In partnership with the Westchester Children’s Museum and Wellbotics, and funded by the Deerfield Foundation, Gilda’s Club Westchester is offering a hands-on program for children who have been impacted by cancer (their own diagnosis, that of a loved one, or those who have lost a loved one to cancer). Through the Wellbotics Program, children will have the opportunity to make meaningful connections with peers using coding and instructional robotics. This program is open to children ages 5-12 in the NY and CT areas.
The program offers three, 2-day weekend workshops and one, 4-day summer program at the Westchester Children’s Museum. For information on 2023 dates and registration, see below. Space is limited to 10 children per weekend session, so early registration is required. We ask that families only register if their children can attend both the Saturday and Sunday session.
Westchester Children’s Museum
100 Playland Parkway
Rye, NY 10580
Summer Weekday Program
Monday July 17, 2023 – Thursday July 20, 2023
(register for this session here)
Wellbotics uses pop up maker spaces featuring instructional robotics to deliver psychoeducation, mindfulness, and social-emotional learning to people coping with traumatic life events. Wellbotics combines Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math with Mindfulness (STEAM + M). During a typical Wellbotics session, groups build and program robots to meet challenges that model experiences the group members may face in real life. Research shows that working with others to meet a goal creates a catalyst for both increased cognition and deeper emotional connection. By meeting challenges that encourage emotional resilience while involved in designing, making, and programming, participants learn to solve problems, communicate, and cooperate, while learning and having fun.
Westchester Children’s Museum provides unique, hands-on STEAM programs and exhibits in a vibrant, interactive learning and play space for children, toddler age to teens. WCM’s mission is to provide STEAM (science, tech, engineering, arts, and math) experiences to the broadest audience of children possible, most particularly those without access to this kind of enrichment in their own communities and schools.