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ASES Students Kick Off Summer with Science

Throughout the last three weeks, students at seven Woodland Joint Unified School District (WJUSD) elementary schools participated in the After School Education and Safety (ASES) Summer Program, which offered students fun and engaging science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities.

Thanks to a grant from Genentech Inc., the ASES program was able to collaborate with Explorit, a nonprofit science center in Davis, to bring STEM activities to ASES students.

Starting June 12, Explorit’s educational specialists visited the ASES programs at Beamer, Dingle, Maxwell, Plainfield, Whitehead, Woodland Prairie and Freeman elementary schools to host activities for kindergarten through sixth grade students. The activities focused on light and sound exploration, energy and alternative energy. During each lesson, students worked on projects like creating circuit boards and racing solar cars.

 “The ASES program is very thankful that Chris Breazeale and the wonderful Explorit team were able to provide hundreds of our elementary students the opportunity to learn about STEM topics in a fun and engaging, hands-on approach,” said Phil Pinegar, WJUSD ASES Coordinator.  “Our students walked away with improved vocabulary, knowledge, and understanding of STEM activities. These types of enrichment opportunities increase student interest in STEM and will encourage many to pursue STEM related careers in their future.”

Thank you to Genentech and Explorit for supporting this dynamic learning opportunity for WJUSD students.