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The Carmel Youth Center’s mission is to nurture the potential of every child, to provide enrichment programming designed to enhance social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development in a safe environment.
The Big Idea
The CYC is looking to expand our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math + Art) Lab curriculum to prepare members entering middle and high school and college with new hardware and equipment.
The CYC sees between 45-65 members each day during our AfterSchool and Summer Fun programs from all over the Monterey County and beyond. In 2015, the CYC teamed with Fused Learning to add the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math + Art) Lab program to our facility. The integration of Art and Engineering has been long recognized as disciplines with overlapping skill sets, particularly in their utilization of 3D spatial skills, and the STEAM Lab program is a hands-on workshop to teach members these invaluable lessons. Currently, our members build miniature versions of Stella (the world’s first solar powered car) by applying the concepts that they are learning in school and apply that information into building and problem solving skills that engage spatial skills and bring the ideas of their imagination into the real world. As the program has grown, it has become crucial that we add specific hardware and equipment such as 3D printers, digital cutters, color printers, and software to our facility to expand projects to reach our older members as they prepare for middle school, high school, and college.
[The CYC is] An awesome resource to the local community. We need more safe places where young people can be loud and creative!
— Glenn Bell, Seaside