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After School Adventures

New classes with flexible weekly pricing! Sign up for the entire session, or just the weeks you need.

Create your adventure! After School Adventures provides unique programs for children throughout San Ramon. These convenient and flexible programs are designed to teach new and meaningful skills, develop new interests and hobbies. 

Explore the enrichment class options for the fall session below. For more information such as the locations, dates and pricing click the links for more information. For a look a the full class schedule for winter check out the After School Adventures schedule page

Chess Class
Instructor: Berkeley Chess School
Chess is fun and can be learned quickly and easily. Studies have found that chess helps improve test results in reading, science, and math, and produces growth in critical cognitive skills. Beyond academia, chess influences social behavior including self-esteem, respect for others, patience, and good sportsmanship. And did we mention: it's FUN! Berkeley Chess School has been teaching State Chess Champions since 1982.

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Little Medical School Classes
Instructor: Little Medical School

Little Sports Medicine 
Come explore the exciting world of sports medicine with Little Medical School. With your white coat and reflex hammer, learn how real doctors do an assessment for sports injuries. Learn about common problems from playing sports such as sprains, strains, and athlete's foot and how to diagnosis and treat them. See what it is like to be an orthopedic surgeon and perform Tommy John Surgery. Make a model of the hand and see how the tendons and ligaments work and what can go wrong.
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Chinese Immersion Programs

Instructor: Pinnacle Learning
For more information visit pinnaclelearning.org

Chinese Immersion - I can speak Chinese
Chinese Immersion for Beginners and Basic Speakers: This class is designed to motivate and foster students’ interest in learning Chinese as their second language. Students will embark on a meaningful journey in which they will develop a joy and appreciation of the Chinese language, ultimately it will lead them to a skillful and successful bilingual. The emphasis of the class is to make learning fun and effective through interesting games and activities, arts and crafts, Chinese music and songs as well as storytelling. The goal is to have students learn Chinese naturally in an interactive and immersive setting, so that students embrace Chinese language and culture with confidence and enthusiasm. At the end of the session, students will take home their creations, workbooks and fun projects. $15 Materials Fee.
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Intermediate Chinese Immersion 
You’ve embarked on an exciting journey to become bilingual, now let’s take your Chinese to the next level through the intermediate Chinese class. This class is suitable for learner who have mastered a minimum of 500 characters, can understand and speak Chinese. In this session students will be completely immersed in the Chinese language and culture while learning intermediate conversational Chinese, increasing reading comprehension, accelerating speaking fluency, reducing tonal errors and expanding vocabulary. A $15 materials fee is payable to the instructor on the first day of class. 
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Chinese Immersion - Developing Reading, Speaking and Writing Skills
Come and join our journey to experience the joys and benefits of being bilingual. In this session children will be completely immersed in the Chinese language and culture while learning to speak, read, and write Chinese. The materials are presented by highly educated and experienced bilingual teachers with children centered topics and materials. The program emphasizes making learning fun and effective. Students will learn Chinese by participating in interesting games and activities, making arts and crafts, singing Chinese songs, performing Chinese plays, making story books, etc.

The goal of this program is to:
Foster children’s interest and love for learning Chinese
Help children develop and extend their language skills
Embrace the art of lifetime learning with confidence and enthusiasm
Develop a deep appreciation for Chinese language, culture, and traditions

This Total Chinese Immersion program offers excellent immersive experiences for both the beginners and basic speakers with fun, hands-on activities and real-life applications. $15 Materials Fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class.

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Challenge Island Classes
Instructor: Challenge Island 

Slime Squad
Are you slime crazy? Do you love making squishy, squeezy stuff? Then Challenge Island® Slime Squad is the place for you! You and a tribeful of friends will dive into a new slime-filled world every day, from alien ooze to ghostly goo to monster muck to lava, too. No matter how you stretch it, Challenge Island® Slime Squad promises to be a STEAM-riffic adventure of a lifetime. $10 Supply Fee.
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Time Machine Island 
This session’s challenges will take place on the action-packed Time Machine Island! You and your tribe will build a time machine to take you to historical destinations like Gold Rush Mountain, Pyramid Peak, and Pinball Wizard Way. This incredible island is sure to be a hit so sign up before your spot is history!
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What is Challenge Island?

Challenge Island is a red hot and fast growing international educational enrichment program on the forefront of S.T.E.A.M. Education and 21st Century Learning. Founded by award-winning educator, author, and freelance parenting/education journalist Sharon Duke Estroff, the program takes children on exciting imaginative journeys to an array of thematic islands. Each island is made up of numerous whimsical 'destinations' where children work in collaborative tribes on action-packed challenges using only the materials in their treasure chests and their creativity. From chemistry to art, engineering to music, and geometry to mythology, the 'island' format allows for enormous flexibility in offering cross curricular material while developing communication, collaboration, and flexible thinking skills for elementary school age kids.

Public Speaking and Debate Classes
Instructor: Gurus Education 

Young Masters: Writing & Presenting Skills
Confident speakers articulate themselves clearly. Learning how to express oneself in groups with skill and confidence has immeasurable benefits in school, family and life. The goal of our programs is to teach students how to speak confidently, write effectively and think critically in public setting to connect with their audience. Our programs enhance students’ writing, active listening, communication & critical thinking skills through various presentations, activities, games, and writing on interesting topics!!

We make learning EASY & FUN!!!
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Tips to Become A Successful Presenter and Writer
Making your biggest fear, your greatest triumph. In your life, no matter your occupation, at some point you will be asked to deliver a presentation. In order for you to be an effective speaker, your communication, verbal, nonverbal, and written skills must be consistent. In this advance level of course learn to make an impact with creative writing using different genres. An effective presentation includes good content, organization, delivery, audience, and analysis and our tools teach students these vital skills in 6 steps.

Our goal is to prepare every child for SUCCESS!
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S.M.A.R.T: Speaking. Money. Active Life-Style. Refutations. Technology.
One Course, 5 Subjects! 


SPEECH Tournament on 3/7 (winners will be recognized). Making your biggest fear, your greatest triumph!!

A comprehensive Program building smart confident students by teaching them essential life-skills: Public Speaking with Confidence, Writing, Debating, Money Management, Nutrition and Personal Hygiene and more. 

*Master of the skills used in public speaking will greatly enhance your success. An effective presentation includes good content, organization, delivery, audience, and analysis and our tools teach students these vital skills in 8 easy steps!!

*Students will benefit by learning healthy living styles and personal finance skills, money management concepts and the value of saving and spending wisely. These decisions will make a great impact in shaping their lives.

Fun, Adventurous and Exciting workshops every week!!
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Snapology Classes
Instructor: Snapology of the Tri-Valley

Adventures in Star Wars ® using LEGO®
If you love Star Wars® and LEGO® than these are the classes for you!
Week 1: Let’s make our own LEGO® movie about Star Wars®. Whether you know it or not, create your movie scene images. Can we make our own movie as a class? Awaken the Force within You!

Week 2: Star Wars® takes place in space so there’s no way we can avoid making our own ships. Ships to fly through space or to do? Whatever you decide, but can we make rig it up to fly in our own way or create parts of it that can move? Let’s try!

Week 3: Can you design your own light saber or blaster? Of course, you can! Then let’s make some targets and see what kind of a shot you are. Can you?

Week 4: We awakened the Force now we need teamwork. Nothing could be done without all your Star Wars® friends – Luke, Han, Leia, Rey, BB8, Chewbacca, Yoda…the list goes on. Can you work together and figure out our mazes together? Can we get out? Which team can create the longest, hardest maze to get out?
 
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Mini-Figure Mania MashUp
One of the most favorite LEGO® parts are mini-figures. These classes will have us shrink down to size into our own mini-figure world!

Week 1: What kind of mini-figure world shall we create? It’s up to you to design your own architecture of what it shall be. What will this world look like?

Week 2: The great outdoors with mini-figures racing all over the place. Let’s design how we’ll get around in our mini-world. What kind of ride will yours be?

Week 3: Let’s go on a mini-figure adventure! Adventure can only mean one thing – suspense. Can you figure out how to get your mini-figures off the mountain to safety? We’ll figure it out together!

Week 4: Our mini-figure world risks the moment of it toppling all down or not. Can you build tall structure and keep it strong enough to survive an earthquake? It will be a challenge but let’s give it a try! 

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Fun with Programming Classes
Instructor: Fun with Academics 

Fun with Robotic Programming - Zoom, Zoom 
Have fun learning how to program a robotic ball! Write code to make it move, spin, change colors, and find its way out of a maze. Students will learn the fundamentals of computer programming and will see how the commands that they issue directly control the robotic ball. Each class will include Open Lab time where students will have an opportunity to get creative and choose what they want to work on! All necessary equipment will be provided for use during class. Great for beginners or continuing students. No prerequisites required.
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Fun with Programming - Create
Have fun learning how to write computer programs! We will explore writing code to have Minecraft do fun and useful things, such as building structures in a snap or teleporting to different places! Students will learn the fundamentals of computer programming using the versatile language, Python, and will be able to immediately see the results of their code. Each class will include Open Lab time where students will have an opportunity to get creative and choose what they want to work on! All necessary equipment will be provided for use during class. Great for beginners or continuing students. No prerequisites required.
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Fun with Programming - Presto! 
Have fun learning how to write computer programs! We will explore coding interactive interfaces in Minecraft that allow a user to do powerful and magical things with just a keystroke! Students will learn the fundamentals of computer programming using the versatile language, Python, and will be able to immediately see the results of their code.Each class will include Open Lab time where students will have an opportunity to get creative and choose what they want to work on! All necessary equipment will be provided for use during class. Great for beginners or continuing students. No prerequisites required.
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Crazy Chemworks with Mad Science
Instructor: Mad Science

Crazy Chemworks 

Use your hands as a real Mad Scientist in this whirlwind class on how a lab works! Students will learn to recognize chemical reactions and mix up a few reactive ingredients for some sensational results. We will explore the pH extremes with our Reaction Tubes in what is sure-to-be a popping experience! Create slime using the Mad Science recipe, and then enter the Slime Olympics to test your polymers. Probe the properties of light and explore some unusual applications of glow-in-the-dark technology! We will melt metal in boiling water and freeze water with just a breath of dry ice!

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Cooking Classes
Instructor: Chef Chelsea

Culinary Trip Around the World

From America to France learn the most popular dishes that you’ll love to make at home. Young aspiring cooks will learn basic cooking techniques, terminology, with a focus on knife skills, safety & sanitation, food groups, and kitchen skills to last a lifetime.  All students will receive recipes at the end of each class.  Allergy safe-no nuts used.  Not a gluten free or meat free class.

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Bricks 4 Kidz Weekly Mashup Adventures
Instructor: Bricks 4 Kidz

World Engineering with LEGO®
See how the world around us works and looks through the eyes of LEGO®. From animals and energy to construction equipment, race cars and space travel, we'll explore our world by learning about and building some of the engineering marvels that we encounter every day. Each motorized lesson introduces key terminology related to each build as well as reinforces S.T.E.M. and CORE concepts. So come build with us!

Classes follow the Bricks 4 Kidz motto: We Learn, We Build, We Play with… LEGO® Bricks
•We Learn – Teachers provide an interactive lesson, introducing and exploring the key concepts
•We Build – Students build the model of the day with simple step by step instructions
•We Play – Students explore their own creativity by modifying their build, or through creative play

Bricks 4 Kidz Video: https://vimeo.com/156578875

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Writing Classes
Instructor: Lekha Ink

Adventures in Writing
You are the creator of your world. Wherever your imagination takes you: whether it be a space adventure, a mystery to be solved, or a trip back in time. Students will be guided to infuse their writing with vivid imagery, descriptive prose and powerful, exciting endings. The elements of story writing will be discussed and utilized. This class is an ongoing class throughout the year. Poetry is the focus for winter, essay writing will follow in the spring. 

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