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STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programming is critical to the future success of our members. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were nearly 10 million STEM jobs in the United States in 2019, representing 8 percent of U.S. employment. Between now and 2029, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that there will be about 800,000 new jobs in STEM. We have an opportunity and responsibility to provide members with critical STEM learning experiences.

  • 66% of members grades 4-12 demonstrate a high interest in STEM activities
  • 55% of members in grades 4-12 believe they have the skills to participate in STEM activities
  • 56% of high school members believe they are ready to launch into STEM careers

Source: 2019 National Youth Outcomes Initiatives survey – Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee’s STEM programs complement and reinforce what youth learn during the school day while creating experiences that invite them to develop a passion for STEM. This enables all youth to be effective, engaged learners that are ready for the future. Our goal is to enhance experiential learning and expose youth to STEM-related careers.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee is proud to offer STEM activities that expose Club members to several fields of study:

    • Architecture
    • Computer Science
    • Mathematics
    • Biology
    • Engineering
    • Physics
    • Chemistry
    • Geosciences
    • Technology

Girls Who Code is a program that works to retain women in computing through year-long Clubs and summer immersion programming. Girls Who Code offers a free after-school curriculum for 3rd-5th and 6th-12th grade Club girls using computer science to change the world. Their core values are sisterhood, coding, and impact. Girls Who Code is also set up to run entirely “unplugged” with optional online components, so Club girls always have an opportunity to engage in the program. Girls participating in Girls Who Code also engage in sisterhood activities and have the opportunity to meet and learn about women in STEM careers.

STEM Learning Centers

In addition to the wonderful STEM activities Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee staff implement at all Club locations and virtually, the Clubs also are proud to offer unique experiences at four STEM learning centers:

  • STEM Learning Center at the Cass Street Club (Grades K-8), made possible by Rockwell Automation
  • Makerspace and STEM lab at the Don & Sallie Davis Club (Grades K-12), made possible by Rockwell Automation
  • STEAM Innovation Lab at the Milwaukee Academy of Science Club (Middle and High School), made possible by Harley-Davidson
  • Teen Tech Center at the Mary Ryan Club (Middle and High School), made possible by Best Buy & The Clubhouse Network