All 50 states were represented at the 2015 Inaugural Afterschool STEM Summit held on Tuesday, 29 September to discuss the importance of STEM learning opportunities outside of the classroom.
Afterschool STEM programs allow a venue for youth-driven exploration and active learning. As well as introducing new STEM subjects to K-12 students in these programs, students also learn valuable life skills such as teamwork, communication, and creative thinking.
America After 3PM reported that 70% of parents agree that afterschool programs should support STEM learning and 80% of parents with children participating in afterschool STEM programs are satisfied with the learning opportunities these programs provide. They encourage schools to continue to engage and educate parents about the roles STEM learning can provide positive experiences for their children. These programs can activate an interest in STEM subjects that can encourage students to attend college and ultimately enter STEM career fields.
Afterschool Alliance provides ways for you to take action in providing STEM opportunities to students and to learn more about STEM afterschool opportunities in your state. More free STEM resources can be found at STEMfinity.