Waverly Junior High to start new after school program

The Waverly Central Schools will be offering a new after school (STEM) program for 7th and 8th grade students starting Oct. 22. The programs are part of the Twin Rivers Regional 4-H Program and are being offered by Cornell University Cooperative Extension of Chemung and Tioga Counties with financial support from the Floyd Hooker Foundation, Waverly Community Chest, and Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning and the Finger Lakes.

Each program will emphasize science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts, as well as career objectives in a fun and experiential learning format. A recent interest survey of students found that they were most interested in robotics, forensics and nutrition. Therefore, the first three programs scheduled will address these topics.

The programs will be offered during the 9th period on Tuesdays for eight weeks. Additional programs are being planned for the spring of 2014.

For more information, contact Andrew Fagan, executive director of Cornell Cooperative Extension Chemung and Tioga Counties at (607) 687-4020 or (607) 734-4453 or Paul Vesci, Waverly Middle School assistant principal at (607) 565-8101 ext. 1007.