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.

Engineer for the Week (EFTW) is a Facebook Education program that aims to demystify the world of tech by empowering students to build a working tech prototype while developing computer science skills.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018 10:09

What makes a STEM lesson great?

STEM education was created so students would be prepared for the 21st-centuryworkforce—and even for jobs that don't yet exist.

Over the past decade, afterschool programs have established themselves as a vibrant and important setting to engage young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Over the past 10 years, developments in technology and how we interact with information have been racing forward at a staggering pace. We are living in the future—and these changes have impacted young people and their education.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 06:07

STEM vs. STEAM: Why the “A” is Essential

In recent years, there has been momentum to include the arts in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) learning.

Across the nation, afterschool programs provide opportunities for young people to explore their interests and learn new skills. Afterschool programs are uniquely positioned to offer education and opportunity through hands-on, minds-on learning—without the pressures that sometimes accompany the school day.

Imagine the potential of empowering the 10.2 million children in afterschool programs with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, while providing them with opportunities to eat healthy and stay active.

Thursday, 02 February 2017 00:00

Step Up Your STEM Game at NAA17

Did you know that The National Afterschool Association is a great resource for STEM professional development? In a recent survey of the afterschool community, 98% of respondents listed NAA as a place to get valuable resources and information to improve STEM offerings and teaching practices.

Published in Convention Articles
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.

During Appleton's Afterschool Labs program, the sounds of construction, negotiation and laughter fill the classroom as students race to complete a Maker Day challenge.

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