Afterschool STEM is Highly Effective

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Research demonstrates informal learning programs are highly effective for STEM learning and engagement early and often are crucial to sparking and sustaining youth STEM career interest. Additionally, the research shows a significant correlation between OST STEM and social-emotional learning outcomes reported by youth (Allen, Chang, Waggenspack, Fukuda, Little, Noam, 2019)

An evaluation report summary of afterschool STEM programs across the United States showed increased achievement in math compared to non‐participants, gains in computer and technology skills, more general knowledge of science, and gains in 21st-century skills like communication, teamwork, and analytical thinking (Afterschool Alliance, 2011). 

Out-of-school learning environments traditionally provide joy-filled learning experiences that are highly effective at resonating with youth who might be disengaged or struggling within the classroom (Schmidt, Beymer, Rosenberg, Naftzger, & Shumow, 2020).

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Afterschool Alliance. (2011). “STEM Learning in Afterschool: An Analysis of Impact and Outcomes.” https://www.afterschoolalliance.org/STEM-Afterschool-Outcomes.pdf

Allen, P. J., Chang, R., Gorrall, B. K., Waggenspack, L., Fukuda, E., Little, T. D., & Noam, G. G. (2019). From quality to outcomes: A national study of afterschool STEM programming. International Journal of STEM Education, 6(1), 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40594-019-0191-2

Schmidt, J. A., Beymer, P. N., Rosenberg, J. M., Naftzger, N. N., & Shumow, L. (2020). Experiences, activities, and personal characteristics as predictors of engagement in STEM-focused summer programs. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 57(8), 1281-1309. https://doi.org/10.1002/tea.21630

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