Implementing STEM Practices

Check out these go-to resources to get started implementing effective afterschool STEM practices in your program.

Professional Development (PD)

Click2Science. An interactive, professional development site for trainers, coaches, site directors and frontline staff/volunteers working in afterschool STEM programs, serving children and youth. It features video learning modules and materials that guide you through how to plan and implement STEM activities that build specific STEM skills in youth participants.

Minnesota STEM Teacher Center - SciMathMN. Includes resources and frameworks designed to help Minnesota teachers incorporate the state science and math standards into their practices and curriculum. 

SciEd PD Resources - Science Museum of MinnesotaThough targeted towards school teachers, these STEM PD resources from the Science Museum of Minnesota are a good option if you want to explore more intensive, in-person STEM PD opportunities for your program staff.

STEMMentors Toolkit - OregonASK. The STEM Mentoring Toolkit is a manual to help programs and organizations engage, train, and sustain STEM volunteer and mentor relationships with STEM professionals. 

Program/Activity Planning Guides

Dimensions of Success (DoS) 2016 Program Planning Tool - PEAR. This planning resource is based on the DoS framework for quality afterschool STEM learning experiences developed by the PEAR Institute. It provides a brief introduction to each dimension as well as sample videos and examples to guide the use of this framework when preparing activity plans for youth. The practices in this guide align with the Believe It. Build It. STEM Guide.

Programs and Activities - National Informal STEM Education Network. A collection of informal STEM resources and activities to lead with your program's youth.

Inspiring Afterschool STEM Stories

Successful Afterschool STEM Program Profiles – Afterschool Alliance. This online collection of afterschool program profiles highlights programs offering innovative STEM programming. Read these profiles if you want inspiration from successful afterschool STEM programs, including their program structure, evaluation results, and partnership models.