Providing engaging and informative STEM learning opportunities to our students is part of the heart of afterschool in Delaware. We are fortunate to work with great organizations that help Delaware children grow both passion for and knowledge of the field of STEM.
Million Girls Moonshot Grant
The Delaware Afterschool Network is a proud recipient of a 2021 Million Girls Moonshot: Ready for Liftoff Grant. This grant from the STEM Next Opportunity Fund allows DEAN to expand our STEM focus and align with the mission of Million Girls Moonshot.
Utilizing the funds provided through the grant, DEAN has established three main goals:
- Pilot an Afterschool STEM Mentor-Mentee Community of Practice;
- Disseminate local and national STEM resources and professional learning opportunities;
- Develop new partnerships with STEM influencers, the business community, and elected officials.
DEAN is excited to continue working with Million Girls Moonshot and to advance the STEM landscape in the state of Delaware!
Call to Action
STEM learning should not stop when the school day ends. As out of school time advocates and professionals, it is our job to bring STEM to the afterschool, out of school, and summer learning space. While STEM has advanced over the years, we still have a long way to go. For our female students, especially those of color, there are significant disparities and inequities. For instance, women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce, but less than one third of the science and engineering workforce. Latinx and African American women make up less than 3% (Million Girls Moonshot).
Now is the time for the out of school time community to come together and expand STEM opportunities for our Delaware students.
Million Girls Moonshot
The Delaware Out-of-School Time Network (DEAN) is excited to be a part of the Million Girls Moonshot. The Intel Foundation and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation have joined STEM Next Opportunity Fund and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to launch the Million Girls Moonshot. The effort is designed to engage 1 million school-age girls in the United States in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning opportunities over the next five years. The organizations will provide grant funding and in-kind resources to Mott-funded afterschool networks in all 50 states to increase access to hands-on, immersive STEM learning experiences.
Children spend less than 20 percent of their waking hours in school. Afterschool STEM can almost double the time some students have to question, tinker, learn, and explore STEM topics. The more equitable representation of students participating in STEM learning opportunities after school and in the summer, the more diverse STEM subjects and majors will become in the future.
Million Girls Moonshot Focuses on Four Transformative Practices
- Equity & Inclusion: Support programs and STEM partners to understand the fundamentals of equity and access, putting into place effective practices and supports for change
- Engineering Mindset: Embed an invention/engineering mindset/problem solving methodology into afterschool and summer learning programming
- Role Models, Mentors, & Families: Support programs to foster the sustained involvement of families, mentors and role models as part of STEM work with youth
- STEM Pathways & Transitions: Help create successful “hand-offs” between program opportunities including work-based learning, post-secondary, etc.
The Million Girls Moonshot is dedicated to providing inclusive content and professional development opportunities focused on developing an engineering mindset and creating career pathways.
Female scientists and engineers are concentrated in different occupations than are men, with relatively high shares of women in the social sciences (62%) and biological, agricultural, and environmental life sciences (48%) and relatively low shares in engineering (15%) and computer and mathematical sciences (25%).
For students in elementary through high school, more than 80% of their time is spent learning outside of school at afterschool and summer programs, in libraries, museums, science centers, or at home or in the community.
Women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce, but less than one third of the science and engineering workforce. Latinx and African-American women make up less than 3%.
Million Girls Moonshot Resources