DIG it! 2017 is almost here. And this year promises to be the best yet.

High school robotics, street fairs, and hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities have been a staple of the Dreams, Imagination & Gift (DIG) program since its founding in 2013.

This year DIG hopes to build on its success with more Summer Enrichment and After-School Programs to inspire young people in rural communities.

Planned activities on Saturday, April 22, 2017, include high school robotics competitions, recreation events, as well as hands-on STEM activities that building awareness of opportunities in STEM in rural communities.

On April 23, 2016, DIG hosted its first DIG STEM Festival. The DIG STEM Festival is an outdoor event that provides an opportunity for engagement and exchange between children, teenagers, families, and STEM professionals.

The first DIG STEM Festival attracted more than 2,500 people and featured a STEM competition, youth recreation basketball All-Star game, Hoop for a Dream basketball tournament, and a DIG Flag Football Tournament. The event also graduated four participants of the DIG STEM Mentoring and Development Program.

In June 2016, DIG held its 2nd annual DIG STEM Summer Enrichment Program with an enrollment of 115 kids. Along with STEM enrichment, inquiry learning processes, math and science tutoring DIG added the addition of character building and enrichment in literature and arts.

Recognizing the need for recreational outlets, the program emphasizes physical activity and will expand its All-Star youth basketball game to other communities. They also plan to provide community service projects to beautify the community and promote social and economic development. DIG has many more fun upcoming activities in store and plans to begin piloting its programs in other rural communities.

To learn more about  DIG events or to start a DIG in a rural area contact info@digdp.org or visit our website at http://www.digdp.org

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