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... At the same time, STEM learning outside of school has become a focal piece of the education opportunities provided by many national nonprofit organizations, statewide education networks, federal programs, and corporate and family foundations. And there is growing evidence that opportunities to learn STEM outside of school directly affect what is possible inside classrooms, just as what happens in classrooms affects out-of-school learning.
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... • Program establishes a supportive learning community. RESPONSIVE Respond to Young People's Interests, Experiences, and Cultural Practices • Program positions STEM as socially meaningful and culturally relevant.
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... The second is to measure outcomes in ways that alter the nature of productive programs or ignore the differences in out-of-school programs in order to generate comparative or aggregate data. The committee identified six actions that policy makers, program developers, and stakeholders should take to develop and support productive programs: • Understand the local conditions for community programs that support STEM learning: Build a map and bridge the gaps.

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