.org App Lab, and Codecademy.

[Aug 07 – Aug 11] Web Development
Students will explore the basics of web design and development including user personas and accessibility. Students will step through designing a website from creating paper wireframes to coding using HTML and CSS. Example software used will include Sublime Text, W3Schools Codecademy, freeCodeCamp.

[Aug 14 – Aug 18] Game Design
Students will explore the stages of both board and video game design and development including brainstorming, paper prototyping, storyboarding, playtesting, design, production, and publishing. Example software used will include Bloxels, Procreate, and PyGamer.

Youth STEM Camp
Youth STEM Camp

SUMMER 2023: STEM FELLOWSHIP

[Jul 31 – Aug 04] NHAS STEM Fellowship: Machine Learning & Data Science
NH and VT students in Grades 8-9 interested in science and technology will receive extensive academic, personal, and family support to assist in advancement towards a STEM career throughout high school including:

  • Receive personalized college planning including seminars and one-on-one counseling
  • Participate in standardized test tutoring
  • Work with a dedicated mentoring team, including near-peers and professional scientists and engineers, to enable each participant the best pathways to colleges and STEM careers
  • Attend scientific seminars from a diverse group of regional scientists

The students chosen as NHAS STEM Fellows will be part of a distinguished group will participate in research programs following the timeline:

  • Summer 2023 – begin with a 1-week summer research orientation program
  • Academic Year 2023-24 – involvement in authentic research either remotely or on-site at one of our participating laboratories in our after-school program
  • Summer 2024 until high school graduation – conduct advanced physical science and engineering research during our 3-to-5-week summer Applied Scientific Research programs with flexibility to participate in our after-school programs

This multi-year program is offered at The Space On Main in partnership with the New Hampshire Academy of Science and supported by an Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teacher (ITEST) grant from the National Science Foundation.

GIRLS WHO CODE

The Space On Main is an official host of Girls Who Code. Girls Who Code is on a mission to close the gender gap in technology and to change the image of what a programmer looks like and does by providing a safe and supportive environment of peers and role models where students learn to see themselves as computer scientists. We work with the Sphero Robotics curriculum, Swift Playgrounds, edClub’s Typing Club, and a variety of web design and development programs. This program is offered at no cost thanks to support from the NH Charitable Foundation & Hypertherm HOPE Foundation.

Videos GHC at The Space: Check out this fun feature from Channel 3 WCAX News! And this interview Monique did with the Nevada County Tech Connection!

Dates & Times: TBD (Submit interest below.)

RISE: GENERATOR for Student Entrepreneurs

Looking for students with passion, purpose, and creativity. Want to make money off your hobby? Have a really cool business idea? Want to find ways to solve problems you see around you? Join the RISE Generator powered by CO.STARTERS to make your ideas happen. RISE Generator helps teens generate, test, and launch ideas.

Dates & Times: TBD (Submit interest below.)

MINECRAFT CLUB

The Space On Main is offering a Minecraft Club the last Sunday of the month to students in grades 3-5. Minecraft: Education Edition prepares students for the future, building future-ready skills like creativity, problem solving, and systems thinking, and nurturing a passion for play. Students will explore real-world issues in immersive, imaginative worlds; learn computational thinking with in-game coding; and build empathy through learning digital citizenship skills. We have 10 spots available. To reserve a spot, submit an application below. This program is offered at no cost thanks to support from the NH Charitable Foundation & Hypertherm HOPE Foundation.

Dates & Times: TBD (Submit interest below.)