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Family Events

Next Generation provides a multitude of ways for families to engage in the school community. From the Preschool and Early Education's Fourth of July neighborhood parade to cheering on a U of I team in our own NGS section, there are many opportunities throughout the school year that allow parents, family members, and friends to participate in their child's daily school life and tie NGS to our greater C-U Community.

These events create an environment that not only allows a student to enjoy their NGS experience, but connects the whole family to the greater experience of being a part of the NGS family.

Upcoming Family Events

Save the Date for Fall Festival
  • Family Events
  • Middle School
  • Primary School

Our seventh annual Fall Festival at Curtis Orchard is scheduled!

Save the date for this family fun event on Saturday, August 25, 9:30-11:30 a.m.  

Information on how to RSVP and purchase activity wristbands will be sent August 6th.

Van der Veen Team Teaches STEAM Studio Students Why Air Pressure Variations and Vacuums Warrant Wacky Weather
  • STEAM Studio

What happens to balloons in a bell jar when you remove the air pressure and create a vacuum? What happens to marshmallows? The liquid in a barometer? How do these relate to our weather?

A number of STEAM Studio third–fifth graders discovered the answers to these questions and more when two PhD students from Chemistry Professor Renske van der Veen’s lab visited on Wednesday, April 25th and Friday, April 27th. Because the goal of Next Generation Schools’ after-school program is to emphasize STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math [STEM], along with Art), Tyler Haddock and Ryan Cornelius dropped by to present some scientific demos about air pressure—and how these different air pressure and vacuum effects are related to the weather—as part of Steam Studio’s Wacky Weather Week.

Read on at I-STEM.

  • K-5
  • Science
  • STEAM
  • STEAM Studio