The Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe is continually looking for ways to educate their youth over the summer. Future Leaders in Action was ready to assist!
As a fellow of FLIA, I developed STEM lesson plans for 25-30 5th and 6th graders to help promote hands on interactive learning! I am hoping to inspire future scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians!
Each week at the Boys and Girls Club is a different theme. One week’s theme was "Party in the USA.” The future scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians learned about how rockets work and then experimented with Diet Coke and Mentos - the kids had a blast! This past week the kids decorated trash and recycling bins for "Keep Tahoe Awesome” week!
This generation is growing up with easy access to information because of google and other technologies. I felt the importance of inspiring kids to enjoy the learning process and to work with each other rather than against each other!
This has been a rewarding experience, as I learn to appreciate each child and challenge them to reach their full potential!
Kids Adventure Games
The second annual Kids Adventure Games took off at Squaw Valley Ski Resort in California on June 27th. Ten teams competed from the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe.
I gathered the necessary supplies for the success of each participant with Kirsten. Teams were given personalized backpacks and t-shirts with the BGCNLT and FLIA logos as well as water bottles, bike gloves, snacks, and first aid supplies.
A skills clinic was held at Squaw Valley the Friday before the Kids Adventure Games to help the kids prepare mentally and physically!
Each team was ready to go the morning of the Kids Adventure Games. The first wave of teams left at 9:30 am. The course included first crawling through a slimy mud pit then hopping on their bikes for some mountain biking! The teams had to slingshot water balloons before advancing to the rock climbing challenge. After several more obstacles along the way, they completed the race with a glorious slip and slide splash!
At the award ceremony, two of the teams from the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe won their age group!
But, really, all of the teams are winners! It was a rewarding experience because the air was filled with a sense of accomplishment from all teams!