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Duneland students explore STEM in YMCA after school programs

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Students are experiencing technology through hands-on lessons at the Duneland Family YMCA's after school program, with support from the 1st Source Bank Foundation.

On September 8, students at the Liberty Elementary program explored STEM concepts using Surface tablets purchased in 2016 with grant support from the 1st Source Bank Foundation. Students used the tablets to read and bring to life a story, constructing their own LEGO versions of structures from the story along the way. Students also used the tablets to research ladders and pulleys as they engineered their project.

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is a core component of the Duneland Family YMCA's after school programs, with STEM disciplines incorporated into each week's lessons.

"We are so grateful to the 1st Source Bank Foundation for enhancing our STEM curriculum with this much-needed technology. The tablets will be used for STEM lessons throughout the year, engaging students and allowing them to gain hands-on experience with state-of-the-art technology," said Sally Gabric, School Age Childcare Coordinator with the Duneland Y.

With a focus on safety, health, social growth, and academic enhancement, the Duneland Family YMCA after school program serves kindergartners through eighth grade students with a variety of program and activity options to explore and develop their interests and talents.

For more information about the Duneland Family YMCA's after school programs, contact Sally Gabric at (219) 921-0183, or

The Duneland Family YMCA is a charitable nonprofit focusing on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.



Posted 12/22/2016




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