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

ASSA

More than 11.3 million school-age children are on their own after school. – Afterschool Alliance, 2016

Now in its thirteenth 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, ASSA bubble bonanzadesign 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.

 

Participating Schools

2017 – 18

Fall Winter Spring
Schools Participating 53 49 64
Students Served 1,475 1,430 1,835
Industry Volunteers 135 102 124

 

For more information on how to participate in the After School STEM Academy, contact Eva Dunn at eva@wabsalliance.org.