In addition to being hotspots for positive youth development and a great place for young people to practice their leadership skills, afterschool programs are a natural space to provide engaging, hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning experiences. Because so many afterschool programs make STEM learning a priority – and so many programs want to offer STEM learning in the future – afterschool programs across the country are excited to be participants this year’s 4‑H National Youth Science Day (NYSD).
And there’s another way to celebrate STEM learning this fall: as one of the top themes for Lights On Afterschool!
As the nation’s only rally for afterschool programs, Lights On Afterschool attracts more than one million Americans to 8,000 events every year. There’s no need to add more to your plate as you plan out your STEM learning celebration: your 4‑H NYSD event counts as a Lights On Afterschool event when you register.
We are so excited to partner with 4‑H and highlight Code Your World as part of our STEM promotion for Lights On Afterschool. As we get closer and closer to October 25, we’re seeing amazing ideas for STEM celebration rolling in. Here are a few highlights:
- Thinking outside the robo-box: The Brevard After School in Cocoa, Fla. is partnering with their local 4‑H to host in an environmental STEM project called the Eco-Bot Challenge for their students.
- Exploring the outdoors: The Teen Science Café at Caldwell Public Library in Caldwell, Idaho will host a wildlife scientist to share how the conservation area works to enhance life for Idaho’s raptor population. Pizza and a problem-solving activity about raptors will follow.
- Making a mark: In Lincoln, Mich., the Alcona 4‑H Makerspace is hosting their grand opening. Plenty of maker and STEM activities will be on display so families can explore and learn together.
If you’re celebrating STEM learning in the lives of young people this fall, we hope you’ll register your 4‑H National Youth Science Day event as a Lights On Afterschool event!