The Mountainside YES Club is an after school science education club for 4th and 5th grade students that uses outdoor field trips, guest speakers, and other adventures to get students excited about science and to learn about ecological concepts.
At the end of the thirteen-week program, the club chooses a service or education project (like tree planting or informational board game building) to present to other clubs and judges at the concluding Symposium held at Colorado College. It lets sponsors and parents see what their students have accomplished and learned over the course of the semester, and lets the students be exposed to a college campus, while displaying their hard work.
Last school year ended with the study of Underground Ecosystems, where caving and worms were the most popular parts of the semester.
Pictured to the left Shawnee Huckstep, TechWise founder and CEO, presenting the check to Cheryl Sims, Catamount Institute Operations/Finance Manager. Below are the students in the YES Club participating in some of the many activities subsidized by TechWise.