Insight Center: STEM Best Practices Page Launch
Dear BoSTEM Partners,
We are pleased to announce the launch of the STEM Best Practices page on the Boston After School & Beyond Insight Center! This page contains, best practices, articles, and lesson plans specifically geared towards out-of-school time STEM programs. While this page already contains a number of great resources to support strong STEM programming, in the coming months we will be sourcing content from our partner programs to ensure each program’s wealth of knowledge is shared throughout our network.
If you have anything you would like to contribute to this page, or if you have any topics you would like to see addressed, please contact Matt Delligatti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RSVP | PEAR Action Planning
On February 15th, please join Boston After School & Beyond and The PEAR Institute for a workshop on creating intentional action plans based on program quality data.
During this session you will learn how to incorporate practical skill development strategies into program design plans, set goals and indicators of success, and facilitate action planning with your staff.
We encourage all partners to attend this workshop, including those who may have already attended an action planning workshop this school year.
Resource Spotlight: Howtosmile
Howtosmile.org, a project of the Lawrence Hall of Science, is an online collection of over 3,500 hands-on, interactive STEM lessons. Lessons are grouped by topic, with each topic broken down into essential principles linked to supporting activities. Topics covered include Ocean Literacy, Astronomy, Energy, Cooking, Climate, Health and the Human Body, and more!
Partner Events and Announcements
Funding Opportunity: Science Everywhere Innovation Challenge
The Overdeck Family Foundation and Simons Foundation are currently matching donations made to qualifying projects on donorschoose.org. In order to be considered, your project must raise money towards purchasing materials that support high-quality STEM activities outside school. Click here for more info
Funding Opportunity: New York Life Foundation Aim High Grants
The New York Life Foundation, in partnership with the Afterschool Alliance, is awarding 18 grants up to $100,000 to after school and summer programs serving middle school students. Click here for more info
Boston and Metro North STEM Network Meeting February 8th
Attendees will learn about progress being made in each of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council’s priority areas, discuss local inventories of programs and partnerships, and participate in small group discussions. Click here for more info
Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center Job Opening
Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center is currently seeking a full time Green Ambassadors Program Manager. Click here to view the application
CitySprouts Seeking Summer Fellows
CitySprouts is currently seeking college students to serve as Summer Fellows. Click here for more info
CitySprouts Seeking Volunteers
CitySprouts is currently seeking volunteers to help plan their annual fundraising event, DigIt! They are offering a variety of ways to get involved. Contact Andrea Locke at email@example.com for more information.