Thanks to a generous grant from Acxiom, this summer the Boys & Girls Club of Central Arkansas piloted STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs in all six sites. The program, for boys & girls ages nine through twelve, introduced the principles of engineering design over the course of five weeks.
The curriculum included creating their own water filtration system, building model bridges and making water bottle rockets! Program participants also got to participate in a Family STEM night at the Museum of Discovery, a STEM Day at Pulaski Technical College and a water bottle rocket competition using their rockets at Acxiom's building downtown.
The program will also run after school during the Fall 2016 first semester.
Acxiom® has announced a partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Central Arkansas to provide STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs to their members during out-of-school hours.
"There is no more valuable investment than the one we make in our young people,” said Howe. "Growing up, I was fortunate to have teachers and mentors who cultivated my interest in math, computers and learning. Just as that has made a tremendous impact in my own life, I hope that my gift will have a similar influence on our current generation of young people.”
The pilot program will begin this summer at all six central Arkansas Boys & Girls Club locations. The program will target 9-year-old through 12-year-old boys and girls and will focus on introducing STEM principles.
"We are tasked daily with ensuring that our members graduate from high school prepared for their future,” said Cindy Doramus, CEO, Boys & Girls Club of Central Arkansas. "More and more we are finding that the demand in our community for technological-skilled workers is on the rise. This program will help spark interest in the minds of our young people and hopefully plant a seed that will develop into a love for STEM learning and potentially a career path.”