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JULY 16th, 2015 - DALLAS, TX YMCA Board Members, Sherwood Blount, John Costa, Kelvin Walker, and Lee McKinney took a trip to the IMAGINE SCIENCE Camp at Lang Middle School in Pleasant Grove. Also in attendance were Charles English, President and CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas and Board Chair, Christopher Trowbridge.

IMAGINE SCIENCE Dallas is one of three national pilot sites where locally Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas, Texas A&M Agrilife extension 4-H, and our YMCA are jointly engaging under-represented youth in grades 4–8 in STEM learning through a free summer camp program at two Southeast Dallas middle schools. 

At IMAGINE SCIENCE summer campers participate in hands-on activities like creating codes and growing food; all while building their critical thinking, problem solving and social skills and boosting their confidence and interest in STEM.  In this session, with the help of a lesson from the Frontier of Flight Museum on the lunar module landing, 30 campers designed and built a landing vehicle that was safe enough to land their “hero” (a raw egg) without breaking it.

IMAGINE SCIENCE is in it's second 2-week session with a focus on aerospace, natural resources and ecosystems along with energy and force. The third session begins on August 3rd and day campers will explore robotics, computers, engineering and math. At the end of each session students participate in a celebration with family and friends to show off their projects and what they have learned. For more information, visit:

Dallas YMCA Board Member Lee McKinney talking with the IMAGINE SCIENCE campers about their safe landing projects

Two day campers explaining the blueprint and inspiration for the landing vehicle for their “hero” (a raw egg) 

Pictured L to R: Ms. Lee McKinney - Dallas YMCA Board Member, Gordon Echtenkamp – President &  CEO of the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, Charles English - President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas

Dallas YMCA Board Members Kelvin Walker, Sherwood Blount, and Dallas YMCA staff watch a successful “hero” landing




Stop by the IMAGINE SCIENCE DALLAS Facebook page to see what the Day Campers are up to!