Open Connections

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Welcome to Open Connections

Many people express to us what a difference a visit to our campus made in helping them understand what Open Connections is all about. Come visit our 28-acre campus and see young people who ENJOY learning!

Scroll through our Virtual Tour to get a taste of what you will see when you come to visit!

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Makerspace

Keep some room in your heart for the not yet imagined.

The Makerspace at Open Connections allows young people to work with technology, bring ideas to life, interact with peers and Facilitators in new ways, and learn to problem solve. Our Makerspace features 2 Ultimaker 3D printers, 2 laser cutter/etchers, a Roland BN-20 vinyl printer and a large number of Arduino microcontrollers and Lego Mindstorms.

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Science Lab

Exploring science in depth

Our Science Lab is well stocked with many tools for scientific exploration.

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Ponds and Outdoor Areas

Ecological laboratory in action!

OC's 28-acre property offers a wealth of areas for exploration of the natural world. There are two ponds, woods, a blacktop area, a sand-pit with water pump, Tire-Swing Environment, a sledding hill, an outdoor mini-theater, and more.

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Open Program space

A space full of materials to nurture all aspects of early learning.

The Open Program, for 4- to 8-year- olds, is a magical place. There are many different areas, rich with materials and manipulatives that foster a youth's natural curiosity.

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Woodshop

Real Tools and Real Projects

The OC Woodshop is a place where projects are only limited by imagination and time!

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Tire Swing Environment

Designed by youth. Built by youth. Enjoyed by youth.

This Outdoor Environment embodies OC's belief in Real Work opportunities for learning. It was designed by youth during a Choice Program offering. Youth were involved in building it, and now youth play in it, on it and around it daily.

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Program Spaces

Learning happens everywhere.

Our Program Spaces have tables and chairs for focused work and open areas with sofas for collaborative activities and discussions.

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The Barn

Where the magic happens

Our 1840s timber frame barn was rebuilt here on the OC property in 2006. The Barn houses program spaces for our Open Program (4-8 years) and our Shaping Your Life Program (15-18 years) and the Science Lab. The Barn is also the hub of our community with the Gathering Space at the center. Here you will find the Family Mailboxes, the Parent Resource Library and the Toddler Space, as well as a kitchen for all to use.