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Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, in partnership with Rockwell Automation, opened three new educational and recreational spaces that foster equity and access for youth at the organization’s Don & Sallie Davis Club on Milwaukee’s southside.
The all-new Makerspace provides youth with project-based learning in all areas of STEM. “We have learned that when STEM exposure is combined with engagement programming, new worlds open up to members, and these new pathways provide Club kids with dreams that might not have otherwise been imagined,” said BGCGM President and CEO Kathy Thornton-Bias. The hybrid classroom gives youth hands-on experience in science, technology, engineering, and math work that will help unlock their creative potential and give them tangible skills they can translate into success in their future careers. The bright, colorful space features SKETCH 3D printers and laser cutters, as well as ample new supplies to imagine, build, and create.
The Games Room has been upgraded to a digital recreation room rooted in STEM learning. Physically interactive video games reinvigorate the space, to welcome and engage youth, while keeping them physically active. The marquee features of the robust room include Heavy Ball, idance, a computer-controlled dance game; an Exergame Wall and an iWall which all combine gaming and exercise to develop cognitive and motor skills while promoting active lifestyles at the same time.
The Big Pals Room for 7-8 year olds has been transformed with contemporary furniture and filled with innovative STEM-based games and learning activities to inspire off-screen imaginative play and creativity.
Rockwell Automation has supported educational programming at BGCGM for decades. Because of their generous support, BGCGM is able to provide kids with a rich variety of STEM programming, including computer science and coding, technology and math, experiential learning opportunities, and participation in FIRST LEGO League. The project also includes capital improvements to Davis Club’s HVAC, security, and IT systems.