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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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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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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Know your funders: A guide to STEM funding for afterschool (November 2012)

This guide serves as a tool for afterschool program leaders to navigate various funding streams and consider effective strategies to acquire funding for afterschool STEM programs. It describes the different types of funding available for STEM education in afterschool and provides tips on how to write successful proposals. Co-authored with the Finance Project.

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Accomplishment in STEM and its relation to STEM educational dose (2010)

Authors: Jonathan Wai (Duke University), David Lubinski, Camilla P. Benbow, & James H. Steiger (Vanderbilt University)

This study examined the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth database which tracked mathematically talented students over a span of 25 years and looked at their STEM accomplishments over that period of time. The study found that individuals that consistently participated in STEM activities had a higher incidence of "STEM Success."

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Informal science learning and education: Definition and goals (2012)

Authors: Anita Krishnamurthi (Afterschool Alliance) & Leonie J. Rennie (Curtin University)

This paper relates informal science education to afterschool learning environments, comparing the goals of each space, and makes the case for an articulated set of outcomes for afterschool STEM learning. It is a commissioned paper from the National Academies, Board on Science Education's June 2012 summit on the assessment of informal and afterschool science education. 

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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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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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Afterschool: A vital partner in STEM education (May 2011)

This paper provides compelling reasons to include afterschool programs as integral partners in STEM education and highlights several existing models for providing infrastructure and building capacity to enable afterschool programs to facilitate high-quality STEM learning. By combining evaluation reports from afterschool programs with research findings that indicate an early interest in STEM careers is related to a pursuit of such careers, the paper presents a picture of how afterschool programs are contributing meaningfully to our nation's STEM education system.

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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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