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ERIC Number: ED498169
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Afterschool Programs: At the STEM of Learning. Afterschool Alert. Issue Brief No. 26
Afterschool Alliance
The 21st century's information economy is creating more jobs that require not only a college education but also at least some expertise in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, collectively known as STEM. Across the country, schools and communities are finding that the hours after school are particularly conducive to project-based activities where a wide variety of children can participate in the design, construction, investigation, sense-making, and communication of science projects. Additionally, after-school program connections to community organizations such as museums and science centers can change attitudes about math and science, giving students from under-represented communities, opportunity to gain the necessary skills to compete in formal science classrooms. Some after-school programs are making headway, giving students extra time to explore the STEM fields. The report concludes that after-school programs have proven to be effective supports for young people on a variety of fronts, including: fostering healthy lifestyles; preventing drop-outs; boosting student academic achievement and self-esteem; and helping young people find and develop their passions. As the public and parents become more concerned about students falling behind in math and science, they are realizing that the extra hours after school can be used to help young people keep up and excel. It is noted, however, that after-school programs alone can not make up all lost ground, but that they can and should be part of a comprehensive approach to giving more young people a chance to discover an interest in STEM, and an aptitude that could lead many to choose degrees and careers in emergent STEM fields. (Contains 19 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Afterschool Alliance, Washington, DC.