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PAL Boys to Men Program Spends a Fun Day in the Sun

Two young men worked together to create a “String Fling” art installation

Two young men worked together to create a “String Fling” art installation

On July 11th, 150 young men in PAL’s Boys to Men Mentoring Program spent the day outside learning about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and public art. The educational field day at Harrowgate PAL field brought together boys from neighborhoods across Philadelphia for one common purpose: having fun.

Lowe’s of Aramingo employee taught a PAL youngster how to hammer

Lowe’s of Aramingo employee taught a PAL youngster how to hammer

PAL partnered with New American Public Art to design an interactive curriculum that introduced participants to engineering and math-related fields. Teams of young men worked together with their PAL officers to weave basketball nets, design and assemble a life-size maze, create a “String Fling” sunburst art installation and try to build the tallest free-standing structure with PVC. PAL also worked with a local Lowe’s store on Aramingo Avenue who graciously provided woodworking project kits for participants to build. Instructors were on hand to teach basic construction skills and tool safety.

Employees from the Philadelphia 76ers volunteered their time and efforts to prepare the space before the field day. Their hard work ensured that every kid was safe to play and learn.

PAL thanks New American Public Art, Lowe’s of Aramingo and the Philadelphia 76ers for such a fun and unique learning experience for young men of PAL.

View more pictures on PAL’s Flickr.

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