STEAM takes over Boys & Girls Club

STEM and arts will be the main focus of the club’s summer program

It’s going to be a busy summer at the Boys and Girls Club in Sequim.

From kindergartners to high schoolers, youths who attend the club this summer will be kept busy with the “Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead” program. In addition to STEM topics of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, unit director Dave Miller and his staff are adding the arts to the mix.

“Last (summer) we focused on reading and literacy,” Miller said. “This year we wanted to bring in the (S.T.E.A.M.) aspect.

“Plus, it gives us more of a variety of activities to do that are locally based.”

Each week features a different general theme, with daily activities exploring all S.T.E.A.M. aspects of that theme.

Much of the program will happen in the club’s morning camp that runs from 8 a.m.-noon each weekday, and includes breakfast for every child in the building.

That morning camp comes with an additional cost on top of the $30 per year membership to help the club manage the extra hours — morning camp participation costs $15 per day, or $65 per week.

Afternoons at the club — which runs various activities from noon-6 p.m. and include the service of both lunch and a snack — are part of the annual membership fee.

Club members also have the opportunity to go on field trips to various locations and activities across the region.

“We live in such a wonderful area with so many different ecosystems,” Miller said. “Our goal is to give our kids a hands on experience that involves the environment around them.”

Club members will have plenty of time for regular fun and games outside of S.T.E.A.M. activities as well, including plenty of outdoor time such as the recent field day the club put together helping celebrate the end of the school year.

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