Archive for the ‘STEAM’ Category

BGC Loveland Unit hosts Tech Girls Rock

February 16th, 2017 by Laura Smith

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Does your daughter want to rock...with rocks? Then sign her up for our Tech Girls Rock event happening on March 17! Boys & Girls Clubs of America, in partnership with CA Technologies, are hosting Tech Girls Rock workshop at our Loveland location. This free event is an initiative aimed to encourage girls to discover an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) focused educational opportunities and careers.

This event will explore different careers in the tech field, IT trends and topics, give tech challenges and also feature hands-on technology experiments.

The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that women make up 58 percent of the U.S. workforce, but only 25 percent of  the computing workforce. Since this initiative kicked off, Tech Girls Rock workshops have reached more than 1,500 tween and teen girls across the country. Help us reach even more by signing up your tween or teen today!

Participants will also get complimentary breakfast, lunch and a snack by registering!

The holidays may be over, but you can still give the gift of learning by registering your tween or teen girl today. And if you register by March 8th you'll be entered to win a FREE laptop!

Hope to see you there!

Event Details: Tech Girls Rock Free Workshop

Where: BGCLC Loveland Unit, 2500 E 1st St., Loveland, CO

When: March 17, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Who: Girls, ages 10-18

Register at: techgirlsrock.eventbrite.com

Questions? Call (970) 372-2291

 

 

Loveland Unit Presents "Something Lit!"

September 15th, 2016 by Laura Smith
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I know what you're thinking, a Step Team came to Loveland?! You guys get the coolest partners... BUT! We got something even cooler than a Step Team coming to the club to perform, we have our own step team, made up of awesome club kids!
The Club's Stomp Team, aka "Something Lit," made their debut at the Back to School Rally held in Loveland Sept. 1. It's safe to say their first performance was a success, and we will be seeing a lot more of their lit performances.
Interested in checking them out for yourself? Head on over to STEAMfest this Saturday (Sept. 17) at the Promenade Shops at Centerra where they will be performing. In the meantime, check out our YouTube channel to watch them in action!

STEAMfest? More like awesomefest!

September 9th, 2016 by Laura Smith

It's finally here! As our Event and Grant Specialist would say, "It's one of the greatest day of the year!"

On Sept. 17th we will be hosting our annual Day for Kids STEAMfest at The Promenade Shops at Centerra in Loveland. This event is free, open to the public and fun for all ages. Literally, even all you adults will have a ball!

Day for Kids is a national initiative that invites you to join Boys & Girls Clubs in making a difference for kids in your community. For more than a decade, adults have participated in Day for Kids events all over the country to advocate for youth and celebrate the life-changing work taking place at Boys & Girls Clubs.  In Larimer County, we celebrate by providing a FREE day of fun and S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) activities for families living in and around Larimer County!

STEAMfest will consist of hands-on educational activities, information about local vendors, and awesome experiences provided by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County.

This year, we will even have a special performance by the Loveland Unit's Step Team. I've seen a sneak preview, and it's something you won't want to miss.

So grab your friends, your kids, and anyone else you can think of and join us the 17th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m!

This could be you! 

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E-NABLE Hands Project

April 7th, 2016 by Jenna Riedi

Teens at the Fort Collins Unit have the opportunity to work with a global network called E-NABLE.  With the help from a grant from the OtterCares Foundation and the 3D Printing Store, we were able to build 3D printed hands for children who do not have fully functioning hands and cannot afford a traditional prosthetic.

Before visiting the 3D Printing Store for the first time, we did a philanthropy lesson at the Club.  The kids answered questions about what philanthropy means to them.  There was a great discussion and then we did a fun activity with the teens.  We taped their hands in different ways (some only had two fingers, others had none, others taped their arms so they would only have use of one).  Then we had them participate in daily activities that they would normally do at the Club including Ping Pong, Foosball, Pool and see if it was more difficult to do these "normal" games.  It was!

Our first trip to the 3D Printing Store was where the kids learned about the different 3D technologies and all of the ways 3D printing is being used today and what they working towards for the future.  The expressions on the kids faces would change drastically as they learned all of the uses: medical, automotive, aerospace, etc.  On Saturday, April 2nd the Fort Collins Club built a total of 5 hands for other kids who are in need, it was incredible process.  We had a total of 11 teens attend the field trip and the worked in pairs (with one group of 3) and they spent over 3 hours assembling one hand per group.

The 3D Printing Store is working on tracking the hands and where they go so hopefully the kids will have the chance to find out who exactly they helped.  The teens will participate in a second workshop where they will talk about what they have learned and how their idea of philanthropy has changed.

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A Day At Lory State Park

October 1st, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

We were recently awarded a generous scholarship from Lory State Park to have a field trip to their beautiful park!  Last Friday we were able to attend the park for the first time.  The Fort Collins Unit members went on a scavenger hunt where they learned how to use compasses.  The scavenger hunt taught members about park safety as well as camping and hiking facts they should know.

Members then were able to go on a short hike, where we discussed what the land used to be before it was a park, discussed rock slides and how to find your location if your naturalist guide gets hurt.  All great lessons for the members to learn in order to be safety educated about the outdoors.  There were statements from the members that day such as "This is the best day ever, I don't want to leave" and "I love hiking and exploring, we should go on another trail!"

Overall it was a fantastic experience for all involved!
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Check Out our AMAZING Day for Kids STEAMfest Vendors & Activties

September 17th, 2015 by Talia Sanders

Day for Kids STEAMfest is a free community wide event to celebrate both kids in Larimer County and also encourage STEAM learning (science, technology, engineering arts, and math). This event features fun, hand-on, interactive activities and booths brought to you by our STEAM community partners and our own in Club STEAM program.

Join us for a day of family fun and STEAM learning this Saturday at the Promenade Shops at Centerra off of I-25 and Highway 34 from 10am-4pm.

Featured Vendors & Their Activities:

4-H Science Out of School - Balancing Act
Action Works - Remote Control Robots
Airbound - Human Water Hamster Balls
Alliance for Suicide Prevention - Strike Out the Stigma
Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County - Flubber, Angry Birds Sling Shot, Elephant Toothpaste
Colorado Eagles - Inflatable Shoot Booth
Colorado Maker Hub - Zoom Tool Building Workshop
Colorado Odyssey of the Mind - Spontaneous Problem Solving
CSU Engineers Without Boarders - Water Filtration
Deep Space - The Rover Rally
Fort Collins Creator Hub - Air Pressure Rockets
Fort Collins Museum of Art - Norman Rockwell Art
Great Western Bank - Dinosaur Bone Dig
Hach - Turning Water Into Kool-Aid and Back
Leading Learners
Loveland Creator Space - Engineering with Popsicle Sticks
Loveland Police Department - Police Vehicle Tours
Loveland Public Library - Building Artbots
Neaera Robotics - Robots and 3D Printers
NOCO Beekeepers Association - A Bee Colony
Phoenix Garage - Electric Motorcycle Build
Pinot's Palette - Acrylic Painting on Canvas
Red Baron - Create Your Own Comic
Science Matters in America - Exploration of Dinosaurs:Frozen Dino Eggs
Security Services Federal Credit Union
Team Fort Collins - Brain-Based Movement
The Wild Animal Sanctuary - Educational Caravan

Learning Through Nature

September 15th, 2015 by Talia Sanders

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BGCLC Members from our Wellington Unit hiked Horsetooth Falls to celebrate the end of summer and the beginning of the school year.

Healthy Lifestyles are important priority outcomes of programming at BGCLC.

Programs and activities such as hiking and spending time in nature promote healthy lifestyles with our Larimer County youth and also teaches them essential leadership and outdoor skills!

BGCLC Members Visit the Magpie Meander Natural Area

September 1st, 2015 by Talia Sanders

The City of Fort Collins organized this trip complete with a Naturalist Guide who helped Club Kids understand how a beaver adapts to their environment in order to survive. Members participated in hands-on exploration of the outdoors. They learned about what animal tracks look like in the wild, what types of flowers are in that area, and about the aquatic life that strives there. They also used nets and small buckets to examine the aquatic bugs that live in the pond located in the Natural Area. We were able to find various types of small and large aquatic life. Learning about the effects the flood had on the surrounding area's plant and animal life was another highlight of this adventure!

This trip is part of BGCLC’s STEAM Program (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math). STEAM values teaching members to discover and learn from experience and hands-on learning. It was fantastic to have an expert Naturalist Guide there to answer questions and assist in activities. We are thankful for the Collaboration with the City of Fort Collins.

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Meet Rachel, STEAM Specialist

August 17th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

RachelRachel LOVES STEAM!  She serves as our only dedicated staff member to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) programming and has done a fabulous job.  Rachel has initiated many community collaborations, Club programs, and field trips in the area of STEAM, exposing Club members to many new experiences.  In addition, Rachel's program will soon be featured across the state in a STEM PSA through Comcast!  Read below to learn more about Rachel.

1.  What is your favorite type of food?
Favorite food is for sure Greek or Italian food.  Growing up, I worked in a Greek Family restaurant and was surrounded by delicious pastries and pastas!  Yum.

2.  What is your ideal vacation?
My ideal vacation would be packing up a pack and just going on a huge hiking trip around Europe or South America.  There is just something freeing about being out in the wild with only your pack.

3.  If you were trapped on an island what three things would you bring with you?
Art journal, my sister, and a guitar (plenty of time to finally learn)

4.  What is a unique talent you have?
The unique talent that I have is to break into song at the drop of a word.. Super. .supercalifragilisticexpialidocious even though the sound of it is simply quite atrocious.  If I am not singing I am for sure humming to entertain myself.

5.  What do you enjoy most about working at the Boys & Girls Club?
Making connections with the staff, the members and the community. Everyone is excited to make the world a better place and I am happy to be a part of that.

Thank you, Rachel, for all you do!!!

Education, Technology, & Career Development

April 30th, 2015 by Talia Sanders

Education, Technology, and Career Development

BGCLC has implemented the programmatic strategy Every Member, Every Year, designed so that all Larimer County Clubs can partner with youth, parents, schools, and other community stakeholders to implement: academic enrichment and school engagement; targeted dropout prevention; and intensive intervention and case management. Our aim is to ensure that all Club members graduate from high school on time, ready for a post-secondary education and a 21st-century career.

Project Learn
Project Learn reinforces the academic enrichment and school engagement of young people during the time they spend at the Club. This strategy is based on research demonstrating that students do much better in school when they spend their non-school hours engaged in fun, but academically beneficial, activities. Through Project Learn, Club staff use all the areas and programs in the Club to create opportunities for these high-yield learning activities, which include leisure reading, writing activities, discussions with knowledgeable adults, helping others, homework help, tutoring and games (such as Scrabble), that develop young people’s cognitive skills. Project Learn also emphasizes parent involvement and collaboration between Club and school professionals as critical factors in creating the best after-school learning environment for Club members ages 6 to 18.

STEAM
STEAM inspires interest and comprehension through fun driven activities in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.

Summer Learning Loss Prevention
These programs aim to close the learning gap that happens in the out of school months.

Power Hour
Power Hour teaches youth to make every minute count with strategies, activities, resources and information to create an engaging homework help environment and a tutoring program that encourages Club members at every age to become self-directed learners.

Money Matters
Money Matters promotes financial responsibility and independence among Club members ages 13 to 18. Participants learn how to manage a checking account, create a budget, save and invest, start small businesses, and pay for college.