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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Let’s partner more to offer high-quality STEM education in afterschool programs (July/August 2016)

Author: Anita Krishnamurthi (Afterschool Alliance)

Science centers and museums are a major player in improving the quality of and access to STEM education. As science centers are challenged to reach new audiences and engage their communities more deeply, one area into which they could expand and play a greater role is afterschool programming. This article originally appeared in the July/August 2016 issue of Dimensions magazine (astc.org/publications/dimensions). Reposted with permission from the Association of Science-Technology Centers, Incorporated.

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Science centers and afterschool programs: Working together for all kids (July/August 2016)

Authors: Melissa Ballard (Afterschool Alliance), Laura Herszenhorn, Katie Levedahl, Tara Cox, Tolly Foster, Michele Schilten, Brett Nicholas, and Bryan Wunar
 
Increasingly, science centers and museums are recognizing the potential of partnerships with afterschool programs. This article offers examples of these types of partnerships, and advice for working together. It originally appeared in the July/August 2016 issue of Dimensions magazine (astc.org/publications/dimensions). Reposted with permission from the Association of Science-Technology Centers, Incorporated.

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Effective STEM programs for adolescent girls (Spring 2013)

Authors: Harriet S. Mosatche (The Mosatche Group), Susan Matloff-Nieves (Queens Community House), Linda Kekelis (Techbridge), & Elizabeth K. Lawner (Child Trends)

This article focuses on three approaches to STEM in out-of-school time that would be instructive for any organization seeking to develop STEM opportunities for teen girls. 

 

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Evaluation study of Summer of Innovation stand-alone program model FY 2013: Outcomes report (2014)

Authors: Alina Martinez, Tamara Linkow, & Melissa Velez (Abt Associates, Inc.)

In 2010, NASA’s Office of Education launched the Summer of Innovation Project (SoI) in response to President Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign. SoI provides middle school students, especially those who are traditionally underrepresented and underserved in STEM, with opportunities to engage in NASA-developed activities during the summer. This report, the third in a series of reports from this evaluation, presents findings on youth outcomes.
 

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Game changers and the assessment predicament in afterschool science (June 2013)

Authors:  Gil Noam & Ashima Shah (Program in Education, Afterschool, and Resiliency at Harvard University)

This report explores the “assessment predicament” in afterschool science by positing and exploring four educational game-changers that the authors believe make the field a hotbed of innovation. These game-changers also inform and guide how the afterschool field thinks about and creates evidence that captures the rich, diverse, and unique opportunities and contexts of out-of-school science learning. 

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Generation STEM – What girls say about science, technology, engineering, and math (2012)

Authors: Kamla Modi, Judy Schoenberg, & Kimberlee Salmond (Girl Scout Research Institute)

Generation STEM is national research report investigating girls' perceptions, attitudes, and interests in the subjects and general field of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) from the voices of girls themselves. The report consists of a literature review, as well as qualitative (focus group) and quantitative (survey) research with 1,000 girls across the country. The study finds that girls are interested in STEM and aspire to STEM careers, but need further exposure and education about what STEM careers can offer, and how STEM can help girls make a difference in the world.

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Getting started with the Next Generation Science Standards: A primer and resource guide for afterschool educators (July 2016)

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How cross-sector collaborations are advancing STEM learning (February 2014)

Authors: Kathleen Traphagen & Saskia Traill (The After School Corporation)

This working paper, supported by the Noyce Foundation, examines 15 leading efforts to create STEM Learning Ecosystems. STEM Learning Ecosystems harness unique contributions of educators, policymakers, families, and others in symbiosis toward a comprehensive vision of STEM learning for all children.

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Learning from science: Case studies of science offerings in afterschool programs (Fall 2013)

Author: Patrik Lundh, Ann  House, Barbara Means, and Christopher J. Harris (SRI International)

SRI conducted a five-year study to examine the state of science learning opportunities in California’s publicly-funded afterschool programs, specifically looking at the nature of elementary science offerings, the resources and sources of support for science programming and staff development, and the ties between offerings and external supports.

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STEM Ready America: Inspiring and Preparing Students for Success with Afterschool and Summer Learning (March 2017)

STEM Ready America, a compendium from 40 authors, presents the evidence for how afterschool STEM programs are preparing young people to be successful in school today and the workforce tomorrow. In addition to current research, the compendium includes real-world examples of effective practices, programs, and partnerships.

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