Research and Reports

Want to learn the research behind effective afterschool STEM learning? Want quick talking points or issue briefs to make the case for afterschool STEM? Look no further.

Research and Reports

National Research Council (NRC) - Identifying and Supporting Productive STEM Programs in Out-of-School Settings. This report identifies features of productive STEM programs in out-of-school settings, and provides recommendations for policymakers and practitioners looking to expand access to quality STEM learning experiences out-of-school.

National Academy of Sciences (NAS) - STEM Learning is Everywhere. This report summarizes the findings from a convocation on building learning systems that strengthen informal STEM learning opportunities in communities.

STEM Funders Network - STEM Ecosystems Resources. A collection of resources, reports, and newsletters targeted towards system builders involved in strengthening 'Ecosystems' for STEM learning.

Examining the Impact of Afterschool STEM Programs – Afterschool Alliance, PEAR, and the Noyce Foundation. This paper summarizes evaluation data from a selection of strong afterschool STEM programs, to provide a snapshot of the types of substantive impacts afterschool programs are having on youth.

SciMathMN - The State of STEM in Minnesota: Policymaker Briefing (2013). This presentation provides an overview of how Minnesota is doing in fostering STEM learning along the entire cradle-to-career continuum, including in afterschool.

America After 3 PM STEM Report - Afterschool Alliance. This report shares the key STEM-related findings from the 2014 national America After 3 PM survey, which highlights the trends of afterschool program participation, documents the benefits associated with participation in afterschool programs, and measures public support for afterschool programs.

Issue Briefs and Talking Points

Afterschool STEM Hub. An online collection of infographics, talking points, fact sheets, and powerpoint slides with research-based messages about why afterschool STEM programs matter. This is a great one-stop shop for resources to make the case.

STEM in Afterschool Research Brief – Afterschool Alliance. This 4-page brief summarizes the research behind afterschool STEM to succinctly answer the questions, "why are afterschool programs a great place to learn STEM?" and "what impact does afterschool STEM have on youth?"

Minnesota After 3 PM STEM Brief. This online page contains Minnesota-specific data on afterschool STEM opportunities, pulled from the national America After 3 PM survey.