Making as a Strategy for Afterschool STEM Learning: Report from the California Tinkering Afterschool Network Research-Practice Partnership

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Resource Type:
Report | Reference Materials
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Afterschool Programs, Making and Tinkering Programs
Elementary School Children (6-10) | Middle School Children (11-13) | Youth/Teen (up to 17) | Families | Educators/Teachers | Museum/ISE Professionals | Learning Researchers
Art, music, and theater | Engineering | General STEM | Nature of science
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Low Socioeconomic Status
University of Washington, Exploratorium, Techbridge, Discovery Cube, Community Science Workshop Network

This report summarizes findings from a research-practice partnership investigating STEM-rich making in afterschool programs serving young people from communities historically under-represented in STEM. The three-year study identified key dimensions related to (1) How STEM-Rich Making advances afterschool programmatic goals related to socio-emotional and intellectual growth for youth; (2) Key characteristics of programs that effectively engage youth historically marginalized in STEM fields; and (3) Staff development needs to support equity-oriented STEM-Rich Making programs.

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Team Members

Jean RyooAuthor
Molly SheaAuthor
Paul PoolerPaul PoolerAuthor
Emilyn GreenAuthor
Nicole BulalacaoNicole BulalacaoAuthor
Emily McLeodEmily McLeodAuthor
Jose SandovalJose SandovalAuthor
Miguel HernandezMiguel HernandezAuthor

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