Explorers After School Enrichment Program

STEAM AHEAD WITH EXPLORERS is a unique after-school program designed to provide Homer 33C students with an opportunity to explore different STEAM subject areas using interactive, hands-on learning experiences. Workshops are offered in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts (language and fine arts), and Math. Workshops are generally taught by professionals in their fields and provide diverse and unique learning opportunities.

New for 2018-19—EXPLORERS IS STEAMING INTO THE JUNIOR HIGH! In addition to the many workshops offered in grades kindergarten through sixth grade, the LEGO® Robotics workshop will be offered to the 7th and 8th grade students. Depending on demand, two 15-member teams will learn about coding and robotics using the EV3 Mindstorm kits. Students will use curriculum designed by the University of Illinois Will County Extension and 4-H Club to complete robotic projects. The workshops will culminate with a local competition in April, 2019.

Kindergarten workshops are conducted in the spring during the normal school day. First and second grade workshops are after school and all students are invited to participate. For grades third through sixth all students are welcome to participate in the science, technology and fine arts, workshops. The language arts and math workshops will continue to be offered to students who excel in those subject areas. Click on your child’s school at left for schedules, permission slips and other information.

Registration Information—Workshop information will be sent home in the Virtual Backpacks and in paper format. Online submission of permission slips is available thru the Virtual Backpack and at https://www.homerschools.org/learning/explorers-after-school-enrichment-program. Online registration is highly encouraged to ensure your child’s participation as workshops can fill up very quickly. Payment is also encouraged via EZSchoolPay as registration is not considered complete until payment is received.

A few things to remember when signing your child up for a workshop:

  • You are encouraged to complete the registration form on line. However, if you send in a paper form, be sure to fill out permission slip completely—don’t forget to check whether your child will be taking the after-school bus or not.
  • Though there is a due date on the permission slip, you are encouraged to register your child as soon as possible as the workshops are filled on a first-come basis.
  • If paying by check, please make payable to Homer CCSD 33-C--NOT your child's school. All check or cash payments should be sent to school in an envelope with your child's name, teacher, and workshop on it. Be prompt when picking up your child from the workshops; on the flip side, please do not pick up your child early as it disrupts the class.
  • Any questions or concerns—please contact Program Coordinator at kanorville@homerschools.org or 708-712-6543