Recognizing After-School STEM's Impact
Few dispute that the after-school community has a vital role, and can make a crucial difference, in promoting science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, learning. Yet after-school providers are often so immersed in their work with students that they don't always present a unified voice in articulating their impact.
A 2013 Afterschool Alliance study that I led, " Defining Youth Outcomes for STEM Learning in Afterschool, " could help change that. By reaching consensus among a group of after-school experts (including 55 experienced providers and 25 after-school STEM supporters, such as funders and national and state education policy leaders), the study lays out three major, achievable outcomes for youths in after-school STEM programs:
• Developing interest in STEM...
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