Underrepresented in STEM
A recent blog post at informalscience.org focused on the progress made thus far through Equity Pathways in Informal STEM Learning a Science Learning+ Phase 1 project exploring equity issues for 11-14 year olds from underserved, non-dominant backgrounds in informal STEM learning. So far the project has found that equity concerns represent an urgent and significant challenge for informal STEM learning […]
The SMILE (Science and Math Integrated Learning Experiences) Program has been led by Oregon State University (OSU) for the past quarter century to increase post-secondary enrollment of underserved populations in the STEM fields. SMILE supports after-school clubs serving 650 students grades 4-12 in 35 schools in 13 rural communities throughout the state. Targeting low-income children of color, the clubs meet […]
This January 2015 Data Brief by the STELAR Center describes the results of a survey of ITEST principal investigators asking what strategies they use to increase participation by under-represented youth. Targeted recruitment, cultural competence, strategic partnerships and active marketing are the top strategies.
This 2010 report by CAISE provides a conceptual framework for inclusion of people with disabilities in informal science education. The authors explain that inclusion requires that learners be able to physically interact with/perceive the space, cognitively engage with the materials and socially interact with one another.
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.
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).
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
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.