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.
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.
This week, Genzyme dropped off a truck full of festive pumpkins: round pumpkins, tall pumpkins, sugar pumpkins, albino pumpkins, giant jack-o-lantern pumpkins and tiny baby pumpkins. East End House's Child Care and School Age Programs will use the pumpkins for hands-on activities, and each child will be able to claim one to take home and paint, carve, or eat, all thanks to the generosity of our friends at Genzyme!
The coming of fall means it's time to start thinking about our Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway and our Holiday Toy Drive. Whether you'd like to collect food, volunteer, or donate, you will help local families. Last year we served more than 850 families for Thanksgiving and over 500 families for the Toy Drive. We want this year to be even better! To get involved, contact Tim Severyn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-876-4444.
In the next few weeks, we will be launching the autumn sessions of the Kennedy-Longfellow School site of our School Age Program, and our Middle School Program, which is held at Putnam Avenue Upper School. These two opportunities offer engaging after school enrichment for grades K-5 and 6-8, respectively.