After-school programs offer hands-on learning experiences that help students develop interest and gain crucial skills in STEM learning. The recently released America After 3PM special report, “STEM Learning in Afterschool on the Rise, But Barriers and Inequities Exist,” finds that after-school programs are offering more STEM learning opportunities, but too many students are missing out due to existing inequities. For every child in an after-school program, three are waiting to get in. Parents report cost and lack of accessible programs are the biggest barriers to after-school participation. Based on the report, girls, families with low incomes and families in rural communities are the most likely to miss out on STEM learning opportunities in their after-school programs.
The Opportunity Project works with our partners to knock down these barriers to access by providing first rate, affordable and accessible STEM programming to Tulsa kids. TulsaCityofLearning.org is a citywide interactive website connecting youth and families to high-quality camps, clubs and after-school programs.
The Opp and our partners offer a wide array of after-school programming to bridge the gap between accessibility and affordability so that every child in Tulsa has access to hands-on learning opportunities in their communities. From coding camps to greenhouse projects to stop motion animation, there is something for every kid interested in STEM.
Check out www.tulsacityoflearning.org for more information. And be on the lookout for our new fall programming!