STEM After-School Enrichment Clubs

After-school clubs are not new in our district.  Many schools around the district offer robotics, foreign language (including ASL), cultural, and religious clubs.  Even more offer after-school tutoring.  But what about STEM?

What is a STEM Club?
A STEM Club is a gathering of students that meets regularly in an informal environment to work on inquiry-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related activities.

 Benefits of a STEM Club

STEM clubs may have the following benefits:

  • Providing opportunity for meaningful STEM learning and for students to engage in science, technology, engineering and math in multiple ways and in a supportive and fun environment.
  • Building their knowledge and application (i.e., behavior change) of STEM content and processes.
  • Honing their ability to collaborate with and learn from other students and from STEM professionals.
  • Building their interest in academic success and higher education.

 

Resources

Maybe you have wanted to start a STEM Club, but weren’t sure how to do it.  There are many resources available for you.

sfaz

Science Foundation Arizona has created a STEM Club Guide, with everything you need.  They offer a STEM Club Conference in June.  They have ongoing panels and forums, where educators from across the state can “meet up” to pose questions and seek answers from others.  Registration is open right now for the 2nd Annual STEM Clubs Conference this June.

 

STEM Club conference highlights 2

 

At the conference, you will have the opportunity to:

STEM Club conference highlights

In addition, all schools who attend will have the opportunity to apply for STEM Club seed funding provided you agree to (1) start/expand a STEM Club in August, (2) use the SFAz STEM Club model and guidelines, (3) provide input into our ongoing assessment of STEM Clubs during the 2014-2015 school year, and (4) acknowledge SFAz’s support of your STEM Club on your school’s website. Additional information on this opportunity will be provided at the conference.

Each school may send up to 2 participants, using the following link to register each participant: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7DS6T8G. PLEASE REGISTER EACH PARTICIPANT SEPARATELY.

sfaz stem network

 

If your school wants to offer After-School Enrichment STEM Club, consider attending the conference this summer.

For more information on this event, please contact Stephaine Frimer at sfrimer@sfaz.org.  For more information on STEM Club at Cradleboard Elementary, please contact Susan Rodriguez at srodriguez@wusd.us.

Research shows that after-school enrichment programs are effective in stimulating interest in STEM-related careers, plus so much more.  But don’t take my word for it.  Read these letters from parents of STEM Club students.

I have noticed that my daughter became more brighter and  more patient after she joined STEM Club.  I have also noticed that she began reading more on her own and asking for books.  She also started keeping a journal of her own. She writes in it daily.  She

I am so proud of these kids.  Even when the project didn’t work as planned, they kept smiles on their faces, shoulders erect, and went right back to work, trying to find the solution.  It would have been so easy for them to have gotten upset or slumped their shoulders.  Especially, in front of all their peers.  My hope is that they can take that same mentality to the real world and keep smiling in the face of adversity.  Keep their shoulders erect and get right back in there.

It’s not only knowledge for a career, but knowledge for life.

 

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