Monday, April 25, 2011

Share your STEM opportunities in the National After School Science Directory!

The Coalition's Directory and Time Warner Cable's Connectory are a free, easy-to-use tool to share your opportunities for doing STEM in out-of-school time on a national scale. List your programs and events in the Directory to share them with parents, students, educators, policy-makers, and advocates in your community and beyond.

If you are already a part of the Directory, now is a great time to update your opportunities. Simply log in, click on "programs & events," and update your entries. Create new opportunities by clicking on the "create program or event" button. Remember, only active opportunities--those with dates that have not passed--show up in public searches, so keep your programs and events current!

If you're new, signing up only creates a couple of minutes at For assistance or questions, feel free to email us directly at directory (at)

Thank you for supporting science in out-of-school time!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Webinar: Learning Science Outside the Classroom

As part of their recent special report on informal science education, Education Week will be hosting a webinar tomorrow (4/19) on science learning outside of the classroom. The webinar will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST and will feature John Falk, Professor of Free Choice learning at Oregon State University, and Dr. Alan Friedman, former Director and CEO of the New York Hall of Science and current member of the National Assessment Government Board. Both are highly regarded experts working at the cutting edge of informal science learning research, and they should have a lot to say about this ever-evolving field.

Dr. Friedman also gave a talk at the 2010 National Conference on Science & Technology in Out of School Time on the importance of program evaluation. Download a free podcast of his talk on the Coalition for Science After School iTunes U page.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Check out our updated iTunes U page!

iTunes U recently upgraded their interface, and the Coalition for Science After School page is cleaner and more easy-to-use than ever. Visit the page (link will open iTunes) to download recorded sessions from the 2010 National Conference on Science & Technology in Out-of-School Time! Learn about:

-Creating and sustaining community partnerships
-What funders are looking for from OST STEM programs
-Research trends and recent findings in the OST STEM field
-How technology is being used by OST programs

There's a lot to learn from these leaders and experts. What surprised you? What would you like to know more about? And please feel free to share these podcasts with your networks!

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Summertime Directory Updates

The weather is warming up, which means that now is a great time to enter your summer programs into the Directory! It's free and takes just a few minutes. Go to, log in, and enter or update your programs!