Parent & Community Engagement
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.
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 […]
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 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.
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) […]
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.
Libraries are important STEM learning spaces. This brief provides examples of libraries engaging children and families in STEM learning experiences through cross-sector partnerships. Features STAR_Net’s Discover Earth and Discover Tech with library-specific activities, outreach and online/in-person training opportunities.
Community Science Workshops are unique to California, and offer a great model for saturating a community with science: working with schools, community-based organizations, housing projects, libraries, municipalities and parks as needed to transform a community’s experience of science education.
California’s plan for implementing NGSS is a great example of how an ecosystem approach can inform K-12 priorities on a statewide level. Two out of the eight CA strategies focus on partnerships.