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Club NEXT News

The Club NEXT team is curating monthly content that covers brilliant youth, new games, exciting programs, and more! You can also find announcements about upcoming events, contests, and program recaps. 





Overstimulation        Overstimulation is when someone becomes overwhelmed by their surroundings. Typically, this happens when someone’s senses can not cope with the overload of information they are receiving. Being overstimulated during the holidays may be due to ... Read More
Posted by Melissa Smith at Friday, Dec 02, 2022

National Parks Week

Tennessee State Parks       There are several state parks located around Tennessee. A few will be highlighted in this blog post.    Connected to the following link will be a calendar of mostly free events held at state parks located throughout Tennessee: https://tn... Read More
Posted by Melissa Smith at Wednesday, Nov 09, 2022

Tennessee's Part in Helping Wildflie

Tennessee’s Part in Helping Wildlife       There are several locations all over Tennessee that are going to be highlighted in today’s blog post. Tennessee has some locations created for exotic animals and some for large animals.    The Nashville Zoo has... Read More
Posted by Melissa Smith

What is AI-Generated Art?

Have you ever had an idea for a drawing or painting, but weren't sure how to start it? Now, there are many AI (Artifical Intelligence) programs that can produce digital pieces of art! There are multiple ways that a program can do this. The first one, called Neural Style Transfer, asks t... Read More
Posted by Melissa Smith at Wednesday, Oct 12, 2022

Nashville Area Family Activities

Things to do this weekend October 7-9       There are plenty of events going on in or around Nashville, TN this weekend.  One major event happening this weekend is TSU Homecoming. There will be a parade held on Oct 8 starting at 9am. It starts at 14th and Jefferson St. a... Read More
Posted by Melissa Smith at Wednesday, Oct 05, 2022

Healthy Alternative Snacks!

Healthy Alternative Snacks   The followings are some simple swaps for healthier snacking:    Veggie Straws/Chips Trail Mix String Cheese Greek Yogurt Fruit/Veggies  Organic Popcorn or Light Butter Popcorn Organic Chips and Salsa Dark Chocolate Applesauce   The ... Read More
Posted by Melissa Smith at Wednesday, Sep 28, 2022

Space & Technology

What’s New in Outer Space and Technology?       There are new discoveries made in Outer Space, technology created to provide more knowledge from other planets, and/or new trips in order to find out what else is surrounding the planet we call home what may seem like dail... Read More
Posted by Melissa Smith at Wednesday, Sep 21, 2022

Back to School Prep Checklist

As students head into their first few weeks of school, it can sometimes feel daunting and overwhelming to leave the rhythm and routine of summer vacation. Luckily, there are some easy and actionable steps you can take to make the transition into the new school year as seamless as possible.  ... Read More
Posted by Melissa Smith at Tuesday, Aug 09, 2022

Fun Language Apps

Looking for a new hobby or fun way to stretch your brain as the summer comes to an end? Learning a new language is an amazing way to broaden your skill set. Luckily, there are a multitude of useful apps available to make learning a new language fun and accessible. Mondly is an app that offer... Read More
Posted by Melissa Smith at Wednesday, Aug 03, 2022

Mental Health and Mindfulness Apps

On Wednesday, we had a fantastic Twitter Spaces call in connection with Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where some of our members had the opportunity to discuss mental health with medical professionals. In this call, we learned about several great free resources that help with improving men... Read More
Posted by Melissa Smith

YouTube Channel Highlight: HiHo Kids

Happy Around the World Week at BGCMT! There are so many incredible cultures around the world available to appreciate and experience. One channel on YouTube, HiHo Kids, creates amazing content that highlights some of the many cultures around the world. The premise of the HiHo Kids channel is to ha... Read More
Posted by Melissa Smith at Wednesday, Jul 20, 2022

Save The Date: BGCMT x VUMC Mental Health Podcast!

Mental health! Podcast! You can chime in! Several Club members will be kicking off the third season of the “Vanderbilt Health DNA: Discoveries in Action” podcast series by taking part in a live Twitter Spaces chat about mental health.    Club members will join Vanderbilt U... Read More
Posted by Melissa Smith

Sports Week Movie Highlight

Are you looking for a new movie to watch? In honor of Sports Week at the BGCMT, we will be highlighting some fun sports movies, old and new, that you can check out with your friends and family.  The Sandlot is a classic sports movie centered around a group of young baseball players who spe... Read More
Posted by Melissa Smith at Wednesday, Jul 13, 2022

Plastic-Free July

While it is common knowledge that plastic is harmful for the environment, many people do not realize the full extent of how damaging plastic pollution is. Did you know that every minute of every day, a truckload of plastic is dumped into the ocean (World Economic Forum)?  Though plastic ... Read More
Posted by Melissa Smith at Wednesday, Jul 06, 2022

Nashville Activity Guide: July 8-10

Friday, July 8 Farm Fun Day will be held from 9am-1pm. This event will include farm animals, vendors, music, and more. The Metro Nashville Mounted Patrol will have a training demonstration at 9am and 12pm. Saturday, July 9 -Jazz AM July: Celia Cruz for Kids will be at 10am. It is a 30 minute p... Read More
Posted by Melissa Smith

App Highlight: Fun Trivia Games!

It’s Game Show Week here at BGCMT! In honor of this week’s theme, we are highlighting fun and popular trivia apps for kids.  Family Trivia is an app designed by educators that is great for the whole family. Offering trivia questions in seven categories, including cooking and mus... Read More
Posted by Melissa Smith at Wednesday, Jun 29, 2022

July 4 Celebration in Nashville!

This coming Monday is the 4th of July, and as always, Nashville will be celebrating accordingly. This weekend, starting Sunday, July 3, Downtown Nashville will be hosting its 19th Annual Let Freedom Sing event! This family-friendly, free event will be spread out across the city. Along with a main... Read More
Posted by Melissa Smith

Percy Jackson and the Olympians TV Adaptation

Percy Jackson and The Olympians is a fan-favorite Greek Mythology book series following the friends of Camp Half-Blood. For years, readers have been keeping up with author Rick Riordan’s various spinoff series, from The Red Pyramid to The Heroes of Olympus. In 2010, 20th Century Fox even re... Read More
Posted by Melissa Smith at Thursday, Jun 23, 2022

At-Home STEM Kits!

Happy Mad Scientist Week at BGCMT! This week, we are highlighting a fantastic product: MEL Science Home STEM Kits. Every month, MEL Science will send you fun and safe science projects able to be completed at home, such as model rockets, electric boats, liquid sand, and more. These monthly boxes c... Read More
Posted by Melissa Smith

Juneteenth Celebrations Around the City

June 18th Music City Food Truck Park and Flea Market will be held at The Marketplace in East Nashville from 11am-4pm. There will be different types of food trucks and vendors from home decor, artwork, plants, jewelry, apparel, and more.   Taco and Margarita Festival will be held from 12pm... Read More
Posted by Melissa Smith