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Get To Know Our Programs: STEM Clubs

The Police Activities League of Egg Harbor Township and Atlantic County offers a variety of programs, leagues, events, and services for our local community! One of our biggest passions is providing opportunities for our local community to learn more about STEM! STEM encompasses science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This field encompasses a wide variety of specific areas such as robotics, astronomy, forensics, coding, and SO much more! We want to introduce everyone to all of our STEM opportunities, especially our STEM Clubs!


Buddy’s Garage

Tuesdays, 6-8 pm


This program is for girls and boys in 6th through 12th grade. Members of Buddy’s Garage will discover mechanical reasoning while learning how to fix and maintain small motors, all-terrain vehicles, lawnmowers, and small vehicles. They will learn the names and uses of various tools and as experience grows will learn how to weld and even design and build a go-kart. Discovery will be facilitated by experienced mechanics and community leaders. There will be minimal focus on books and formal learning. This club will focus on discovery by doing, learning by failing, and rebounding to succeed.


Drone Club

Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm


This program is for boys and girls in 6th through 12th grade. Drone Club will encourage members to be more engaged with drone technology as well as STEM education and expose members to both the application and usefulness of drones. Members will learn the basics of flight, navigate a course, and participate in a Drone Search & Rescue operation. Drone club members will also work together as a team to build a racing drone from a 3D-printed base and add all the necessary components. Drone club members will also enjoy flying indoors with the Parrot Mambo. This easy-to-fly mini drone utilizes a series of sophisticated stabilization sensors to keep it nice and level during flight.


R.O.A.D.S. Challenge

Wednesdays, 5-7 pm


This program is for girls and boys in 6th through 8th grade. The ROADS Challenge is an immersive opportunity for students to use the latest technologies to explore, inspire, create, and achieve. The club aims to increase student interest in S.T.E.M. pathways and careers, particularly in underserved communities. Members will learn and apply their programming, geology, biology, visual, and engineering design skills! Artemis is the first step in the next era of human exploration. Together with commercial and international partners, NASA will establish a sustainable presence on the Moon to prepare for missions to Mars.


Buddy’s Stargazers

Wednesdays, 7-8:30 pm


This program is for girls and boys in 6th through 12th grade. Is your child fascinated by the cosmos, black holes, the planets, and our solar system? Then Buddy’s Stargazers is the perfect club for them! Members will have the opportunity to look through many different types of telescopes, including an observatory class telescope, and learn about the universe. We will explore astronomy concepts through engaging hands-on activities and take participants on a journey through the universe beyond the solar system. Astronomy and space science covers a lot of topics: light, telescopes, orbits, gravity, stars, meteor showers, the solar system, and even relativity, and space-time.


Combat Bots

Wednesdays


This program is for anyone over the age of 16. Our Combat Bots club is working on two different bots. Our first robot is “Spider”. Our plan is to compete in the 30lb Division of the Norwalk Havoc Combat Robot League. After thorough testing, development, and refinement, the prototype will be converted into a 250lb Battlebot and we will apply to the Battlebot competition. The second is an all-terrain combat robot, “All Zone”. Our all-terrain, outdoor robot is being designed and developed to compete in an outdoor combat challenge that will be held right here on our campus The robot will feature rockets, laser-tag technology, a utility arm, and a tank drive system using GoBilda treads. The robot will also have night vision with full FPV capability.


We are looking for both youth and adult members. We also are always looking for sponsors, youth members and adults willing to share their knowledge and skills and work with the brightest South Jersey has to offer. If you’re interested in getting involved with this program, please reach out to us at ehtpal@comcast.net.


Media Club

Thursdays, 6-7:30 pm


This program is for boys and girls in 6th through 12th grade. Our Media Club has a variety of ways to learn and interact with the Media industry. Learn about all types of media in front of and behind the camera! The Police Activities League of Egg Harbor Township and Atlantic County has a variety of tools in-house that are used during our media club including a state-of-the-art live streaming studio, iMac post-production editing station, equipment for recording commercials for the local community, and podcast studio that is currently under development!


A main focus of the Police Activities League of Egg Harbor Township and Atlantic County is to offer a variety of fun and educational STEM programs. In addition to our competitive teams, we have camps and workshops, clubs, and research programs. In our efforts to share STEM education, we try to provide opportunities for as many children in our community as possible. We have limited funding for at-risk youth and have scholarships available for families that need financial assistance in having their children attend these workshops. If you are interested in this assistance please get in touch with us. If you are interested in supporting the work that we do as a non-profit organization you can find more information about donating or volunteering on our website!


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