Assessment & Planning

An important part to successfully implementing quality STEM learning opportunities is creating a comprehensive plan and continually assessing the plan for improvement. This section features several different planning and assessment tools.


Curriculum & Activities

In this section you will find activities, STEM curricula and links to databases to search vetted curricula. Implementing STEM activities in your OST programs is a great place to start, but ideally programs should be moving towards creating a comprehensive plan where quality STEM curriculum is implemented regularly.



This section provides a variety of STEM funding opportunities that are currently available for OST programs as well as links to funding websites to keep up with the various other funding opportunities that are available.



STEM Committee

The STEM Committee of the California AfterSchool Network is a dedicated group of professionals sharing information, resources, promising practices, as well as a shared work plan intended to advance STEM in out-of-school time in California. 




Upcoming STEM Challenges and Competitions

Zero Robotics High School Competition

High School student teams of 5 – 20 practice writing code in a virtual environment that programs a satellite to complete specific movements and tasks in a virtual zero gravity environment. The codes they design will be used to complete a specific challenge in a specific time limit in competition with other High School teams throughout the US. Teams selected to compete in the final challenge will have an opportunity to attend the finals at MIT and watch the race broadcast live from the International Space Station!

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Siemens "We Can Change the World" Challenge

The Siemens “We Can Change the World” Challenge is the premier national environmental sustainability competition for grades K-12 students. Through project-based learning, students learn about science and conservation while creating solutions that impact their planet. Student teams from across the country will be challenged to create sustainable, reproducible environmental improvements in their local communities.

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What's New

2nd Annual CA STEM Symposium Request for Presentations

The second annual CA STEM Symposium will take place on September 22nd and 23rd, 2014.  Proposals are now being accepted for workshop presentations.  This year’s Symposium will feature a variety of focused strands including: STEM Integrated Science, STEM Integrated Technology, STEM Integrated Engineering, STEM Integrated Math, Women and Girls in STEM, Diversity, Equity, and Opportunity in STEM, Expanded STEM Learning, Partnerships, Policy, Leadership, and Research in STEM.


Become a Guest Presenter for the STEM Committee

The California Afterschool Network’s STEM Committee is looking for guest speakers to share their insight on effectively working with and engaging STEM in out-of-school time programs! We are looking for presenters from the field, or technical assistance providers who are able to share strategies or best practices about effectively supporting STEM in after school. Presentations will be held during the STEM Committee’s virtual meetings and should last approximately 15 minutes followed by a 5 minute Q&A session.

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