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GET SMArT Expands Summer Programming and Welcomes More Students!

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The second year of the Northport-East Northport GET SMArT (“Get Engineering, Technology, Summer Music, Arts and Theatre”) program began July 5. The program provides district students in grades 3 through 7 with dozens of learning opportunities across art, music and STEM offerings. With a la carte options, students can opt to learn music, art or STEM all day, or alternate between the various disciplines in the morning and afternoon.  

Now in its second year, the program is continuing to expand and reach more young students. The program has grown by 33% from 2021 and has expanded STEM offerings including a third and fourth grade option for VEX Go Robotics and “Soar with Rocketry,” which introduces students to rocket science.  

 The program continues to take place at Northport High School with full day and half day options and students are taking more than 1,700 courses combined. On any given day, students can be found sculpting artwork, practicing their instruments, sending model rockets into the sky and coding robots to complete challenges, amongst other fun and engaging activities. The program will run through the end of July. 

“With new course offerings and even more students than last year, we are able to watch students' growth over time and tackle projects that spark ingenuity and interest in STEM related fields,” said District Chairperson for Science and Technology David Storch. “Watching our young scientists and engineers approach this program with both excitement and determination has been tremendous.” 

  “Not only are these students learning new skills, but they are building a sense of community as they learn alongside peers from schools across the district,” said Director of Orchestras for Northport High School, Michael Susinno. “They are building lifelong friendships while establishing a deeper appreciation for their art and musical talents.”