Lost Opportunity


Only one out of five households has access to and takes advantage of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math after-school programming.

After-school programming represents an unparalleled opportunity to spark students' interest in science. Yet too few young people in the United States take advantage of this opportunity. With the pro-bono research support of Nielson, an information and measurement firm, Change the Equation has found that only 19 percent of households have children enrolled in STEM after-school programs. Particularly in the country's rural areas, students in K-12 receive few out-of-school opportunities to study and apply science. This represents an enormous lost opportunity to fill the nation's critical pipeline of STEM skills and knowledge.

This brief is the third in a series from our Vital Signs initiative, which examines the state of STEM education in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.


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