A new study by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and STEM Next looked at the impact of after-school programs providing informal STEM education. According to the study, more than 70 percent of students in all participating states showed positive gains in STEM subjects, careers, knowledge and 21st-century skills by participating in STEM-focused programs after school.
Individually each article on the site tells a powerful story of how after school STEM programs work in a unique context. From Oregon to Nebraska to New York City, the authors share the research, partnerships and practices behind their work and offer recommendations for policies and resources. This essential compendium portrays the state of the field of STEM learning and how after school and summer learning programs—with their flexible learning environments—are ideally positioned to both prepare and inspire young people. Leaders and advocates who care about youth, STEM and after school are encouraged to use these articles to help make the case for more quality programs and support systems.‹ Back to Resources