A new study, “STEM Learning in Afterschool on the Rise, But Barriers and Inequities Exist,” will be released this week.
Based on responses to a household survey of more than 31,000 families, as well as surveys of parents and providers, the report sheds light on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning in afterschool, the number of students getting opportunities to learn STEM in afterschool programs, whether afterschool programs provide STEM engagement for students from populations underrepresented in STEM fields, which STEM disciplines are offered most by afterschool programs, and which children are missing out.
Conducted by Edge Research for the Afterschool Alliance, the study finds that afterschool programs are helping to address both the shortage of American workers in STEM fields and the underrepresentation of people of color and women in STEM professions. The study also identifies gaps in the student populations that STEM programs are reaching.
The virtual briefing taking place on Wednesday, Aug. 18 will include Jodi Grant, executive director, Afterschool Alliance, Gemma Lenowitz, program officer, Overdeck Family Foundation, Zelda Quiller Waymer, president & CEO, South Carolina Afterschool Alliance, Shannon Christian, executive director, Worland Youth Learning Center, Wyoming, and Nikole Collins-Puri, CEO of Techbridge Girls
Following the briefing, the report and data for each state and the District of Columbia will be available. STEM Learning in Afterschool is funded by Overdeck Family Foundation.
Click here to register for the “Afterschool Webinar: America After 3 PM: STEM Learning on the Rise”