Active Learning STEM in Out-of-School Time


Be a part of the STEM Active Learning Community Partners!

The STEM Active Learning Community Partners, a committee of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council, is focusing efforts to expand and enhance STEM active learning in informal environments with the goal to increase student achievement and interest in STEM. The Iowa Afterschool Alliance is a founding member of this group and is helping to support the continuing work of this group.

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 Helpful Resources for Advancing the STEM Initiative:

The Iowa Afterschool Alliance has developed a one-pager on how OST supports STEM learning. Please use widely!

The IAA and the ALCP developed and maintain a wiki site full of STEM resources for informal educators. The wiki site includes lesson plans, webinars, the latest research and reports, and lesson planning tools.

Check out the wiki site here:


Evaluation Tools:

Increase number of opportunities for Iowa youth, families, and adults in high-quality, active learning (informal) STEM outside of the traditional school day. We recently presented the Dimensions of Success (DoS) tool to the STEM Council, here is an overview of what the DoS entails. Are you asking yourself, "Do I understand the Dimensions of Success tool?" Look no further, here is an explanation of the dimensions.

Interested in utilizing the DoS to plan for your programs? Here is a planning tool to help you incorporate the DoS into your programs. 

As you work to incorporate these best practices and standards within your STEM afterschool initiatives, you will need to know some common goals and assessments to progress in a positive direction and evaluate such progress.


If you'd like more information on this group and what they're doing to support informal STEM education, please contact Gracie Brandsgard at 

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