Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Thermo Fisher Scientific, the world leader in serving science, today announced a partnership to make virtual STEM education programming available to millions of young people around the world.
Thermo Fisher is providing financial support and content expertise for the “DIY STEM” curriculum, now available through MyFuture, Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s online program that allows members a safe, fun digital platform to showcase their work and earn recognition in the form of stars, badges and master badges. Unique offerings include interactive videos of scientists working in real labs, games and other content specially developed by Thermo Fisher scientists.
“We are excited to support Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s effort to build excitement and life-long interest in science, and given the COVID-19 restrictions on many in-person programs, it’s an important time to be launching this type of online resource,” said Paul Parker, Senior Vice President of Thermo Fisher Scientific.
MyFuture is an online space where young people ages 9-12 can interact with each other – free from the risk of cyberbullying – and share their accomplishments locally and beyond. Members engage in facilitated and self-directed activities with online support from Club staff, teaching digital skills and STEM literacy that prepares them for future classwork and eventually, careers.
“MyFuture is a great way for kids and teens to experience digital learning, make new friends safely and build a positive self-image through online achievement,” said Jim Clark, President and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “Thanks to Thermo Fisher, we’re now able to expand our popular STEM programming so that our local Clubs can introduce future scientists to an exciting and rewarding career path or simply spark interest in science that lasts a lifetime.”