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
Telling Your STEM Story: A Compelling Strategy for Sustainability
It’s midterm election time and that is the focus of most conversations in Washington, DC. Beyond encouraging everyone to vote, afterschool and summer programs can
Let’s talk what’s possible
America would have four times as many inventors if more women and minorities had the same support and exposure to role models as higher-income white
The Many Faces of #GirlsLeadSTEM
Early on, I remember hearing that people change careers on average 6 times in their lifetime. Today it is estimated that the average American changes
Decoding D.C.’s Alphabet Soup of Legislation – Implications for STEM Learning for Back to School Season 2022
A lot of new legislation has been passed recently and it can feel a bit like sinking into the alphabet soup of acronyms coming from
Do you remember what it was like to lay on your back in the sweet grass or a dusty knoll and be transfixed by the
Welcome Back to Afterschool 2022
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) can spark a curiosity in children that can inspire a lasting love of learning. Interest may come from a