PCS Afterschool Classes Commence at Sage International

Students at Sage Working

Students Develop Their Group Resume

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 – Valentines Day!   The first class of PCS afterschool students arrived and were introduced to a little history about the PCS program, learned about the PCS Merit System, built a “team resume” to prepare for their upcoming group challenge, and then went after their Merit Badges in Engineering!

Many families in the Boise-Treasure Valley area remember the PCS afterschool program that operated in the mid 1980s through 2005.  Patrick McShane, the original program founder started the PCS Afterschool Program in Nampa out of his garage around 1986.  It was a word-of-mouth phenomenon that grew rapidly until there were satellite programs in Boise and Meridian, then in Spokane and Redmond, Washington, and Ventura and Corte Madera, California.

Due to market conditions in the mid-2000s, PCS phased out of the Learning Center business and pursued the focused development of curriculum and lab solutions that would be licensed to afterschool and school programs around the world.  Strategic planning sessions over the last year at PCS evaluated returning to the Learning Center business and determined that with the remarkable changes taking place in the education landscape, market conditions were favorable and warranted testing.  PCS commenced market test activities with holiday break camps focusing on robotics in November and December of 2011 and made the decision to open afterschool sessions beginning in February 2012.  The PCS program will continue to expand  in partnership with Sage over the 2012-2013 school year.

Guy Falconer working with students.Areas of study offered to students in the program are organized by the PCS Merit System and include Mechanical Engineering topics in Simple Machines, Power Transfer Systems, and Gear Trains; Robotics topics including Introduction to Robotics, Applications of Robotics, and Programming for Robotics; Electronics topics including Introduction to Analog Electronics and Introduction to Digital Electronics; and LOGO Programming.  Additional areas in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) will be added to the program over time as PCS expands the available materials, curriculum, and resources within the program.  The PCS Merit System enables students to stay in the program and learn subjects in-depth over time.  Many former PCS students stayed in the program for years and became youth instructors as well.  There is currently a waiting list for students wishing to join the program and additional class sections are planned to be offered beginning in April.  Contact Brittany at PCS for more information regarding enrollment opportunities at (800)-429-3110.