To support our STEM Initiative, Vermont Afterschool, Inc. secured a two year Noyce Foundation STEM Afterschool Systems Building Grant. The goals of the grant are intentionally interconnected, supported by data, and informed by nationally research and tools:
We are excited to announce several Noyce Foundation funded STEM opportunities for coaching/mentoring, curriculum, leadership, training, and quality improvement in 2017. Please reference Vermont Afterschool’s Definitions to Planning Quality STEM Programs and STEM Levels http://bit.ly/2eGxLTu to identify your program site’s STEM Level before you apply. Feel free to contact Tracy Truzansky (email@example.com) with questions.
List of opportunities and descriptions can be downloaded here.
Vermont Afterschool is excited to run the Engineering Adventures project, a curriculum created by the Museum of Science, Boston especially for kids in grades 3-5 in out-of-school time programs.
Vermont Afterschool’s Engineering Adventures Project Overview
STEM Afterschool Survey and Data – We collected data in 2015-16 to support identification of statewide afterschool programs’ initial “STEM Level.” This information helped us design a progression of STEM professional development. Initial data from the sixty programs that responded showed the percentage of programs by STEM Level:
STEM Assessments – We are implementing two assessment tools from the Massachusetts-based Program on Education and Resiliency (PEAR):
STEM PD and Levels – In our first year of the Noyce STEM grant, we developed new STEM trainings that are organized by three STEM Levels. These STEM Levels include training in both content and facilitation skills. Once the STEM Level has been determined, those in leadership can select an appropriate STEM training.