Education & Workforce

STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

The fastest growing jobs in the U.S. require STEM skills. Indiana’s elementary school students receive only two hours per week of science. An afterschool program offering STEM one day per week doubles the STEM learning hours for a student. Excitement about STEM subjects by the 9th grade is a better predictor of obtaining STEM careers than grades.

The following resources can help get kids excited about STEM and a future in technology careers:

• The Indiana STEM Standards outline specific steps and best practices for programs based on
national research.  These standards were created by experts in education, youth development,
and business.

• You can track your program’s STEM activity progress using the Indiana Quality Program

• Search for Indiana out-of-school time programs that offer STEM using the online mapping

• Sign up for our e-newsletter and learn about the latest funding opportunities for out-of-school
time programs.


White Paper – Changing the Game in STEM with Family Engagement: A White Paper for Practitioners and Field Leaders to Empower Families in STEM (2018)

Change Equation – Indiana Vital Signs (2013)

Dimensions of Success – DoS Brochure for Indiana

Defining Youth Outcomes for STEM Learning in Afterschool

How Cross-Sector Collaborations are Advancing STEM Learning – Noyce Foundation

Making the Case for STEM Afterschool

Multiple STEM Publications created by the Afterschool Alliance


• Know Your Funders: A Guide to STEM Funding for Afterschool PDF

• The Do-It-Yourself Guide to STEM Community Engagement PDF

• Design Principles For Effective STEM Philanthropy PDF

STEM Standards