Research and Ideas
Research Guiding Our Work
Everything we do is evidence-based. From placing big bets, to growing STEM leaders, we use the research to scale impact. Here is some of the significant research that shows afterschool STEM matters.
Afterschool Helps Students Develop a STEM Identity
When youth feel a connection and belonging within STEM, they are more likely to develop …Learn More
Afterschool STEM Improves Academic Performance
Active learning, like the types found in afterschool and summer programming, has been shown to …Learn More
Afterschool STEM Increases Interest in STEM Careers & Skills
An 11-state study showed that participation in STEM-focused afterschool programs leads to increases in youth …Learn More
Afterschool STEM to Improve STEM Equity Issues
Systemic barriers exist for girls and youth of color to pursue STEM interests across the …Learn More
Role Models & Mentors Inspire Career Awareness
Role models and mentors inspire career awareness and increase youth interest in, positive attitudes toward, …Learn More
Students Pursue STEM if Introduced to Topics Early
Studies report that students are more likely to pursue STEM majors at universities and colleges …Learn More
STEM Ready America
STEM Ready America is a compendium from 40 authors presenting bold and persuasive evidence—as well as real-world examples of effective practices, programs, and partnerships—on how science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) knowledge and skills are preparing young people to be successful in school today and the workforce tomorrow.
STEM learning is key to breaking the generational cycle of poverty and to reducing income inequality. It greatly enhances educational opportunity and has been particularly effective at advancing children of color and girls. All children, regardless of zip code, race, ethnicity, national origin or gender have a basic right to the opportunity to prepare for the knowledge-based economy.
STEM Learning in Afterschool Works
Evaluating results from 160 programs in 11 states, The Afterschool & STEM System-Building Evaluation 2016 revealed important results: Participating in afterschool STEM programs improves students’ reported attitudes, knowledge, and skills.
The PEAR Institute and IMMAP: Institute for Measurement, Methodology, Analysis & Policy at Texas Tech University conducted an analysis of student self-reported change shows that participation in a STEM afterschool program greatly increases positive attitudes towards STEM.
Reimagining Family Engagement : How Out-of-School Time STEM Programs "CARE"
The Institute for the Study of Resilience in Youth (ISRY) at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School, in partnership with the STEM Next Opportunity Fund, created and studied a virtual national learning community to understand how out-of-school time (OST) programs in the U.S. are choosing, adapting, and applying strategies from the STEM Family Engagement Planning Tool.
This report describes the rationale, methodology, and findings of CARE (Connect-Act-Reflect-Empower) strategies to increase family engagement.