Arts, STEM & Literacy
Creative thinking, problem solving, flexibility, and team work are all fostered by participation in hands on, project based learning. Arts and STEM, sometimes STEAM where the A = Arts, offer the perfect opportunity to engage young people and build real world skills.
- 901 Arts
- Art with a Heart
- Arts Evey Day
- Arts on the Block
- Class Act Arts
- Creative Alliance
- Maryland Institute College of Art - Community Arts Corps
- Pyramid Atlantic Arts
- Young Audience
- 4H Resource Library
- Afterschool Math Plus & Afterschool Science Plus
- Code.org - Resources for supporting learning about computer coding.
- Howtosmile.org - A group of science museums organizing the best of science and math activities in a searchable database.
- Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network
- National Partnership for After School Science
- Sparticl - Science games, activities, videos and other resources on the web.
- Science Afterschool Consumer Guide
Campaign for Grade Level Reading
At the national level the Campaign for Grade Level Reading is working with partners to make reading proficiency by the end of third grade a priority and to improve school readiness, attendance and summer learning. With the Family League of Balitmore City, MOST co-chairs the Expanded Learning Opportunity sub-group of Baltimore's Campaign for Grade Level Reading.
Additional Literacy Resources
- Literacy Strategies for Afterschool Guide - Literacy activities for afterschool programs aligned to the Common Core Standards compiled by the Conneticut Afterschool Network (2013)
- Literacy Strategies That Work - A one page overview from the Iowa Afterschool Alliance an ways afterschool programs can support literacy
Landscaping Baltimore's STEM Ecosystem
A MOST Report on STEM Opportunities for the City's Youth
In the spring of 2014 through a generous grant from the Abell Foundation, the MOST Network undertook a five month effort to research and report on STEM opportunities in Baltimore City. Through a dozen key stakeholder interviews, public data-mining, and participation in STEM work groups and collaboratives, Landscaping Baltimore's STEM Ecosystem has produced:
- A narrative based on the synthesis of survey data, and the key stakeholder interviews conducted within the school system
- MOST's recommendations for Baltimore's STEM Ecosystem
- A Baltimore City STEM Directory, featuring 91 STEM opportunities
- A school-by-school directory with all 195 Baltimore City Public Schools and 30 in school STEM programs (SY 2013-2014)
- A school-by-school directory with all 195 Baltimore City Public Schools and 15 STEM competitions (SY 2013-2014)
- A school-by-school directory with all 195 Baltimore City Public Schools and 18 out of school time programs (SY 2013-2014)
Learn more about our local STEM Partners:
- Code in the Schools - Offering high-quality computer science education to Baltimore City Public Schools
- FutureMakers - Young children can explore tinkering, digital fabrication, and more
- Digital Harbor Foundation - Technology center where students (and teachers) develop digital-age skills through maker activities and entrepreneurship
- Let's Go Boys and Girls - Empowering and supporting students to become STEM professionals through hands-on curricula
- Maryland Science Olympiad - Providing Maryland's students with diverse and fun STEM competitions
- UMBC/NASA's BEST- Bringing engineering principles alive for young students
- University of Maryland Extension, 4H- the nation's largest youth development organization with offices in every county, provides a variety of STEM focused trainings for afterschool program staff