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Now's the Time to Celebrate the E in STEM!

Thursday, 10 February 2022 09:16

National Engineers Week is February 20 – 26, 2022. is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers. It's a perfect time for afterschool to celebrate the E in STEM!

Use these 10 NAA resources to support celebrating, sharing, and planning during Engineer’s Week and beyond:

  1. For educators who are just beginning their STEM journey - Learn more about what STEM is and why afterschool is ideal for STEM learning programs.
  2. In STEM, "E" is for exciting, engaging, and engineering -  Learn more about the benefits of teaching engineering.
  3. Use these science and engineering practices to support leadership development by systematically answering questions, solving problems, or responding to new experiences.
  4. Specific strategies can help afterschool leaders recognize gender biases in programs and cultivate a more gender-equitable STEM Environment. Read Reducing STEM Gender Bias: A Guide for Program Leaders.
  5. Check out these five strategies for incorporating literacy into your STEM programming. Learn more about the intersection of literacy, language, and STEM.
  6. Early childhood is a time to spark kids' interest in coding, robotics, and engineering. Learn more about the key benefits of STEAM robotics.
  7. Federal STEM education policies must integrate informal STEM programs. Learn about how you can make a case for informal STEM learning.
  8. Are you looking for easily implementable, short discovery-based experiences? Check out NAA STEM Gems!
  9. Many NAA State Affiliates offer free STEM resources. Find your state affiliate.
  10. If you are already thinking about summer, check out How to Stop the Summer Slide with STEM.