The Tech Museum of Innovation After School eNewsletter

Dear After School Providers,

Happy New Year and welcome to the first edition of The Tech Museum of Innovation's eNewsletter for after school programs. This resource is designed to provide support as you incorporate quality Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) into out-of-school time programming. Please encourage others to sign up for this newsletter by visiting

We would love to hear from you, as we develop this resource. If you have questions, suggestions, or requests for future editions, please contact:

Stephanie Michele Barroso
Coordinator, School & After School Partnerships

The Tech Museum of Innovation Curricular Resources

Photo Credit: Liz Carlson

Curricular Resources

Engineering Everywhere and Engineering Adventures Apply to pilot one of these new engineering modules for out-of-school time created by the Museum of Science, Boston:

  • From Plants to Plastics: Engineering Bioplastics (6th-8th graders)
  • Outbreak: Engineering a Response to Pandemics (6th-8th graders)
  • The Sky’s the Limit: Engineering Flying Technologies (3rd-5th graders)

If chosen, you will receive all materials necessary to lead the unit and a stipend. In return, you will need to provide feedback and administer assessments to your group. If you are interested in applying to pilot, please fill out the online form by  Friday, January 17, 2014.

Power of Discovery Curriculum & Activities a comprehensive list and two databases of reviewed curriculum specifically for out-of-school time programs. The curriculum reviewed spans across various grade levels, disciplines and subject matter.

California After School Resource Center STEM Resources These STEM resources have been reviewed by CASRC and are identified as high-quality because they are standards-aligned, research-based, and appropriate for use by after school professionals. These materials are available for a four-week loan with free delivery to library clients.


Professional Development

Bridging the Bay Conference This two-day conference of workshops is for front-line staff, teacher liaisons, site coordinators, school administrators, program managers, agency directors and district coordinators who support after school programming throughout the Bay Area. Register by January 19 to save more than 300% on registration! 

January 31- February 1 at Balboa High School in San Francisco.

Professional Development for Informal Science Educators  This Conservation and Sustainability Education Course addresses how to create programs and activities that lead to environmentally friendly actions.

January 22-March 26 at California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. 

Professional Development at The Tech Museum of Innovation

Need help communicating about Climate Change?   Improve understanding of best practices in communicating climate change and gain skills for developing audience tailored climate messages. For resource managers and public outreach specialists.

February 6 at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in Moss Landing



The Tech Challenge  is designed to inspire the next generation of Silicon Valley innovators. This year students in grades 5-12 are moving water with wind energy culminating on Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13, 2014. Register teams by March 31.

The Tech Museum of Innovation
Information Clinics & Advisor Trainings: January 25, February 1, February 8

The Native Animals of Alum Rock Park Science Safari! Meet and touch some of our animal ambassadors! Learn about their diet habitat, and role in the ecosystem! How do they each contribute to the Alum Rock Park?

Events for After School Programs

Photo Credit: Don Feria

YSI Nature Center in Alum Rock Park
Saturday, January 25, 2014
10:30 am – 11:30 am
$10 – Registration Required
Contact Christy King (408) 356 – 4945 x12 or email:

Students Use Language Skills and Art to Promote Conservation   The California Coastal Commission invites K-12 students statewide to submit poetry and art for their California coastal and marine arts contest.

Register and submit art by January 31
Contact, or call (800) Coast-4U



Captain Planet Foundation Grants  Schools and organizations are eligible to apply for grants for activities to give the next generation of environmental stewards an active understanding and love for the natural world in which they live. Funding supports hands-on environmental projects that inspire and empower children and youth as they work individually and collectively to create environmental solutions in their homes, schools and communities.  The application deadline is  January 31, 2014. 

American Honda Foundation STEM Grants  Non-profit organizations and schools are eligible to apply for up to $75,000 funding to support the teaching of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, environmental projects, job training, and literacy programs.  There are four submission deadlines throughout the year: February 1May 1August 1, and November 1

Funding for After School Programs

2014 Mantis Tiller Award for Community and Youth Gardens   Charitable and educational organizations are eligible to apply for Mantis Tillers to create gardens for education and nutrition.  Applications are due March 7, 2014

The United States of Fish and Wildlife Service Schoolyard Habitat Program ?The Schoolyard Habitat Program helps teachers and students create a naturalized wildlife habitat for classroom field studies and observations by providing technical and organizational assistance to schools to create outdoor classrooms. Qualified schools or organizations serving K-12 students are eligible for funding and may receive up to $8,000 for projects.