After School STEM Academy offers hands-on STEM enrichment facilitated by industry volunteers

Northshore Superintendent Dr. Michelle Reid visits an After School STEM Academy session at Cottage Lake Elementary.

Now in its fifteenth year, the After School STEM Academy (ASSA) promotes hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) learning experiences in an afterschool environment. Using an engaging curriculum and everyday materials, local industry professionals volunteer their time to lead one-hour lessons that reinforce STEM concepts to students in grades 4-8 after school.

ASSA bubble bonanza

Each quarter during the school year, volunteers spend six weeks leading one-hour student sessions. Students have an opportunity to work in teams to solve real-world STEM problems, design and build products and prototypes, troubleshoot issues along the way. Local industry volunteers share their experiences from the workplace and relate them to the activities so students learn first-hand how engineers work, think and interact in real life

In each session, over 150 volunteers participate in the program. Resources for current volunteers can be found here.

Teacher Basics

The following video provides an overview of the teacher’s role in hosting a session of After School STEM Academy. A video training for industry volunteers can be accessed from Volunteer Resources.

For more information on how to participate in the After School STEM Academy, contact April Nilsen at