We are excited to announce the installation of our new BEAM Interactive system at our St. Charles Unit. BEAM is an interactive projector game system that makes learning fun, lively, hygienic, educational, and above all, a ton of fun. BEAM’s revolutionary technology gives children the opportunity to explore, discover, & interact. It enhances not only brain development, but also gross and fine motor skills.
The interactive floor projector is a hassle-free way to entertain and teach-- all you need is a flat surface and some motivated children. There are no toys to wash, no boards to fold up, no balls to clean, no rackets or bats that can hit other players, and most importantly, allows us to maintain social distancing in light of COVID-19.
Thanks to donor support, we installed the system earlier in the summer as we re-opened for our members. Our BEAM device is set up inside our games room as it is a large space. We had hoped to install it next to our STEAMbotics Academy but due to safety restrictions we pivoted to a new area. BEAM is set up to be used for programming activities related to STEM as well as our healthy lifestyles curriculum. The kids love it and so do our staff and volunteers. multiple times a week and the kids love playing with it.
Members across all age groups are always asking to play on it and we have witnessed many times when a child does not want to leave the Club because they are having such a good time playing on BEAM. Given the stress of the last several months, the BEAM system has helped provide our members with new opportunities to explore STEM in a fun, engaging manner. Thank you for helping create this STEM opportunity through your generous donations.
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!
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