Asbury Park, NJ – January 21, 2016 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County (BGCM) announces the launch of the Building Blocks program, which is supported by Samsung, 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–BGCM will receive custom STEM curriculum and twenty Samsung 4 10.1 tablets.
“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 youth age 10-13 to use technology to create new innovations that could improve their communities in the future. Building Blocks has three units: Inquiry and Exploration; Collaboration and Planning; and Project Design and Development. The curriculum also includes a career flipbook that describes interesting STEM careers and profiles Boys & Girls Club alumni who work in STEM fields.
“At Samsung, we are committed to providing our mobile technology to educate, engage, and enrich lives in a way that makes a real impact on our youth and the larger communities we serve,” said Gregory Lee, president and CEO of Samsung Telecommunications America and Samsung Electronics North America Headquarters. “We share Boys & Girls Clubs’ same passion and dedication to helping young people realize their dreams and explore future careers in STEM fields.”
Through a national partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Samsung is increasing mobile technology access in select Boys & Girls Clubs by redesigning learning spaces into state-of-the-art “Tween Tech Centers.” Additionally, Samsung is donating 1,200 Galaxy tablets and the Building Blocks curriculum to 20 Boys & Girls Clubs across the country, including Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County.