A Guide to Developing STEM in Expanded Learning Programs


This guide outlines promising practices for STEM implementation in expanded learning programs based on lessons learned through the implementation of the Power of Discovery: STEMInitiative. The guide centers around five central practices (outlined below) each supported with examples from California’s expanded learning programs. The five practices the guide focuses on are: 

  1. Approach STEM learning with vision, purpose and intention
  2. Integrate youth development, common core, and STEM learning strategies
  3. Make learning exciting, engaging and meaningful
  4. Connect project-based learning with real-world experiences
  5. Secure adequate, sustainable funding