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Stem Commitee

NASA Space Place

Check out our December resource presentation of the month: NASA Space Place, an interactive website that is geared towards upper elementary students (grades 3-6), offering a wide array of hands-on activities that aim to engage students in science and technlogy education. With over 2 million visitors a year, NASA Space Place is a great resource for young audiences to develop interests in STEM fields through easy-to-understand activities that align with Common Core and the Next Generation Science Standards.

Pro-Youth HEART

Check out the November Resource of the Month, Pro-Youth HEART, a non-profit organization that serves after school programs in Tulare County in order to support student achievement and growth. This resource presentation highlights strategies that Pro-Youth employs in order to promote STEM education in expanded learning, the successes of the 2013 Summer STEAM Program, the HEART program, and Pro-Youth's Growbotics program, which provides robotics and gardening courses.

Strategy Guides from the Lawrence Hall of Science

Check out the September resource of the month, the Learning Design Group of the Lawrence Hall of Science, a curriculum development project for educational science programs to learn about 33 effective strategies on how to incorporate science text into the classroom. The wide portfolio of curriculum includes Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading, The New Science Project for K-8, AfterSchool KidzScience, and GEMS Sequences. The Learning Design Group supports the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards in curriculum for K-8 kids.

Scientists for Tomorrow

Scientists for Tomorrow is a project working to increase the impact of STEM education in after school programs around the Chicago community. By providing professional development opportunities to frontline staff, program facilitators, and leaders in the after school field, Scientists for Tomorrow works to introduce high-quality STEM learning to after school programs. Check out this video to learn about Scientist for Tomorrow's learning activities and module events. 

Teaching Science Through Citizen Science Workshop

The California Academy of Sciences is hosting two free one day workshops on: Teaching Science Through Citizen Science. Participants will learn effective strategies on how to integrate

ICreate to Educate

Melissa Pickering from ICreate to Educate, provides an in-depth presentation on Imagineer, which is a computer software program that can be used during the core instructional day or after school programs.


LA's Best: Celebrate Science Program

Stela Oliveria from LA's Best provides an overview of the Celebrate Science Program that LA's Best has been implementing for 23 years. In her presentation, she provides an overview on the Professional Development offered to staff, how they handle staff turn over, partnerships and much more!

STEM Webinar


Matt Pierce, Senior Manager at North American Education Programs, gives an overview of the resources that Autodesk has to offer, including: free software, curricula and training.


Promising Practices Dissemination

The Promising Practices Dissemination work group has created a comprehensive system to recruit leaders, review applications and bring quality presentations to the STEM committee that will share promising practices, strategies, tools and much more!
Here is the criteria in which applications are reviewed:


Task Force

The charge of the Task Force work group is to write two sets of recommendations around Tom Torlakson’s STEM Task Force blueprints. The first set of recommendations (below) were written before the release of the blueprints and were focused on how out-of-school time is an ideal platform to implement high-quality STEM learning opportunities.

The second set of recommendations will be written by the work group after the release of the blueprints and will focus on how the blueprints can be specifically implemented in out-of-school time programs across California.