In today’s technology-driven world, it is critical that all children have access and exposure to computer science (CS) and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) programs. Through innovative and engaging activities centered around technology creation, youth as young as 8-years-old can learn to develop web pages, video games, animation and more.
An early introduction to computer science can spark a child’s interest in engineering while also helping them develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. While classroom learning greatly contributes to student’s academic success, it is also important that they are given opportunities to go beyond the classroom to create, build and explore infusing STEM. Through the Innovation Huddle students will experience:
• Coding Classes: Coding is computer language used to create computer software, apps and websites. Students will learn the general bases of coding in an effort to help them create projects such as: web pages, game designs and more
• Summer Technology and Innovation Camp: The week-long tech camp, for youth ages 8-16, includes 2-3 workshops focusing on robotics, web design, game app development, animation and/or rocketry. The camp also includes: speakers/mentors, student presentations, certificates and more. On the last day of the event, “demo day”, campers showcase what they created.
• Hackathon: This two-day event is designed to pair technology mentors with students in an effort to collaborate around computer programming to problem solve community, social and global issues.
• Tech and Innovation Coaches: The Innovation Huddle will also feature tech MVP’s (most valuable programmers) who will talk to students about various STEM career fields.
Whether it is a suit for your first big college interview or your team needs to be “suited up” for the big game, the Bus Stops Here Foundation is dedicated to providing the attire to help less fortunate individuals and teams reach their maximum potential by having the proper attire. S.C.O.R.E., standing for Suits Can Obtain Revitalized Excellence, is a program designed to help inner-city youth look and feel their best so their performance is not comprised due to improper dress. Those who qualify for S.C.O.R.E. include, but not limited to:
• Inner-city high school students looking to attend a college and/or professional interview
• Inner-city youth, middle school or high school football team in need of uniforms
• Future college graduates who cannot afford a suit for their first professional interview
Take to the Lanes
The unique program teaches students ages 8-16 basic fundamental skills of bowling. Students will learn how to choose the proper bowling ball, learn bowling scoring, rules, deliveries, aiming, etiquette, averages/handicaps, and terminology. The objective of this program is for the students to develop an interest in bowling as a valuable lifetime leisure and coeducational activity that they can continually enjoy along with their families.
A Life Without Limit
After his Asthma diagnosis at age 14, Jerome Bettis has been a tireless advocate for asthma education and awareness and believes every child deserves the opportunity to participate in an organized sport, despite their medical condition. A Life Without Limit is an educational asthma awareness program and camp to educate children ages 8-16 on how to better manage their asthma, help prevent symptoms, and reduce the health and lifestyle limitations often caused by the disease.
Holiday Toy Drive
During the holiday’s, everyone deserves a gift. The Bus Stops Here Foundation is dedicated to partnering with a corporation to hold an annual toy drive to collect gifts for underprivileged youth. In addition, a holiday party is held for the children with great food, holiday story time and gift opening.