Recreation Department Offers STEM Programs for Vacation Week

Mashpee Recreation Department is offering educational activities for all children during the upcoming vacation week, from Tuesday, April 22, through Friday, April 25. In a week-long celebration of Earth Day, which falls on that Tuesday, all scheduled activities will engage students in the STEM  (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) curriculum.

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The April Vacation Club will open with a tree planting outside of the Mashpee Senior Center on Tuesday. Members of the Department of Public Works will help dig a hole for the tree to the right of the building and children will help plant the tree. An afternoon snack will be provided by the Council on Aging, while seniors read stories to the group. At the end of the day, students will be invited to take home their own plantings.

A field trip to the Museum of Natural History in Brewster will be offered on Wednesday, followed by an exploration of Mashpee’s conservation lands the next day. Representatives from the recreation department and its Kids Klub Childcare Center will guide children on the hike, teaching them to identify plants and animals.

On the last day of the program, students will learn about recycling everyday objects and complete projects made of recycled materials at the Kenneth C. Coombs School.

All activities cost $30 per day and require students to bring their own lunches. For events on Tuesday through Thursday, the recreation department will provide transportation from the KC Coombs School. Both Tuesday’s tree planting and Thursday’s hike will be filmed by MashpeeTV live programming.

Registration forms for the vacation club are accessible via the Mashpee Recreation Department website at www.mashpeerec.com.

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