Academic Enrichment

Elementary/Middle School Biomedical Clubs

Biomedical clubs immerse students in the world of science and medicine. Students will learn about glucose (sugar), caffeine, and other chemicals that affect the body. Additionally, students will gain an in-depth understanding of the different types of diabetes, their causes, and how they impact the body’s cells.

girl in lab mask dipping paper into a solution

  • Number of students served per club: 20-25
  • Grades served: 5th-8th
  • Biomedical curriculum/PD and supplies and materials provided by SPS
  • Space needed to offer club at school: Classroom
  • Leader stipend paid by SPS
  • Offered during winter/spring
  • Clubs meet before or after school, 2 or 3 days per week for 6-8 weeks
  • Number of clubs SPS can support per season: 12

4th-6th Computer Science Clubs

The Intermediate Coding Club box is meant to be used in an afterschool setting to educate students about computer science, and more specifically, computer coding. You are welcome to differentiate your teaching based on your students’ needs. Be creative, have fun!

students working at computers

  • Number of students served per club: 20-25
  • Grades served: 4th-6th
  • What you'll need to offer this club at school: Computer lab/COW
  • Space needed to offer club at school: Classroom
  • Code.org and 4th-6th grade Computer Science materials are provided by SPS
  • Leader stipend paid by SPS (included in the extra-curricular budget)
  • Offered during fall/winter/spring
  • Clubs meet before or after school, 2 or 3 days per week for 6-8 weeks
  • Number of clubs SPS can support per season: 35
  • Find more information at code.org

K-3rd Computer Science Clubs

The Primary Coding Club box is meant to be used in an afterschool setting to educate students about computer science, and more specifically, computer coding. You are welcome to differentiate your teaching based on your students’ needs. Be creative, have fun!

student working at a computer

  • Number of students served per club: 20-25
  • Grades served: K-3rd
  • What you'll need to offer this club at school: Computer lab/COW
  • Space needed to offer club at school: Classroom
  • Code.org and K-3 Computer Science materials are provided by SPS
  • Leader stipend paid by SPS (included in the extra-curricular budget)
  • Offered during fall/winter/spring
  • Clubs meet before or after school, 2 or 3 days per week for 6-8 weeks
  • Number of clubs SPS can support per season: 35
  • Find more information at code.org

LEGO Robotics Clubs (Primary and Secondary)

LEGO Robotics Clubs are offered to SPS students in grades K-6. These clubs provide the foundational skills for students to learn to build and program robots for future competition and play. Leveled kits are available for schools to choose for each grade served.

LEGO robotics

  • Number of students served per club: 25-30
  • Grades served: K-6th
  • What you'll need to offer this club at school: Computer lab/COW
  • Space needed to offer club at school: Classroom
  • LEGO robotics kits and PD provided by SPS
  • Leader stipend paid by SPS (included in the extra-curricular budget)
  • Offered during fall/winter/spring
  • Clubs meet before or after school, 2 or 3 days per week for 6-8 weeks
  • Number of clubs SPS can support per season: 15

Jr. FIRST LEGO League Robotics Teams (JrFLL)

FIRST LEGO League Jr. is designed to introduce STEM concepts to kids ages 6 to 10 while exciting them through a brand they know and love − LEGO®. Teams can begin meeting in fall or spring to prepare for the Jr FIRST LEGO League (JrFLL) competition. Each team will get one Simple Machines, one Simple Motorized Machines, and one WeDo kit. Students will build a LEGO model (that moves) to solve a world problem and design a Show Me Poster to present at the event. Students will operate under JrFLL’s Core Values: celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®. 

Jr FIRST LEGO league

  • Number of students served per team: 6
  • Grades served: K-3rd
  • What you'll need to offer this club at school: Computer lab/COW
  • Space needed to offer club at school: Classroom
  • Leader stipend paid by SPS (included in the extra-curricular budget)
  • Team registrations, LEGOs, PD provided by SPS
  • Offered during fall or spring
  • Teams meet before or after school, 2 or 3 days per week for 6-8 weeks
  • Number of clubs SPS can support: 10
  • Find more information at juniorfirstlegoleague.org

FIRST LEGO League Robotics Teams (FLL)

Teams begin meeting in September to prepare for the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) competition in December. Each team gets two EV3 kits and one competition board with LEGO challenges. Students will program an autonomous robot, design a product that solves a world problem and work under FLL’s Core Values: celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®. 

first LEGO league

  • Number of students served per club: 8-10
  • Grades served: 4th-8th
  • What you'll need to offer this club at school: Computer lab/COW
  • Space needed to offer club at school: Classroom
  • Team registrations and robots, PD provided by SPS
  • Coach’s stipend paid by Robotics grants/SPS
  • Offered during fall/winter (Sept.-Dec.)
  • Clubs meet before or after school, 1-3 days per week
  • Number of team registrations SPS can support: 50
  • Find more information at firstlegoleague.org

Box City Architecture Club

In partnership with the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) of Spokane, students work with local architects to design and build a city of their dreams. “Box City” is a hands-on experience where kids learn real-world concepts relating to planning and zoning, urban design, building codes, and construction. Each student’s design will be included in a display to form Box City, which will be featured at River Park Square during Architecture Week in April.

box city

  • Number of students served per club: 15-20
  • Grade served: 5th
  • Supplies and materials provided by SPS
  • Architects from AIA available as mentors
  • Building pays for Box City club leader from extra-curricular budget (discretionary)
  • Offered in the spring beginning the first week of March and continues through the second full week of April.
  • Clubs meet after school, 2 days per week for 4-5 weeks
  • Field trip to view Box City at RiverPark Square will take place at the end of April.
  • Number of clubs SPS can support per season: 6

Elementary Chess Club

A donation from the Gary Yonkers Foundation provided SPS with chess boards and pieces for the development of afterschool chess programs across the district. These kits are available upon request to any school that would like to offer chess to students.

chess club

  • Number of students served per club: 20-25
  • Grades served: 1st-6th
  • Space needed to offer club at school: Classroom
  • Chess sets provided by SPS
  • Building pays for club leader from extra-curricular budget (discretionary)
  • Offered during fall/winter/spring
  • Clubs meet before or after school, 2 or 3 days per week for 6-8 weeks
  • Number of clubs SPS can support per season: 35

Physics of Rollercoasters & Racecars

Using K'NEX Rollercoaster kits and Hotwheels racetracks, students explore the physics used by engineers in designing tracks, including potential and kinetic energy, friction and gravity. Students learn about energy conservation, frictional losses and other physical principles.

physics of rollercoasters

  • Number of students served per club: 20-25
  • Grades served: 4th-6th
  • Space needed to offer club at school: Classroom
  • K'NEX Rollercoaster kits, Hotwheels racetracks, and activities provided by SPS
  • Building pays for club leader from extra-curricular budget (discretionary)
  • Offered during winter/spring
  • Clubs meet before or after school, 2 or 3 days per week for 6-8 weeks
  • Number of clubs SPS can support per season: 5

Math is Cool

Math is Cool competitions include both individual and team events. Individual events include completion of open-ended and multiple choice problem sets. Team events include open-ended problem sets, relays, pressure rounds, mental math and college bowl rounds.

  • Number of students served per club: 25
  • Grades served: 3rd-6th
  • Space needed to offer club at school: Classroom
  • Buses to and from competition provided by SPS
  • Math is Cool leaders paid via extra-curricular budget (discretionary)
  • Offered during fall/winter/spring
  • Club is ongoing throughout the year
  • Clubs meet before or after school, 1-3 days per week
  • Find more information at academicsarecool.com

Sumdog Math Club

Sumdog is an online learning program that delivers math content through educational games to motivate students in Common Core math, reading and writing.

math club

  • Number of students served per club: 20-25
  • Grades served: 1st-6th
  • What you'll need to offer this club at school: Computer Lab/COW
  • Sumdog licenses and professional development provided by SPS
  • Building pays for Sumdog club leader from extra-curricular budget (discretionary)
  • Offered during winter/spring. Contests are ongoing.
  • Clubs meet before or after school, 2 or 3 days per week for 6-8 weeks
  • Number of clubs SPS can support per season: 12
  • Find more information at sumdog.com
chess player