DURHAM, NC, – For the second year in a row, Duke Energy has awarded the Boys & Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties (BGCDOC) with a $20,000 grant to support science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities. The funding will support the continuation of BGCDOC’s STEM Friday programming, which occur year-round during the after-school program and summer camp. STEM Fridays are designed to engage students in STEM subjects through fun and interactive projects and activities such as planting seeds, baking cookies, engineering miniature bridges and catapults, and learning about chemical reactions.
Data shows that many Boys & Girls Club members struggle with STEM subjects, but when given the opportunity to learn with hands-on experiences and fun activities, they are extremely interested. A lot of the experiments show the students things they’ve never seen before, and they are able to apply aspects of STEM to their everyday lives. The ultimate goal of the STEM Fridays program is to increase student interest in STEM subjects, leading to higher academic performance, participation in the classroom, and interest in STEM careers.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties
The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Durham and Orange Counties is to inspire and enable all young people, particularly those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, and responsible citizens.
BGCDOC was established in 1939 as a dedication to the community service of John Moses Avery. The Club has served over 100,000 youth in Durham since its conception, and currently serves over 150 at-risk youth, ages 6-18, in Durham and Orange Counties every day. The Club has been a steadfast champion in encouraging the success of Durham’s children. Charging no more than $10 per year, BGCDOC provides a unique after-school and summer camp experience that helps students academically and in life.
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