This evaluation is among the first at a large scale to measure the impact of afterschool programs on students’ STEM-related attitudes and social-emotional/21st-century skills. The evaluation was a collaboration between The PEAR Institute: Partnerships in Education and Resilience at Harvard University and McLean Hospital IMMAP: Institute for Measurement, Methodology, Analysis & Policy at Texas Tech University.
STEM learning ecosystems harness contributions of educators, policymakers, families, businesses, informal science institutions, afterschool and summer providers, higher education, and many others towards a comprehensive vision of STEM learning for all children. This paper offers evidence of the impact of cross-sector partnerships on young people, and a logic model template for communities so they may further develop the attributes, strategies, […]
This guide to forming a Community of Practice (CoP) to increase quality/quantity of STEM learning is based on lessons learned by a network of five CoPs across California – the Power of Discovery STEM2. The guide’s author distinguishes CoPs from “other more traditional professional development settings in that they are not focused on content delivery but rather are designed as […]
This study by SRI of science offerings among publicly funded afterschool programs in California found that programs benefited from having an outside partner to provide science-based resources. Public afterschool sites with external partners—most of which provided professional development—offered more frequent science, and more inquiry-based science experiences. The study also found that local resources and agencies were just as beneficial as […]
This report by the Afterschool Alliance using America After 3 data provides the first comprehensive look at parental perceptions of STEM programming offered by afterschool providers and examines demand, access and satisfaction both nationally and by state. Among the report’s recommendations is strengthening partnerships between the larger STEM education community and afterschool programs to increase and improve afterschool STEM programming.
To help policy makers, funders and education leaders in both school and out-of-school settings make informed decisions about how to best leverage the educational and learning resources in their community, this report identifies features of productive STEM programs in out-of-school settings. The report draws from a wide range of research traditions to illustrate that interest in STEM and deep STEM […]
Providing children with access to high-quality STEM experiences is challenging—sharing those experiences with parents can be even more difficult. This Harvard Family Research Project brief explains how one Texas school district is bringing family engagement to a whole new level with a STEM career-focused mobile curriculum.
The purpose of this Program Planning Tool is to enable out-of-school time programs to assess existing STEM learning opportunities and assets and develop a STEM program plan. Largely geared for programs that are beginning in STEM.
The Exploratorium’s Connected Collections support professional learning conversations about specific topics. This collection explores how to create imaginative and open-ended STEM-rich tinkering experiences in classrooms and afterschool settings. The collection has five research briefs with summary descriptions, a set of discussion prompts and links to other relevant resources.