These two reports outline the 2014 activity of the STEM Pathways Cooperative, which was founded by Project Exploration in 2011 to create a systematic approach to STEM in OST in Chicago.
The final report from 2012’s citywide survey of OST STEM opportunities for youth, the first of its kind. The initial project and ongoing work of the STEM Pathways Cooperative has been lead by Project Exploration, in partnership with numerous foundations, nonprofit organizations, and government offices. An executive summary of the report is available here.
Published in the National Institute for Out of School Time: After School Matters Journal, this article describes how Project Exploration’s model and approach to empowering underrepresented groups to pursue STEM interests is less a matter of repairing a “leaky pipeline” than of building relationship-based, competency-driven pathways for meaningful participation.
The 10-year retrospective study conducted by the University of California Berkeley validates Project Exploration’s model and its underlying assumptions that it is possible to demonstrably boost student interest in science in out-of-school time settings and inspire young people – who are amongst those least likely to meaningfully participate in science, technology or engineering – to reach for new levels of academic and career achievement.
Published in the National Institute for Out of School Time: After School Matters Journal, this paper sketches the context for participation in science by girls from historically underrepresented populations and offers a detailed description of Project Exploration’s Sisters4Science program and its personalized, girl-centered pedagogy. The S4S example suggests a need to complement current out-of-school science programs with lessons from girl-centered practice and research.
Youth Program Evaluation 
This is a five-year evaluation of Project Exploration’s programs designed and implemented, in part, by program participants.
A Watershed Moment 
This publication documents the first-ever national conference on Science and Technology in Out-of-School Time, convened in 2008 by Project Exploration and the Coalition for Science After School.