Afterschool STEM programs boost results including NASAs Summer of Innovation program

NASA summer of innovation

Thanks to a very powerful (and automatic) Google Alert that I set up, I found out about more powerful after school STEM programs from Ellen Lettvin in the US Department of Education:

Engagement, Creativity and Inspiration Found in New Afterschool STEM Programs.

One program mentioned here that you definitely should check out is the NASA Summer of Innovation program.

This is part of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program, where middle school students throughout the country have the opportunity to solve exciting and meaningful engineering design challenges.

According to the article, there are now 80 sites across the United States that are participating in the program!  Go to the NASA page here to look for a program or person near you!

NASA summer of innovation

My thanks to Ellen Lettvin for sharing this information on the web!  Ellen is a Robert Noyce Senior Fellow in Informal STEM Learning in the Office of Innovation and Improvement.

This NASA program is another fantastic example of Tip #7 in How To be a Rocket Scientist: Use free and informal education resources.  You can get more examples (and loads of other resources from the other 9 tips) in the book available on Amazon:

Thanks for reading this post!  And more thanks for taking another step forward to join the exciting world of aerospace and rocket science!

P.S. Are you harnessing the power of Google Alerts to learn about people, news, discussions, and events that are exactly what you need and want to know about?  If not, check out this blog article on my Engineer Your Innovation website to learn why and how to get it set up for yourself.


About Brett Rocket Scientist

Brett creates artful work in engineering, ideas, and innovation. In addition to 2 degrees, 3 patents, and over 15 years experience in aerospace engineering, he is the author of several books to foster STEM careers. He volunteers his time and skills as an officer with professional societies.

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