STEM In Action

Exposure to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is critical during a child’s early years when natural curiosity drives interest and builds capacity for success in these disciplines. The BGCC programs are designed to promote interest and awareness of STEM among historically underserved groups, including girls and young people of color. The Club recently hosted two events that displayed members’ passion for STEM.

On May 28th, the BGCC hosted a VEX Robotics competition at the Main Street Clubhouse with 3 teams from Towne, Bonita Elementary, and Main Street Clubhouse sites. The competition served as a culmination event for teams of elementary school students to design and build a robot to perform in a game-based engineering challenge. Team Lloyd, made up of four boys from Bonita STEAM Academy took first place with The Champions, made up of three girls placing second. Parent pride was evident as IKEA team members served as judges and provided goodies for participating families.

BGCC also hosted its Annual STEM Day at the Main Street clubhouse on April 30th, featuring students from John Muir, Markham, Rancho Dominguez Academy, Stephen White, and Carnegie Middle Schools. Members from John Muir Middle School placed first and third and a Markham Middle School student placed second.

Emmanuel H. impressed the judges, earning first place, with Fruita De Energia (Fruit Battery), a project that focused on the chemical reaction that makes electrons flow using lemons to generate electricity. While English is Emmanuel’s second language and he presented his project display in Spanish, he translated his experience in English for the judges.

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Diana’s commitment to lifting up the voices of the community began in Wilmington as the youngest community organizer and Honorary Mayor of Wilmington. Diana continued organizing with the California State Assembly where worked with leaders in various cities and neighborhoods to advocate for the advancement of education equity, immigration justice, supportive services, and reentry programs. She most recently served as the Neighborhood Revitalization manager with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles leading the implementation of an innovative framework to improve the quality of life of residents in the city of Long Beach through sustainable partnerships and creating a model for collaboration across neighborhoods. Her efforts were commended by the Long Beach Rescue Mission awarding her partner of the year for creating lasting connections across all sectors.
Nina's passion for the non-profit sector began in 2011 with the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation. Over the course of five years, she led the Foundation's fundraising endeavors, initially focusing on district-level initiatives before stepping into the role of President. In 2015, she joined The Friendship Foundation as the Development Director and was promoted to Managing Director shortly thereafter. Nina joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Caron in August of 2022 bringing with her extensive experience in fundraising, event planning and operational and strategic insight. She was honored with the National Newcomer Excellence Award in Resource Development in 2024 by Boys & Girls Clubs of America for her outstanding contributions in fundraising. Nina is active in the Manhattan Beach Rotary Club and has served as the International Chair, Vocational Chair, and Social Chair. Together with her husband, Nina has raised three boys in Manhattan Beach.
Don Abbe has 35 years of experience working in the private and nonprofit sector. He joined the Club in 2010 and ensures that every dollar is spent in the most efficient manner. Don works closely with auditors to make sure that our organization complies with all federal, state and local statutory requirements. He also ensures that all stakeholders get a complete and accurate assessment of the financial health of the organization. Don’s past nonprofit work experience includes working with the YMCA of Greater Seattle and Habitat for Humanity Los Angeles. He received a BS in Accounting and Business Management from the University of Washington. Don’s favorite Club program is Youth of the Year.