Harambee After School Academy (HASA)
We are excited to offer Watoto the unique opportunity to extend their academic day in the Harambee After School Academy. With a focus on STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Science) watoto will engage in an innovative and robust program that will give them hands on learning opportunities in these four areas. Below are descriptions of some of the programs Watoto experience.
Turning my Legos Creation into a Robot
Learning to code through LEGO® gives watoto the opportunity to use a physical problem-solving tool in their coding exercises. Their code comes to life in ways they can see, hear, touch and even chase across the room.
Give it Life
The Arduino hardware and software will allow watoto to interact with buttons, LEDs, motors, speakers, GPS units, cameras, the Internet, and even your smart-phone or your TV! Arduino hardware and software was designed for artists, designers, hobbyists, hackers, newbies, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.
I Built This City
Watoto will become familiar with the open-ended city building computer game series using SimCity. Although this is a “game” it will gives Watoto the technological and creative base of the engineering and design process. In this game the player is given the task of building a city while also managing, developing and maintaining a budget that must be followed in order to complete the task.
HASA is staffed with committed educators, highly skilled program facilitators and a dynamic team of program directors that are dedicated to ensuring that Watoto are exposed to all that is available in the youth STEM arena. In conjunction with the STEM programming HASA also provides the academic support necessary to improve achievement both in and out of the classroom. The HASA schedule provides a structure that allows students to receive homework support as well as grade level instruction in math and literacy in an effort to reinforce and enrich skills being taught within their regular school day.
We encourage you to check the website regularly as it will be updated monthly with new programming and pictures/videos of student engagement. The site will also post announcements along with a calendar of events for watoto and wazazi to take part in.