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Summer Brain Gain

School is out for summer, but for Boys & Girls Club members, learning continues. Through a fun and educational Summer Brain Gain program, BGCKC aims to prevent summer learning loss and help kids stay on track for school in the fall.

Summer Brain Gain is comprised of one-week modules with fun, themed learning activities for elementary school, middle school and high school students. Each module takes a project-based learning approach: youth engage in a process of learning through discovery, creative expression, group work and a final project or production.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America sites that more than half of the achievement gap between lower-and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities. Summer Brain Gain aims to close that gap.

BGCKC Club kids were excited to participate in Brain Gain and try new ways of learning. Rotary Club members focused on the "Team Me" module at the start of summer to learn about themselves and what makes each Club member special and unique.

Club members at the Joel E. Smilow Clubhouse & Teen Center at Rainier Vista studied ecosystems and explored the outdoors during their Teen Brain Gain Summer Camp.

Lawton Elementary Boys & Girls Club members enjoyed learning about sea animals and their habitats.

This summer, all BGCKC Clubs incorporated Summer Brain Gain activities into summer camps. Through Summer Brain Gain's program and the hard work of Club kids and staff, Club kids are on a better path to being ready for the coming school year.  To learn more: http://bit.ly/1GVAAZp



Rotary Club from Luis Albizo (1).jpgBGCKC Club Members Help Microsoft Set World Record for Coding

Microsoft set the Guinness World Record for the most people trained in computer programming in eight hours and our Club kids helped them do it!

The Day of Coding at Microsoft required 1,300 participates to code for 30 minutes, completing all 52 steps to help them achieve a new world record. Supported by 173 BGCKC staff members, 856 Club kids and teens from several Club locations were invited to Redmond to learn how to code and help beat the record.

"Club kids got to experience accomplishment and the understanding that their future can hold many possibilities. The Microsoft Imagine Coding Camp provided a remarkable opportunity for them," said Jane Ronngren, Vice President of Early Learning and Child Care Operations. "Many of them had no idea they could code."

Ronngren coordinated the effort across King County Clubs and said staff and Club kids not only had a blast but hope they get the opportunity to participate again in the future.

"It was really amazing to walk into those rooms and see everyone so focused on their coding project," said Ronngren. "Our Microsoft friends gave these kids and teens a chance to see their potential."

A replica of the award shown here with Jane Ronngren and Phillip Robinson from Guinness World Records will be displayed at the Club Service Center downtown.

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