STEM programming is essential to developing a strong Texas workforce. We have compiled a few of the many resources available on developing and funding STEM activities. For additional information, we encourage you to subscribe to our e-newsletter which often features additional resources and funding opportunities.
General STEM Resources
STEM Connector: Offers a national directory including a section on afterschool programs.
The STEM Mentoring Toolkit: A manual to help programs and organizations engage, train, and sustain STEM volunteer and mentor relationships with STEM professionals.
Informal Science: An online community of projects, evaluation, and research opportunities.
STEM Afterschool: How to Design and Run Great Programs and Activities: This guide is rich in resources, templates and implementation guidance for OST programs.
Click2Science: Dedicated to Out of School time providers and includes resources for planning STEM projects and developing skills
Spark 101: A website which provides free case studies with industry professionals to enhance STEM learning and skill development
Howtosmile.org: A website full of free math and science activities for ages Pre-K through adults.
STEM-Works: Activities and more, designed for STEM volunteers who may need assistance in planning an activity for out of school time or the classroom.
Camp Invention: A summer STEM program focused on creativity, innovation, real-world problem solving and the spirit of invention.
Informal Science Education Association of Texas: ISEA put out a
STEM System Building
STEM Pathways Report: Finding from Chicago: Notes and research from a systems approach to STEM engagement in OST
The Noyce Foundation: Support for development of OST systems supporting STEM
Defining Youth Outcomes in Afterschool STEM: A set of common outcomes can assist individual providers in communicating and collaborating.
How Cross-Sector Collaborations are Advancing STEM Learning: A paper commissioned by the Noyce Foundation, the paper seeks to define emerging STEM ecosystems, including an in-depth look at one Texas program, Girlstart.
STEM Funding Opportunities
Afterschool Alliance: STEM Funding Brief: This paper provides an overview of federal funding as well as strategies to obtain local or private funding.
STEMfinity: This website offers a constantly updated list of possible grant opportunities for STEM programs across Texas.
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