The Academy’s Science Action Club (SAC) Program ignites the spark for science in middle school youth and their after school activity leaders in San Francisco and Oakland, CA. Currently there are 20 SAC clubs serving 650 students. Through dynamic and authentic science investigations, youth explore their local environment, make observations about the natural world, and contribute data to real scientific […]
The Common Instrument is a survey developed by PEAR for youth 10 years or older that includes 10 self-report items to assess child and adolescent interest and engagement in science. The Common Instrument is simple and quick to administer, easy to receive feedback on, and useable for pre-post analysis.
This Guide is designed to help principal investigators and other leaders of informal STEM education projects integrate evaluation into all phases of project design, development, and implementation. Such projects include exhibits, media projects, websites, community science projects, afterschool programs, festivals, family activities, online games, citizen science projects, and other efforts to help people learn about science in the course of […]
The Dimensions of Success observation tool (DoS), defines twelve indicators of STEM program quality throughout 4 broad domains: 1) Features of the Learning Environment, 2) Activity Engagement, 3) STEM Knowledge and Practices, and 4) Youth Development in STEM. While primarily developed for after-school, it can be used to observe activites led by teachers, private sector scientists, after-school workers, and more. […]
The STEM Educators Academy trains community educators and teachers together to build design thinking and scientific inquiry.
This video describes the partnership between the Providence After School Alliance and Providence Public Schools to implement the AfterZone Summer Scholars program. Summer teaching teams consist of a community-based STEM educator, a district teacher, and an AfterZone staff member, who co-develop and co-teach a collaborative curriculum that connects STEM and literacy skills with hands-on field research. Students engage in fun, […]
This calendar of webinars targeted to OST providers to enhance capacity to deliver high-quality STEM programming includes ideas for topics and also illustrates how OC STEM taps a variety of partners to share their expertise.
This website describes a collaboration between the North Carolina State University and STEM East, in which teachers are placed in five-week internships with regional businesses that allow them to bring “real world” examples back to classrooms that help students see the relevance in the learned curriculum.
The SMILE (Science and Math Integrated Learning Experiences) Program has been led by Oregon State University (OSU) for the past quarter century to increase post-secondary enrollment of underserved populations in the STEM fields. SMILE supports after-school clubs serving 650 students grades 4-12 in 35 schools in 13 rural communities throughout the state. Targeting low-income children of color, the clubs meet […]
Click2SciencePD is an interactive professional development site for trainers, coaches, site directors and frontline staff/volunteers working in out-of-school time STEM Programs, serving children and youth. Sections on sparking youth interest, giving youth control, and developing identity are useful beyond informal science.