Publications & Research

We've gathered together essential STEM publications relating to afterschool.

From issue briefs to research articles, there are many resources to inform your STEM afterschool program.

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Growing computer science education in afterschool: Opportunities and challenges (December 2016)

We asked the afterschool field about their familiarity and interest in computer science (CS) education, as well as the challenges to offering CS. The findings in this report provide K-12 CS education stakeholders with an understanding of how best to support the growth of quality, sustainable CS education within the afterschool field.

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The impact of afterschool STEM: Examples from the field

Afterschool programs can support students’ success in STEM in a multitude of ways—by helping them become interested and engaged, develop tangible STEM skills, and begin to see themselves as potential contributors to the STEM enterprise. This report compiles evaluation data from 15 strong afterschool programs—diverse in size, structure, and approach—providing a snapshot of the impact that afterschool programs across the U.S. are having on youth today.

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Changing the game for girls in STEM (April 2016)

Author: Techbridge

Girls of color are growing up in innovation hotbeds, such as Silicon Valley and Washignton D.C., yet many never consider careers in STEM due to lack of encouragement and opportunity. This new white paper by STEM education leader Techbridge calls for a more sophisticated approach to solve the problem and spotlights best practices to foster diversity and inclusion in the workforce.  

 

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The Case for Investing in Out-of-School Learning as a Core Strategy in Improving Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education (April 2016)

Author: STEM Ed Coalition

Exposure to formal and informal learning in STEM subjects, beginning at an early age and continuing through high school, prepares our nation’s students for the future ahead.  Supporting quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education for all children and youth is therefore vital to our country’s social and economic prosperity. This paper, written for policymakers and education leaders, makes a strong case for why informal and afterschool learning must be an integral part of policies to improve STEM education across the board.

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Identifying and supporting productive STEM programs in out-of-school settings (June 2015)

Authors: Committee on Successful Out-of-School STEM Learning; Board on Science Education; Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; National Research Council

This report identifies features of productive STEM programs in out-of-school settings, drawing from a wide range of research traditions to illustrate that interest in STEM and deep STEM learning develop across time and settings. The report provides guidance on how to evaluate and sustain programs. This report is a resource for local, state, and federal policy makers seeking to broaden access to multiple, high-quality STEM learning opportunities in their community.

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How can afterschool best support STEM learning?: A summary of the report Defining Youth Outcomes for Afterschool STEM (October 2014)

Check out these slides for a quick summary of the report, Defining youth outcomes for afterschool STEM (Afterschool Alliance, 2013).

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Using the framework: A practitioner's guide to the report (October 2014)

The report, "Defining youth outcomes for afterschool STEM" (Afterschool Alliance, 2013), outlines a framework of practitioner-defined youth outcomes that are appropriate and feasible for the afterschool field.  This Prezi presentation outlines several ways that this framework can be used to inform and strengthen your work.

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STEM in afterschool: Changing perspectives, shaping lives (August 2014)

This handout is based on the paper "Examining the impact of afterschool STEM programs" and is a useful tool in your advocacy efforts to communicate the impact of afterschool STEM programs on youth.

Download the print version -- This version prints as a "booklet" on 11"x17" paper.  You will want to adjust your printer settings to print double-sided, flipped on the top edge.

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Examining the impact of afterschool STEM programs (July 2014)

Authors: Anita Krishnamurthi (Afterschool Alliance), Melissa Ballard (Afterschool Alliance), and Gil Noam (Program in Education, Afterschool and Resilency at Harvard University)

Afterschool programs that provide strong STEM learning experiences are making an impact on participating youth not only become excited and engaged in these fields but develop STEM skills and proficiencies, come to value these fields and their contributions to society, and -- significantly -- begin to see themselves as potential contributors to the STEM enterprise. This paper summarizes evaluation data from a selection of strong afterschool STEM programs, providing a snapshot of the types of substantive impacts afterschool programs are having on youth.

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What afterschool STEM does best: How stakeholders describe youth learning outcomes (Fall 2013)

Authors:  Anita Krishnamurthi (Afterschool Alliance), Bronwyn Bevan (Exploratorium), Jen Rinehart (Afterschool Alliance), & Vicky Ragan Coulon (Evaluation & Research Associates)

An articulation of how afterschool programs contribute to STEM interest, capacity and values in youth participants. From the Fall 2013 issue of Afterschool Matters.

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