How do we ensure our STEM programs are achieving the desired outcomes? One way is through East End House's work with Program in Education, Afterschool, and Resiliency (PEAR), an affiliate of McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
This article, co-authored by PEAR and East End House, highlights East End House as a case study in the development of a quality assessment tool that evaluates STEM activities in out-of-school time programs. The article was published in the most recent edition of Afterschool Matters.
East End House would like to thank the Biogen Idec Foundation and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's 21st Century Community Learning Centers program for their generous support of this work. Read the article here.
Lined up along the classroom wall, the kindergarteners anxiously await the signal to launch.
"3, 2, 1, BLAST OFF!"
Paper airplanes float across the classroom, children scurrying after them to measure the flight distance. The group hypothesizes that pink planes will fly further than green. How will they use the scientific method to test their hypothesis?
It's never too early for STEM! In fact, children as young as 15 months are already engaged in STEM activities and scientific observation in East End House's Child Care Program. "The children are naturally curious," says Director Camille Platt, "We just design activities to encourage them to explore, question and experiment. The more visual and hands-on you can make it, the more they understand." Do you have a young friend at home, or are you just young at heart? Try this activity at home!
Thanks to a generous donation from IBM, children in our School Age Program recently spent the afternoon exploring the Museum of Science. Build-a-Fish was a favorite exhibit where students learned characteristics of different sea creatures while designing their own fish. After choosing their own mix of unique characteristics that determined the fish's place in the food chain, each child's creation then appeared on a life-size electronic aquarium screen in front of them!
Do you have a passion for working with youth and a background in STEM education? If so, East End House has an exciting opportunity for you. We are currently accepting applications for a new STEM Coordinator position. This position will provide leadership for the organization's initiative to provide transformational STEM experiences for children and youth in the organization's Child Care, School Age and Middle School Programs. Visit our Career Opportunities Page for a full description.