Professional Development

NAA publishes fresh, new content every week covering a wide variety of topics related to the field of aftershool. Be sure to check in regularly.

STEM is often thought of as quite dull. When asked about STEM, many people picture smart old white men, who wear white coats and work alone in sterile labs. These men explain things using long, complicated words and math symbols that might as well be hieroglyphics.

Tuesday, 09 May 2017 00:00

#NAA17 Top 25 Presenters

The National AfterSchool Association leadership team is excited to announce the list of NAA17 Top 25 Presenters.

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 06:37

What is STEM?

From colleges to preschools, STEM continues to be a hot topic for both formal and informal education. STEM education is being driven by our increasingly technical society, a fear that America is falling behind in innovation, a lack of STEM college graduates and the need to prepare today's youth for the jobs of tomorrow.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 08:55

2 x 2 in Afterschool: More Math!

Last month, Andy the Science Wiz provided 10 tips for providing math enrichment afterschool. Want to include even more math? Check out these additional ideas!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 05:56

In Defense of Science

Working in the private and public sectors, I have been involved in science education for over 20 years. From parents and principals, to CEOs and administrators, I am passionate and accustomed to fighting for STEM. Today, I need to speak about something more fundamental.

Tuesday, 07 February 2017 06:04

2 X 2 in Afterschool: Yikes, Math!

Yikes, math! Unfortunately, the sentiment is often shared by young people and adults alike. Math has a bad rap in the United States, and this attitude reflects in the country's test scores.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 04:54

"E" is for Engineering

WHAT IS ENGINEERING?
Scientists study what already exists. They examine the world around them to understand how it works.

Young people today face a health crisis—unhealthy eating habits and decreased physical activity have led to skyrocketing obesity rates. Not long ago, young people walked to school, enjoyed long recesses and spent a lot of time outside.

Monday, 12 September 2016 11:41

How Art Motivates STEM Learning

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math—the subjects called STEM—continue to be a major focal point in education. This urgent focus on STEM came from the growing concern that education was not providing the building blocks necessary for students to achieve successful future employment in an increasingly technical world.

Monday, 08 August 2016 00:00

Youtube STEM Resources

YouTube now has more viewers ages 18-49 than television. It currently streams over 6 billion hours of video every month and they are in no danger of running out of content with 400 hours of video being uploaded every minute. Thankfully YouTube has matured and is not just for cat videos anymore!

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