Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington opened its  “Mentoring Youth in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math” (MY STEAM) Learning Lab this month, a program that is headlined by its office in Olympia.

“This has been in the works for two years,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Jeff Engle in a press release. “We are pleased to host our first summer program in two weeks and complete a build out of the lab which is scheduled to finish in the fall. A special thanks to our community partners, Drew Phillips of Forma Construction, Tom Rieger of Thomas Architecture Studios, Adam Miranda of Diamond Technology Innovations, Bill Clem of CMIT Solutions, The Employees Community Fund of Boeing, The Jernigan Foundation and Gateway Rotary.” 

The program kicks off with the Summer STEAM Camp, which will run 9 a.m. to noon July 15-19 at 2424 Heritage Court S.W., No. 302, Olympia. For $180 per child, anyone can take part in this program, not just those already enrolled in other Big Brothers Big Sisters programs.

“We are excited to try out the new lab space and resources,” said Jenny Konwinski, MY STEAM Learning Lab coordinator, in a press release. “Youth will have the chance to learn about coding, robotics and drones while also being given the opportunity to get their hands dirty at a local farm.”

While this initial camp will kick off the MY STEAM Learning Lab, Big Brothers Big Sisters plans to host on-going workshops throughout the year.

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