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STEM Festival to feature free fun for kids

March 19th, 2017 development
STEM Festival to feature free fun for kids

By SanTan Sun News staff

New World Learning Academy, a new STEM-based preschool in Chandler, is inviting families to a free event with activities for kids of all ages from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 8.

The STEM Festival will feature demonstrations of technology programs for kids by FutureKiddie, Kodable and, hands-on science experiments led by area Girl Scouts, a Michelangelo drawing station and other art activities, outdoor games, a photo booth, Bridge Engineering and Magic Milk experiments, snacks, beverages, prize drawings and discounts for parents who register their child during the event.

The event is in announcement of summer camps and other programs at the innovative new preschool founded by Tracie Younce.

“Our country’s ability to improve and thrive with a modern workforce relies upon giving our kids a solid foundation in math and science,” she said. “Introducing STEM at an early age, while kids are fascinated by everything around them, instills a curiosity and love of learning that will stay with them throughout their lives. I wanted to create a school that gets young children excited about these subjects.”

Most preschools are play- or day care-based, she added.

“At New World, we play, but we play with intent—to learn how to collaborate and problem-solve,” she adds.

The new school, located at 900 E. Pecos Rd., Suite 8, offers camps and other programs to introduce young children to science, technology, engineering and math with an additional emphasis on reading, language and Character Education.

“In our-fast moving world with so much technology around us, many children are missing vital socio-emotional skills,” Younce said. “Through Character Education, we also help students develop these life skills at an early age so they understand the core values of respect, citizenship and responsibility.”

In addition to an Accelerated Academic Curriculum, students will be actively engaged in fine arts, including music, art and Spanish, she said.

The school is offering the weekly summer camps programs for ages 3-7 starting on June 5 and running through July 21. Themes of the camps include “Treasure Hunters – Princesses and Pirates,” “Super Heroes,” “Under the Sea” and other imaginative topics to appeal to young children. All-day programs run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with half-day programs available from 9 a.m. to noon. Before and after care is offered from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

In addition to being the founder and director of New World Learning Academy, Younce has two young children and is actively involved in the Girl Scouts. On March 31, girls from several troops, including IGM (Independent Girl), 1793, 2511, 663, 1715, 3780 and 502, will participate in building furniture for the new school and will receive a badge for their efforts.

“Chandler is such a welcoming destination for tech companies,” Younce said. “By equipping our kids with the right skills at an early age they will have the right resources to work in these companies later on and have fun while learning.”

For more information on New World Learning Academy, call 480-248-6125, email or visit