Engaging, hands-on classes for afterschool, in-school, and summer programs

Our School Services

STEAMLabs Classes

Our STEAMLabs classes can be easily incorportated into your afterschool programs, end of year activities, summer programs, assemblies, even into the classroom.  We have classes for grades K-8 and our activities can be tailored to the needs and abilities of your students.  Our activities are aligned with the national and state core curriculum standard and are a perfect complement to classroom learning.
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Professional Development

We offer creative professional development workshops for educators that build a positive attitude around collaboration.  Through hands-on activities, discussion groups, and brain-storming sessions with co-workers, teachers learn what works best in their community of learners.  Participants leave our workshops energized and inspired. Custom workshops can be designed to meet your faculty's needs.
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Additional School Services

We also offer a variety of additional services to assist school administrators.
  • customized afterschool enrichment programs
  • support for 21st Century Community Learning Center (21CCLC) start-ups
  • assemblies and workshops
  • grant writing
  • relationship building and facilitation
  • more
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Bring STEAMLabs to Your School

Bring out the natural explorer in your students. STEAMLabs provide science, technology, engineering, art, and math instruction in a fun, relaxed environment that focuses on hands-on, problem based activities. Participants gain confidence in STEAM subjects and develop real world skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication, creativity, and teamwork.

STEAMLabs can be easily incorporated into your afterschool programs, end of year activities, summer programs, assemblies, even into the classroom.  Our programs can be tailored to the needs and abilities of your students.  STEAMLabs activities are aligned with the national and state core curriculum standards and are the perfect complement to traditional classroom learning.

Incorporating STEAM activities into your afterschool programs is an easy way to make science, technology, engineering, and math accessible and engaging to students who are underrepresented in STEAM fields. 

Our featured programs include:  Junior Engineers, Super Scientists I and II, Code Breakers, Robotics, Makey Makey, Mini Engineers, STEAM Zone I and II, Makerspace Workshops, dance, and performing arts classes.  In addition to our featured programs, we have an extensive catalog of additional programs that can be tailored to your needs.

We partner with various Monmouth county organizations, to bring our participants the best in cutting edge technology and visual arts.  

It's easy to add STEAMLabs to your programs.  We take care of all the details:

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Call 732-933-4767 for more information about bringing STEAMLabs to your school  or complete a request form
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Professional Development 

Our Featured Workshops

Through our STEAMLabs PD program, we offer creative professional development workshops for educators that build a positive attitude around collaboration.  Through hands-on activities, discussion groups, and brain-storming sessions with co-workers, teachers learn what works best in their community of learners. Custom workshops and seminars can be developed to address the needs of your faculty.

Attitudes and Perceptions

During this workshop, the development and importance of attitudes and perceived attitudes will be discussed and explored.  Attendees will discuss the latest research and participated in hands-on activities and group discussions.  The goal is to develop a better understanding of the reciprocal nature of attitude and how it affects academic performance.  This is a great workshop for the beginning of the year, but it can be held anytime.

Gaining Attention

Attention is critical in the classroom:  attention to work, attention to the instructor, and attention from peers.  This workshop will review methods and levels of attention.  When is attention too much of a good thing?  How does attention actually work?  Participants will work on redirecting students and themselves.  Simple methods will be discussed and cues will be identified, taking into account developmental and cultural norms.

Priming the Pump

We have all been exposed to priming in the form of subliminal advertising, but priming can also work in the classroom.  Awareness of the student's school day can have a positive impact in the classroom and can extend into afterschool enrichment and activities.  Small group activities will help to facilitate the sharing of ideas in order to make classroom topics more homogenous.  Priming is a simple way to increase positive attitude and attention.

Life in a Fishbowl

Sometimes the classroom can seem like it's own little world, yet outside events influence what goes on every day.  During this workshop, participants will share and evaluate their teaching experiences as they pertain to the entire school and education as a whole.  The idea of teacher researcher will be explored along with how to promote an inquiry state within the school and classroom.

Praising Children

Though there are no wrong ways to praise a child, there are methods that work better than others.  Students who come from different social, economic, and cultural backgrounds respond differently to various methods of praise.  During this workshop, participants will use hands-on activities to demonstrate and practice encouragement and how it can be applied in the classroom and beyond.

Better

This workshop can be done at any time and is a great way to end the school year.  Accomplishments will be discussed as we look at goals and objectives.  Discussion groups will tackle challenges that came up during the past year and identify what worked and what areas need more work.  No matter what was or is being accomplished during the school year, we can always strive to be better.

Afterschool Enrichment

Whether you are a daytime or afterschool teacher, you are invited to this hands-on event.  Get energized as you engage in activities based on the programs of your co-workers.  Participants will take part in a fast-paced sequence of activities designed to increase awareness of the course offerings at your site.  Participants will gain a better understanding of the work of their colleagues and have an opportunity to showcase some of their own programs.  Observations will be collected and shared, opening up dialogue about the core values that make an afterschool program successful.

STEM as a Methodology

STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) is more than the sum of all its parts.  The STEM experience can be viewed as a whole and used as a vehicle for academic self-efficacy and success.  Today, STEM programming is delivered in the traditional classroom, as separate daytime blocks, and in afterschool enrichment.  Using STEM as a methodology that has a broader meaning for the student maximizes the effect of STEM programming and expense.  Participants will explore the latest research and participate in hands-on activities and discussions.
Call 732-933-4767 to find out how our workshops can be integrated into the professional development program at your school. Complete a request form to receive an information package about all of our STEAMLabs programs.

Our Other Services

At the Friendship Train Foundation, we are believe that a strong and sustainable community depends on the success and well-being of its children.   In addition to STEAMLabs enrichment classes, we offer the following services to schools and organizations throughout Monmouth and northern Ocean Counties.  Call 732-933-4767 today to find out how our foundation can be of service to your school.
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