Greenbelt, Maryland (PRWEB) October 10, 2013
On Sunday, December 8th, Club125 will host a science and engineering fair for participants in the club's Citizen Science Program. Next spring, on Saturday April 12th, the club will host a regional science and engineering festival.
Club125's winter science fair will feature the work of kids and adults in one of the club's three primary areas of focus, computer science, robotics, and microelectronics, or in a general science field. Supported by a $5,000 grant from the Greenbelt Community Foundation, and private donations of equipment and supplies, the club is adding a new science lab to the facility.
Expansion of the robotics programs at the club, and four local schools, was made possible by $10,000 in sponsorship from SAIC, a leading technology integrator with ties to Greenbelt’s NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The grants from SAIC support participation in FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, for kids in both elementary and high school programs. NASA is also a proud sponsor of FIRST.
Expansion of the FIRST programs in Prince George’s County has been well received. Jennifer Page, talented and gifted coordinator, shared that "We are so excited that we can join in the FIRST LEGO League competition this year! We have never had a robotics program at Hyattsville Elementary and are definitely looking forward to starting one." New robotics programs were also formed at Blandensburg Elementary, Kenmoor Middle, and Parkdale High schools.
Next spring, Club125 will host a regional science and engineering festival featuring exhibits, hands-on activities, vendor booths and exciting demonstrations of community developed projects. Club125 has applied for the festival to be a satellite event of the USA Science & Engineering Festival and to include a Mini Maker Faire event.
GreenSTEMs founder and president, George Boyce, said it is hard to keep the excitement in check. "We’re a big fan of the maker movement. Getting people, kids and adults of all ages, excited about sci/tech, arts and crafts by working hands-on to create stuff is what we are about. Our mission is to promote and develop critical thinking skills and produce real results that benefit the community and ultimately society as a whole."
For more information about either event, and to register to attend, participate, exhibit, or sponsor, people are directed to visit the club's website at http://club125.org/science-events.
Club125 is a private, non-profit, community center founded and operated by GreenSTEMs Inc, a Maryland non-profit corporation, and is fiscally sponsored by School Factory, Inc., a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Club125 opened in April 2013, and currently has over 60 members, ages 7 to 85, involved in a wide range of activities, classes, and workshops. The club facility is located on Roosevelt Center Plaza in the heart of Old Greenbelt.
President, GreenSTEMs Inc
Please contact Mr Boyce for background information on any of the organizations mentioned in this press release.