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Engineering in Afterschool
Posted April 23, 2015

Meg Draeger, Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School posted a question on "Engineering in Afterschool"

PostedThursday, April 23, 2015 at 11:54 AM

What is the most effective way for afterschool STEM programming to compete against athletic programs' popularity?
Especially as students grow through the middle and high school years?
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  • Greg Pearson , National Academy of Engineering
    Posted Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 10:47 AM
    I have recently learned that two states, Minnesota and Arizona, through the Interscholastic Athletic Association, now allow robotics teams to "letter" just the same way sports team members can letter. If true, this is an interesting development and may bear looking into.
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  • Posted Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 8:05 PM
    Along with all the things that Linda said, going to kids individually, asking them to consider participating and telling them why you think they, the individual, would like it and why you want them, again as an individual, to participant, is very effective
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  • Posted Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 8:19 PM
    This is a great question. We start the year with a “show and tell” of the exciting projects that kids will get to work on and the field trips they will take. Building robots, programming and designing LED clothes, working on a service-oriented project and meeting role models create a spark that can draw kids and parents in and see the value and how after school STEM isn’t just more of school day STEM. We try and make it possible for kids to not have to choose between sports and STEM programs after school. We talk with schools administrators and coaches and are able sometimes to let our kids attend STEM after school one day a week and sports the other days.
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  • Posted Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 12:11 PM
    I have found that embracing afterschool STEM activities similar to sports is one way to engage students and build parent involvement/support. A few suggested ways to accomplish this is to: - prepare personalized invitation letters to the parents and mailed to the home -- Mention the specific STEM related afterschool activity (ies) and that their child has demonstrated a high level of interest and achievement in such areas as 'technology and engineering'. - hold a STEM 'pep-rally' around certain STEM related current events as they occur (e.g., NASA launches) - Identify a Technology and Engineering 'Student of the Month' and hold a pizza party in their honor to showcase STEM activities and projects the students has participated in and created. - Create a 'Branding' for the STEM afterschool activities that identify and acknowledge the STEM group they are involved with afterschool to build camaraderie and raise public awareness. This might include group shirts, hats, logos, as well as possibly accessories. . .
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