Held at the Portsmouth Country Club on Thursday, September 15, the 11th Annual New Heights Golf Tournament raised more than $21,000 to provide scholarships and support a wide variety of experiential programs for more than 1,100 area youth.
Founded in 1987, New Heights recently unveiled its school year programming, which includes an emphasis on STEAM. Whereas STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, the ‘A’ in STEAM refers to art. “Our programming has really excited the larger Seacoast community, including parents and sponsors,” said New Heights Executive Director Tracey Tucker. “This annual tournament is so important for us, because it supports the need to provide scholarships to ensure all youth have access to New Heights programs. It also allows us to constantly innovate our programs to best support our youth and families.” (more…)
Wayne Moulton December 21st, 2016
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Serving more than 800 youth annually throughout the NH Seacoast and southern Maine, New Heights has opened registration for its 2016-2017 school year programs.
Providing opportunities that incorporate everything from the creative arts to science, math, adventure, food and more, this year’s program represents a tangible transition from STEM education to STEAM. While STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, the ‘A’ in STEAM refers to art.
“There is a subtle shift in education that is taking place and we want to be on the forefront of it,” said New Heights Executive Director Tracey Tucker. “Whereas science and technology transformed our economy in the last century, there is evidence to suggest that art and design needs to be integrated in K through 20 education.”
becca Pawling, longtime arts and culture coordinator at New Heights, said the evolution of education in recent years is an exciting development.
“Obviously, I am biased, but I have felt that the arts have been marginalized in education for far too long, so it is very gratifying to see organizations and educational institutions begin to actively integrate art,” she said.
As a result of this transition to STEAM, New Heights has developed a wide variety of new workshops that tangibly incorporate art and/or creative thinking. Beautiful Biology and Sacred Geology are just two examples of STEAM programming. Other STEAM workshops include STEAM: The Science of Color and STEAM: Eco-Dye Chemistry.
According to New Heights Assistant Director Meghan Rice, the entire staff is excited to introduce to youth programs that will “enlighten, encourage and surprise them.”
“We have developed things that are going to be so much fun and yet serve a higher educational purpose at the same time,” she said. “It is very important that we continue to evolve as a resource for schools, parents and youth—and STEAM is where we are going.”
New Heights charges program fees, but offers need-based scholarships and the equipment necessary to participate. To register or learn more about New Heights’ school-year program, visit www.newheightsonline.org, or call (603) 422-8235.
Wayne Moulton December 16th, 2016
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Fundraising event to feature live music and dancing with Jumbo Circus Peanuts, seasonal foods, craft brews and more!
Raising $26,000 last year at the same event, New Heights will again “raise the barn” to support school year programming at this year’s 2nd Annual Barn-Raiser on Saturday, October 15.
In addition to live music and dancing with Jumbo Circus Peanuts, seasonal foods and craft brews, the event will highlight New Heights programs that range from the creative arts to science, math, adventure, food and more. This year’s program at New Heights represents a tangible transition from STEM education to STEAM. While STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, the ‘A’ in STEAM refers to art.
“While a lot of fun, this event serves a very serious purpose as money raised ensures more youth can access our programming, which our evaluation shows has positive outcomes for youth,” said Executive Director Tracey Tucker.
Sponsors for New Heights’ Barn-Raiser include Dos Amigos Burritos, Beswick Engineering, Piscataqua Savings Bank, The Provident Bank, Bavarian Autosport, Novocure, Optima Bank & Trust, Citizens Bank and Performance Food Service.
“We also have a number of in-kind sponsors who have joined us this year,” added Tucker. “This event is a great opportunity to join many like-minded businesses and individuals who all believe in the power and importance of out-of-school youth development.”
Tickets are $50. For more information about the event, which takes place in Portsmouth from 6 pm to 10 pm on Saturday, October 15, visit www.newheightsonline.org.
Wayne Moulton December 11th, 2016
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