Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

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Developing Youth Through STEM

The YMCA is helping all children reach their full potential by supporting their unique youth development journeys. At more than 1,000 YMCA sites nationwide, youth are engaged in year-round STEM activities that nurture their curiosity, inspire creativity and teach them how to succeed.

Youth who participate in STEM activities:

  • Learn how to solve a problem
  • Develop critical-thinking skills
  • Get comfortable with failure and trying again
  • Learn to work successfully in teams
  • Develop self-confidence
  • Are able to see themselves in STEM careers

Find your local Y and ask how your child can get involved with STEM.

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Fun experiments and activities are available below for kids of all ages to do in the classroom or at home. Together we can inspire the next generation to love STEM!

Grades K-6

Grades K-8

Grades 3-8

For more information, please email Pam Garza, STEM Project Manager, YMCA of the USA, or tweet @STEM4Youth.

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