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Report: Afterschool plays key role in supporting STEM learning September 20, 2011

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The AfterSchool Alliance released their new report yesterday at an extremely successful and well-attended Congressional briefing on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) learning in afterschool, sponsored by the Senate and House Afterschool Caucus.

Science Club for Girls’ executive director, Dr. Connie Chow, Dr. Bronwyn Bevan from the Exploratorium and Fernando Laguarda from TimeWarner Cable made the case that the afterschool environment is ideal for engaging children in exploring the world through science and engineering and becoming creators of technology.

The report, “STEM Learning in Afterschool: An Analysis of Impact and Outcomes”, compiled evaluation studies gathered from afterschool programs offering STEM all over the country and identified some common trends and outcomes in these programs.  In addition to improving access to these fields for a diverse group of learners, high-quality afterschool STEM programs are yielding STEM-specific benefits in three broad categories: improved attitudes toward STEM fields and careers; increased STEM knowledge and skills; and increased likelihood of graduation and pursuing a STEM career.

The report is available online at http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/documents/STEM-Afterschool-Outcomes.pdf

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