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Why You Should Teach STEM to Your Kids

Posted on 7/29/14 10:46 AM by Tracey Mitchell
STEM is everywhere. It shapes our everyday experiences and is designing our future. It opens the doors to strategic thinking, creative expression and the best careers. Yet only 16% of American high school seniors are proficient in mathematics and interested in a STEM career. For 20 years, summers full of inspired learning STEM from Thingamajig. This past Thursday, 4,029 kids and 400 volunteers took over the Show Place Arena for the YMCA’s 20th Annual Thingamajig Invention Convention. Long before STEM was a buzzword, this event has tapped into curiosity and creativity with over 50 hands-on workshops and 15 invention challenges. The same demographics that lack access to STEM careers spend their summer months building recyclable inventions and anticipating this science playground.
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A Total Body Workout in 45 Minutes

Posted on 7/21/14 11:53 AM by Tracey Mitchell
You work a full-time job, you pick up the kids or groceries, you cook dinner most nights. By the time you begin to prepare for the next work day, the day is gone. Here is a workout routine that you can complete in 45 minutes or less, giving you more time to finish life’s other tasks hassle-free.
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5 Ways to Overcome Performance Fear

Posted on 7/16/14 10:26 AM by Tracey Mitchell
Have you ever felt overwhelmed just before a meeting, event or new experience? It’s natural for your heart to flutter for big moments, but the key is to let your nerves work for you… not against you! Here are 5 ways to enter each worry-inducing situation with confidence and purpose:
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The Real Culprit of Our Health Epidemic

Posted on 7/11/14 10:14 AM by Tracey Mitchell
Recent studies have revealed groundbreaking research about our beloved sweet tooth. Contrary to popular belief, sugar (as opposed to fat) is the leading cause of the health epidemic that our country is currently facing. So how did this happen? A Brief History
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Mentors & Mentees Have Surprise Run Ins

Posted on 7/10/14 9:22 AM by Tracey Mitchell
Our #Man2Man mentorship pairs took a tour of Howard University on June 23, 2014. The mentors and mentees spent the day learning about the rich history of the campus. During their visit, they ran into Wrestler Titus O'Neil - WWE and The Lone Ranger Actor, Leonard Earl Howze! The young boys were inspired that they were in the right place at the right time.
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JOIN US AT THINGAMAJIG

Posted on 7/25/13 3:23 PM by Tracey Mitchell
Today marks our 19th Annual Thingamajig Invention Convention! Imagine if the next big thing was invented by a 6-year old. Today, over 4,000 DC-area youth will stretch their imagination and creativity at the Y’s Thingamajig Invention Convention. Peaking months of designing and constructing, hundreds of eco-friendly inventions will be debuted with hopes of winning their category – which includes prizes, praise and a party at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
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AUTOGRAPHED BOOKS FOR Y SUMMER CAMPERS

Posted on 7/19/13 3:22 PM by Tracey Mitchell
  Being a Y kid has it's benefits in more ways than one: We're talking free autographed books and author meet-and-greets....even better! Beginning with this past Wednesday and ending today, YMCA summer camp kids spent individual time with award-winning author, Erica Perl.
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WHAT DO ICE CREAM, RONALD REAGAN AND THE Y HAVE IN COMMON?

Posted on 7/8/13 3:20 PM by Tracey Mitchell
You've got 30 seconds to answer this question.............   .....Okay, we'll help you. Here's what we have in common with Ice Cream and Pres. Ronald Reagan.
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