All members have access to technology equipment at all clubs. Technology is used to work on school assignments, conduct research, and participate in STEM and Arts activities. Our teens also complete resumes, apply for college, submit scholarship applications, and prepare for the SAT or ACT, and so much more.
These are kits related to STEM and include instructions and all materials to build and experience the engineering process. They provide members with fun, hands-on activities in a safe and simple way. Kits are assembled and operated by our members in groups to promote teamwork and collaboration.
Robotics allows teens explore the advanced technology STEM fields of coding, robotics, drone construction, flight design, and virtual reality. Our teens study different technologies, learn hands-on drone assembly and flight manipulation, and engage in drone competitions. Robotics equipment includes Drones and VEX Robots.
Several of our clubs feature a sound proofed room for music and video production for our teens. Equipment includes high-capacity digital mixing console, digital stage box, iMacs, microphones, and computer hardware and software. Members create their own lyrical passages and build custom instrumental backing tracks using software.
Digital Media Studio
Several of our clubs feature a full portrait and product photography studio for our teens. The Digital Media Studios are equipped with digital cameras, video cameras, lighting, green screen, photo printer and iMacs with software. Members receive expert instruction in digital photography, image editing, digital printing, graphic design, and video and multi-media production.
Several of our clubs feature a Makerspace for our teens. This is an area for experiential learning where teens can learn how to design and assemble new products built on the creative use of art, science, and engineering. They can explore and use tools that have become associated with manufacturing and essential job skills for workforce readiness.
Competitions & Challenges
Through the Engineering Design Challenge (EDC), Club kids use their creativity, curiosity, and analytical thinking to solve problems, experience authentic learning, and develop valuable skills. They participate in rigorous and engaging team projects that help shape the future of the engineering workforce and NASA.
During the Crew Exploration Vehicle EDC, kids create a model for a new space vehicle that can carry two astronauts safely during a drop test. At the conclusion of the challenge, they create a team video articulating the steps taken in the EDP.
1. Culture and Tradition: Depicting the events, activities, stories and social gatherings that make up our world, these photographs might show the daily life of a family, or the traditions and emerging trends that define a group.
2. Surroundings: These photographs depict our physical surroundings, whether it’s natural beauty or the streets .
3. Portraits: Portraits are a representation of a person or people in which the facial expression is predominant, providing insight into personality, mood and style.
• Local Contest (March 1, 2019) – Club members ages 6-18 can participate in the photography contest. The first place winners in the three categories and four age groups are sent on to the regional competitions.
• Regional Contest (April – May) – Local Clubs submit photographs and competitions are conducted in six regional locations in May and June. First place photographs go to the national contest.
• National Contest (June – July) – The top photographs in each of four age groups and five categories are selected as national winners. Each national winner’s picture is displayed on the virtual gallery.
What is Zero Robotics?
The Zero Robotics Middle School Summer Program is a computer programming competition for middle school students where they learn to control satellites aboard the INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION during the summer. A five-week STEM curriculum introduces students to computer programming, robotics, and space engineering, and provides hands-on experience programming SPHERES (Synchronized, Position, Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites). The program culminates in a tournament where winning teams’ SPHERES compete aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Middle school participants get the chance to see the SPHERES operate in space via a live feed from the ISS while NASA astronauts provide real-time commentary.
IMPACT ON OUR YOUTH
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County has provided a wide variety of nationally recognized and impact driven programs throughout the years and partners with numerous other service providers, such as the Palm Beach County Health Department, Literacy Coalition, local universities, and many others to enhance the learning opportunities of the youth served.
To become a partner with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County and support our technology programs, please contact Dennis Young at email@example.com or (561) 683-3287.