Why should STEM learning organizations partner across sector? This journal article discusses the potential “to meld the scientific resources of a museum with the ability of a local nonprofit to reach underserved students of color” among other examples.
Many STEM schools pursue cross-sector strategies as part of their design, including blended formal/informal learning and real-world STEM internships/experiences for students. This Education Week webinar of January 2012 offers an introduction to STEM schools.
The Association of Science-Technology Centers and the Afterschool Alliance partner to connect science centers, museums and other informal learning organizations with afterschool professionals offering STEM programming. ASTC members can join the afterschool community of practice.
This blog post describes partnerships among federal agencies and 21st Century Community Learning Centers across the country to enhance STEM learning in OST. The agencies include NASA, the National Park Service (NPS) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
If you are looking for information on partnerships between institutions of higher education and informal science institutions, visit the SENCER-ISE (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities-Informal Science Education) website. The project includes ten cross-sector partnerships.
The Chicago Pre-College Science and Engineering Program provides hands-on science and engineering activities for children and their parents in Chicago. Focused on families from underserved communities, Chi S&E’s model is unique in that: 1) programming begins with young elementary students and builds as they grow older; and 2) parents/caregivers of young children participate in the programming with their children; 3) […]
This schematic details the pathways developed by SHINE and its partners in rural Pennsylvania to support children from school readiness through college and also to prepare effective educators through service learning, mentoring, pre-service teaching in SHINE after-school programs, enrollment in post-secondary teacher preparation, and in-service professional development through cross-sector collaboration. Author: Schools and Homes in Education (SHINE) After School Program
Supported by the Hive Chicago Fund, the Pathways to STEM Success project convenes organizations that offer STEM pathways programs, provides a forum for comparing different approaches, identifying critical program components, exploring how they interact, and documenting best practices in recruiting diverse participants, retaining, and supporting them in pursuing STEM careers. Led by Project Exploration, the Chicago Botanic Garden, and the […]
Find out if there is a STEM bus or mobile lab in your community by clicking on the member page of the Mobile Laboratory Coalition (MLC) website. MLC is a network of mobile science education programs sharing curricula and ideas to inspire appreciation and knowledge of science and scientific inquiry.
This article published in the Fall 2012 issue of Afterschool Matters by Gabrielle Lyon, Jameela Jafri and Kathleen St. Louis, offers the metaphor of Youth Pathways to replace the STEM “pipeline” when conceptualizing how young people progress toward STEM careers. The authors argue that “pipeline is a limited—and limiting—framework that undermines young peoples’ needs for multiple entry and “re-entry” points […]