Children received three tradebooks by the end of the SEAS Club program. One of those was about building basic circuits at home, and was accompanied by a kit of electrical equipment (bulbs, sockets, switch, wires, etc.). The other books introduced children to electrical energy generation via solar and water power.
As with the 2008 program, the 2009 SEAS Club ended with the “Design Share,” an event where parents, board members, and others can see the products of the children’s work throughout the summer.
Exelon Science & Engineering Library
An additional SEAS Club contribution to the Boys & Girls Club this year was the Exelon Science & Engineering Library. Funding from the Exelon Corporation was initially intended to fund an early elementary SEAS Club, as well as the late elementary club described above. With few young children attending the BGC in 2009, an early elementary SEAS Club was not possible.
Dr. Lottero-Perdue modified her proposal to Exelon, requesting that early elementary club funds be used instead to build a library of science and engineering books for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County to use during free reading time. This request was granted, and the Exelon Science & Engineering Library was created. Approximately 70 books and 5 science movies are available there for student use. The library is currently housed at the Havre de Grace unit, yet transportable to other Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County to inspire and excite young readers.
The Project team consisted of: