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ERIC Number: ED602091
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2020
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Community STEM Collaborations That Support Children and Families
Gilbert, Dan; Silverberg, Leah; LaConte, Keliann; Holland, Anne; Caspe, Margaret; Hanebutt, Rachel
Afterschool Alliance
Youth are natural scientists at birth, discovering and exploring their world and trying to make sense of it (Bers, 2008). A child's education is not limited to just the time they spend in the classroom. Children learn at home with their families, in public libraries, or through out-of-school-time (OST) experiences provided at community centers and in afterschool and summer learning programs, and even on vacations (Falk et al., 2010). In this paper, the authors endeavor to make the case that Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) is an ideal subject area that can engage children with fun, active learning activities. It is also an important societal area around which parents, librarians, and OST providers can collaborate and complement the work of schools. [The paper was also written in collaboration with the Space Science Institute/STAR Library Network.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: Afterschool Alliance; National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL); Global Family Research Project (GFRP)
Identifiers - Location: California (Los Angeles); Illinois (Chicago); Virginia; Alaska
Grant or Contract Numbers: DRL1421427