Our Philosophy

Learn what guides us

Our Philosophy

In our programs STEM stands for Sparks Curiosity, Teaches Empowered Learning, Establishes good habits, and Meets learners where they are to help them grow. We believe that the skills developed in STEM programming will grow with learners throughout their entire lives. Our programs are meant to be a both a continuum for students who are part of the larger Boys & Girls Club movement and accessible for students who would like to experience quality STEM programs adhoc.

Creativity and problem solving

Essential skills for any situation

Creativity and problem solving

Whether you are figuring out how to account for climate change or you are deciding how your school group will tackle the school project, it is important to be a creative thinker that knows how to approach problems in many different ways. Our exposure level programs occur during our after school program and strive to be a place that is both easily accessible for all students, while also challenging students through hands-on learning and engaging projects.

Skill development

Building yourself, one step at a time

Skill development

Allowing students to delve deeper into topics is one of the incredible privileges of after school programs. In our skill development programs, students go beyond exposure level concepts to start to engage in a more fulfilling way with concepts. Whether students are studying robotics and programming or chemistry and Artificial Intelligence allowing them to spend consecutive weeks working towards broadening their skill set, and determining what parts of these things interest them creates students who are better prepared to utilize their skills in the greater world. Skill development classes happen over different semesters and different offerings are available all the time.

Career Pathways

Leading youth to a meaningful career

Career Pathways

STEM careers dominate the workforce. Allowing our students to not only build skill sets that will propel them into our futures, but also (see) different options is important to our work and mission at the Boys and Girls Club of Western PA. Through our Career development programs students …

About Our STEM Programs

Build whatever you can imagine. Create something new. Discover how things work and move. Every time we wonder the possibilities are endless. Whether you have never built or programmed anything, or whether creativity, imagining, building and programming are part of your everyday, we are a place where you can feel safe and supported as you try new things. 

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Did you know that STEM jobs are growing by___? Even in non-STEM related jobs, the skills developed in STEM classes are being cited at those most looked at by management as needed in today’s workplace. In our programs students will work on developing skills such as

You know how important it is in our communities to have impact and __________. In helping us to do whatever it takes you are creating great events like ____, ____, ___, or allowing students the freedom to explore interests, build skills, and work towards career pathways. The Boys and Girls Club of Western PA is one of the only organizations that provides mentorship and community for students throughout their entire school career. Students find a safe space in our programs; with your help we can also set them up for GREAT FUTURES.

STEM Educational Videos

Take a look through our STEM Educational video series where we talk about topics like science, engineering, and just being curious about the world around us.

New videos are uploaded regularly, so check in often for more!

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Our Future

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