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Full STEM Ahead!: New Jersey’s Afterschool Stem Initiative

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Eighty percent of jobs created in the next decade will require math and science skills (National Science Foundation). NJSACC’s new Full STEM Ahead! AFTERSCHOOL Initiative will help New Jersey afterschool providers become STEM leaders, preparing students for these jobs. An afterschool pipeline for STEM.

Afterschool programs are excellent venues to teach STEM. Afterschool staffs are experts in building skills in communication, problem solving, and teamwork, which young people need for any career. The afterschool schedule allows time for students to apply, reinforce, and extend skills and concepts taught in school. Combining STEM learning with the youth development expertise of afterschool professionals has the potential to revolutionize both fields by integrating each other’s strengths.

New Jersey’s STEM Afterschool Initiative NJSACC’s Full STEM Ahead! includes several components to bring new resources, training and expertise to New Jersey afterschool providers

  • Great Science for Girls
    NJSACC was selected to join Great Science for Girls – a five-year National Science Foundation initiative to build the capacity of after-school educators to deliver programming that broadens and sustains girls’ interest and persistence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.

    Through Great Science for Girls, NJSACC is supporting afterschool centers throughout New Jersey to provide learning environments with ingredients necessary for student success in STEM: active engagement, capacity and continuity.
    Great Science for Girls
  • Taking NPASS to Scale
    NJSACC was selected to serve as a state leader for Taking NPASS (National Partnerships for After School Science) to Scale: Creating State-based Professional Development Networks for Out-of-School Time Science. Through this program we are identifying and training ten to twelve New Jersey afterschool professionals as science trainers for afterschool providers throughout the state.

    National leadership for the project includes the Center for Science Education at EDC, the Boston Children’s Museum, and the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST). CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE
  • Celebrate Afterschool! Outdoors in the Garden State
    Celebrate Afterschool! Outdoors in the Garden State connects children and nature through innovative afterschool programming. A user-friendly toolkit includes activities to engage kids in science/ nature based experiences and discusses their roles as stewards of the environment. Special events across the state highlight the impact of afterschool programs on education and youth development. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE
    Celebrate Afterschool! Outdoors in the Garden State
  • The 21st Century Afterschool Science Project (CASP)
    The 21st Century Afterschool Science Project brings together the resources, technology, health and science of New Jersey to develop and integrate quality science and health education programs into afterschool programs. It engages adults and children in the joy of exploration and discovery, the satisfaction of thinking critically about the 'why' and the 'how', and the freedom to pursue the questions about the natural world that intrigue and delight us.

    It includes:
    • An informal, hands-on science curriculum infused with language arts and math skill that is appropriate for integration into afterschool, out-of-school time (OST) and extended-day settings
    • Use of a guided-inquiry approach to encourage student problem-solving and engagement and effective facilitation of science learning by non-scientists
    • Training and capacity-building through modeling of effective science learning and delivery, and on-site technical assistance that capitalizes on the strengths of OST staff and environments;
    • Family-involvement strategies which are integral to students' academic success
    • A guide to incorporating science-learning into afterschool and other OST programs, which includes research, strategies, resources and templates tailored specifically for afterschool providers and their staff.

The 21st Century Afterschool Science Project (CASP) – to download entire curriculum, click here.

Full STEM Ahead! Advisory Board

NJSACC’s new Full STEM Ahead! Advisory Board will help guide, support and promote Full STEM Ahead!

The Advisory Board includes established scientists, leaders in industry, educators and students who are committed to building young; people’s skills and interests. The Advisory Board meets quarterly to review progress, discuss new trends and explore issues in the field.

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