STEM Explorers is an after-school program that provides high school students with hands-on, inquiry-based learning, which exposes them to STEM practices meant to encourage them to pursue science, engineering and/or technology in high school and college. Our program engages them in critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, communication, and real-world learning.
The STEM Explorers program places a significant emphasis on making program activities fun and interesting while effectively increasing mastery of STEM subjects. Teachers certified to lead STEM workshops facilitate the program. In addition to engaging the students, the program encourages them to share their experiences and lessons with family members.
The program takes a two-prong approach: 1) academic enrichment and 2) career exploration through community engagement. Program participants meet once a week with one certified science or math teacher. The after-school program serves 25-30 high school students at each site, meeting for 120 minute sessions for approximately 30 weeks.
Program activities include after-school STEM instruction, technology-centered instruction, female and/or minority STEM-related speakers, and field experiences. Throughout the school year, LNESC works with local community contacts to engage volunteer minority professionals to present career awareness workshops that align with the curriculum’s lessons. In these workshops, presenters help to break down cultural perceptions that STEM careers are for “other” students. By connecting participants with minority engineers, technologists, and other professionals, STEM Explorers' students are presented with new pathways and opportunities in STEM fields.
Latinas in STEM
The Latinas in STEM program is an after-school series of workshops designed to encourage high school Latinas interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, preparing them to pursue a course of study that leads to undergraduate STEM degrees. The program design is similar to the STEM Explorers model, with an emphasis to target female and minority students. Its mentoring component provides participants the opportunity to interact with scientific female and minority mentors from business, higher education, and community organizations.
STEM Explorers is in partnership with: