Research Making the Case for Afterschool STEM

Afterschool and summer programs are offering engaging, hands-on STEM learning programs that are not only getting children excited about these topics, but are also helping them build some real-life skills and proficiencies. There is mounting evidence from a diverse set of afterschool programs that demonstrates the impact of out-of-school time settings.

Afterschool STEM Programs: A Vital Investment - Written by our Research Working Group, the brief summarizes the most up to date research making the case for why investments in and support for afterschool and summer STEM programs reap numerous benefits for youth and their communities.

Afterschool Alliance STEM Research Database - Check out this database of research evaluating afterschool, summer, and other out-of-school time STEM learning.

Afterschool Impacts Database - Have fun exploring these impact evaluations of STEM-specific afterschool programs.

America After 3pm STEM Special Report - America After 3PM spans a decade of data chronicling how children spend the hours between 3 and 6 p.m. — the hours after school ends and before parents typically return home from work. It highlights the trends of afterschool program participation, documents the benefits associated with participation in afterschool programs, and measures public support for afterschool programs.

Afterschool STEM Quarterly Research Review - In this review, we provide a synopsis of afterschool STEM research and offer implications for practice, research, and policy. In sharing timely research updates and discovering knowledge gaps, our hope is that awareness, investment in, and support of the afterschool STEM field can continue to grow, learn, and adapt to better serve our youth.