In June, Minneapolis Club youth from Little Earth, Southside Village, and Jerry Gamble Club Sites spent a day focused on the deeper learnings of STEM concepts through specific STEM projects. With the help of volunteers from National Grid Renewables, BGCTC Club members built interactive robots and working flashlights utilizing everyday materials such as plastic drink containers, aluminum foil, pipe cleaners, pencils and glue. Throughout the rest of the summer, youth worked with STEM mentors from the Sea Research Foundation to build boats, construct towers, and play math games with a focus on conservation.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education is a core BGCTC program component that offers several benefits to youth, including teaching them creativity, critical problem-solving, life skills, ingenuity, resourcefulness, patience, and curiosity. Special Club happenings like STEM Day and mentorships engage our youth in a unique and creative way that fosters excitement for STEM disciplines and prepares youth for post-secondary STEM education and careers.