Through the support of Time Warner Cable and Victor Cruz Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of America is proud to offer “DIY STEM – The Science of Everyday.”
The South Logan County club was chosen to participate in the winter through spring cycle and will conduct two sessions to a total of at least 40 of its members who are ages 9 and older. The first session began Thursday, Feb. 9 at the Main Club.
DIY STEM is a hands-on, activity-based STEM curriculum which connects youth to science themes they encounter regularly. Special attention is paid to connections of theory and application and the common interactions members have with these scientific principles.
DIY STEM includes five modules: Energy and Electricity, Engineering Design, Food Chemistry, Aeronautics and the Science of Sports: Football. Our local Club will also include some introduction to robotics through its Robo Tech - Lego Mindstorm program.
Executive Director, Rick Scott, attended a two-day workshop at Boys & Girls Clubs of America headquarters in December for the program and is excited about the opportunity to offer this program to members.
He reports that, “The first day was great. There was a lot of excitement and anticipation from the young people who attended our introduction session.”
Each week, a STEM Member of the Week will be selected for their participation in the sessions and projects. At the end of each 6-week session, the Club will hold an evening event for parents, guardians and siblings to see the projects and displays made by the participants.
In the spring of 2016, the Club was also chosen to participate in “Building Blocks: Engineering Our Future.” During this program, a total of 237 participation hours were logged with 17 members completing the course in career exploration, community planning, bridge engineering, and development of a diorama of the ongoing soccer field project.
Scott also notes that, “This is an excellent opportunity for us to bring in local volunteers with experience in the different areas of STEM to provide information and expertise to our members during the sessions”
For more information, or how you can help support the work of the Boys & Girls Club of South Logan County, contact Scott at 675-2764.