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Berkshire Museum Offers Virtual After School Program

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Enrollment for the Berkshire Museum After School program After-School@Home is now open.
 
The Berkshire Museum will host After-School@Home through the fall and bring lessons on science, history, art, and culture directly to students' homes. 
 
"We realize that remote schooling has changed the way everyone is learning this year, so supporting educators and students is one of our top priorities," Jeff Rodgers, the Berkshire Museum's Executive Director said. "Our after-school programs complement classroom learning, encourage curious kids to explore new ideas, and they also happen to be great fun.”
 
The first session of After-School@Home will include the following 5-week programs:
 
Kitchen Ka-Boom! for Grades 1 and 2
Tuesdays, Oct. 6 through Nov. 3, 3:30 pm
 
Students will moonlight as kitchen scientists and discover the twisted chemistry behind common ingredients through a series of kid-safe, easy-cleanup experiments.
 
Engineering for Grades 3 to 6
Tuesdays, Oct. 6 through Nov. 3, 4:30 pm
 
Coding and robotics collide in this hands-on, tech-centric program. No prior experience necessary.
 
Globe Trotters for Grades 1 and 2
Wednesdays, Oct. 7 through Nov.4, 3:30 pm
 
This after-school adventure is filled with stories, art, and games from cultures around the world, past and present.
 
Adventures in Animation for Grades 3 to 6
Wednesdays, Oct. 7 through Nov. 4, 4:30 pm
 
Students will learn how to create their own animated short films including creating narratives, storyboarding, scenery and character design, and post-production.
 
Archaeologists' Club for Grades 1 and 2
Thursdays, October 8 through November 5, 3:30 pm
A series of archaeological activities takes students on a journey through history that reveals stories from ancient civilizations around the world.
 
Museums & Mummies for Grades 3 to 6
Thursdays, Oct. 8 through Nov. 5, 4:30 pm
 
This guided, kid-friendly Dungeons & Dragons campaign set in the Berkshire Museum is filled with mystery, history, diplomacy, and adventure.
 
Enrollment is now open for the first session of After-School@Home. Registration is $90 per child or $75 for Berkshire Museum members and includes five weekly live sessions led by museum educators and an After-School@Home Kit that contains all the materials students need to complete hands-on activities and experiments. Caregivers are encouraged to visit this link to review offerings and register.
 

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Pittsfield Developing Plan for Bicycle Network

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

The first public meeting on the master plan was held Wednesday.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The city is developing plans to make Pittsfield safer and more accessible to bicycling. 
 
The first public meeting for the Pittsfield Bicycle Facilities Master Plan was held on Wednesday but the plan has been in the works for the last year or two, said City Planner CJ Hoss.
 
Though Pittsfield has a few areas with bike lanes or shared road lanes, the city would like to take a more progressive approach with simple roadwork projects or more extensive plans in the future to try and take on more ambitious, safer bike facilities.
 
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