This STEM learning post was sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of America as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.
For most of us, school is out and summer is in full swing. But how are the kids dealing? There are lots of opinions out there about letting kids enjoy a low-key “70s summer”, and there may be something to letting kids be bored once in a while, but most kids will benefit from a good learning challenge in the summer. My son, in particular, thrives on science and anything that relates to building. For him, education in those areas is no different than play. He’s only 6, but it’s already apparent that STEM learning (science, technology, engineering and math) is what really piques his interest.
According to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, STEM jobs in the U.S. are expected to grow nearly twice as fast as other fields by 2018, and kids and teens need these skills to compete in a global economy. But, what about schools that don’t offer enough STEM learning? And what about kids who just need more?
STEM Learning Beyond the Traditional Classroom
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs have been leaders in learning, and research has shown that out-of-school programs advance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) knowledge, as well as increase interest in these careers. Now, they’re taking that leadership to the next level with My.Future, a technology initiative that sparks kids and teens interested in STEM. In short, they encourage kids to explore what interests them, and they provide the resources kids need.
“There will be more than 8 million STEM jobs in the U.S. by 2018, but 3 million of them may go unfilled because of a lack of people with needed skills. By introducing youth to new technology skills in Clubs, they may be more likely to pursue a career in a STEM-related field.” – My.Future.com
My.Future is supported by a partnership with Comcast NBC Universal, a global media and technology company. There’s no denying that our kids are growing up in a digital world, and nobody knows that better than Comcast! They’ve joined forces with Boys & Girls Club to offer over 40 hands-on activities for kids.
As a parent, we often balk at the idea of keeping kids in front of the screen for even more time each day. But My.Future helps them understand how to safely and productively engage online, and identify and develop digital interests. There’s a difference between vegging out in front of a screen and actually being the mind behind that screen! Kids and teens can even earn certifications and digital badges as they make progress and increase their tech skills.
Just like feeding your child healthy food to keep their body strong, it’s important to feed their growing minds. Boys & Girls Club of America and their My.Future platform can help spark passions that can lead to a lifelong interest in STEM careers like robotics, game design, programming and online journalism.
Learn more about how to satisfy your kids’ hunger for STEM learning all year long:
- Follow Boys & Girls Club of America and Comcast Impact on Facebook.
- Tweet them at @BGCA_Clubs and @ComcastImpact
- Visit Boys & Girls Club of America online at My.Future.
- Learn more with a My.Future Program overview.