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Free STEAM classes open to elementary students

Water Street Studios to sign up Batavians

A class project is the dendritic painting collaborative board.
A class project is the dendritic painting collaborative board.

BATAVIA – Registration is underway for Ripple Effect, a free, after-school STEAM course for students in third, fourth and fifth grade in Batavia.

The three-week course teaches science, technology, engineering and math topics using the arts. The program is provided by Water Street Studios and is free to Batavia area students thanks to the support of the Dunham Fund.

During the coming school year, each elementary school will host eight identical weekly sessions from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. starting in September. Families may choose a three-week session that best fits their schedule. The three grades will be combined for the classes. Private and home-educated students in Batavia may attend the sessions held at Water Street Studios in Batavia.

Locations offering Ripple Effect this year will be J.B. Nelson, H.C. Storm, Hoover-Wood, Alice Gustafson, Grace McWayne and Louise White schools, as well as Batavia Apartments for resident students only and Water Street Studios for private and home-schooled pupils.

Batavia private schools include Holy Cross, Immanuel Lutheran and Batavia Montessori. Home-schooled students from the Dunham Fund service area between Geneva and Montgomery also are welcome.

Water Street Studios provides new curriculum for the program annually. For the coming school year, students will learn about dendrites and fractals in nature and in math. Students will learn two different ways to create dendrites with paint and chemistry.

Each 12-student class will create a collaborative piece of artwork that will go on public display. Both art and STEM vocabulary will be reinforced with each new project.  All art instructors are trained employees of Water Street Studios.

Parents can visit the Water Street Studios website for more information and to register online at waterstreetstudios.org/ripple-effect.

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