STEM and Buds is a for-youth, by-youth 501(c)3 organization sparking STEM initiative and innovation through one-on-one peer mentorship via after school chapters, summer camps, and outreach programs.Through exploratory activities, daily challenges, and project creation, our week-long camps provide an immersive summer alternative for younger students to grow alongside high school mentors. For 2020, STEM & Buds is hosting online, cost-free summer camps for students grades 6-8 to create an individualized STEM project with a high school mentor. At the beginning of each week-long session, students will engage in exploratory lessons, activities, and challenges covering psychology, engineering, computer science, math, biology, and chemistry. For the remainder of the camp, each student will be paired with a volunteer mentor to brainstorm, design, and execute their own STEM research project for the end-of-program virtual science fair.Spots are available in the Pittsburgh Session 2 from Aug. 10-14 (9 AM - 3 PM EST)!!!!
For more information regarding STEM and Buds and our summer camps, check out these links!
* Our website: https://stemandbuds.org
* Camp information: https://stemandbuds.org/camps
* Sign up form for the middle schoolers: https://docs.google.com/forms/
d/e/1FAIpQLSeGteykJ1nutqL- 5BpCU7tswVFVm6Eb90h8VzWVd66pBB 15yw/viewform
Registration is now open for this year's USC Football Camp of Champions. Our staff and players are excited about this year's camp and we have planned to make this year's camp our most exciting yet. Please visit www.uscfootballcamps.com
and get signed up today!
WHO: All kids grades K-6
WHERE: Upper St. Clair Stadium
WHEN: August 3rd, 4th, 5th 9 AM-11AM
STAFF: USC Football varsity staff, Head Coach Mike Junko, and our varsity players
Upper St. Clair rising senior Reshma Gudla and recent graduate Vivek Babu recently created a local test prep book sharing venture - Book Buddies. This initiative enables high school students to donate their test prep books (ex. SAT or ACT books) and buy new ones for cheaper prices through their online store.
Reshma and Vivek plan to donate 100% of the proceeds to local charities. This project is supported through a mini-grant from the Community Foundation of Upper St. Clair. To learn more, visit: https://bookbuddies.squarespace.com/
Are you interested in rowing? We have great opportunities to try it out!
Upper St. Clair Rowing is offering two sessions of our Learn To Row program this summer. This fun program is led by our very own Head Coach Florin Curuea, who rowed in the 2012 London Olympics.
This is a great way to dip your toe (or oar) into the waters, and then join the USC Rowing Team! Our Fall 2020 Season includes our Fort Couch Developmental Team, and of course our USC High School Rowing Team.
Session 1: July 7+8+9 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Session 2: August 4+5+6 | 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Registration form: https://forms.gle/N5E7QvCrpJswzZG76
More information: uscrowing.org
For students entering grades 6-12
While the library cannot currently guarantee volunteer hours, any student who wishes to become a library volunteer must participate in Summer Teen Read and log at least five hours to be eligible. As hours become available, student volunteers will be alerted and given the opportunity to sign up.
Visit www.twpusc.org/library/teens for more information.
For tweens and teens entering grades 6-12
Read or listen to books throughout the summer and earn virtual badges. One lucky teen a will be chosen in the grand prize raffle for a $50 Target gift card! The teen participant who reads the most books will earn a $25 Target gift card. As always, participation in Teen Read is mandatory for any student who wishes to be a library volunteer.
Visit www.twpusc.org/library/teens for more information.
For preschoolers-rising 5th graders
Read or listen to books throughout the summer and earn virtual badges. One lucky child will be chosen in the grand prize raffle for a $50 Target gift card! The child participant who reads the most books will earn a $25 Target gift card.
Visit www.twpusc.org/library/kids for more information.
Newly launched Pittsburgh chapter of larger national movement aimed at connecting those in need with those able to help. Pandemic of Love Pittsburgh has been launched as an extension of a larger national/international mutual aid movement (Pandemicoflove.com) that started only six weeks ago and has already connected over 40,000 patrons with people in need as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Just as this virus has spread rapidly, now too have extraordinary acts of kindness and love for neighbors in need. Volunteer operated, and started by nationally recognized activist extraordinaire Shelly Tygielski, in her home state of Florida, Pandemic of Love has now established microcommunities throughout the Nation aimed at connecting those in need with those willing to help on a local level. While there are many ways to provide aid within a community, what is special about Pandemic of Love is the personal connection between patrons and people in need.
After completing a Request for Need/Commitment to Help form online, volunteers create matches that connect people in a tangible way to give quickly, discretely and directly. In these times of isolation, the personal connection established between patrons and people in need, in our own community, is the heart of this movement. There is no catch. Kind people are introduced to kind people which results in an act of kindness and connection. General donations are also an option and very welcome.
Anyone throughout Pittsburgh in need of essentials to help weather this crisis, or anyone able to help a local family with funds for groceries, medicine, etc, is urged to reach out. Help is available throughout the Nation for family or friends elsewhere. To learn more about this movement, go to Pandemicoflove.com.
Forms are available to Pittsburgh residents by following links:
GET HELP: https://bit.ly/gethelppgh
GIVE HELP: https://bit.ly/givehelppgh
Those interested in volunteering for this effort or with questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
USCHS sophomore Vidhur Senthil received a mini grant through the Community Foundation of Upper St. Clair to offer a voluntary grocery delivery service. Vidhur will coordinate volunteers to deliver groceries to USC residents who are essential workers or those at a high risk of contracting COVID-19. These people may include busy doctors, senior citizens and people with pre-existing conditions.
This service will have no extra delivery fee making it very accessible for everyone. The grant will be used to provide 25 $10 gift cards, which will be given to volunteers who complete three deliveries. Vidhur has created online forms for those interested in delivery or volunteering: delivery sign up form | volunteer sign up form
For more information, contact Vidhur at email@example.com or visit www.grocerydelivery412.com.
CHIP is short for the Children's Health Insurance Program - Pennsylvania's program to provide health insurance to uninsured children and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance. Nine out of 10 CHIP parents report satisfaction with their child’s health plan, and 96% received an appointment for check-ups and vaccinations as soon as they wanted.
There are a lot of reasons kids might not have health insurance - maybe their parents lost a job, don't have health insurance at work or maybe it just costs too much. Whatever the reason, CHIP may be able to help. All families need to do is apply today.
Internet Essentials from Comcast offers low-cost Internet service, discounted computer equipment and free digital literacy training to families with at least one child eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program.
Internet Essentials Includes:
- 10 Mbps Internet service for just $9.95 a month + tax
- No activation fees and no equipment rental fees
- Option to purchase a computer for just $149.99 + tax
- Access to free Internet training online, in print and in person
- A wireless gateway, delivering in-home WiFi at no additional cost
For additional information about Internet Essentials, including program eligibility criteria, please visit www.internetessentials.com.