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STEM Education

ExpandED Schools believes that STEM education – both in an out of school – should support students’ ability to solve relevant and important problems and develop a full and informed range of choices in adulthood. Through a portfolio of STEM initiatives, we support educators in providing youth with opportunities to engage in sophisticated inquiry that center youth identity and needs (recognizing that the STEM fields in particular are woefully under-representative of students of color, girls, and English language learners), provide youth with choice, are purposefully driven by STEM content, and embrace the very best of youth development. We are honored to work closely with educators in afterschool, apprentice teachers who aspire to careers in formal education, and programmatic partners from across the city.

Emma Banay
Learn more about our STEM initiatives.
Email: Emma Banay
Director, ExpandED STEM Opportunities
or call (646) 943 8788

STEM Educators Academy

Classroom teachers and after-school educators join together to spark interest and cultivate curiosity in STEM subjects in this project. Collaborative teams of classroom teachers and after-school educators attend professional development at the New York Hall of Science, learning engineering-based design challenges that they team-teach in the afterschool to bring STEM subjects alive for middle school youth. Sites are supported across a tiered model, receiving coaching, technical assistance, and a toolkit of design-based lesson plans [include hyperlink here] for use in the program.  STEM Educators Academy is supported by the Pinkerton Foundation and Overdeck Family Foundation and, during 2016-2019, was the subject of a US Department of Education Investing in Innovation (i3) randomized control trial study called Design2Learn.  Results from the study are forthcoming.

ExpandED Pathways: Engineering

ExpandED Pathways: Engineering aims to use the afterschool space as an experimental ground where apprentice teachers, primarily people of color, gain experience in middle school STEM pedagogy and have the latitude to try out new instructional strategies while learning to teach under the mentorship of a STEM-specific school-based mentor trained by our partner, the New Teacher Center. In addition, school-based mentors work with new teachers during the regular school day and provide STEM coherence across the school day and afterschool. ExpandED Pathways: Engineering is funded by 100Kin10.

Market Makers

Market Makers promotes the development of entrepreneurial and financial literacy skills for middle school youth through after-school entrepreneurship clubs. With instruction from an after-school educator and guidance of a volunteer from the business community, each Market Makers club creates their own business, taking an idea from conception all the way to market. The program provides access to essential career preparation experiences and uses project-based learning to demystify money management. Market Makers is funded with generous support from Con Edison and Royal Bank of Canada.