After School STEM Academy offers hands-on STEM enrichment facilitated by industry volunteers
Now in its fourteenth 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.
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.
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.