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A sold-out theater of community members had the opportunity earlier this month to learn more about June Bug Center’s offerings for local students, which range from STEAM and tech to musical theater , dancing and more.

Every JBC program premiered Feb. 17 with presentations or performances, executive director Shannon Hardwicke said. A comprehensive list of programs currently offered at JBC includes:

  • Blue Ridge Strings – Presented since 2017 in partnership with Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music, the Blue Ridge Strings program introduces the study of classical string instrument music to students in grades three through eight through hands-on instruction and of creative enrichment. Blue Ridge Strings is every Wednesday from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Floyd JAM – The Floyd Junior Appalachian Musicians program is a Crooked Road/JAM program that teaches students banjo, fiddle or guitar in the style of early music from our region. The JAM takes place on Mondays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. for students in grades 3 to 12. The program is also available for students who attend a private school or are homeschooled.
  • Computer Camp – Students in grades four through six work on their own Piper computers for hands-on STEAM training. Each student will use their computer to participate in Minecraft missions that teach them how to build circuits that control LEDs, buzzers, and a variety of sensors. Students also spend time learning to code using Pipercode.
  • Robotics Club — The Robotics Club meets weekly after school on Tuesdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Students in grades five through eight will use Mindstorm’s EV3 curriculum to design, build, program, and test robots to perform various tasks.
  • Lego Club — The Lego Club meets weekly from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Students in grades two through five will receive weekly LEGO building challenges that focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) designs.
  • Musical Theater for Teens — Students in grades 6-12 meet every Thursday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. to learn the basic techniques and performances of musical theatre. The course covers singing, movement, acting and helps students develop their confidence while on stage.
  • JBC Sings – In this 12-week program, kids in Floyd County will work one day a week with expert voice coaches to achieve things beyond their wildest dreams. Artists will showcase their hard work on stage in our very own Black Box Theater and work with industry professionals on real commentary.
  • JBC Dance – JBC’s 12 week dance program is designed for movers of all skill levels to learn about dance, make new friends and create lasting memories. Dance styles offered include ballet, jazz, hip-hop, street styles, contemporary and more
  • JBC Gymnastics – Children enrolled in the one-hour recreational classes begin to work on basic gymnastics skills from all Olympic events. Classes focus on body shapes, strength/conditioning and flexibility.
  • Acting Out – Presented in partnership with the Floyd Community Theater Guild, Acting Out is every Thursday for students in grades three through seven and teaches students basic theater performance skills and techniques. Students learn public speaking, character work, and confidence which results in a 30-minute play at the end of each semester.
  • Acting Up – A new offering from JBC, Acting Up is aimed at teenagers (grades 7 to 12) who want to deepen their knowledge of the world of theatre. This course is for all theater interests and will include lessons in acting, learning to direct, practicing costume design, lessons in stage make-up and even building of a decor. The course is very Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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Hardwicke said last week that some of JBC’s most popular programs are The Lego Club, JAMs and Musical Theatre.

She provided details of a new upcoming class, specifically designed for students who have “aged” from computer camp.

By the end of the year, JBC plans to regularly offer junior engineers to students in grades six and up to learn how to build electronic circuits that perform a variety of tasks. Students will use an integrated development environment running on a Raspberry Pi computer to upload code to an Arduino microcontroller, which will run that code and operate the circuits.

JBC offers tuition on a sliding scale from $30 to $90 for six weeks. Discounts are available for those enrolling more than one child or enrolling in multiple programs.

Keep up to date with JBC offers and programs through its weekly newsletter. Register on www.junebugcenter.comand find the Center on social media at “TheJuneBugCenter” on Instagram and Facebook.

Donations can be made to the association anytime online, and community members can sign up for classes at www.junebugcenter.com.

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