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.
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 STEM Educators Academy trains community educators and teachers together to build design thinking and scientific inquiry.
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.
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.
The STELAR site has a digest of curricular materials from ITEST projects. ITEST is the National Science Foundation’s program supporting research and development of innovative models for engaging K-12 students in authentic experiences that build their capacity to participate in the STEM and information and communications technology (ICT) workforce of the future.
This website has information about one of the few curricula designed for both school and afterschool settings, as well as information about K-12, museum and online, advocacy and professional development resources, and a useful map linking to key contacts in each state: STEM education officials at the state level, partner organizations including institutions of higher education and informal science institutions, teachers and others.
National Geographic’s site for educators includes downloadable curricula units and lessons searchable by age the material is targeted to, subject, or audience. The site also contains daily ideas, mapping tools and other resources that can be used in or out-of-school time or both.
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.