LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL
Lights On Afterschool
Teen Science Cafe
The Teen Science Cafe is an opportunity for youth in rural areas to engage in conversations around STEM with each other and with a scientist, engineer, or inventor. Uniquely fitted to afterschool and out-of-school time programs, the goal of the Teen Science Cafe is to garner excitement around STEM outside of school and engage youth from all backgrounds, interests, and motivations.
The program is run by teens, for teens, with the help of a “rural fellow” to facilitate. Requirements for fellows include: current work with a group of high school aged teens; work in a rural area, as defined by population size and distance from a city; have a commitment to STEM education outside of school; excitement about leading a series of TSCs as well as participating in the project’s research and community of practice. The deadline to apply is September 30, 2021.
Makers Centered Learning Community of Practice (CoP) with the Makers + Mentors Network
The Makers Centered Learning model onboards youth typically underrepresented in STEM by fostering an environment that engages youth with STEM and develops an engineering mindset. Maker Centered Learning builds the confidence and abilities of youth who are typically underrepresented in STEM careers by tackling real-world issues and investigating real solutions to the problems that face their community and their world. As a result, these students believe that STEM is for them, and can see themselves in these fields and professions.
Through a community of practice, state afterschool network leads, program providers, and/or Moonshot partners will learn the research and strategies to best inspire and engage youth in STEM learning. Through five, 90 minute sessions, leaders will explore an essential topic and engage with others through facilitated discussion and working sessions. The first CoP is being held October 5, 2021. Register here for the series.
Family Engagement Community of Practice (CoP) with Bunmi Esho and Linda Kekelis
The Family Engagement CoP focuses on the intersection between youth success in STEM subjects and family engagement in their child’s education. Open to network leads, Moonshot/STEM staff, and afterschool program providers, this opportunity provides professional development to better implement models that help parents support their child in STEM, foster equitable community engagement in STEM, and disseminate strategies across the state network to address different community challenges.
Participants will attend six, 75 minute training sessions to research and implement their own practices for family and community engagement in STEM learning across the state network. The first session begins October 21, 2021. Register here for the first session.
Introducing Artificial Intelligence (AI) Using Curiosity Machine
On October 14, Technovation will be hosting a webinar for educators to learn how to implement artificial intelligence into a STEM curriculum. Elementary and middle schoolers can explore real world problems and investigate solutions through a 10-lesson challenge using artificial intelligence.
This opportunity is open to all educators and out-of-school time program providers with or without a STEM background. Register here.
Exploration and Awareness of Careers that use an Engineering Mindset: The Possible Futures Curriculum Part I
In this first webinar from Jobs for the Future, program providers will introduce youth to potential STEM careers! Through this webinar, afterschool and summer program providers can learn to guide their students through engineering problems and real research as youth assume the role of scientists. Aimed at sixth through tenth graders, this opportunity allows youth to experience a real career in STEM. Register now for part one of this webinar series on October 14, 2021.
Going to Camp with Camp GoldieBlox and the National Girls Collaborative Project
GoldieBlox and the National Girls Collaborative Project are inspiring the next generation of girls in STEM. GoldieBlox creates content for all youth to explore STEM topics and celebrate diverse role models. Through this webinar, participants can explore the different tools, tips, and games from GoldieBlox to help programs implement fun and engaging STEM for all youth who are interested. Join the webinar on October 19, 2021.
Exploration and Awareness of Careers that use an Engineering Mindset: The Possible Futures Curriculum Part II
With a focus on implementation of the engineering mindset, participants will guide youth through real-world solutions and allow students to innovate and prototype various designs that address engineering challenges in the second part of the webinar series. Register now for part two of the series on November 3, 2021.
Going Deeper: From Curiosity Machine to Technovation Girls Challenge
Change the world through technology! Technovation Girls is hosting a webinar to explore their multi-week curriculum focused on addressing real-world challenges through coding and artificial intelligence. Afterschool and summer programs can facilitate a STEM project of their choosing and open the doors to new ways of thinking. Register now for the webinar on November 4, 2021.
Parent Workshop: Growth Mindset in STEM
Parents are encouraged to join this webinar and learn how to best support their child’s growth mindset and journey in STEM. Parents around the globe can support one another as they learn best practices for creating stronger STEM learners. Join this webinar on November 5, 2021.
Role Models Matters Training for STEM Volunteers
Register for the Role Models Training from Techbridge Girls. Network leads, afterschool programs, and educators will learn how to become positive, inspiring, and effective role models for youth in STEM. Participants will also learn how to build confidence and engage girls from underrepresented communities. Register for the training session here.
Lessons Learned from an Equity & Inclusion Community of Practice
Join Million Girls Moonshot for the recap of their Community of Practice sessions focused on Equity and Inclusion for afterschool networks. Explore key takeaways from the summer sessions and hear the challenges and successes from networks who have implemented these approaches. Register here for the webinar on November 16, 2021.
Celebrate Computer Science Education Week with the IF/THEN Collection
In this webinar, explore IF/THEN Collection’s free digital library of STEM activities and women in STEM. Afterschool programs are encouraged to attend and explore resources to promote computer science and engineering. Join the webinar on December 7, 2021
America After 3PM (AA3PM) data finds that the number of children with access to afterschool STEM learning has dropped as barriers to participating in afterschool programs have increased. This school...
Teen Science Cafe
The Teen Science Cafe is an opportunity for youth in rural areas to engage in conversations around STEM with each other and with a scientist, engineer, or inventor. Uniquely...
Are you an afterschool practitioner looking for high-quality, cost-free curriculum to help your students develop computer science skills and explore engineering? Do you believe all students...
This month’s resources from the Million Girls Moonshot focus on tools and resources for Networks, programs, and partners to relaunch the Moonshot and plan for capacity building events in their...
This month’s resources from the Million Girls Moonshot offer tools and resources for programs looking to implement STEM learning in summer programming. This summer provides an opportunity to...
Summer has set in across the country and that means the #SummerOfSTEM has officially kicked off. This month’s resources focus on tools and resources for Networks, programs, and partners to...
Welcome to the February installment of STEM resources from the Million Girls Moonshot. This month, Million Girls Moonshot resources are focused on diverse role models and mentors as a strategy to strengthen equity and inclusion in STEM programs. You’ll find podcasts, toolkits, and activity...
BY: Chris Neitzey 02/22/21
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BY: Chris Neitzey 02/16/21
Every month we’ll be publishing a list of resources and activities for afterschool programs to better engage students in STEM. These monthly posts are developed with resources shared from our partners at the Million Girls Moonshot. If you are interested in becoming involved in the Million...
BY: Chris Neitzey 12/17/20
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BY: Guest Blogger 12/10/20
By Gemma Lenowitz, associate program officer for Inspired Minds at the Overdeck Family Foundation. This article was originally published on the Overdeck Family Foundation's website on November 30, 2020. It is reposted here with the author's permission.
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BY: Guest Blogger 12/01/20
This blog post comes to us Rachael Van Schoik, Science Action Club Manager at the California Academy of Sciences. Over the coming months we’ll be highlighting how STEM programs have adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic to continue serving students with STEM activities, and what lessons we can...
BY: Guest Blogger 10/26/20
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BY: Chris Neitzey 09/18/20
We are excited to invite you to join Engineer for the Week's Fall 2020 Sprint! It runs from October 5 to December 4, 2020.
Are you an afterschool practitioner looking for high-quality, cost-free curriculum to help your students develop computer science skills and explore engineering? Do...
BY: Leah Silverberg 09/14/20
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BY: Chris Neitzey 08/11/20
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BY: Chris Neitzey 06/12/20
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BY: Guest Blogger 01/16/20
By Meeta Sharma-Holt, vice president of programs and strategic partnerships at Techbridge Girls. This is the third in a four-blog series: read the first blog, Structuring for scale-up success: Techbridge Girls shares lessons from its 5-year scale-up of STEM programs, and the second blog,...
BY: Guest Blogger 01/09/20
By Meeta Sharma-Holt, vice president of programs and strategic partnerships at Techbridge Girls. This is the second in a four-blog series: read the first blog, Structuring for scale-up success: Techbridge Girls shares lessons from its 5-year scale-up of STEM programs.
During the last...
BY: Guest Blogger 12/12/19
By Meeta Sharma-Holt, vice president of programs and strategic partnerships at Techbridge Girls. This is the first in a four-blog series: read the second blog, Structuring for scale-up success: Partnerships first.
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BY: Guest Blogger 12/06/19
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BY: Leah Silverberg 03/26/19
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BY: Chris Neitzey 03/19/20
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BY: Chris Neitzey 02/27/20
Rural STEM Education Act introduced in House
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BY: Chris Neitzey 11/15/19