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.
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.
This article provides a description and early findings from an ongoing study at the University of Colorado Boulder to map science out-of-school time programs nationally. Analyzing the strengths and challenges of OST science programs offered by different types of organizations, the authors report on “the potential for mutually beneficial partnerships between organizations of different types— for example, to meld the […]
Ellen Lettvin, the Robert Noyce Senior Fellow in Informal STEM Learning in the Office Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education, wrote this post describing the collaborations among multiple federal agencies and 21st Century 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 […]
These attributes of quality STEM education were developed by the North Carolina STEM Learning Network and partners have three pillars: 1) Integrated Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum, aligned with state, national, international and industry standards. 2) On-going community and industry engagement. 3) Connections with post-secondary education. These attributes have been adopted by the NC State Board of Education […]
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.