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Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Identifying and Supporting Productive STEM Programs in Out-of-School Settings
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Report Brief



More and more young people are learning about STEM in a wide variety of afterschool, summer, and informal programs. At the same time, there has been increasing awareness of the value of such programs in sparking, sustaining, and extending interest in and understanding of STEM.

To help policy makers, funders and education leaders in both school and out-of-school settings make informed decisions about how to best leverage the educational and learning resources in their community, Identifying and Supporting Productive STEM Programs in Out-of-School Settings identifies features of productive STEM programs in out-of-school settings. The report also provides guidance on how to evaluate and sustain programs. The report draws from a wide range of research traditions to illustrate that interest in STEM and deep STEM learning develop across time and settings.

This report is a resource for local, state, and federal policy makers seeking to broaden access to multiple, high-quality STEM learning opportunities in their community.

Sponsors: National Science Foundation

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February 12, 2016

Members of the authoring committee and other experts gave an overview of the report and discussed the report's recommendations and their implementation into practice.  Agenda  |  Presenters' Bios

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