This post was sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of America as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.
Did you know the Boys & Girls Club of America has been around for 150 years teaching kids advanced classes in after school programs, as well as in the summer months? Research shows that after school programs can vastly advance kids for the future. It’s a must that our kids learn all they can to have a bright and productive future. To know STEM Knowledge is Key!
Have you heard of the acronym STEM and what it stands for? I wasn’t familiar with it myself until a couple of weeks ago when I started working on another story about a tech toy of all things!
S T E M
S – Science
T – Technology
E – Engineering
M – Math
The Boys & Girls Club of America My.Future platform teaches STEM in their programs. Here’s what else the My.Future platform can do for club members.
- Offers programs that are centered around education technology that encompassing interesting topics kids already like.
- Offers over 40 hands-on activities.
- Prepares members for online and the digital world.
- Members can choose extension programs such as; Robotics, Game design, Programming, Online journalism
- Club members can earn certifications or digital badges as they progress through the programs.
Comcast NBCUniversal has supported local Boys & Girls Clubs for more than 15 years, and became a national partner in 2010. Together, Boys & Girls Clubs and Comcast NBCUniversal are focused on empowering youth with the digital literacy and technology skills needed for success in the 21st century.
Technology is forever changing and in this day and time, it’s important that we prepare our kids for the future by giving them advanced opportunities in education like what Boys & Girls Club of America My.Future offers. If we give our kids the tools to help them take on challenges that will come their way, they will have a far better chance to continue their education after high school. That’s just my thought, because I’ve seen the struggles in my family and I just don’t want my last son to go through what I did and what I’ve seen in a few of my family members.
According to what I read on My.Future, there will be more than 8 million STEM jobs in the U.S. by 2018. If that’s the case then we need to give our kids the necessary tools to learn it, or they may be passed over when it’s time to go job hunting. That could also mean that millions of jobs will go unfilled because of a lack of skilled people. Job descriptions are only going to get tougher. By introducing our kids to technology skills in Clubs, such as My.Future, they may be more likely to pursue a career in a STEM-related fields.
Give a child a map and he will lead the way!!
My son loves to read maps. He also loves to draw and write. I encourage writing at least every other day in the summer months, especially writing his first and last name together. In Kindergarten he had trouble with writing both at the same time, so that’s one of the areas we are working on this summer.
I looked up the closest school to me and it’s not that far away. I’m going to be talking to my husband about putting Brody in a program or two next summer. I asked my son which field interests him the most, and he chose engineering. Then he said, “what’s engineering?” I explained to him that being an engineer would mean he could work with computers or on airplanes. He immediately said, “I want to work on HEXBUGS.” Let’s give our kids the chance to develop skills that will guide them through to a productive future in programs in science, technology, engineering, and math. I can’t think of a better platform than the one that the love for the Boys & Girls Club of America My.Future offers.
If you have kids or grand kids ages 6-17 go ahead and ask them which field interests them the most. I would love to know in a comment below. Be sure to ask them why they chose that field.