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  • By Kathleen Traphagen in Guest Blog, Practice, Stories on

    STEM Next Strategy in Action: Young People Talk about STEM at Boys & Girls Clubs

     May 9, 2017 STEM Next aims to make STEM come alive for young people, so they can discover their interests and passions and gain valuable skills for the future. One key strategy for STEM Next is to leverage existing systems, for example, we invest in the capacity of national youth organizations to offer high-quality, hands-on STEM experiences after school. STEM […]

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  • By Ron Ottinger in Opinion, Policy on

    Trump’s new budget seeks to end funding for afterschool and other STEM education programs

    For Immediate Release May 23, 2017 Trump’s new budget seeks to end funding for afterschool and other STEM education programs, would be devastating to those who have been left out of the STEM economy Statement from Ron Ottinger, STEM Next Director  The Trump Administration has decided to double-down on funding cuts in education that would be devastating for the millions of […]

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    Upcoming Events. Sign Me Up.

    May 15-26, 2017. Remake Learning Days. The world’s largest open house of hands-on learning. Pittsburgh PA. More info here. May 17-20, 2017. Citizen Science Association Conference. Twin Cities, MN. Register here. May 24-26, 2017. US News STEM Solutions National Leadership Conference. San Diego, CA. Register here. May 31, 2017, 1-2PM ET. 10-11AM PT. Webinar: Science Action Club: Building STEM Identities through […]

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    May 2017: A note from Ron

    Earlier this month, I talked with Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls about the importance of STEM learning in afterschool and how the burden of the President’s proposed budget cuts would fall largely on the shoulders of young people facing the toughest odds of succeeding in STEM: girls, young people of color, and young people living in poverty. Read more about our conversation […]

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  • How to Integrate STEM into Early Childhood Education

    Two important new reports on early childhood STEM call for action to support teachers, engage parents, build public awareness, and invest in research. The Joan Ganz Cooney Center’s STEM Starts Early calls for collaboration among sectors to implement and sustain progress. This National Science Foundation-funded report also features research by the FrameWorks Institute on how to build greater public understanding […]

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  • Recognizing Excellent STEM Mentoring Programs

    Research led by Techbridge and others has found that mentoring is a critically important strategy for supporting underserved and underrepresented students to succeed in STEM. Techbridge has also published a guide to how role models make a difference for girls in STEM. We are pleased that mentoring programs will again get their moment in the spotlight with US 2020’s third […]

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  • How is Your State Doing on Computer Science Education Policy?

    Supported by BNY Mellon, in March 2017, a coalition of organizations convened by EDC and the Massachusetts Computer Attainment Network (MassCAN) released a guide to progress on computer science (CS) education policy in each of the 50 states. State of the States Landscape Report: State-Level Policies Supporting Equitable K–12 Computer Science Education details how each state is doing advancing 10 […]

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  • By Ron Ottinger in News, Opinion on

    Trump Administration’s Budget Would Devastate Afterschool STEM Learning Opportunities For Our Nation’s Youth

    President Trump’s proposed budget cuts to afterschool programs would deny millions of American youth the opportunity to engage in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning; inhibit the development of the nation’s future scientists, engineers, inventors, and business leaders; and cut young people off from building the skills they need to advance in school, work, citizenship and life. If enacted […]

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  • New Resources Released: Afterschool STEM Programs Help Close America’s Skills Gap

    ­ On Wednesday, March 1, new resources and research was released, highlighting how afterschool programs can provide gains in critical workforce skills and interest in STEM careers. The evidence is clear: Students participating in afterschool programs that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) reported increased interest in science careers and gains in important 21st century skills such as critical […]

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    States receive new grants to improve career pathway programs

    The Council of Chief State School Officers and JPMorgan Chase & Co. have awarded $20 million to ten states to increase career-readiness of high school graduates. Delaware, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, and Wisconsin will convene business and education leaders to strengthen career education and create pathways to economic success for young people.

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