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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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Meet Jesse Cardenas, Technology Specialist at the Loveland Unit

November 19th, 2015 by Jenna Riedi

Jesse Cardenas
Jesse has been the Technology Specialist at the Loveland Unit for over a year now. He has done a great job of implementing internet safety courses to members and parents! Lately, Jesse has been helping members with Lego Robotics and has a competitionthis Saturday! Read below to learn more about Jesse!

 

1. What is your favorite type of food?
My favorite type of food besides Mexican would be Italian food. I really love Chicken Alfredo and Lasagna.

 

2. What is your ideal vacation?
My ideal vacation would be going to Rome, Italy and looking at some of the amazing Roman Architecture!

 

3. If you were trapped on an island, what three things would you bring with you?
If I was trapped on an island I would bring: someone to talk to, plenty of water, and a helicopter!

 

4. What is a unique talent that you have?
A unique talent that I have is that I enjoy teaching.

 

5. What do you enjoy most about working at the Boys & Girls Clubs?
A typical day at work is always fun!  I enjoy teaching members new things and I also learn a lot from them as well.

Wind Turbines ... and Robotics

January 30th, 2014 by Rachel Messersmith

Robotics!

ROBOTS HAVE INVADED OUR LOVELAND CLUB!

On Thursday, March 6th Road Narrows The Road Narrows Robotics visits Loveland BGCLCRobotics company came into the club to teach members about what robots can do and how they function.

They have brains and senses just like us! The members got to design their very own The Road Narrows Robotics team visits BGCLX in Loveland,  Coloradorobots and their robot's function.

The kids got to interact with different types of robots and learned how an engineer develops a robot's abilities.

Thank you to Road Narrows for Our kids drew a picture about The Road Narrows Robotics  and  their presentation to BGCLC Loveland , Coloradovolunteering their time and energy to bring robotics to our club.

 

 

 

 


 Wind Turbines!

Building Wind Turbines in Fort Collins was a wonderful day at thBuilding wind turbinese club. It was filled with exploration, a whole lot of engineering, design  and a little bit of frustration. We were able to lift some washers with the wind turbine the members constructed. We were unable to get the motors to spin fast enough to generate energy to light the LED light bulbs but that did not stop the members from trying every possible way to get it to work.

It is a great experiment kit that STEAM is excited to own, so we can continue to do experiments in the future. Thank you to our volunteers who helped us discover the power behind wind!

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If you would like to learn about our past STEAM activities and experiments check out our 2013 STEAM BLOG.