“My third graders said the last week of school, ‘Good, now we are fourth graders and can join the after school STEM club!’ Thanks to Engineering Adventures, the word ‘STEM’ fires them up.”
- Denise Touchberry, teacher, Manatee County School District, Florida
In the past two years, more than 10,000 elementary-aged students in afterschool programs across the country have experienced the fun, hands-on Engineering Adventures curriculum, which has been shown to boost children’s interest and knowledge in engineering. Project leaders estimate that, with additional support, they could reach 80,000 more children in three years.
Each EA curriculum unit presents children with real-world engineering problems that are relevant to their lives. In order to meet the needs of both after-school educators and the children they serve, units include fun, engaging activities with easy-to gather materials.
EA's goal is to make a positive impact on children's attitudes, to help kids feel confident about their ability to engineer, and to help children see themselves as engineers. Preliminary research has shown that after engaging in EA units, children have more positive attitudes towards science and engineering careers, as well as their own abilities as engineers.
Engineering Adventures offers diverse opportunities to support engineering education:
STEM professionals can volunteer to lead children through Engineering Adventures units in out of school programs.Funders and Partners
S. D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation, NASA
The programs in this database clear a high bar. STEMworks reviewed each program against CTEq's Design Principles for Effective STEM Philanthropy.
Identify and target a compelling and well-defined need.
Use rigorous evaluation to continuously measure and inform progress towards the compelling need identified.
Ensure work is sustainable.
Demonstrate replicability and scalability.
Create high impact partnerships
Ensure organizational capacity to achieve goals.
Offer challenging and relevant STEM content for the target audience
Incorporate and encourage STEM practices.
Inspire interest and engagement in STEM.
Identify and address the needs of under-represented groups.