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Jumpstarting STEM Pilot

The JumpStarting STEM Pilot was a one year project aimed at increasing the frequency, intensity, and duration of high-quality Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning opportunities for students in California’s publically funded after school programs. 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 throughout CA (see appendix A), representing over 280 sites (see appendix B).

JumpStarting STEM Outcomes Evaluation


Researchers at the University of California, Irvine performed a comprehensive evaluation of the JumpStarting STEM pilot.  After surveying 135 after school staff and 2,298 students, researchers found that STEM outcomes are linked to overall program quality, and the quality of relationships in the program.  Additionally, achieving desired STEM outcomes cannot be separated from youth development principles of positive relationship building and general elements of program quality, specifically engaging and active learning experiences.

JumpStarting STEM Process Evaluation Report


Researchers at the University of California, Davis were responsible for the documentation of the implementation of the Professional Development, Curricula Innovations, and Virtual Innovation Support Center activities.  

Program directors were administered online pre and post surveys to assess their perceptions of the JumpStarting STEM trainings and implementation of JumpStarting STEM activities.  The results of the analysis of the pre and post program director survey suggested an overall positive response to JumpStarting STEM.