UNION, NJ – From STEM to chess, and writing to sewing, there’s a lot being offered by the Union Recreation Department.  Check out these virtual programs:

STEM VIRTUAL CLASSES USING LEGO®

Take your creativity to the next level as Play-Well classes go virtual.  Build engineer-designed projects and learn new building techniques over Zoom with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor.  Encounter practical real-world STEM concepts while learning from and connecting virtually with other young engineers.  With the specialized kit of LEGO® materials that is included in the cost of the program, kids will have everything they need to take their LEGO® building at home to the next level.

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Grades 2- 5

         Jan. 25 – March 1 (Mondays)

         5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

         $90 per child (six sessions)

Grades K-3

         Jan. 21 – March 11 (Thursdays)

         4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

         $105 per child (seven sessions)

BUILT BY ME STEM LEARNING

Be the Game Designer with Scratch MIT

Learn how to code and create simple games using Scratch MIT, a block-based coding developed by MIT.  Each session our instructor will guide the participants to build a new different game or program.

To take part in the program virtually, you must have access to a laptop or Chromebook with a webcam as well as an internet connection with access to Zoom and Scratch MIT.

-Grades 3 – 5

         Jan. 19 – Feb. 23 (Tuesdays)

         4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

         $100 per student (limited space, six students max)

 Be the Game Designer with Python 1

In this program, coders will learn how to make simple video games with Pygame Zero game design tool and Python programming language.  Young coders will learn about data types, user-input, conditional statements, loops, defining functions and will be able to write simple codes and games by the end of the program.

To take part in the program, you must have access to a Windows or Mac (not Chromebook) with a webcam as well as an internet connection with access to Zoom.  Must install Mu Editor (https://codewith.mu/en/download.

-Grades 5 – 8

         Jan. 20 – Feb. 24 (Wednesdays)

         4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

         $100 per student (limited space, six students max)

THE WRITER’S CIRCLE

New creative writing workshops.  These one-day workshops will help students build confidence and improve their creative writing through imaginative prompts and exercises.

Story Magic

         Jan. 18

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

         Grades 3 – 6

         $10

Tween/Teen Writer’s Circle

         Jan. 18

         Grades 7 – 12

         11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

         $10

VIRTUAL OPEN GYM

We’re bringing yoga and exercise classes right into your living room.  Held interactively on zoom.

All classes run from Jan. 18 – March 25

Adult Fitness with Steve Hightower

         Pain Management

                  Mon. – 6:30 – 7:15 p.m.

         Fitness Over 30

                  Wed. – 7:15 – 8:00 p.m.

Youth Fitness with Mike Firestone

         Grades K – 5

                  Mon. – 7:15 – 7:45 p.m.

         Grades 6 – 12

                  Wed. – 7:15 – 7:45 p.m.

Yoga with Bernadette Burke

         Grades K – 5

                  Tues. & Thurs. – 6:30 – 7:00 p.m.

         Grades 6 – 12

                  Tues. – 7:15 – 8:00 p.m.

         Adults 18+

                  Thurs. – 7:15 – 8:00 p.m.

Special equipment is not required, however, items like a yoga mat, yoga blocks and free weights can improve your experience.

Due to the physical nature of these classes, children must be supervised to ensure their safety.

–       $20 per participant per program ($2/week)

–       Advanced registration is required.  Online registration begins Dec. 16. 

VIRTUAL CHESS PROGRAM

This virtual chess program will be taught by professional chess teacher Martin Kenny who has taught classes all over New Jersey for the last twenty years.  Mr. Kenny will teach students the fundamentals of playing one of the world’s oldest and most well-known games.  Playing chess requires children to problem solve, critically think and concentrate – skills that can benefit them in the classroom and later in life. 

A list of easily accessible supplies (i.e., paper and pencils to take notes) will be provided before the program begins.

         – For children in first through sixth grade

         – $100

FASHION FIRST VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS

Designed for girls and boys interested in fashion.

No-Sew Doll Clothes Collection

In this weekly class, student designers will explore and recreate a classic silhouette by choosing fabric, sketching a design and fitting their favorite doll.

         – Children in grades 2 – 5

         – Fridays, Jan 15 through March 5

         – 4:15 – 5:15 p.m.

         – $125

T-Shirt into Tote Bag Workshop

This one-day workshop will teach students how to upcycle an old t-shirt into a trendy new tote bag.  No sewing required.  All you need is a t-shirt and scissors.

         – Children in grades 2 – 12

         – Friday, Feb. 12

         – 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

         – $10





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