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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Computing & engineering in afterschool (December 2013)

The number of jobs requiring proficiency in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields is projected to grow by 17 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is almost double the growth of non-STEM occupations. Computing and engineering represent a majority of these STEM jobs, and it is important that students are prepared to take advantage of these opportunities. Afterschool programs represent an avenue to provide robust learning experiences in computing and engineering, especially as schools are under many constraints and pressures that might prevent them from offering these topics. This issue brief provides background on some of the challenges within K-12 education and highlights several afterschool programs that are doing an exemplary job of engaging kids in computing and engineering.

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Connecting to computer science: A resource for afterschool practitioners (August 2017)

A curated collection of curricula and other resources to get you and your students coding!

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Defining youth outcomes for STEM learning in afterschool (January 2013)

This report presents the results of a study to obtain consensus from afterschool experts on appropriate and feasible youth outcomes for STEM learning in afterschool. It presents a compelling set of developmental outcomes, indicators of progress toward these outcomes, and types of evidence that could be collected to demonstrate the impact of STEM programming in afterschool.

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

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) offer a powerful new vision for American science education for the 21st century. NGSS has already been adopted by 17 states, as well as many more individual schools and districts. This guide will help you learn what's relevant for afterschool providers, and help you develop a strategy for engaging with the new standards.

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