Parks & Rec Dept.

200 South Hamilton
Gahanna, OH 43230

(614) 342-4250
(614) 342-4100 Fax

Hours of Operation
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM M-F

Youth & Family



Engineering for Kids

We put the excitement in S.T.E.M. education by offering hands-onlearning for children ages 4 to 14 through FUN activities from designing and constructing video game software and their own play dough concoction to creating LEGO® robots. Building on natural curiosity and developing problem-solving skills, our hands-on-programs will foster a lifelong love of science and discovery in your child.

Fall I: 6 weeks
Junior Scratch Programming
Programming and coding are becoming necessary skills for various fields of engineering. Many of today’s engineers spend most of their time in front of a computer: processing, analyzing, and extracting data to help them design, test and improve products and tools. With coding and programming knowledge, today’s engineers can work faster and come up with more creative design solutions that otherwise would be out of reach without programming. Scratch introduces children to programming in a logical way by opening the door to the world of programming. Just as any student can be an engineer, any student can program!
Location: Clark Hall, 380 Granville St.
Ages: 4-6
Activity    Day    Date                     Time                RDR/SR
402701A   Wed   Sep 14 – Oct 19    5:45-6:30pm    $90/$100

Hardware Engineering

Get Wired with Makey Makey Imagine designing a piano using celery or a creating a custom digital training program. Now, envision playing video games using just your body, a bit of wire and your own imagination. In our hardware engineering program, students engineer their own customized video game controllers using a Makey Makey device and materials that can be found in just about any kitchen. Through application of circuitry, acoustical engineering and video game design, students discover new ways to interact with technology, all while creating unique designs in a fun collaborative environment.
Location: Clark Hall, 380 Granville St.
Ages: 7-12
Activity   Day   Date   Time          RDR/SR
402705A  Wed  Sep 1   6-7:30pm   $110/$120

 Fall II: 4 weeks
 Junior Mechanical Toys
 In the Junior Mechanical Engineering: Let’s Make Toys classes, our youngest engineers will be introduced to fundamental concepts of energy, materials, and movement. Students will explore and construct six different toys throughout this unit, including spinners, magical boomerang cans, wind-up whirligigs, and more.
Location: Clark Hall, 380 Granville St.
Ages: 4-6
Activity  Day    Date                    Time                RDR/SR
402701   Wed    Nov 9 – Dec 7*   5:45-6:30pm    $65/$75
 (*Skip Nov 23)

Robotics 101
During the Robotics 101 program, students will learn the basics of designing, programming, and controlling a fully functional robot. Using LEGO® MINDSTORMS®, mathematical concepts, and engineering principles students will brainstorm, plan, test, and modify sequences of instructions to accomplish a given task. Students will also learn the sequence of communication between the robot, and the programmer by collecting and analyzing data using the robot's sensors.
Location: Clark Hall, 380 Granville St.
Ages: 7-12
Activity   Day   Date                    Time            RDR/SR
402705B  Wed   Nov 9 – Dec 7*   6-7:30pm     $110/$120

Save the Date! Engineering for Kids’ Winter Camp:
Details to come in our Winter Gateway regarding programming themes and pricing.
Ages   Day          Date                Time
7-12   Tue-Fri      Dec 27-30       9am-12pm
7-12   Tue-Fri      Dec 27-30       1-4pm
4-7     Tue-Fri      Dec 27-30       1-4pm
Location: Clark Hall, 380 Granville St.


More Paddling Opportunities!

Do you have a group that would be interested in a paddling education program? The Department of Parks & Recreation has received an ODNR Division of Watercraft Boating Education Grant and is excited to offer American Canoe Association canoeing programs for youth and adults! Programs can be tailored to meet your needs. Please contact the department at 342-4250 for more information.