YEL! Youth Enrichment League programs

YEL! Youth Enrichment League
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YEL! Youth Enrichment League

Yel! programs are offered multiple times a year in the Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.  The Summer programs are week long camps.


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YEL!  Grandmasters of Chess

This program is children in Kindergarten through 5th grade.

Four basic principles:
TEACH IT!  Each class students are taught different chess concepts and coaches to implement those concepts into there chess game;
PRACTICE IT!  Students practice positions set by the coach to improve their understanding of the concept;
PUZZLE IT!  Students are given chess puzzles (constructed by WIM Serafima Sokolovskaya) and work with coach guidance;
PLAY IT!  Each class ends with students playing 20 - 30 minutes of chess!

**Cancelled at this time!
Orchard Hills students (Spring program) Registration times: March 2 - March 29 Program days/times: Tuesday March 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5 3:20 pm to 4:20 pm Cost: $77.00 resident / $88.55 non-resident Located at Orchard Hills Elementary
**Cancelled at this time!
Lakewood students (Spring program) Registration times: March 2 - March 29 Program day/times: Monday March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, and May 4 3:20 pm - 4:20 pm Cost: $77.00 resident / $88.55 non-resident Located at Norwalk Lakewood Elementary  


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YEL!  Junior Coding

This program is for children in 3rd through 6th grade.
Four basic principles:
TEACH IT!  Students learn different story-telling and coding techniques (movement blocks, animations, dialogue, timing etc.);
CODE IT! 
Students use Scratch®*  to code their own animated story lines: i.e. westerns, missions in space and even dance parties;
EXPLORE IT!  Students can write their own code, experiment with it and test new options.  We foster a collaborative environment where students learn from each other’s creativity;
KEEP IT!  
Students can keep their code online with Scratch®* and can access it and expand upon it at anytime.   

*Scratch® is an MIT created and monitored, kid-safe web interface.  It uses a drag and drop programming interface to teach students of all levels coding practices.  Your child will receive a Scratch® username and password so they can access their projects from any computer at anytime.  Scratch® is not affiliated with YEL! nor does it endorse this program.

**Cancelled at this time!
Registration times:  March 2 - April 5

Program days/times: Thursday
April 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7, and 14
6:00 pm to 7:45 pm
Cost:  $111.00 resident / $127.65 non-resident
Located at the Norwalk Public Safety Building

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YEL!  Junior Robotics

This program is for children Kindergarten through 5th grade.

Four basic principles:

TEACH IT!  Each class students are taught the basic STEM engineering concepts behind each project;
BUILD IT!  Students use LEGO bricks to build different projects each session;
PROGRAM IT!  Then they program the project to perform different actions using drag and drop icon based software;
PLAY IT!  Finally they play with their projects, modify it, create extensions, and have fun working!

**Cancelled at this time! Orchard Hills students (Spring program) Registration times: March 2 - March 27 Program days/times: Monday March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, May 4 3:20 pm to 4:20 pm Cost: $73.00 resident / $83.95 non-resident Located at Orchard Hills Elementary
**Cancelled at this time!
Lakewood students (Spring program) Registration times: March 2 - March 29 Program day/times: Tuesday March 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28, and May 5 3:20 pm - 4:20 pm Cost: $73.00 resident / $83.95 non-resident Located at Norwalk Lakewood Elementary

For information on more programs offered by Norwalk Parks and Recreation see our Playbook.

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