Research and Ideas
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.
News & Ideas
Afterschool and Summer Learning: An Unprecedented Opportunity to Engage Students in STEM
This month on the blog, we are thrilled to welcome one of the STEM Next Opportunity Fellows as a guest author. Dr. Holly Miller serves
Introduce a Girl to Engineering 2023: Make it a Love Story
Engineers do amazing work that makes our world a better place. Engineer Jane Chen co-created the Embrace portable, infant warmer that has saved hundreds of thousands of premature babies.
Mentoring 2023: Access Your Superpower and Make the Million Girls Moonshot a Reality
We love starting the new year with a spotlight on mentoring. For this year’s National Mentoring campaign help us reach the Million Girls Moonshot. With the Million
Counting down 2022 with our favorite Federal STEM policy actions
As we close out 2022, STEM Next reflects on some of the big policy opportunities that the year brought for out-of-school time (OST) STEM learning.
From a Week of Computer Science to A Year of Possibilities
We celebrate the incredible effort that made Computer Science Education Week 2022 a resounding success. What began as a one-hour coding challenge has expanded into
10 Holiday STEM Gifts for Girls 2022
Before you start your holiday shopping, I encourage you to reflect on the power of your choices. Marketing, stereotypes, and routines help shape our shopping