more than an art class

Cen­ters for the Arts Bonita Springs helps kids ex­cel

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These days, the ed­u­ca­tional fo­cus of­ten rests on the STEM dis­ci­plines: science, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math. A deeper un­der­stand­ing of all dis­ci­plines, how­ever, can also be learned through the arts.

“At the Cen­ters for the Arts Bonita Springs we en­thu­si­as­ti­cally pro­mote a ‘Minds On, Hands On’ ap­proach for our Pre-K and K-12 classes, cre­at­ing cur­ricu­lum that ac­tively en­cour­ages aca­demic growth through the arts,” says Knoël Blake, mar­ket­ing and print de­sign man­ager and spokesper­son for the fa­cil­ity.

The Cen­ters for the Arts of­fer a va­ri­ety of youth classes, all de­signed to en­rich ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ences, such as the Art­ful Ar­chi­tect, Cooko­nomics, Cre­ative Clay Stu­dio, Sew Sim­ple! and Ad­ven­tures in 3D Print­ing.

Through stimulating and en­gag­ing projects, chil­dren learn some of the STEM ba­sics via hands-on learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences that in­crease con­fi­dence and lead to aca­demic suc­cess.

“While your child is mak­ing a pretty dec­o­ra­tive cup­cake, or a flashy bot­tle rocket,” says Blake, “they are also learn­ing to mea­sure, cal­cu­late, con­struct and work to­ward a spe­cific goal by ac­tively en­gag­ing both mind and hands.”

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