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Blugold Beginnings program expands to Roosevelt Elementary

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Eau Claire (WQOW)- A group of UW-Eau Claire students are stepping off campus and in to Roosevelt Elementary school to do some learning with a younger crowd.

On Tuesday the UW-Eau Claire program Blugold Beginnings stopped at Roosevelt for an after school S.T.E.M. program.  Third, fourth, and fifth graders teamed up with Blugold mentors to do science experiments and learn a little more about S.T.E.M.

"Kids are like sponges and they want to learn, and they're excited about the opportunities. So the more chances we can give them to learn new things, new information, especially hands on project based learning which is a commitment of 4-H youth development as well as the Blugold Beginnings program, to be able to work together with schools to give them more hands on learning opportunities is huge," said Blugold Beginnings director Jodi Thesing-Ritter.

Last month featured an arts adventure project, and next month mentors will come to Roosevelt a third time for a project all about robotics.  It's all part of a new program expansion, where Blugold Beginnings will hit 12 schools in area districts every semester.

"The nice thing is it's a great time for kids to explore things that maybe they aren't sure about yet, they can explore things that they like before they get to middle school and get to high school and start making decisions for after high school and college, too," said Roosevelt Elementary Principal Ben Dallman.

This is the first year Blugold Beginnings has brought their program to Roosevelt Elementary.  The program said the project expansion is possible because of a grant from the Eau Claire Public Schools Foundation, and Xcel Energy,

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