STEM in Afterschool and Summer Learning: Issue Brief

This issue brief explores the role of after school and summer programs in building skills and interest in STEM fields. While practices that support STEM skills during the school day are critical, students traditionally spend only 20% of their waking hours in school. Afterschool and summer programs can offer hands-on experiences, expose students to STEM careers, and build needed skills thus encouraging more students to pursue careers in these fields. The brief encourages Massachusetts policymakers to continue investment in state initiatives getting results and build partnerships between schools and community partners to support afterschool and summer program opportunities.

Source Organization: Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership

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