"STEM Learning in After-School: An Analysis of Impact and Outcomes"
The best STEM-focused after-school programs increase students’ enrollment and interest in the subjects and their pursuit of careers in science, technology, engineering, and math later, according to a new report from the Afterschool Alliance.
The brief draws conclusions about what makes a high-quality STEM after-school program based on evaluations of programs around the country. The authors stress the importance of improving STEM curricula in after-school programs, as many of the programs provide underserved populations with access to experiences they might not typically have.
They say the highest quality programs can potentially shift attitudes about STEM-related careers, increase knowledge of STEM subjects, and improve the likelihood of high school graduation and college readiness.
Vol. 31, Issue 05, Page 5Published in Print: September 28, 2011, as After-School STEM