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Report Highlights Potential of After-School STEM Learning

By Erik W. Robelen — September 19, 2011 1 min read

Strong after-school programs targeting the STEM fields deliver a number of outcomes for participants, concludes a new study, such as increased knowledge and skills, as well as greater interest and even a higher rate of pursuing a career related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Over at the Beyond School blog, my colleague Nora Fleming gives an overview of the new report from the Afterschool Alliance, a research and advocacy group based in Washington. The report notes that the afterschool setting is especially valuable given that many of the programs serve the same populations that are generally underrepresented in the STEM fields, such as African Americans, Hispanics, and girls.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Curriculum Matters blog.