Math and science go together, and exploring one is a natural way to reinforce the other. Science activities make math more concrete while math gives kids a concise way to explain science. Extra-curricular science and math groups for children are available as clubs or classes in schools, churches, libraries, community centres and private educational enrichment centres.
Mad Science Enrichment Classes
Mad Science is an educational enrichment company that offers school assemblies and after-school classes year round throughout the United States and in many countries. Topics include chemistry, crime scene forensics and physics subjects, including Newton's laws of motion.
8360 Bougainville Street, Suite 201
Canada H4P 2G1
1-800-586-5231, extension 104
Play-Well Engineering Fundamentals
Engineering brings together math and science to make a product. Play-Well TEKnologies offers school assemblies, camps and extra-curricular classes based on Legos blocks. While the preschool class focuses on building themes, such as airports and castles, older kids construct cities, catapults and motorised machines. Play-Well is located in California, Colorado and Washington and appears to be expanding soon to five more U.S. states.
216 Greenfield Avenue
San Anselmo, CA 94960
Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science
The Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science (IMACS) teaches after-school and weekend enrichment classes as well as summer camps in Connecticut, Florida, Missouri and North Carolina. IMACS emphasises its avoidance of "drill-and- kill" instruction through the use of "fun games, stories and puzzles to teach children logical reasoning and math skills."
7435 NW 4th Street
Plantation, FL 33317
Science Club for Girls
The Science Club for Girls meets after school at state schools, churches and community centres in Cambridge and Newton, Massachusetts. Groups of 8 to 10 girls, from kindergarten to seventh grade, meet with volunteer mentor-scientists and teen aides for classes covering a broad range of sciences. This group's website offers parents in other areas information about how to start a similar club.
Science Club for Girls
P.O. Box 390544
Cambridge, MA 02139
GEMS Club: Girls Excelling in Math and Science
GEMS Club, which is a national movement affiliated with the American Association of University Women, focuses on reversing the trend of girls "opting out of the worlds of math, science and technology." According to the GEMS website, there are now 20 clubs in the United States. For guidelines on how to start one, visit the GEMS website.
1111 Sixteenth Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
London's Science Museum STEM Clubs
Teachers and other adults in the United Kingdom who are interested in forming a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) club for children can receive training and resources from The Science Museum, which is based in London's South Kensington area and is 153 years old.
The Science Museum
London South Kensington
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