|Boys & Girls Club youth run a dry ice experiment with their university mentors in the award-winning afterschool program Science Club.|
Afterschool programs have long partnered with other youth-serving and community organizations to better meet the needs of their students. As interest and momentum grow around STEM programming in afterschool, partnerships become increasingly important in offering high-quality, hands-on STEM experiences for youth.
Our latest issue brief, Partnerships with STEM-Rich Institutions, demonstrate 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 their potential contributions to afterschool programs. Here are just a few examples:
|Project GUTS students work with StarLogo TNG, a graphical programming language for modeling and simulation.|
This past spring, we invited applications for the Afterschool STEM Impact Awards to identify programs that had significant impact on their students. As national buzz around K-12 computing education increases, we also wanted to showcase how afterschool can help support and grow those initiatives.
Cognizant has opened up the 2014 grant application period for Making the Future Afterschool and Summer programs. Developed in partnership with the Maker Education Initiative and the New York Hall of Science, Making the Future provides grants to community organizations to run hands-on, Maker-movement inspired programs in an afterschool or summer camp setting. Cognizant believes that Maker activities not only engage and excite kids but can spark interest in STEM and the arts, as well as develop their creative capabilities.
Child-serving U.S. nonprofit organizations wishing to run afterschool, in-school, and summer Maker programs can apply until Nov. 15, 2013. Programs must support the program’s mission, which is to inspire young learners in the STEM disciplines by providing fun, hands-on learning opportunities. Visit www.cognizant.com/aboutus/makingthefuture to download the grant application.
There's a growing body of knowledge about teaching and learning in informal environments such as afterschool and summer programs, science centers and museums, and other out-of-school time settings. However, most educational research still focuses on classrooms, and much of this research is not easily accessible to educators working in informal settings. These studies can be informative and relevant to afterschool and the field of informal science education (ISE), and the Relating Research to Practice (RR2P) project seeks to connect informal science educators to this research.
The Relating Research to Practice project
NCWIT is a nonprofit community of more than 450 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies, and nonprofits working to increase women's participation in technology and computing. Latinas & Tecnología de la Información is a project of NCWIT’s K-12 Alliance, funded by Motorola Solutions Foundation. NCWIT K-12 Alliance is comprised of nearly 45 national girl-serving organizations, professional educator associations, academic institutions and businesses working to make all girls more aware, interested and confident with technology.
The Afterschool Alliance is a member of the K-12 Alliance, along with several other afterschool-allied organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club, 4-H and Techbridge.
This guest post was written by Cara Lesser, founder of the Kids International Discovery Museum (KID Museum), an emerging museum in Montgomery County, MD. KID Museum’s mission is to cultivate children's creativity, curiosity and compassion through playful exploration of the world with a focus on three core programmatic areas: 1) international culture; 2) science, technology, engineering, art and math, and 3) social responsibility. Learn more about KID museum at www.kid-museum.org.
On Sept. 29, D.C. area families will have a new opportunity to spark their kids’ imaginations when the first official Maker Faire comes to the D.C. region. Maker Faires are family-friendly festivals celebrated as the “Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth.” Hundreds of thousands of people attend flagship Maker Faire events around the world, where “makers” showcase imaginative creations that will educate and engage people of all ages and backgrounds.
Sarah Carter is the STEM and Outreach Specialist for SciGirls, a children’s television show, website, and outreach effort produced by Twin Cities Public Television in St. Paul, Minnesota. SciGirls mission is to inspire millions of girls to explore STEM and STEM careers.
If you haven't seen the Emmy-nominated SciGirls television show from PBS Kids Go, you're missing out on a powerful teaching tool that features real tween girls putting science and engineering to work in their everyday lives. The SciGirls brand has grown into a far-reaching transmedia enterprise, serving girls, families and educators in both English and Spanish. Using evidence-based practices in STEM education for girls, SciGirls’ videos, online resources, hands-on activities and professional development work together to address a singular but powerful goal: to inspire, enable and maximize STEM learning and participation for all girls, encouraging greater interest in STEM careers.
The Spirit of Innovation Challenge is for students aged 13-18 who want to create the next world-changing, commercially-viable product or service that addresses global sustainability.
To celebrate the launch of the 2013-2014 Spirit of Innovation Challenge, the Conrad Foundationis bringing the world together for a night of innovation and entrepreneurship. Live streamed from Space Center Houston at www.ConradAwards.org and +SocialGood, don't miss this one-night-only global event dedicated to finding ways to change the world.
Join in and:
- Learn how YOU can be a part of the 7th Annual Spirit of Innovation Challenge
- Listen to world-famous entrepreneurs discussing how education and innovation put them on the path to making the world a better place
- Discover how to run a brainstorming session that can kickstart your Spirit of Innovation Challenge team project in to high gear
- Participate in the conversation via Twitter using #SOICLaunch and @ConradAwards
- Share how many product ideas your team generated via Twitter and Instagram using #SOICLaunch