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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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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STEM learning in afterschool: Ready to soar (July/August 2012)

Authors: Anita Krishnamurthi & Ramya Sankar (Afterschool Alliance)

This article appeared originally in Association of Science-Technology Center’s (ASTC) Dimensions magazine. Reposted with permission from ASTC.

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STEM learning in afterschool: An analysis of impact and outcomes (September 2011)

This report presents an analysis of evaluation data from afterschool STEM programs around the country. A review of the evaluation reports shows that high-quality STEM afterschool programs yields STEM-specific benefits such as improved attitudes towards STEM fields and careers, increased STEM knowledge and skills, and higher likelihood of graduation and pursuing a STEM career. The report demonstrates that afterschool programs are playing a key role in engaging children and youth from diverse communities in STEM fields and careers.

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STEM learning in afterschool and summer programming: An essential strategy for STEM education reform (2013)

Authors: Anita Krishnamurthi (Afterschool Alliance), Ron Ottinger (The Noyce Foundation), & Tessie Topol (Time Warner Cable)

This book chapter compiles research and best practices that demonstrate the positive impacts of afterschool and summer learning.  It provides a brief summary of some of the current trends in afterschool STEM programming and recommendations for how afterschool can become an essential partner in STEM education. In T. K. Peterson (Ed.), Expanding minds and opportunities: Leveraging the power of afterschool and summer learning for student success (pp. 133-139).

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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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STEM Advocacy Toolkit (December 2012)

Our advocacy toolkit, "Making the Case for STEM Afterschool," is a living Web document. This is a pdf of the current version. It walks you through the steps to develop a strong case you can effectively present to any audience. The advocacy toolkit helps you tailor your message, identify data and talking points that support your case, learn about existing policy recommendations that help craft your ask, and see who you can enlist as an ally in your advocacy efforts.

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Planning early for careers in science

Authors: Robert H. Tai, Christine Qi Liu, Adam V. Maltese, & Xitao Fan (University of Virginia)

This research study looked at data from the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 database which had collected data from eight graders which they tracked and surveyed every two years from 1988 to 2000. Researchers looked at the questions which addressed students career goals by the time they were 30. The results showed that those who saw themselves as working in science fields were more likely to attain the goal than those who did not say their interest was in science.

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Partnerships with STEM-rich institutions (November 2013)

Afterschool programs have long partnered with other youth-serving and community organizations to better meet the needs of their students. As interest and momentum grows around STEM programming in afterschool , partnerships become increasingly important in offering high-quality, hands-on STEM experiences for youth. This issue brief demonstrates several models of how afterschool programs are partnering with STEM-rich institutions like science centers and museums, universities and colleges, business and industry, and government agencies. The brief highlights the strengths of each type of STEM-rich partner and describes the potential contributions to afterschool programs.

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NASA Summer of Innovation: Excellence in summer learning benchmarking study (2011)

Author: Booz Allen Hamilton

A 2012 study conducted on NASA's Summer of Innovation programs identified 50 best practices in summer and afterschool STEM programming for at-risk 4th-9th grade students.

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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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