We know afterschool programs are a great way to get children and youth excited about STEM and should be integral partners in STEM education. But far too many of our leaders (and even our neighbors!) think of afterschool programs as child care, unaware of all the incredible learning opportunities programs are creating for our students. They have no idea that innovative and engaging STEM learning is occurring in afterschool programs across our country or how it is inspiring our next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians.
This is why educating our leaders and the public through advocacy is so important! It is vital that all of us make the case to a variety of stakeholders about the importance of including afterschool programs in STEM education reform efforts.