Building Blocks to Success mission is to get ethnically and gender diverse at-risk youth from North and Northeast Portland excited about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) through exposure and participation in STEM-related programs and activities.


First Lego League logoFirst Lego League (ages 9 – 14)
Dates: Saturdays, September 10th 2016 – December 17th 2016
Time: 10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Junior First Lego League logoJunior First Lego League (ages 6 – 9)
Dates: Saturdays, January 7th 2017 – March 11th 2017
Time: 10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Location for both programs: Downstairs at Luther Hall on the Concordia University campus (2811 NE Holman Street, Portland, OR 97211 [google map])

Cost: $20. Scholarships available.

Registration opens on Saturday, 27th August 2016, 10 am for ALL students.

bb2s-6Building Blocks to Success was founded in October 2013 on principles of empowerment using STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) as the incentive for learning. STEM is an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to learning. It’s hands on but it teaches a fundamental set of skills that promote life- long learning. It develops critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills, and creative thinking skills using a series of STEM challenges that are both fun and educational by learning how to apply math and science content which are fundamentally related to success in college and careers. Careers in STEM fields are some of the highest paying jobs and are disproportionately under-filled by minority populations. Building Blocks to Success aims to inspire youth’s interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. While Building Blocks to Success serves all youth identified as underserved from lower economic stations, it has a priority focus on youth of color. Building Blocks to Success is geared toward exposing underserved often overlooked youth with exposure opportunities to STEM related programs and activities with the purpose of getting them excited about STEM through creative, fun, team-building, and educational STEM related activities. Building Blocks to Success serves youth from the North/Northeast Portland areas ages 6-14 years old and is a 12 week program in Spring and Fall.