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Minuteman Launches New Afterschool Program for Middle School Students

Minuteman Launches New Afterschool Program for Middle School Students

Minuteman High School has announced the launch of a new innovative afterschool program for area middle school students.  Minuteman’s Career Pathways Afterschool Program is an opportunity for sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students to explore a host of career pathways through project-based learning.

“We’re very excited to be offering this new program,” said George M. Clement, Assistant Principal and Director of Admissions at Minuteman.  “We think middle school students are really going to enjoy it.”

Minuteman officials said they are launching the new program as a direct result of research conducted by the school as part of a $10,000 Competitive Career and Technical Education Planning Grant received from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. 

The new program is scheduled to kick off on March 21. 

Students will explore career pathways through hands-on technical projects.  According to school officials, students can explore 21 different career pathways through a variety of interesting projects:

  • Build a Steam Powered Putt-Putt Boat: an environmental science and technology experience
  • Create an Android App: A programming and web development experience
  • CSI Bioquest: a biotechnology experience
  • Digital Photography: a design and visual communications experience
  • Ecology & Sustainability: an environmental science and technology experience
  • Electrical Enlightenment: an electrical pathway experience
  • Fun with Food: a culinary arts and hospitality experience
  • How Engines Work: an automotive technology experience
  • Intro to Graphic Design: a design and visual communications experience
  • Invent and Engineer: a robotics, engineering, and automation experience
  • Manufacturing Engineering: a metal fabrication and manufacturing engineering experience
  • Microcontroller Programming: a programming and web development experience
  • Programming the NAO Humanoid Robot: a programming and web development experience
  • The Celebrity Look: a cosmetology experience
  • The Happiness in Healthcare: a health assisting experience,
  • The Importance of Plumbing: a plumbing and heating experience
  • The Language of JAVA: a programming and web development experience
  • Vehicle Maintenance: an automotive technology experience
  • American Red Cross Babysitting Course: an early education and teaching experience
  • Basic Plant Science: a horticulture and landscape technology experience
  • Build a Shed: a carpentry and construction experience

The sessions will be taught by Minuteman faculty at Minuteman High School in Lexington.  

There will be two, four-day sessions running from 4:15-6:15 p.m.  Session 1 will run March 21, 23, 28, and 30.  Session 2 will run April 4, 6, 11, and 13.

Minuteman will provide free busing from each middle school within its 16-town district.  A bus schedule of pick-up/drop-off locations and times will be available soon. 

Students must register for the program and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.  The cost is $100 per student per session. 

Priority will be given to students living in one of Minuteman's member towns:  Acton, Arlington, Belmont, Bolton, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Dover, Lancaster, Lexington, Lincoln, Needham, Stow, Sudbury, Wayland, and Weston.

Students from non-member communities, including Watertown, Everett, Waltham, and Medford, will be accepted if space is available.  Transportation will not be provided to non-member cities or towns.  Tuition for students from non-member communities is $500 per session.

To see a complete list of course titles or to register for one or both sessions, click here.

An orientation session for parents will be held on March 14 at 6:00 p.m. at Minuteman.

Minuteman is an award-winning regional high school that integrates robust academic and career & technical learning to deliver a revolutionary competitive advantage. The school serves a diverse student body with multiple learning styles, expanding opportunities for college and career success. As an accredited member of the New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC), Minuteman challenges all students to aspire to their full potential, accelerate their learning, and achieve success in the 21st-century global community.