This post was sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club of America as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.
This past school year, my younger two kids went to a charter school 2 days a week that focused on hands-on projects. Most, if not all, of the learning involved STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and taught the kids without using textbooks. Their teachers were exceptional and I can’t even begin to say enough good things about them. The kids came away loving what they had learned and weren’t even bored by it because it was made to be fun and engaging.
I know that with budgets being cut in schools, not every child is able to have a great experience in school like my younger two kids did. However, there are ways to help your kids discover and learn about their passions in science, technology, engineering and math. For over 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs have been leading the charge in out-of-school time programming and these programs offer a lot of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) knowledge, which increases interest in these careers. That’s fantastic news for our kids’ futures! With STEM jobs expected to grow nearly twice as fast as other fields by 2018, our kids’ will need these skills to find a career that they love.
Boys & Girls Clubs have a platform called My.Future, which helps to bring STEM to kids and teens by encouraging them to explore topics that are already an interest to them. My.Future allows kids to understand the media world around them, find & develop interests and receive digital badges as they make progress. These digital badges can be shown online, shared with other kids or can even be added to a member’s resume to show that they are competent in that subject. Some of the things that kids can learn about are robotics, game design, programming and online journalism.
To learn more about Boys & Girls Club My.Future program, please visit their website. When you visit, you can click on the How It Works page and find even more info. I love this part that is for the members:
“Check out the projects under Building, Exploring and Communicating and choose the ones that excite you most! Have you ever wanted to learn how to change web pages (X-Ray Goggles) or learn how to juggle (learn something new)? Have you ever broken a code (Cracking Codes, Part 1) or seen just how many planes are flying above the United States at a single time (visualizing data)? Complete a certain number of projects to earn a digital badge that you can keep, share online and that can unlock awesome opportunities at your Club.”
Doesn’t that sounds like fun?! Learning while having fun is the best way to teach kids!