Camp Fire National Headquarters is proud to announce an exciting new partnership with Samsung which gives afterschool participants in grades K-8 the opportunity to explore STEM in an entirely new way. An initial seven Camp Fire councils, with more than 700 youth, will use Samsung Tablets, along with “Building Blocks,”  a tablet-based STEM curriculum developed by Scholastic, to learn about STEM concepts and careers. Through hands-on activities, they’ll learn about design and engineering concepts, STEM careers and communicating their idea to others within their community more effectively. Samsung will provide each council with enough Samsung Tablets for each child to participate efficiently. The “Building Blocks” curricula will be customized explicitly for Camp Fire, to incorporate Camp Fire’s thriving framework and brand standards. The curricula and Samsung Tablets will allow youth to experience the new tablet technology using hands-on activities.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to participate in this partnership with Samsung. It offers Camp Fire a great chance to amplify its work with children in afterschool and ensures we are offering an exciting new STEM curricula for participants,” said Melissa Hanson, Vice President Program Planning and Evaluation.

Camp Fire National CEO Cathy Tisdale is equally excited, “This work will focus on reaching disadvantaged youth initially, a group who will benefit from learning about careers and concepts in the afterschool arena in addition to what they learn in school. Through our work in afterschool programs around the country, we know our Camp Fire-trained, caring adult leaders help youth identify their sparks (their inner passions and skills) and provide youth with a support system to succeed. By helping youth identify their sparks early, especially STEM, we give them an opportunity to learn more, develop a growth mindset and gain self-confidence. We can’t thank Samsung enough for their generosity and support.”

Camp Fire’s work begins now as it helps customize the curricula and training for the seven pilot councils. The “Building Blocks” curricula will span 14-16 lessons and is set to kick off in pilot councils January 2015.