The resources provided deal with programming in general and certain practices may not be applicable to 21st CCLC. If you are unsure if a recommended practice is permissible, please contact your program officer at the Pennsylvania Department of Education.


Afterschool Matters: STEM Focus

Bringing in the Tech: Using Outside Expertise to Enhance Technology Learning in Youth Programs

Carnegie STEM Girls – Women in STEM Careers

Defining Youth Outcomes for STEM Learning in Afterschool

Earth Day Lesson Plans


Examining the Impact of Afterschool STEM Programs

Girls Who Code Clubs Program

Know Your Funders: A Guide to STEM Funding for Afterschool


Curriculum and Supplies

APEX Science
APEX Science brings the excitement of hands-on science exploration to children in afterschool programs. Developed by the Miami Science Museum, with funding from National Science Foundation, APEX Science also includes a training model for staff of local community-based organizations and schools that provide afterschool care.

EarthBOX – Homegrown Vegetables Without a Garden
The EarthBox Standards-based Support Curriculum’s use of guided inquiry to discover the science behind the sustainable EarthBox® Container Garden System, plants, light, water, soil and nutrition brings science to life in the classroom, and in the garden.

EDC Science
From preK-12 schools to afterschool programs to adult education, EDC’s instructional resources deftly use inquiry-based approaches to deepen understanding of science concepts, build data literacy and critical thinking, hone reading and writing skills in the context of science investigation, and broaden participation in meaningful science.

EDC works to close STEM learning opportunity gaps, improve the relevance and rigor of STEM learning, and prepare all students to thrive in a wide variety of STEM-intensive jobs.

GEMS: Great Explorations in Math and Science
GEMS develops and publishes science and math curriculum, offers professional development, and maintains an international support network.

Intel Education – Enhanced Learning with Educational Technology
Intel inspires the next generation of innovators with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum, competitions, and online resources to encourage students’ interest and participation.

KELVIN® Educational
Every year, KELVIN® strives to provide new and innovative products for technology education, science, robotics, electronics and pre-engineering designed to assist educators in enriching curriculum and motivating students through quality hands-on activities.

NASA – For Educators
Students and educators may explore and experience unique space and aeronautics content through NASA’s education opportunities for informal education.

NASA Kids’ Club
NASA provides a safe place for children to play as they learn about NASA and its missions. On this site, you will find games of various skill levels for children preK-4.

PBS Kids Design Squad Global
Free engineering resources for middle schools.

STEMfinity offers hands-on resources targeted to preK-16 students learning STEM, robotics, 3D printing, drone technology, rocketry and beyond.

Terrific Science
Terrific Science promotes and provides experiences that emphasize the following key elements of science learning: developing understanding with claims and evidence; models and model-making; and student engagement.

Wonderwise combines the investigations and personal insights of a variety of scientists with hands-on science activities.


  • Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University – Philadelphia
  • Carnegie Science Center
  • Comcast
  • Earth System Science Center (ESSC) – Penn State University
  • Greater Metro Telecommunications Consortium
  • Hershey Company
  • PennDOT
  • Schneebeli Earth Science Center – Pennsylvania College of Technology – Montgomery
  • USGS Water Resources of PA
  • Verizon
  • Whitaker Center
  • Wind Farms (Schuylkill County)

Other Fields/Organizations of Interest

  • Accounting firms
  • Amusement parks
  • Architecture firms
  • Banks
  • Carpenters
  • Dam management
  • Elections polls
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
  • Farmers, farmers markets
  • Forensics
  • Mechanics, automobile, aviation, water craft
  • Parks and rec (state and national within Pennsylvania)
  • Sports arenas
  • Trucking companies (high tech logistics systems)
  • Zoos