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Although, the major goals of STEM education have focused on schools, children of school age spend only 20 percent of their waking hours in school; the other 80 percent is spent outside of school. -- Committee on Successful Out of School STEM Learning, National Research Council
 
STEM learning is an integral part of the state’s overall strategy for building a competitive workforce and is increasingly being incorporated into the regular school day.  This is a positive move, however, students do not stop learning once they leave the formal classroom environment. All students, especially those from low income and minority households benefit from enriching out of school time (OST) opportunities that both support the learning of academic standards as well as enhance student understanding of STEM-related, real-world concepts.
 
4-H Science on the Move (SOTM) is a nonprofit initiative focused on supporting OST learning.  SOTM partners with schools, businesses, and community organizations to increase students’ interest and exposure to STEM.  Particularly for students in rural and economically disadvantaged communities these experiences may catapult a future STEM career, simply by providing an opportunity where one did not exist.   Thus far, 4-H Science on the Move has reached over 30,000 students and adults statewide with its OST learning initiatives. 
 
Leveraging Out of School Time Learning
4-H Science on the Move supports a variety of OST learning initiatives:

Provides Instructional Kits
Each hands-on activity kit is prepared for immediate use, designed to show students that what they think are “hard classes” can be fun and exciting.  Lessons align to the SC Academic and Performance Standards for Science, have a technology application, an extension activity, and a career extension to expose students to STEM careers and to broaden their knowledge of how people use science every day. These kits can be reserved by clubs, scout troops, home school groups, or afterschool programs.  Learn More
 
Assists with Programming and Organizing Activities for Summer Camps
4-H Science on the Move works with school summer programs, community organizations, and camps to provide fun, educational activities like geocaching, fish dissections, watershed exploration, and more.
 
Supports Mentoring Programs
4-H Science on the Move supports a high school STEM mentoring program designed to increase high school students’ interest in STEM subjects and careers through relationships with mentors, hands-on activities, career presentations, and trips to local colleges and businesses.
 
Organizes Events and Competitions
SC 4-H Engineering Challenge occurs each spring.  Students showcase their STEM interests in one of six different challenge competitions. The event aims to help students improve their problem solving skills and further explore their interests in engineering. The fourth annual event, sponsored by enLIGHTenSC, will be held on Saturday, April 9 at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College.  Learn More
 
We Can Help
Science on the Move works everyday inspiring children to love STEM. Contact 4-H Science on the Move Coordinator Katie Rishebarger for more information on current SOM initiatives or ways to start an OST learning opportunity.
 
Connect With Us
Resource:
National Research Council (NRC). 2015. Identifying and Supporting Productive STEM Programs in Out-of-School Settings Washington, DC: National Academies Press.

Accepting Applications


Consider how you might share your ideas and expertise with an audience of 400 or more leaders in STEM education. 

Online Program Presenter applications must be completed by 5:00 pm(ES) on March 31st.

More Info

Upcoming Events


March 7, 2016
SC Science Instructional Materials Adoption Workshop
J.B. Beck Administration and Education Center
Georgetown, SC

March 10, 2016
Code.org K-5 Curriculum Workshop
Rock Hill, SC

March 23, 2016
Lowcountry Regional STEM Symposium
Trident Technical College, N. Charleston, SC
 
April 2, 2016
iMAGINE Upstate Festival
Greenville, SC

April 9, 2016
2016 SC 4-H Engineering Challenge presented by EnlightenSC
Orangeburg-Clahoun Technical College

September 26 - 28, 2016
The Next Steps Institute:  "Next Steps for STEM Learning and Leadership In and Out of School"
Charleston Convention Center, Charleston, SC

Visit STEM Linx to learn about more STEM events and opportunities around the state.

What S2TEM Centers SC clients say about their Professional Learning Experience...

 
"Showed me ways to collaborate with other teachers to give our students coordinated, extended learning opportunities."

Jay Hughes, Teacher
Hartsville High, Darlington County
 Math and Science Integration
 
The experience allowed me to see how the engineering standards span across math and science, helping me to better serve my students.

Amanda Howell, Teacher
Darlington County Intervention School, Darlington County
Math and Science Integration
 

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