S.T.E.M. Program

S.T.E.M. is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.


Our STEM programs serve to broaden student engagement in and access to STEM and prepare, inspire, and equip San Diego’s youth to choose STEM disciplines as a higher education interest and future career choice. Through fun, engaging hands-on activities that stimulate the imagination and help make STEM come alive, the BGCGSD enhances their academic learning experience and ignites their interest and aptitude in STEM subjects, helping students develop the ability to think critically, solve complex problems, and drive advancements in science and technology – while inspiring them to consider higher education and careers in the STEM field. 
The program began at our Roberts Family Branch and has since expanded to these additional sites:
In addition, all sites offer drop-in STEM activities as part of regular ongoing programming.


The FTC Dragons, hosted at the Linda Vista Teen Center, are a competitive FIRST Robotics Team. Established in 2012, the team has excelled in recent years, placing in regional and national tournaments, winning the coveted Connect award, and competing in the World Championships in 2015 and 2016.


Introduces students to the field of robotics and its engineering, electronics, mechanics, and computer science components. This is primarily accomplished with LEGO Mindstorms Ev3 kits and programming. Students are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robotics in order to compete a series of challenges. 


Hands-on experimental demonstrations and activities teach students about topics such as motion and force, while incorporating the scientific method and applicable concepts to everyday life.


Introduces club members to the art and technology of stop-motion animation videos. Students learn about movie production, character development, storyboarding, design and creation of mini-movie sets, directing, and editing, using clay, Legos, and toys and props.


This action-packed curriculum builds students’ awareness of environmental and sustainability concepts and empowers them to make positive choices in terms of resource sustainability. They are challenged to use their critical thinking and problem-solving skills to address real-world issues and then design solutions that will help their generation to combat climate change, including options for STEM education and careers and engineering an innovative and sustainable future.


Club members dive into the truly final frontier on earth, the ocean. They learn why the ocean is so important, the different habitats found throughout the ocean, some of the chemistry involved in the ocean, as well as an in-depth look at the animals that call this place home. 


This activity-based STEM curriculum connects youth to common scientific themes through the use of everyday items by exposing the students to the connections between theory and application as they work with these scientific principles. The program includes five modules: Energy and Electricity, Engineering Design, Food Chemistry, Aeronautics, and the Science of Sports - Football Edition. 


Developed at the University of San Diego, the program is focused on fostering an interest in and love of mathematics for youth in our community. Mathematical concepts are taught through the construction of origami figures.  


A program of the Museum & Community Partnerships project initiative, Zoom into Nano spreads awareness and understanding of nanoscale science in STEM. Activities in this program are aligned with the latest revision of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), so they support the concepts that are taught in school, while showing the kids that these science concepts affect us every day…it’s just a matter of zooming in on them to understand the how and why. 


To increase students’ confidence in their math and physical science capabilities, this program pairs complex mathematical and physical concepts with everyday occurrences in the game of baseball to show students that seemingly complex problems and concepts can be easily demonstrated and mastered through analyzing baseball techniques while playing baseball.  
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