Last month, Museum of Science, Boston & EiE’s Research & Evaluation Manager Chris San Antonio-Tunis, was part of an informational webinar: Inspiring Young Minds Through Out-of-School STEM. Gemma Lenowitz of Overdeck Family Foundation led our expert educator, as well as Nav Deol-Johnson of Imagine Science, Britt Magneson of National Inventors Hall of Fame® and Nick Monzi of Learn Fresh as they discussed why out-of-school STEM programs are so critical for both academic and social emotional learning
This Learning Loss Recovery Challenge webinar, co-sponsored by Overdeck Family Foundation, provided an overview of each organization’s respective programs. Focusing on these programs panelists explored how to tap into children’s innate curiosity, interests and passions, strengthen connections between school, family and afterschool; and promote problem-solving skills and collaboration.
The presenters explained why STEM skills are important for all children, whether or not they plan to pursue a career in a STEM field, and described how the out-of-school context is particularly well-suited for STEM learning, explaining how their hands-on, collaborative programming offers benefits to classroom educators as well as students. They also shared the ways in which their programs shifted as a result of the pandemic, including innovations that they will incorporate into post-pandemic programming and unexpected benefits like increased access to rural communities.
For more information about our resources, check out our OST programs and more below:
In addition, below are links to the resources and publications highlighted during this webinar.
- Inspired Minds portfolio
- Why We Fund Afterschool STEM at Overdeck Family Foundation, blog post
- Why Funding Family STEM Is More Important Than Ever, blog post
- Summer 2021: An Opportunity for STEM Engagement and Learning, blog post
- Imagine Science and the Power of Collaboration: A Coalition of National Youth-Serving Organizations Bringing STEM to Scale
- Imagine Science: The Power of Collaboration in Challenging Times, A special update on COVID-19 response and recovery, Winter 2021
- Power of Collaboration: Youth Impact Report, September 2021
- Now Is the Time for Invention Education, October 2021
- National Inventors Hall of Fame® brochure
- Invention Education as a Context for Children’s Identity Exploration, August 2021 peer-reviewed article
- National Inventors Hall of Fame® Camp Invention Summer 2018, evaluation
- Follow Britt Magneson and National Inventors Hall of Fame®: @bmagneson | @InventorsHOF
- NBA Math Hoops
- NBA Math Hoops mobile app
- Learn Fresh – NBA Math Hoops, Overdeck grantee spotlight
- Follow Learn Fresh and NBA Math Hoops: @Learn_Fresh | @NBAMathHoops
Other Resources Shared by Attendees