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 over the course of one semester. Through hands on investigations, they ask questions, investigate and discover the answers using scientific tools and resources. 

Students currently in 4-6th grade are eligible to register for the program. Participating students must make a commitment to attend the Afterschool Cohort for the duration of the Spring 2018 semester. 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 Spring Afterschool Cohort Details
Where: Van Andel Education Institute, 216 N. Division Ave., Grand Rapids, MI 49503
When: Monday, January 15 – Wednesday, April 25, 2018
              Monday and Wednesday, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Please note, the 2018 Spring session is full. Next session dates coming soon!

Program Overview

Ecosystem Explorations
Students learn to think and act like scientists by pursuing answers to the question, “How does our health depend on biodiversity?” Through active engagement in scientific practices, students investigate ecosystem diversity over the course of one semester. Students will design and monitor ecosystem models to explore species interactions, changes in the environment and the services our ecosystems provide.

Application Process

Thank you for your interest in VAEI’s 2018 Afterschool Cohort. Please note, the 2018 Spring session is full. Next session dates coming soon!

2018 Spring Afterschool Cohort Details
Monday, January 15 – Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Monday and Wednesday, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Afterschool Cohort Application Process
October → Registration applications must be received by Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017.

November → Eligible participants will be contacted and asked to commit to attend the Afterschool Cohort for the duration of the Spring 2018 term for one semester.

December → Accepted participants attend 2018 Spring 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.