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Saturday Academy

What We Do

The Saturday Academy provides an opportunity for Gaston County children to practice science experiments, design technology, build gadgets, play math games, debate ideas, put on plays, and more; all while learning and interacting with their peers.

Our approach to learning is grounded in our desire to inspire your child to be their best self. We use a customized Project Based Learning approach, tailored to the needs of our members to teach Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math. Through these hands-on experiences, we challenge our members to be better learners, teachers, and community members.

In addition, we focus heavily on developing soft skills that we believe are essential in career and life success. We place emphasis on collaboration, communication, critical thinking and problem solving.

Focus

Our program is structured to improve academic achievement, particularly in the areas of Science and Math. To enable continuous improvement, our Academic Excellence Committee, made up of parents, educators, and after school program implementors within our community, meets quarterly to review our programs and student performance.

Structure

Unlike other programs, our structure follows a cohesive theme to provide real-world applications. We complete at least one hands-on project every week, usually several. Our program completes with a final project that each member has worked on, incrementally, throughout. Each week we serve a light lunch.

Working on projects within the community teaches us about Gaston County and helps to develop strong ties to our area. In addition, students are able to showcase their skills and highlight impactful community projects on college and scholarship applications.

Membership

eSTEAM Club admits students of any race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, or national origin (ancestry), to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to the members of the club. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its admission policies or financial assistance program and other club administered programs. The eSTEAM Club will never deny membership to a child based on inability to pay.

Each application for membership in the eSTEAM Club is carefully considered. The eSTEAM Club is committed to the success of our members. We expect and require our Parent-Members’ commitment and involvement as outlined in our Parent-Members’ Contract.

Applications

To ensure the success of your child(ren) and our program, the eSTEAM Club offers membership through a rigorous selection process.

Applications must be accompanied by the $20 application fee.

Applicants will be considered as candidates for admission and entry to the program when the application form has been completed and returned to us and the nonreturnable application fee paid.

Applications will be reviewed within 30 days of application submission. Responses will be sent via email. All approvals are preliminary and contingent upon the results of a membership trial.

Meetings

The Saturday Academy meets at Bradley Community Center in Gastonia from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

During meetings, our members

  • explore STEAM related career paths, based on their unique career profile
  • learn skills for life long learning – like good study habits, how to conduct research, and leadership
  • create sculptures and paintings
  • plan, direct, and perform skits
  • meet real engineers, scientists, innovators, architects, artists, and other professionals

For more information about the eSTEAM Club please check out Here’s how it works…

Costs

Application Fee: $20 (one time fee)

Registration Fee: $20 (annually)

Membership Dues: $50 (annually)

Payment Options

The eSTEAM Club will never turn a child away for inability to pay. We welcome students of all backgrounds with open arms. We strive to serve the entire community.

Scholarships

Students may apply for a scholarship after acceptance into the program. Full or partial scholarships may be awarded. Scholarships are awarded based on need and prioritized accordingly:

Priority 1: Students whose parents have less than a high school education.

Priority 2: Students whose parents have less than a college degree.

Priority 3: Children who have not participated in an extracurricular program within the current school year.


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