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.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Charles have 6 FIRST Robotics teams, which have been working hard representing our two Clubs on the competition field and at different STEM Expos.
Teams just competed in the FIRST Robotics St. Louis Regional Championship at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis. The competition, "Destination: Deep Space" allowed our members to showcase their robot and compete against many peer groups. We are so proud of their success at the event where our FRC team #7435 Cybertronics received a prestigious Rookie Inspiration Award for team's outstanding "Beyond this World" STEM outreach campaigns.
In April our teams will be participating at Sea Perch Underwater Drone Super Regional Competition at Pattonville High School in St. Louis. Additionally we will have an information table about STEAMBOTICS ACADEMY/BGCSTC, where we will be talking about the World Robotics Olympaid competition and showcasing our robot. We are excited to host the World Robotic Olympaid event at our St. Charles location in May.
We are also kicking off a new propram "Engineering Girl" for girls ages 6-8 who are currently not involved in STEAMBotics. This introduction to engineering principals and design process helps to spark interest and increase engagment in STEM activities. The program will run for 6 weeks at the St. Charles location starting in April.
Last but not least, we are gearing up for a full summer with members through Summer Blast. We will again offer multiple opportunities for members of all age groups to participate and showcase their accomplishments.
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.
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