STEM Youth Programme information evening will take place in Boyle on Monday 30th April at 7:30pm in Foroige Offices (Under O´Dowds Solicitors, Bridge Street.)
The evening is open to parents, businesses and local community members interested in volunteering and setting up a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) based youth club in Boyle.
County Roscommon Youth STEM Programme launched at the end of June 2017. This is a joint initiative with Roscommon County Council, Roscommon Lions Club and Foroige (Youth Organisation for 10-18 year olds). This progamme is supported by Roscommon Children and Young People Services Committees through funding of equipment to ensure these STEM based activities are accessible to all young people.
The Youth STEM programme is about combining the trusted principles and practice of youth work using STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) based activities as a tool to engage young people in creative learning and encourage them to use their interests in technology in an active constructive way.
This programme offers young people 10 – 18 years the opportunity to explore various multi-media (Film, Animation, Photography) and smart technologies (Virtual Reality, Robotics, Coding) in a fun and creative environment.
STEM programme aims to promote the following outcomes for young people but not limited to educational, employment, social opportunities of young people are enhanced through the development skills such as Creativity, Innovation, Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making.
Foroige is calling out to local businesses and people to support their local youth by promoting the programme in their area, volunteering and supporting the setting up of STEM based Youth Clubs in their area.
Through funding from Roscommon County Council a part time staff person is available to hold information sessions in your businesses and communities, provide training for adult volunteers (Induction and Child Protection Training), support adult volunteers to set up STEM Clubs in their areas, access grants, equipment and arrange free training in the area of STEM for adult volunteers inconjunction with national organisation such as TechSpace.
Thanks to the local communities and volunteers who have been key in promoting and supporting current clubs in Boyle, Ballaghaderreen and Roscommon. This continued support is vital to ensure the continued growth of these clubs and opportunities for the young people of County Roscommon.
If you would like more information on this initiative, how to set up something in your local area or to volunteer with these clubs please contact Megan Depinna on 086 1455456 or by email at [email protected]