STEM Ready America

STEM Ready America

Tomorrow's coders, economists, nurses, and engineers are right now learning essential skills including critical thinking, creativity, problem-solving, and teamwork. From Executive Editor Ron Ottinger of STEM Next, this esssential compendium portrays the state of the field of STEM learning and how afterschool and summer learning programs—with their flexible learning environments—are ideally positioned to both prepare and inspire young people.

Individually each article here tells a powerful story of how afterschool STEM programs work in a unique context. From Oregon to Nebraska to New York City, the authors share the research, partnerships, and practices behind their work and offer recommendations for policies and resources. Together the articles form a compendium. Leaders and advocates who care about youth, STEM, and afterschool are encouraged to use these articles to help make the case for more quality programs and support systems.

Developed by STEM Next with support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, STEM Ready America builds on the award-winning 2013 publication Expanding Minds and Opportunities edited by Terry K. Peterson, Ph.D., which made the definitive case for the power and effectiveness of afterschool programs and summer learning.

Explore the Compendium

complete online version of STEM Ready Available is available. On this site, you can navigate through the compendium by section, or find articles by a particular author or on a topic of interest.

All of the articles may be printed, downloaded, shared, and used freely, so long as the content is attributed to the author(s) and the editor.