Afterschool News


Rocket In The Sky.pngTaking STEM Lessons Out Of The School Day 
According to Education Week's November 15, 2017 article staying after school every Friday afternoon might not sound too appealing, but it is irresistible to a group of middle schoolers in Pawtucket, R.I. The students are part of a club that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math, so-called STEM subjects, technology, engineering and math, so-called STEM subjects, through hands-on learning. For one of the fall projects, they’re building and crashing small cars, trying to protect the passenger inside—in this case, a hard-boiled egg. There are hundreds of after-school STEM programs in the country, trying to interest students in these fields. One focus is getting more women, minorities, and low-income students into STEM classes and occupations. With the demand for skilled workers increasing, schools are under pressure to expand STEM offerings. It can be difficult to fit this into the school day, especially in the lower grades. So specialized after-school programs are aiming to fill the gap.

Read more: 
Call the CDC! Interest in STEM May be “Contagious” in High School
‘STEM Deserts’ in the Poorest Schools: How Can We Fix Them
Making Physics Fun: Step Inside the Physics Bus

S.t.e.m.pngCan Afterschool Programs Help My Child Build Social Skills 
Yes, afterschool programs can be a good opportunity for your child to develop her interpersonal skills. And she can build them with kids as well as adults. It can also be a good way to create and maintain friendships.

Nice.png Why Kids Benefit From After-School Programs  
Every parent knows how important school is for their child’s growth during the K-12 years. However, it doesn’t just end when the bell rings at 3 P.M. After-school programs are a great way to further improve your child’s development.