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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 (charged with meeting science and math standards) and after-school educators (charged with providing additional enrichment) join together to spark interest and cultivate curiosity in STEM subjects in this project. Collaborative teams of classroom teachers and after-school educators attend a Kick-Off Institute 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. STEM Educators Academy is supported by the Pinkerton Foundation and Overdeck Family Foundation.


Based off of the STEM Educators Academy model, Design2Learn also features collaborative teams co-teaching in the afterschool, bridging the school-day and afterschool, promoting design-based learning, and creating deep collaborations across formal and informal spaces. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Investing in Innovation (i3) Grant, as well as the Overdeck Family Foundation and Pinkerton Foundation, Design2Learn is the subject of a three-year rigorous randomized control trial, aimed at understanding the impact of the program on youth interest, engagement, and achievement in STEM.

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.

Early Risers

Like ExpandED Pathways: Engineering at the middle school level, Early Risers also uses the afterschool space as practicum experience for apprentice teachers, who gain experience in early childhood STEM pedagogy by teaching the Amplify Science curriculum, developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science. Apprentice teachers in this program receive weekly mentorship from a STEM-specific school-based mentor trained by our partner, the New Teacher Center. Early Risers is funded by 100Kin10.

Learn more about CS Pathways.
Email Steve Roberts
STEM Manager
or call (646) 943-8852

ExpandED Pathways: Computer Science

ExpandED Pathways: Computer Science is an initiative designed with the dual purpose to strengthen and grow the pipeline of educators prepared to teach in NYC public schools and the supply of effective computer science (CS) specialists working in after-school programs, Through the project, ExpandED Schools partners with Hostos Community College and LaGuardia Community College to offer a 45-hour course in computer science. Educators who participate in this class then work in the afterschool, teaching what they’ve learned to upper elementary and middle school students (5th-8th grade). Throughout the year, participating educators receive targeted coaching and support.