WABS and local industry professionals partner to engage students in hands-on STEM activities

ASSA

More than 11.3 million school-age children are on their own after school. – Afterschool Alliance, 2014

Now in its twelfth 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, Boeing professionals volunteer their time to lead lessons that reinforce STEM concepts to students in grades 4-8. Download the ASSA brochure to learn more.

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, ASSA bubble bonanzadesign and build products and prototypes, and troubleshoot issues along the way. Boeing 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.

 

Participating Schools

2015 – 16

Fall Winter Spring
Schools Participating 58 70 56
Students Served 1,422 1,619 1,294
Industry Volunteers 150 192 156

 

For more information on how to participate in the After School STEM Academy, contact Cindy Sackett at cindy@wabsalliance.org.