by Suzanne Eisenberg

When I was younger, I never thought I was going to be “good” at science. I didn’t even consider that I could one day have a career in STEM. Now, as a college freshman studying astrophysics, my confidence in my STEM capabilities is a world of difference…


by Linda Kekelis

Six Ideas for a Summer of STEM

Coauthored by Linda Kekelis and Teresa Drew

Summer is coming. So is the search for ideas to support summer learning. Let’s not let stereotypes hold us back from providing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) opportunities for girls. A new…


Coauthored by Linda Kekelis and Teresa Drew

Photo Credit: The 50 State Afterschool Network

Summer is coming. So is the search for ideas to support summer learning. Let’s not let stereotypes hold us back from providing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) opportunities for girls. A new research brief by


by Linda Kekelis

Imagining Tomorrow, Reimagining Possibilities

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Photo credit: MonkeyBusiness

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day 2021 is like no other. Girl Day may be different this year, but it does not have to limit your options.

Engineers are always dealing with constraints. Limited resources, unexpected circumstances, and changes in…


STEM Next Opportunity Fund releases The Essential Funders’ Guide to STEM-Focused Family Engagement: Seven Strategies to Support Families in Advancing Young People’s STEM Interest, Persistence, and Achievement. Young people — particularly girls and young people from underrepresented communities — benefit when families encourage them to pursue STEM. Yet families are often unsure about what they should do, and many STEM-focused organizations do not have the resources or know-how to engage them effectively. This guide is intended to raise awareness and build knowledge to increase grantmaker support for practice, research, and policy solutions to better support families and address the race, gender and income gaps in STEM.


Parents are vital players in raising youth’s awareness of the value of STEM and in brokering their participation in activities that build STEM competencies.

STEM Next Opportunity Fund is committed to ensuring that every child — especially girls, youth of color, kids in low-income communities, and youth with disabilities — has access to STEM experiences and the social capital that lead to greater opportunities in academics and careers. We believe family engagement is a game changer and offer this white paper to raise awareness of its importance and amplify promising practices.


Guest Blog by M. Elena Lopez, Linda Jacobson, Margaret Caspe, and Rachel Hanebutt, Global Family Research Project

Bringing science-themed workshops to families in rural Appalachia, giving students and families in a summer meal program a chance to build robots, and letting parents see their children apply early math skills to…


By Cary Sneider, Portland State University

Sharing a few chapter book gems with parents and caregivers can be a brief but highly productive part of family night at a school, or open house at a library.

I still remember my first “chapter book.” It was called AWOL, and it was…


The STEM Next Opportunity Fund, in collaboration with the US Department of Education, is pleased to announce the appointment of Patti Curtis as the new Robert Noyce/Ellen Lettvin Informal STEM Education Fellow. Curtis, who has led policy efforts for the Museum of Science, Boston for more than a decade, is…


The STEM Next Opportunity Fund, in collaboration with the US Department of Education, is pleased to announce the appointment of Patti Curtis as the new Robert Noyce/Ellen Lettvin Informal STEM Education Fellow. Curtis, who has led policy efforts for the Museum of Science, Boston for more than a decade, is…

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