Arts & Enrichment

Fall 2015

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Welcome to the first of our online Arts & Enrichment newsletters. In an effort to keep you informed about programs without overwhelming you with emails, this newsletter serves as a place to distribute information about programming available through Questar III's Arts and Enrichment services.

Cultural and Performing Arts Program (Arts in Education)

Questar III's Cultural and Performing Arts Program brings area artists and arts programs (theatre, music, dance, visual arts, writing, and media arts) to students as an integral part of the school curriculum.

Exploratory Enrichment

Questar III's Exploratory Enrichment provides opportunities for multi-district programs using the resources, facilities and staff of area museums, educational institutions and content area experts. Intended as an enhancement to instruction, Exploratory Enrichment programs focus on science, math, social studies, and health curriculum objectives.

Odyssey of the Mind

Questar III is the New York State Region 4 coordinator for the Odyssey of the Mind competition, a worldwide educational program that develops skills in creative problem solving and teamwork. Students of all abilities gain a unique learning experience that builds independence, self-confidence and creative thinking skills. All students compete at the regional level, with the opportunity to advance to the state and world competition. Training for team coaches and judges is included.

Click on the link below to access our new online program request system.

Program Guide

Arlene Sampson, Questar III's Arts and Enrichment Specialist, has recently sent out the updated program guide. In addition to the guide, we also invite you to explore the regional Arts & Enrichment Directory featuring more than 600 artists and presenters.

Featured Arts in Education Program

Poetry Out Loud

In addition to offering a national competition, Poetry Out Loud provides a wealth of resources to help your students find an appreciation for poetry. Visit for:
  • Information about the competition
  • Teacher resources
  • Featured poets each day
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Featured Exploratory Enrichment Program


SmartKidsNY introduces elementary students in grades 3, 4 & 5 to cutting-edge technologies and innovations through hands-on demonstrations, experiments and field trips led by young entrepreneurs, inventors and scientists. In 2015-2016, SmartKids will deliver the program in-person and/or via live streaming depending on school capability.

Presenters represent a diversity of professionals, who are launching New York tech start-ups, conducting forward-looking research, and incorporating new technologies and research to solve complex social challenges.

Program Delivery & Cost
One-time visit by presenting entrepreneur and innovator. Each 75-90-minute classroom presentation is standards aligned and includes:
Cost: $800 per presenter for up to 70 students

  1. Introduction by presenter – who are they, what inspired them to research a particular technology or start a company, how the technology is being used, and what did it take to get to where they are today
  2. PPT Presentation – 10-20 minutes with images and/or video
  3. Q&A worked in throughout program
  4. Group Demos/Experiments – usually 30-40 minutes
  5. Wrap-up Q&A and sharing what is learned
  6. Educator guides w/ vocabulary, presenter/company bios, writing prompts, standards, and
  7. "Book of Ideas" (inventor's journal) for each student containing examples of student inventions and businesses, glossary and writing prompts.

Includes all program components in Option 1 and includes take-home kits for each student or provides kits for the classroom.
Cost: $1,200-$1,500 for up to 70 students/school. Cost dependent on take-home or classroom kit distributed. Discounted rate for multiple schools within same district if live-streaming available.


Includes all program components in Option 1 and provides 3 different presenters between October and June.
Cost: $2,100 for up to 70 students

SmartkidsNY topics include: biology, chemistry, coding, electronics, energy efficiency, energy storage, green architecture, materials, nanotechnology, renewable energy, and waves.

We are able to work with more than 70 students within a single grade level. Inquiries regarding this or general program questions should be directed to or via mobile: 508.740.5906.

Odyssey of the Mind

Odyssey of the Mind Tournament

Saturday, Feb. 27th 2016 at 8am-5pm

24 Sunset Boulevard

Coxsackie, NY

Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students of all ages. The program challenges teams to solve open-ended problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting clever and unusual interpretations of literary classics. Teams test their creative solutions at competitions held on the local, state, and world levels.

Questar III coordinates the Region Four tournament for teams in Rensselaer, Columbia and Greene counties each year. Membership information is available at

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Contact the Arts and Enrichment Team

Jen Cannell, Director
Arlene Sampson, Specialist
Kim Harris, Administrative Assistant
Jane Bentley, Librarian