Now’s the Time to Celebrate the E in STEM
National Engineers Week is February 20 – 26, 2022. is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers. It’s a perfect time for afterschool to celebrate the E in STEM!
Use these 10 NAA resources to support celebrating, sharing, and planning during Engineer’s Week and beyond:
- For educators who are just beginning their STEM journey – Learn more about what STEM is and why afterschool is ideal for STEM learning programs.
- In STEM, “E” is for exciting, engaging, and engineering – Learn more about the benefits of teaching engineering.
- Use these science and engineering practices to support leadership development by systematically answering questions, solving problems, or responding to new experiences.
- Specific strategies can help afterschool leaders recognize gender biases in programs and cultivate a more gender-equitable STEM Environment. Read Reducing STEM Gender Bias: A Guide for Program Leaders.
- Check out these five strategies for incorporating literacy into your STEM programming. Learn more about the intersection of literacy, language, and STEM.
- Early childhood is a time to spark kids’ interest in coding, robotics, and engineering. Learn more about the key benefits of STEAM robotics.
- Federal STEM education policies must integrate informal STEM programs. Learn about how you can make a case for informal STEM learning.
- Are you looking for easily implementable, short discovery-based experiences? Check out NAA STEM Gems!
- Many NAA State Affiliates offer free STEM resources. Find your state affiliate.
- If you are already thinking about summer, check out How to Stop the Summer Slide with STEM.