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.
This briefing, video and infographic from the Frameworks Institute explains how to communicate to a variety of audiences about STEM education, informal STEM and STEM ecosystems, to a general audience, including media, the public, parents and families. Page 21-22 of the PDF specifically discuss ecosystems, but the whole brief (although long) is valuable reading for anyone who writes and speaks […]
This article, which appeared in the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) journal, makes the case to the business sector to support and participate in STEM learning ecosystems.
This document describe a pilot of the National Summer Learning Association with the MacArthur Foundation that paired teachers with local summer learning programs in New York City and Chicago during the summers of 2012 and 2013. The success of this fellowship program suggests that aligning summer programs with the school year has an important impact on school-year effectiveness. Findings suggest […]
This evaluation can help demonstrate the value of museum education programs for teachers. The Museum of Science and Industry’s teacher professional development “Get Re-Energized” courses make a direct, positive impact on student learning in science, compared to non-participants.
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 […]