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General Resources


The Afterschool Alliance is committed to advancing afterschool STEM education opportunities for young people across the country. Their work is focused around field-building; research; and advocacy, policy and communications. Explore their resources for more information on all things STEM and afterschool!

The Afterschool STEM Hub is an online resource center that offers useful tools and talking points to make the case for expanding and supporting innovative and engaging informal STEM learning. Vermont Afterschool is a member of the Afterschool STEM Hub; participating on its national committee to help drive STEM communications that will support afterschool messaging.

InformalScience.org is a one-stop shop for the informal science community, which includes afterschool STEM programs, science centers and museums, zoos and aquariums, broadcast media, and other out-of-school time science learning environments. Browse project descriptions and evaluation reports from NSF and other federally funded projects.  You can also access hundreds of research and reference materials. All resources are sortable by “afterschool.”

The Coalition for Science After School strives to make science, technology, engineering and math integral components of afterschool and summer programming by bringing together the experience and commitment of thousands of individuals and organizations across the country. By bridging the afterschool and youth development community with science-rich institutions such as museums, science centers, universities and corporations, the Coalition works to increase the quality and quantity of science engagement in afterschool and summer learning settings.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are the new K-12 science standards that have been developed to provide all students an internationally benchmarked science education. The NGSS is based on the Framework for K–12 Science Education developed by the National Research Council.

We recommend Click2SciencePDa free online professional development resource for out-of-school time providers. It focuses on 20 research-based skills for facilitating STEM and provides video-based learning modules. The site also offers guides for staff training, meetings and coaching pieces to further opportunities for professional development.

The Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance’s ACRES project that supports high-quality professional development opportunities to out-of-school providers, especially in rural settings.

Assessment Tools

PEAR’s Assessment Tools in Informal Science
 is a searchable database of assessment tools for evaluating program quality and outcomes.

Assessing Women and Men in Engineering Project is a set of surveys and assessment tools you can use to evaluate your afterschool STEM program.

National Science Foundation’s Framework for Evaluating Impacts of Informal Science Education Projects provides guidance on selecting methods to evaluate your informal science program.

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