The Massachusetts Afterschool Partnership will be embarking on a study to assess the quality of current out-of-school time (OST) programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Under the Mott-Noyce Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) initiative, we will be evaluating 10 different OST sites in Massachusetts by assessing the quality of the program and youth outcomes.  The objective of this initiative is to increase the level and diversity of STEM offerings in more OST programs and also to evaluate youth outcomes in STEM and 21st Century skills. We believe that STEM activities with strong informal science can improve various outcome areas, such as engagement in science, career knowledge and interest, activities in STEM in other parts of life, and skills in teamwork, perseverance, and critical thinking. The goal of the Mott-Noyce STEM initiative is to systematically evaluate a sample of 150 afterschool programs across 10 states that reflect the demographic diversity of the US.

We are using the survey below to identify 10 STEM afterschool programs in Massachusetts for quality assessments and youth outcome. The Common Instrument Suite will be used to gather data about students and facilitators, and the program will be assessed by one of MAP’s members, using the Dimensions of Success tool. We are looking for programs who work with Middle and High School students. If you are interested in participating in this STEM initiative, please fill out the form below or contact Peter Christopher (pchristopher@massafterschool.org) for more information. We look forward to working with you!