The World Economic Forum recently ranked the United States 48 th in the world in the areas of math and science; as our world rankings fall, fewer individuals are pursuing higher education degrees in these fields.  
Skills and knowledge in the areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are of vital importance and becoming increasingly necessary in today’s modern world. Afterschool programs are uniquely suited to provide positive learning experiences that allow young people to make personal connections to the sciences.  With their flexible structure and strong foundation in youth development, afterschool programs allow young people to explore STEM while developing new skill sets in an informal setting.
Since 2001, PASE has helped to make STEM topics more accessible to the afterschool field, providing STEM-related professional development opportunities for afterschool practitioners in how to effectively promote and utilize STEM in their programs. PASE’s efforts through this initiative utilize an inquiry-based learning model, infusing youth development principles into STEM programming in order to support high-quality, content-rich, and effective afterschool programs.
Taking Root: Strengthening STEM in Afterschool is made possible through generous support from The Pinkerton Foundation and the Voya Foundation. PASE is contracted through the Center for the Collaborative Classroom to provide training on how to use AfterSchool KidzMath™ and AfterSchool KidzScience™ Enrichment Curricula.