Expanded Learning STEM Quality Elements
A Framework for Quality STEM Learning in Expanded Learning Programs


This document addresses the questions:

  • Why should I implement STEM in my expanded learning program?
  • How do you define and describe what Quality STEM Learning looks like in expanded learning contexts?

Quality STEM in expanded learning reflects elements of quality for expanded learning and informal STEM learning programs. Expanded Learning STEM Quality Elements provide a common framework for quality STEM learning in Expanded Learning Programs. The Expanded Learning STEM Quality Elements are described as actions that can be taken at the programmatic, staff, and participant levels of the program. They were intentionally arranged in these three sections to map to the Quality Standards for Expanded Learning in California.