STEM Beyond School (2016-2021)


The STEM Research Center served as the evaluator for the STEM Beyond School program which used an innovative approach to expand STEM opportunities and student STEM interest, motivation and enthusiasm in STEM-related activities and careers among historically-underserved students in grades 3-8 by supporting high-quality out-of-school STEM programming, professional development and a statewide network for community-based out-of-school-time providers. 

Numbers in Nature, Math on the Mountain

BEETLES: Broad Implementation of a Professional Learning Model for Outdoor Science Programs (2017-2022)


The goal of the BEETLES project was to improve the quality of science teaching and learning in Outdoor School Programs (OSP) nationwide with two foci:

Focus 1: To broadly implement the BEETLES professional learning model in 100 OSP nationwide that annually serve nearly one million youth from diverse backgrounds.
Focus 2:  To contribute knowledge to the field of informal science education about the features of informal science learning experiences that support meaningful outcomes for youth.