Boys & Girls Clubs of King County incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities into after-school programs and throughout the summer months. Lessons focus on real-world issues: social, economic, and environmental problems, and seeking solutions.
We provide students hands-on, open-ended exploration as well as opportunities for productive teamwork. STEM programs develop a set of thinking, reasoning, investigative, and creative skills that Club members can use in all areas of their lives.
In 2015, BGCKC instituted a STEM Task Force to strengthen and increase opportunities for STEM learning through a comprehensive strategy that will ensure that every BGCKC site will be equipped to offer world-class STEM learning opportunities in an impactful, sustainable, and efficient manner.
Due to BGCKC's broad reach and established partnerships with technology innovators, BGCKC is often selected to pilot, develop, and implement STEM-related programs. BGCKC weaves STEM learning into everyday Club activities as well as using specialized programs and activities to enrich STEM skills. This can include: high yield learning activity STEM kits, ClubTech technology education programs (digital animation, photography, claymation), robotics, and high school level internships in STEM fields.
Washington State ranks second in the nation in the concentration of STEM jobs, yet roughly 45,000 STEM jobs will go unfilled due to lack of qualified candidates. BGCKC wants to help kids recognize their potential and know their futures are limitless and full of possibility.
Keep kids learning and having fun while doing it!
Aha101 Pilot Program – At our Southwest Boys & Girls Club, 20 third-graders participated in a successful "gameification" pilot program in 2015 to boost both academic motivation and skill development with a web-based video game highlighting math, reading, and science skills. In this innovative, multi-cultural program, youth also have the opportunity to Skype with their peers in China. Six BGCKC Clubs are now engaging 125 elementary school students in the full program implementation.
Adobe Youth Voices – BGCKC is an ongoing participant in the Adobe Youth Voices program, joining a global network to exhibit and share youth-created media projects (i.e. animations, websites, multimedia). Six BGCKC Clubs, each working with 30 low-income middle and high schoolers, will participate in 2016.
Michael P. Anderson Memorial Aerospace Program – The Renton/Skyway Club has a partnership with the Museum of Flight (MOF). Thirteen of their middle school members are enrolled in the Michael P. Anderson Memorial Aerospace Program and the Amelia's Aero Club with the goal of moving them through the education programs at the MOF, specifically into the Washington Aerospace Scholars. All programs assign members an adult mentor in the aviation/aerospace industry.
Robotics (Raisbeck Aviation High School) – Raisbeck Aviation High School (RAHS) has developed a world-class career readiness program that includes students being mentored by professionals in the aviation/aerospace industries and interning in high-demand workplaces. Over the past four years, RAHS has developed a partnership with our Renton/Skyway Club and encouraged the Club to create the only BGCKC competitive FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League Robotics Team. To prepare for the annual statewide robotics challenge and tournament, RAHS provides guidance from both adult and student mentors from their international award-winning Skunkworks FRC Robotics Team. In collaboration with Renton/Skyway leadership, Skunkworks trained nine BGCKC Clubs to implement and/or enhance current robotics programs and create potential FIRST Lego League Teams. In 2016, RAHS developed an inter-Club robotics challenge for participating Clubs.
My.Future – Formerly known as Club Tech, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America program My.Future teaches Club members to conduct Internet research and programs such as Word, Excel, and Adobe. Youth learn to operate equipment such as scanners and digital cameras, and develop newsletters and event programs. These skills and training provide Club members with a foundation for future employment as they apply for their first jobs.
CS First – Boys & Girls Clubs partnered with AmeriCorps and Google to bring CS First, a youth focused computer science curriculum, to King County. This was a summer program pilot at three Clubs: Renton/Skyway, Southwest, and North Seattle. The pilot program was then expanded into the school year. Club kids as young as fourth grade have the chance to experiment with computer coding. CS First is a free program that increases student access and exposure to computer science education through after-school, in-school, and summer programs.
Girls Who Code – Trained high school girls from Girls Who Code instruct middle school Club girls in computer skills during the school year. Designed to close the gender gap in technology, Girls Who Code has programs in 42 states. There are opportunities to learn computer science through real-world projects in art and storytelling, robotics, video games, web sites, apps, and more.
STEM Camps – Clubs offer STEM camps during school breaks, with multiple summer sessions for various ages. Clubs develop their own unique curriculum based on the particular needs and opportunities of their community and staff. Our summer Brain Gain program aims to prevent summer learning loss with fun, themed learning activities.
STEM Events & Media
BGCKC Club members help Microsoft set world record for coding (more)
Renton/Skyway Club kids complete their first Hour of Code Workshop (more)
BGCKC countywide chess tournament teaches life skills (more)
Federal Way Teen Center kids create apps to help others at App-A-Thon (more)
Lego Robotics Tournmanet (more)