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Jan 25, 2019

Eliminate School Drop out - Encourage Learning

The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County provides many valuable programs.  High on the list of programs available to the children are the educational programs, which are extremely important to the success of the children we serve. 

Power Hour provides students after-school homework assistance, helping positive outcomes for youth in the area of academic success by extending learning beyond the school day.  It offers a structured time and place for Club staff and volunteers to help members complete their homework.  When a child has completed their homework, they start each school day better prepared with a sense of confidence and competence.  

STEAM programs helps drive academic success for youth in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math fields, and uniquely positions them to make a difference in the future workforce.  Each lesson aims to promote engagement in the sciences and close the science achievement gap that exist among area youth.  In the STEAM programs, participants complete hands-on experiments, activities and multi-stage projects alongside staff and mentors, covering topics and activities across multiple learning fields.  

Summer learning losses can stack up from year to year, causing low-income children to fall further and further behind, ultimately endangering their chances of high school graduation.  Each summer, the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County provides programs that combats learning loss by continuing the essential academic classes.  

An empowered and educated child becomes an emerging leader, ready to continue developing their skills, to one day serve their community in a growing capacity.  

Jan 3, 2019

Boys & Girls Club-St Charles MO - STEAMbotics Acad

STEAMBotics Academyis part of the international FIRST Robotics network that teaches youth how to build and engineer robots for competitions, engaging students in STEM learning and preparing them for the future through hands-on fun that transfers STEM concepts to real-world applications. FIRST combines the excitement of sports competition with the rigors of science and technology.  Age-appropriate programming begins with helping young children explore basic concepts with motorized LEGO elements and culminates in international competitions of high level high school teams. (www.firstinspires.org)

 

BGCSTC has implemented robotics to spark interest in STEM learning; develop creativity and problem solving, time management, collaboration and team building skills; and to help youth explore opportunities in STEM careers. STEAMBotics groups meet every Wednesday and Thursday afterschool at the St. Charles Unit: the FIRST LEGO League for grades 4 to 8; the FIRST Tech Challenge for grades 7 to 12; and a new FIRST LEGO League junior team for grades K to 4. Older students compete in meets and other events such as demonstrating their robots at various events. 

 

In STEAMbotics Academy, children are taught to do research, be a leader in the program, be a spokesperson, work by themself or as a group, share responsibilites and learn through expermentation.  At competitions, the children are the sole presenters.  The project is their full responsibility.  At this point, the instructors are spectators and cheerleaders.  Win or lose, the children come away feeling good about their accomplishments, what they have learned and are ready to make the necessary program adjustments or move on to the next big engaging project.  

Oct 24, 2018

Eliminate School Drop out - Encourage Learning

The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County (BGCSTC) continues to reach out to its members with a strong desire and goal for each to realize Academic Success by remaining in school and completing their education.  

As the world becomes even more interconnected, it has become more critical than ever for our young people to develop the skills needed to compete in the global economy.  Schools are a vital part of the education process.   Parents and family members are also integral to children's success.  BGCSTC has become a third and important componet in academic success for its members.  BGCSTC serves as a partner in providing access to the programs and resources that both youth and families need to succeed.  BGCSTC is uniquely positioned to make a significant difference in the academic success of youth in the community.  BGCSTC comfortably blends the lines between school and home by providing homework assistance and preparing the child for school the next day.  When young people attend school with homework completed, they enjoy and participate in the classroom while feeling a sense of accomplishment.  When this learning process takes place, youth are more likely to finish school and proceed to a post-secondary education or reach out for additional job training while looking forward to a rewarding future.  

Your support allows BGCSTC to complete this educational process and assist and lead our children to become individuals who grow with their education to become leaders in their families as well as in the community.  

 
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