TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Thanks to a $24,000 grant from the Dart Foundation, the Boys and Girls Club of Magic Valley was able to expand and renovate their robotics classroom which is a part of the STEM program.
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“They love it, now they actually have a chance to program more on their own, rather than just with a group of children,” said Garren Moreno, Programs Director. “So they get a little more hands themselves and they understand the programming a little bit better.”
Just because school may be out for the day doesn't mean the learning stops there. Children have the opportunity to participate in various educational after school programs.
“They need to know specific numbers and rotations of circles to make these robots move and how many rotations forwards and backwards,” said Moreno. “All of this is done by engaging the children.”
Through the grant the boys and girls club was able to double the enrollment from 12 students and were also able to add new computers for the students to use and prepare for competitions.
“There’s a competition that they prepare for with the first Lego league,” said Moreno. “It's at the end of the second and fourth quarter of schools. Basically what they do the whole time is build up to participate in those competitions.”
Space is available in the robotics program if you're interested.
The program runs after school from 4 to 5:30, but they have a lot of engaging programs to help prepare the students.
“I think all of our programs are great,” said Moreno. “We have a life hack where we teach the children adult skills, like how to change a tire, how to cook, how to sew. All kinds of things that would be nice to know as an adult but you don't always get taught.”