ATLANTA, Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Samsung Electronics America, Inc. have extended their partnership to engage more kids and teens in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects through the DIY STEM afterschool program.
Developed to prepare tomorrow's leaders for an increasingly STEM-focused future, the partnership will help shape great STEM experiences for Boys & Girls Club members across the country, while simultaneously developing a cadre of Club professionals to facilitate the DIY STEM program. This program serves as the entry-point for all Club members' STEM learning experience and connects youth to science themes they encounter regularly.
"Most of the fastest growing jobs in the U.S. will require some education in STEM topics, so it is critical that we provide opportunities for kids and teens to find passion points in these subjects," said Jim Clark, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. "We are grateful for Samsung's continued support in helping us bridge the academic achievement gap and encouraging youth to discover and explore the science, technology, engineering and math they encounter in their daily lives."
DIY STEM engages Club youth ages 10 to 18 in different elements of STEM each week. The project-based STEM program is a key component of Boys & Girls Clubs of America's engineering pathways, and it provides youth opportunities for critical thinking and peer exchange. The program includes five modules: Energy and Electricity, Engineering Design, Food Chemistry, Aeronautics and the Science of Sports: Football.
"At Samsung, we are committed to inspiring youth's interest in STEM and enriching their lives in a way that makes a real impact on our youth and the larger communities we serve," said Gregory Lee, President and CEO, Samsung Electronics America. . "We share Boys & Girls Clubs' same passion and dedication to helping young people realize their dreams and explore future careers in STEM fields."
Samsung's partnership with Boys & Clubs of America will bring the DIY STEM program to 25 Clubs and train 150 Club professionals in 2017. Ultimately, the collaboration is aimed at helping Boys & Girls of America reach the goal of engaging 50 percent of members in STEM programming by 2020.
Since 2014, Samsung has partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to deliver technology, customized curriculums and new learning spaces that enable youth to explore and learn about STEM.
About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, N.J., Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA) is a recognized innovative leader in consumer electronics, mobile devices and enterprise solutions. A wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., SEA is pushing beyond the limits of today's technology and providing consumers and organizations with a portfolio of groundbreaking products in appliances, home entertainment, Internet of Things, mobile computing, smartphones, virtual reality, wireless infrastructure and wearables, in addition to offering leading content and services related to mobile payments, 360-degree VR video, customer support and more. Samsung is a pioneering leader in smartphones and HDTVs in the U.S. and one of America's fastest growing home appliance brands. To discover more about Samsung, please visit www.samsung.com. For the latest Samsung news, please visit news.samsung.com/us and follow us @SamsungNewsUS.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 150 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (GreatFutures.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 4,300 Clubs serve nearly 4 million young people annually through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in cities, towns, public housing and on Native lands throughout the country, and serve military families in BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on U.S. military installations worldwide. They provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Priority programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 54 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta. Learn more at Facebook and Twitter.
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