Archive for the ‘STEM + Arts’ Category

State Ed Team Takes 1st Place!

May 11th, 2017 by Laura Smith

Girls in technology rock...and last Saturday girls from the Loveland-Pulliam Unit showcased that in a major way by bringing home 1st place in the "Challenge" Category (engineering and geography) at State Education Day.

Seven Club Members at the Loveland-Pulliam Unit competed on Saturday. After a scheduling conflict arose a few days prior, half the original team (who had been practicing for a month) had to back out, but new members eagerly stepped up. With little time to spare, the new team members practiced diligently and their efforts paid off!

The team walked away with a first place trophy in challenge (engineering and math) as well as a third place overall trophy.

Way to go ladies! We can't wait to see how you do next year!

 

Volunteer of the Month: Avrial!

January 5th, 2017 by Laura Smith
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Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County wouldn't be such a success without our awesome volunteers who help in the Clubs, at events and anything and everything else we can think of. To show appreciation to our volunteers, we introduce a new blog series: Volunteer of the Month. If you're a volunteer with BGCLC and would like to be featured, reach out to Megan, our volunteer coordinator, at volunteer@bgclarimer.org!
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Avrial (Turner), a music education student at Colorado State University, is currently running a music education program at the Fort Collins Unit! While she has many musical talents, she specializes in piano and singing.
What makes Avrial so unique (in just one way that is), is that Avrial was born deaf. Instead of cochlear implants, Avrial's family opted to utilize music therapy as a means to engage and develop her auditory and speech functions. Growing up, music became an intense passion for Avrial and easily integrated into every aspect of her life.
During her time at the Fort Collins Unit, Avrial works with Club Members to develop musicianship using the Orff Method. This method, developed by German composer Carl Orff, combines music, movement, drama and speech in a way similar to children's play. She hopes to develop music pieces for Members to perform at Club events as well as develop a partnership between Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County and the CSU School of Music.
Post graduation, Avrial hopes to inspire children through music education (in a K-12 setting) and incorporate music therapy into her teachings. She keeps that goal at the forefront of her mind by keeping busy volunteering at the Club and also performing regularly with an accompanist group at events across Fort Collins.
Thank you so much for volunteering with us Avrial and for being such an inspiration to our Club Kids!

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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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
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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

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!!!

Merry Christmas to Boys and Girls Clubs of Larimer County!

December 22nd, 2013 by Maryjo Faith Morgan

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We, at Fred's Used Websites, are happy to gift you with a blog on your website! We know Talia and Rachel will make good use of it to spread the word about the great things that are always happening at the Larimer County Boys & Girls Clubs in Loveland, Fort Collins and Windsor. Merry Christmas from us to you!

In fact, we believe so deeply in what BGCLC is doing for our local youth, we nominated them for a Loveland Chamber of Commerce Award. We want the WHOLE COMMUNITY to understand what a great resource the clubs are for families!

Here's what we said:

Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County are not just after-school hangouts. They are places, where young people go to learn, do homework, develop social skills, express themselves creatively and participate in sports & fitness activities.

They are safe places for kids to be accepted for who they are, places where they are encouraged to strive to become the best they can be. In fact, The mission of BGCLC is to provide an environment that helps young people reach their full potential.

1) Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County's three clubs ACCOMPLISH SIGNIFICANT RESULTS on behalf of their Loveland, Fort Collins and Wellington communities.

First of all, they have a huge impact, in part, due to 4 key characteristics:

  1. Dedicated youth facilities
  2. Open when kids need it most: weekdays after school and during the summer when kids have free time and need positive, productive outlets
  3. Professional staff who are trained youth development professionals and act as role models and mentors to members
  4. Available and affordable to all youth: for only $5 per year, any child between the ages of 6 and 18 can become a member

WoodenSnowmanMost people do not realize the clubs help kids succeed through proven programs that help youth gain the developmental assets they need to succeed in life.

While the kids are having fun, they are participating in a thoroughly planned Core Program Areas activities which cultivate and foster:

      1. Character & Leadership Development
      2. Education, Technology, & Career Development
      3.  STEAM – The STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, math) plus the Arts
      4.  Health & Life Skills
      5.  Sports, Fitness & Recreation

The win/win is that parents can focus on work, knowing their kids are in a productive learning environment that is so much more than a day care!

The Clubs have even saved lives - several Club members who considered suicide, pointed to their strong relationships with staff as the reason they chose to stay alive.

Here in Loveland 500 youth a month take part in more than 8,000 hours of programming and enjoy healthy snacks and dinner every night through Kids Cafe.

Combined, the three sites (Loveland, Fort Collins, Wellington) serve 1,280 youth a month in summer and 990 a month in school year

Opportunities for kids to experience academic success are nurtured through:

  • Power Hour – dedicated time for homework help
  • Prevention of Summer Learning Loss – engaging summer academic activities to prevent drops in literacy and math skills
  • Report Card Parties – rewarding good grades with fun prizes.
  • Scholarships – helping youth obtain scholarships to continue their education after high school.

Healthy Lifestyles are encouraged through SPARK fitness program, funded by the Colorado Health Foundation, to keep kids active and eating right.

2) BGCLC EMBODIES A SPIRIT OF VOLUNTEERISM, ALTRUISM AND RESPECT through programming, creating opportunities and example:

a. Developing good character and citizenship is a key goal of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County.

b. The Loveland Keystone Club, a Boys & Girls Club teen leadership program, volunteers regularly at Seven Lakes Memory Care, a residential home for people affected by Alzheimer's and Dementia. Their first gardening project led to several more since both residents and Club members experience was so positive.

3) BGCLC SUPPORTS AND DEMONSTRATES THE COLLABORATIVE SPIRIT through creative partnerships and memberships with Chambers of Commerce, other nonprofits, and/or various business and civic organizations, including:

      • Loveland Chamber of Commerce
      • Loveland Rotary
      • Educo
      • The Food Bank for Larimer County’s Kids Cafe
      • Thompson School District
      • Winona Elementary
      • New Vision Charter School (amazing collaboration to design shared space that the school could rent during non-Club hours)

4) BGCLC INSPIRES OTHERS BY THEIR EXAMPLE:

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County value diversity and treat people with dignity by welcoming youth, staff, and volunteers of all ethnic, racial, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, income, and religious backgrounds and identities.

They model and teach positive character traits through character & leadership programs like “Not-a-Hater” group and bullying awareness and prevention activities that help kids learn to respect and embrace one another’s differences.

Thanks to the Boys & Girls Club, Loveland youth have access to positive youth development programs that help them become successful and contributing members of the Loveland community.

GREAT futures start HERE!