MAP outlined six specific strategies at the onset of this grant to support our system building efforts in Massachusetts. They included:

Build the Capacity and Sustainability of the Regional PreK-16 STEM Networks to Identify and Support High Quality Informal Science Education Opportunities.

  • Serve As A Statewide Voice for STEM in OST System Building Through Partnership
  • Development and Collective Leadership.
  • Expand and Support High-Quality STEM Professional Development Opportunities.
  • Expand Role as a Key Policy and Advocacy Resource for Informal Science Education.
  • Increase awareness and public visibility of the importance of informal STEM afterschool and extended learning opportunities to a child’s educational and life success, and to the success of communities.
  • Collect data to Inform the Impact of Informal Science Education in Massachusetts.

Leveraging the regional expertise of Massachusetts 9 STEM Networks, MAP has worked within their framework to expand youth’s access to and quality of informal STEM education opportunities in each region of the commonwealth. The network’s regional expertise has proven to be a very effective system through which we have grown our system building efforts.These strategies, along with a core set of individuals advising MAP on our statewide objectives, have allowed MAP to make significant progress towards supporting the Commonwealth in systemically infusing afterschool, out-of-school time and informal learning into its state STEM plan.

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