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Studies show that STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) teaches youth through interactive, experiential learning in after school time.


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Exploring Inquiry & Expanding Learn-by-Doing Science (YD Brown Bag Webinar Series)
Anne Stevenson
In this webinar, participants explore key components of inquiry, strategies and tools for expanding learning, and resources to support staff and volunteers in their role as facilitators of inquiry. 2013.

Rebecca Meyer

Natural Spaces: A place for positive youth development (YD Brown Bag Webinar Series)
Rebecca Meyer
This webinar explores the role of natural space and how to utilize it for effective positive youth development; it will include a focus on creating positive development experiences with nature during out of school time.  2012.

Reports & articles

Afterschool: A Vital Partner in STEM Education (PDF)
Afterschool Alliance
This paper offers compelling reasons to include afterschool programs as integral partners in STEM education and highlights several existing models for providing infrastructure and building capacity to enable afterschool programs to facilitate high-quality STEM learning. 2010

Minnesota CYFAR Impact Report 2010 (PDF)
Produced by Extension: Minnesota CYFAR Project
CYFAR (Children, Youth, and Families At Risk) focuses on strengthening the ability of middle school-age youth to set and achieve short and long-term educational goals by using an innovative and organic afterschool program model that is highly experiential and offered more than 260 program hours on STEM and cultural enrichment to youth participants. 2010

Power of the Wind Pilot Project: A six-state partnership to engage youth with wind energy (PDF)
Appendices B - I (PDF)
Produced by Extension: Pam Larson Nippolt and Amy Grack Nelson
The process evaluation and related appendices from the Power of the Wind Pilot Project, a six state partnership to engage youth with wind energy. 2010

Examining 4-H Robotics in the Learning of Science, Engineering and Technology
Topics and the Related Student Attitudes
Bradley Barker, Gwen Nugent, Neal Grandgenett
This study measures the effectiveness of a 4-H robotics program to support the learning of specific STEM concepts and to examine related student attitudes to science. 2008

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