Elementary students from Ela Township’s Thrive After Three Youth Program participated in a fun and educational spring break exploration camp focusing on the principles of STEM–Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Throughout the week, the students were challenged to think, explore, problem solve and create through hands-on activities and experiments.

Guest instructor Sharona Javit, who specializes in teaching children that science is cool, brought her brand of “edutainment” to the Ela Community Center on March 29 for an afternoon of experiments and learning about carnivores. Donning a lab coat to transform her into “Dr. Ana Quest,” Javit had the students eager to participate in a quest to ask “why and how” things work the way they do.

Thrive After Three provides after school services to children in kindergarten through fifth-grade, who live in Ela Township. The program meets 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday when school is in session, and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on early release days, at the Ela Township Community Center. We offer after school homework help and recreational activities, and special programs on early release and no-school days.

Learn more about Thrive After Three and other great Ela Township youth programs by visiting www.elatownship.org/youth-programs.