Press release from Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County

In an announcement this week, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County launched the Building Blocks program, an initiative designed to inspire kids’ curiosity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and prepare young people for 21st century success.

Through this program — which was implemented in the Red Bank Unit of BGCM late last year, and is set to launch in the Asbury Park Unit this month — the Clubs will receive a customized STEM curriculum and twenty Samsung 4 10.1 tablets from supporting sponsor Samsung Electronics North America.

“We are pleased to offer this program at our Club because STEM education is critical to the future success of our young people, as most of the fastest growing jobs in the U.S. will require some education in STEM,” said Christy Crank, Red Bank Unit Director.

“We are grateful for Samsung’s generous support in providing this innovative program on the latest devices to encourage youth to invent creative, engineering-based solutions to improve our community.”

Developed by education leader Scholastic, the Building Blocks curriculum provides an introduction to engineering by inspiring Club young people of ages 10 to 13 to use technology toward creating innovations that could improve their communities in the future. Organized into three units — Inquiry and Exploration, Collaboration and Planning, and Project Design and Development — the Building Blocks curriculum also includes a career flipbook that describes interesting STEM careers, and profiles Boys & Girls Club alumni who work in STEM fields.

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