EdTech Magazine highlights the University of Michigan’s involvement in a STEM-focused after-school program in Detroit.
Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills are in high demand among today’s workers, and one of the best ways to equip future employees with these skills is to start early. Programs formed from university and business partnerships have been established to help schools and libraries provide students with these skills.
After-school programs, however, might be the most successful way to help build STEM skills among K–12 students. A study from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and STEM Next has found that 70 percent of students who participated in after-school STEM programs experienced positive gains in those subjects.
“After-school works and can be part of the solution for really helping to have more educational opportunities available for kids, particularly for low-income kids and for kids who are in underserved populations,” says Mott Foundation senior program officer Gwynn Hughes in a U.S. News and World Report article.
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