Need help speaking afterschool STEM-ish?

by Anita Krishnamurthi

Do you think afterschool programs are a great place to engage kids in learning about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)?  Do you have trouble sometimes convincing others to share your enthusiasm for it? If so, check out our new website for the Afterschool STEM Hub!  Not only do we think it’s gorgeous, it has a LOT of tools you might find useful to tell a great story and bring people along.

The site will give you compelling talking points you can download, ppt slides to swipe, infographics you can print, share, post, pin, and tweet.   It even has an animation you can use to show why afterschool programs are such crucial partners in STEM education.  All of this is rooted in research and developed with guidance from the Frameworks Institute, an organization with great expertise in communications and messaging.  So you can be assured that we have tested the words, values and metaphors we suggest you use to make a compelling case for afterschool STEM programs. 

The afterschool STEM Hub is a collaboration among afterschool leaders and stakeholders to provide coordinated messaging and communications that impact advocacy and policy and help ensure the important place of afterschool programs in the STEM learning ecosystem.  Led by the Afterschool Alliance, the STEM Hub is funded by the Noyce Foundation and includes the following organizations: 4-H, Association of Science-Technology Centers, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Cornell lab of Ornithology, Every Hour Counts, Exploratorium, Girls Inc., National Afterschool Association, National Girls Collaborative Project, Program in Education, Afterschool & Resiliency (PEAR), Statewide Afterschool Networks (represented by Oregon After School for Kids and Indiana Afterschool Network), Techbridge, The After-School Corporation, University of Virginia, and the YMCA of the USA.

We have just launched this site and will keep adding to it over the coming months.  So click your way through to www.afterschoolstemhub.org, grab the resources that work best for you and start speaking STEM-ish!   And keep checking back to see what else we may have put out there for you.



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