Ford donates $4,000 to BGCSC

Ford LogoThe Ford Motor Company Fund is donating $1,000 each to the Alderwood, Everett, Marysville and Snohomish Boys & Girls clubs. The Clubs will receive a grant of $1,000 to expand the previously launched Ford Focus on Child Hunger campaign and increase the number of kids who benefit from this initiative. Ford dealers in each state were matched with a local Boys & Girls Club and the money donated to each club will provide 300 meals for kids during the holidays.“As many families prepare for holiday celebrations, others are struggling simply to keep food on the table,” said Jim Vella, president, Ford Motor Company Fund. “Today’s donation is one more step to support families and children who face food insecurity.”The Ford Fund has donated nearly $420,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs across the country in the past five years alone. Ford Motor Company Fund and Community Services works with community partners to advance driving safety, education and community life. The Ford Motor Company Fund has operated for more than 60 years with ongoing funding from Ford Motor Company.

Campbell Nelson Partnership

Campbell Nelson Thank You Photo from Alderwood Kids

We want to give a big THANK YOU to Campbell Nelson Motors for all of their support over the last 9 months! One of the cornerstones of the Campbell Nelson business model is collaboration. Their Community Driven program provides support and partnership to several amazing local, regional and international organizations. BGCSC is privileged to partner with them.

Campbell Nelson has been a supporter of Boys & Girls Clubs over the years in a variety of ways.  In 2013 the company decided to focus a unique program on six charities including the Alderwood and Edmonds Boys & Girls Clubs. Every time a customer purchased a new or used vehicle the dealership made a donation to the charity of the buyers choosing. They contributed $100,000 between February and October of 2013. Each time the Boys & Girls Club was designated the donation supported scholarships for two yearly memberships to the Boys & Girls Club.  “The Campbell Nelson contributions toward club memberships allow the Alderwood and Edmonds Boys & Girls Clubs to continue to serve more kids regardless of their financial situation” says Mike Neumeister, BGCSC Area Director.  Campbell Nelson contributed over $20,000 to the Alderwood and Edmonds Boys & Girls Clubs in 2013.

As the third generation of Campbell’s to own the dealership, Kurt Campbell and his brother Craig are passionate about supporting organizations and creating partnerships. To them it is all about making a positive difference in the community. “A blessing shared is the greatest blessing of all and that’s why at Campbell Nelson we look at being able to partner with charities as a win-win”-Kurt Campbell

Each time a customer selected the Alderwood or Edmonds Clubs, they received a hand-painted tile from one of the Club’s young artists and a handwritten thank you note with information about the organization.  It is important to the Campbell’s that this program is really a partnership between Campbell Nelson, BGCSC and the customer. For BGCSC it has proven to be a great model for working with businesses in the community to address the needs of kids in our Clubs and in Snohomish County.

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Making STEM fun through FLL’s LEGO Robotics

LEGO RoboticsSTEM related subjects have garnered significantly more attention from education advocates and after school advocates. According to an article, Recognizing afterschool STEM’s impact by Anita Krishnamurthi, “the after-school community has a vital role, and can make a crucial difference in promoting science, technology, engineering and math or STEM, learning.” By learning about STEM related subject in school and after school youth will have a better understanding of these growing fields. After-school programs, with the help of STEM companies and universities give students a hands-on experience to the subjects of science, technology, engineering and math.

At the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County, we have been opening more doors to these partnerships with STEM companies and professionals in the field in order to broaden the horizons of students and give them a glimpse of the future of a STEM career. By partnering with First LEGO® League, STEM professionals, working at local organizations like Boeing, expose students to new things by mentoring and encouraging them in STEM subjects through programs like First LEGO® League LEGO® Robotics. This program teaches kids math, science and technology through an applied learning experience and a fun competition.

LEGO RoboticsThe First LEGO® League (FLL) was designed to show kids how exciting science, technology and engineering can be as a career. The program gives youth a chance to take what they learn in a classroom setting and apply it through research, critical thinking and creativity. Ultimately FLL gives youth exposure to different areas of STEM, introducing them to new career opportunities that they might not have ever known about.

The FLL program includes a Challenge Project that teams compete in once a year with the help of at least one mentor/coach. The Challenge Project, given out in fall is comprised of three components, a Robot Game, Project and FLL Core Values. By the end of the year local teams come together for the local competition, with the winning team moving on to higher competitions.

LEGO RoboticsThe Robot Game allows teams to build and program an autonomous (without a remote control) LEGO® MINDSTORM® robot which can earn points by performing mission tasks such as navigating, capturing and transporting objects on a printed map called The Field.

The Project gives teams the chance to use their creativity to design a solution, or modify an existing solution, to a real-world problem. Past Projects have focused on nanotechnology and transportation.

LEGO RoboticsThe FLL Core Values promote team building behavior and cooperation between teams. During the competition, judges room the room and evaluate teams on the 8 core values. These values encourage team members to maintain a cooperative and team attitude which translates into daily life. Essentially the Robot Game and Project are what teams do whereas the FLL Core Values are how they do it.

Snohomish County Clubs, Alderwood Boys & Girls Club and Snohomish Boys & Girls Club have competed the last couple of years in the local LEGO® Robotics competition. Thanks to funding from the Nysether Family Foundation, these LEGO® Robotics Teams are growing quickly in the Boys & Girls Clubs of Snohomish County.

LEGO RoboticsAt a competition held at the Alderwood Boys & Girls Club during Spring Break, new teams from the South Everett/Mukilteo Boys & Girls Club and Bargreen Lake Stevens Boys & Girls Club participated for the first time while the Marysville Boys & Girls Club observed the competition in hopes of developing a team in the near future. The competition theme was soccer and teams had to develop robots that could make goals. With strong FLL Core Values and competence of the project, the Snohomish Boys & Girls Club won first place.

With the help of coaches like Snohomish Boys & Girls Club coach, Tom Newton, an employee from Boeing and experienced FLL coach, team members learn how to research and develop their own innovative ideas.

The upcoming competition, Nature’s Fury will begin in September and will focus on finding solutions when a natural disaster strikes.

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