The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County closed its doors on March 13th due to COVID-19. We re-opened on June 2nd for a modified schedule and summer program. During the 3-month gap, we worked hard to keep our members engaged. In addition to the meals sent home each week and weekly phone call check-ins, we wanted to provide our kids with activities to help keep their minds engaged. To that end, we began an online program called My Future where our members could participate in virtual learning activities heavily focused on technology, math, and science. Our members earned badges for creating sessions including lessons on Digital Literacy, STEM exploration, and DIY stem. In addition, we created a YouTube channel called VISION BGCSTC where our members could participate in activities led by our staff including mentoring, dance, physical activity and so on.
We are most proud, however, of the work our older members accomplished. BGCSTC proudly worked alongside the health department and the economic development department to create PPE components for an area hospital. Working in shifts at the Club, our older members and staff utilized the 3-D printer to create pieces for the PPE. The printer ran around the clock at times and we are proud to have been a part of this critical community collaboration, thanks to STEAMbotics Academy and our dedicated staff and members.
Our STEAMbotics Academy and FIRST Robotics teams have been busy! We are proud to report we recently participated in STEM Day at the Missouri State Capitol. Members spent the day meeting with lawmakers, displaying and showcasing the program as well as two robotics, and sharing the impact of the program. We also received a grant from Bayer for additional program support and are very grateful for the continued committment to STEM.
One of our Junior Staff members, who is the team captain of one of FIRST teams, was recently recognized by the St. Charles County Economic Development Center at their STEM Breakfast.
In addition, our teams are participating the annual FIRST Robotics Competition over the next three days which is held at St. Louis University. Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County covers all these competition costs thanks to support from our donors and community partners. Thank you for enlarge their world in a meaningful way!
We are so excited to share amazing news about our STEAMBotics Academy. After a competitive grant process, the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles County was awarded two significant grants in recognition our STEM programs.
The first is a grant from NASA (yep, that NASA) which allows us to support our FIRST Robotics teams through competion registration, robotics parts, and added technology. The second grant comes from Red Nose Day and provides for enhanced computer systems including wifi upgrades, new monitors, new tablets and more.
We are so grateful for this support and truly humbled to receive recognition for our efforts. We are proud of STEAMbotics Academy and love to see it grow.
This support, along with your donations, allow us to expose more members to STEM, break down barriers for young ladies, and support our financially insecure members even more. Thank you for all you do!
Members, parents, and community supporters recently particpted in the Spirit of St. Louis Air Show in St. Louis. This annual 3-day event welcomed over 25,000 attendees. Our team's booth stayed busy as we had three of our robots there to engage with visitors. Our members loved the experience and are so proud they were able to showcase their work. The air show brings in the community to celebrate leaders in flight, design, and technology.
In addition, two of members were recognized at the special Wings of Hope Reception on Friday eving with the Blue Angels. These members continue to represent the STEAMBotics Academy to the community, helping people understand everything from design to competitions.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles was also recently recognized for our STEAMBotics Program with an amazing gift from Amazon. Amazon, a true leader in technology, noted our programs provide a basic introduction into STEM for young learners, hands on experience in coding and modeling, and competition experiences designed to promote problem-solving, leadership, and innovation.
We are so thankful for the continued support of this program. It is our hope to expand it to our O'Fallon location by next year so that even more young members can explore STEAM.
Our members are enjoying added STEAMbotics activities during our Summer Blast camp which runs through August 10th. In addtition to Lego Camp (introduction to robotics), we are now offering a program specifically for our younger, female club members, ages 6-9, called Girl Engineer. This 4 week program (ran twice over the summer) is based on the book "Rosie Revere, Engineer" by Beaty Roberts.
We are also offering a program called "Think Like an Engineer" during the summer. This program is specifically for members ages 10 and up and involves fun competitions in which members work to contruct the tallest tower, build a paper roller coaster, create a water filtration system and so much more.
We love seeing the kids learning new concepts, working together and improving innovation. We are grateful for Global Giving's continued support which allows us to expand programs, especially during the summer.
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