Annual Youth STEM Conference
Thursday, November 9, 2023 at 8:30 am (when public schools are closed for teachers convention)
Registration is NOW OPEN for 4th-9th graders to attend the Teen STEM Conference! This annual Fall event is open to the community and continues to expand horizons and in numbers each year.
A variety of workshops on STEM topics are facilitated by local companies and organizations inspiring young minds and providing possibilities. Click here to view the list of available workshops.
There are over a dozen workshops to choose from, topics include: oceanography, robotics, health science, material science, computing, and network engineering and more...
Boys & Girls Club Annual Partners and STEM Conference supporters participating include Otsuka, NBCComcast Universal, Bristol Myers Squibb, Bloomberg, Munich RE, Johnson & Johnson, Integris, Princeton University, TCNJ, and MCCC and others.
All registered students will participate in a career panel where they will have the opportunity to ask questions of STEM professionals.
Kimberly Smith, Regional Director for Comcast Community Impact, stated, "We recognize the importance of STEM education in preparing kids for our future workforce. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County's annual STEM Conference allows students to hear from a diverse group of professionals working in various industries. It supports our commitment to expand digital skills within our communities and create a diverse workplace where everyone has an opportunity to succeed."
Students Register today- space is limited. Questions? Or for group registrations contact Debra Lawrey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
STEM for Kids
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Mercer County has always incorporated STEM education into its programming. Using partners like 4H & Mad Science as well as curriculum developed nationally and internally. Our youth enjoy hands-on learning experiences, as well as creative approaches and use of multi-media. We utilize technology like Schoology, a Learning Management System, to provide our staff professionals with resources to develop and execute lesson plans with recognized and high-quality resources. Schoology supports our students with a multi-media, personal, and structured learning experience too. Our STEM programs teach, enrich and encourage a curious mind to understand processes, scientific inquiry, and our world.
For upcoming STEM classes for Middle School and High School Students, see our Teen STEM Club Program.
MyFuture - STEM
Free online STEM activities open for any youth grades K-12. More than 325+ virtual activities on MYFUTURE. Sponsored by Comcast. Registration required.
|Program Areas||Activity Age Groups|
|DIY||Health & Wellness||6 to 9 years|
|Computer Science||Sports||10 to 12 years|
|Performing Arts||Leadership||13 to 15 years|
|Digital Arts||College & Career||16 to 19 years|
Roadmap to Careers: Available now on MyFuture - Roadmap to Careers is a platform that allows teens to explore careers by completing a short interest survey, watching videos based on their interests and developing a plan forward in pursuit of their interests.
For more information or to enroll for FREE, contact Debra Lawrey at email@example.com or 605-695-6060 x221
STEM Partnership Programs
The Club delivers a wide variety of STEM opportunities for area K-12 grade students throughout the year. Some of our STEM programs involve partnerships with organizations that can deliver educational programs for a specific STEM area. In the past, BGCM has partnered with Rutgers 4H Youth Development, Mad Science, and Students 2 Science. This brings "real-world" experience and proven programs into our Clubs, while making it a fun and enjoyable experience for our youth.
Our partnership programs bring enriching experiences and hands-on learning to our kids. For some recent examples, our Mad Science curriculum included:
• Scientific Method: students learned about the various stages of the Scientific Method. This workshop introduced students to making a hypothesis, conducting an experiment, and discussing outcomes.
• Slime Time: In this program, we explored, created, and played with the most entertaining and useful molecule known to science, and discovered its many shapes and forms. Children made their own slime that they got to take home and keep!
• Dry Ice-capades: Children were introduced to the scientific concepts of phase changes and states of matter. They witnessed the phenomenon of sublimation as they demonstrated the unique properties of dry ice & the spectacular "smoke" it creates.
• ph Factor: Children reviewed the colorful pH scale and dipped into the world of acids and bases! Through Mad Science, they explored the pH extremes with Reaction Tubes in a popping experience! Discovering whether liquids found at school were acids or bases using your personal pH Paper.
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