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:

Indiana Afterschool STEM Learning Standards
These 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.

Indiana Quality Program Self-Assessment
You can also track your program’s STEM journey by using our quality program self-assessment.

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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


The Indiana Afterschool Network is proud to be part of the Million Girls Moonshot initiative, working to inspire and prepare the next generation of innovators by engaging one million more girls in STEM learning opportunities through OST programs over the next five years. The Million Girls Moonshot is an initiative of the STEM Next Opportunity Fund.

The Million Girls Moonshot seeks to re-imagine who can engineer, who can build, who can make. See below for some information and resources that can help advance this goal!

Moonshot Resources:

STEM Standards