Afterschool Cohort

Afterschool Cohort

Van Andel Education Institute seeks and admits students to the Afterschool Cohort who are curious, creative and enjoy working with others. The Afterschool Cohort inspires groups of students to think and act like scientists and engineers over the course of one semester. Through hands on investigations, they ask questions, investigate and discover the answers using scientific tools and resources. 

Participating students must make a commitment to attend the Afterschool Cohort for the duration of the semester they enroll in. Participation in the program is secured on a first come, first served basis.There is no cost for participation in this program. Tuition is underwritten by Van Andel Institute.

2018 Fall 4th Grade Afterschool Cohort Details
Who: Students entering 4th grade in Fall 2018
Where: Van Andel Education Institute, 216 N. Division Ave., Grand Rapids, MI 49503
When: Thursday, September 6 – Thursday, December 13, 2018
              Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Please note, the 2018 Fall session is filled on a first come, first served basis. Applicants will be placed on a waitlist once the program fills.

Program Overview

Explorations of Organism Survival
Learn to think and act like a scientist and an engineer by exploring our living world.  Through hands on activities, students will observe plants and animals and investigate the adaptations needed to survive and thrive in the wild.  Participants will learn to handle and interact with our resident animals and apply their new knowledge to engineer and design solutions inspired by nature to solve everyday problems.

Application Process

Thank you for your interest in VAEI’s Afterschool Cohort program. 

2018 Fall 4th Grade Afterschool Cohort Application Process
May–June → Registration applications must be received by Saturday, June 30, 2018.

July → Eligible participants will be contacted and asked to commit to attend the 4th Grade Afterschool Cohort for the duration of the 2018 Fall term for one semester.

August → Accepted participants attend Fall 2018 4th Grade Afterschool Cohort orientation.

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If you have any questions about the application process or to request a hard copy of the application, please call 616.234.5528 or email information@vaei.org.

2019 Spring 6th Grade Afterschool Cohort Details
Who
: Students enrolled in 6th grade in Spring 2019
Where: Van Andel Education Institute, 216 N. Division Ave., Grand Rapids, MI 49503
When
: Tuesday, January 15 – Thursday, April 25, 2019
              Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

The application window will open September 10, 2018.

Program Overview

Explorations of the Physical World
Learn to think and act like a scientist and an engineer by exploring our physical world. Students will conduct hands on investigations in astronomy, chemistry, and physics to open their eyes to the world around them. Students will design solutions to problems using alternative energy and creative thinking.

Application Process

Thank you for your interest in VAEI’s Afterschool Cohort program. The application window will open September 10, 2018.

2019 Spring 6th Grade Afterschool Cohort Application Process
September–October → Registration applications must be received by Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

November → Eligible participants will be contacted and asked to commit to attend the 6th Grade Afterschool Cohort for the duration of the 2019 Spring term for one semester.

December → Accepted participants attend 2019 Spring  6th Grade Afterschool Cohort orientation.

If you have any questions about the application process or to request a hard copy of the application, please call 616.234.5528 or email information@vaei.org.

Applicants will be placed on a waitlist once the program fills.