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“In a world ever more driven by technology, the state's ability to interest and educate students in fields related to math and science is becoming crucial. As a result, "STEM"—which stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—is an increasingly important acronym. From the White House to Sacramento, and from the boardroom to the classroom, "STEM" is on everyone's lips.” –-EdSource, 2011--
What is the Power of Discovery: STEM2 Initiative?
The Power of Discovery: STEM2 is part of the California After School Network (CAN) and California STEM Learning Network’s (CSLNet) effort to mobilize a broad coalition of stakeholders who will work together to increase quality STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning opportunities in Out-of-School Time (OST) programs. This initiative focuses on the creation and implementation of a robust, statewide system that can deliver high quality STEM experiences during the critical out-of-school time (OST) hours. Programs that operate during these hours include after school programs and summer learning programs.
What we will advance
CAN and multiple partners will implement a comprehensive multi-year strategic plan involving the creation of STEM Regional Innovation Support Providers and Virtual Innovation Supports. These support systems will facilitate cross-sector partnerships and increase the professional capacity of OST programs to offer high quality STEM learning opportunities through:
What outcomes will be achieved?
The Power of Discovery: STEM2 seeks to realize key program, staff, and student outcomes:
These efforts are building on the JumpStarting STEM Pilot (2011-2012)
With support from the California Department of Education’s After School Programs Division, the AfterSchool Network has implemented a pilot effort operating in 17 after school programs in all 11 regions of California, representing over 250 sites. Participating programs recieved access to curriculum and ongoing in-person and virtual professional development. These efforts supported site level implementation of 30-60 hours of quality STEM curricular programming with consistent student participation. The pilot was a rigorously evaluated, and results from the pilot will inform the Power of Discovery: STEM2 Initiative.