Monday, September 21, 2020

BUGS Program Application and Intro Video

It's Back-to-School Time!! 

The BUGS After-School Program is getting prepared to start our new school year on Monday, Oct. 5th. AND WE WANT YOUR CHILD TO BE A PART!!! We are going virtual and working on other ways to provide programming for our students as well. 

The BUGS After-School Program is an out-of-school time educational program, under Living Classrooms Foundation, that helps to improve the reading and math skills of students while also helping to improve their school day attendance. We offer academic assistance along with 4 hands-on components. They are Cooking, Creative Arts, Gardening and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). We meet Monday through Thursdays. In this virtual environment, our hours will be from 3:30-5:45. And when in-person instruction has been made allowable, our hours will be from 3:00-6:30 pm on our Living Classrooms East Harbor Campus which is located at 802 S. Caroline St. in Baltimore

In the video below, you'll get a chance to see and hear from all of the BUGS Staff and Educators.

If you are interested in applying for the BUGS After-School Program, you must meet the following criteria...

* Is your child a 2nd to 5th grade student at Commodore John Rodgers Elementary School?

*As the parent or guardian, do you drive? Or have a means of transportation for picking up your child? 

*As the parent or guardian, will you be able to pick up your child from the BUGS Campus, 802 S. Caroline St., once in-person instruction has started?

*If you are a new parent wanting to sign your child up for the BUGS Program, will your child be able to transition into in-person programming once it has been made allowable?

Please watch the video! Click the link to download a copy of the BUGS Application. Be sure to send in your application very quickly because there are just a few spots to fill. The sooner the application is completed and submitted, the better the chances you have at getting your child accepted and enrolled in the program. If the spots fill up quickly and your child does not get accepted into the program, no need to worry! We keep submitted applications and create a waitlist for eligible students. Your child could be accepted into the BUGS Program at a later time when a spot becomes available.

Once the application has been completed and signed, send it to Tara Martin at You can also forward any questions to the same email address.

We look forward to receiving your application and having your child be a part of our program!!

BUGS Application (English Version)

BUGS Application (Spanish Version)

Thursday, May 28, 2020

BUGS Go Indoor Skydiving at iFly

Water droplets, basketballs, pikachus, parachutes, and BUGS students all took flight! Hearts raced, adrenaline pumped, and onlookers gazed in amazement as wind speeds reached up to 150 mph inside a plexiglass wind tunnel engineered for indoor skydiving. On February 13, 2020, students in the BUGS program traveled to iFly Baltimore- a premier indoor skydiving facility. Not only did they learn how to indoor skydive, they also participated in a STEM lesson challenging their understanding of the history and physics of flight. The iFly staff also fascinated students by showing off their more advanced skydiving moves as they flipped and spun effortlessly in the indoor wind tunnel.


Once the students arrived and checked in, an iFly STEM Educator walked through an interactive presentation. They learned about the closed loop vertical tunnel that iFly uses for indoor skydiving, wind tunnels, and the different forces that affect flight. Students were then challenged to apply their understanding by predicting the height and amount of wind force needed to propel different objects into the air. The STEM lesson concluded with a classroom experiment where students had the opportunity to build their own parachute and test how it flies in a small wind tunnel.
from Arrival and STEM Lesson



It was time to fly! However, before entering the wind tunnel, iFly staff made certain that everyone understood as well as practiced the safety rules and basic indoor skydiving techniques. They even had an opportunity to watch some of the staff demonstrate flying in the wind tunnel. With all of the flips and turns, they put on quite a show!

Each student anxiously awaited their 60 seconds they got to spend in the wind tunnel with a certified instructor from iFly. Once completed, everyone received their first flight certificate!
Flight Practice, Flights in Wind Tunnel

Thanks to the staff at iFly Baltimore for an amazing experience!