The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is pleased to partner with National Geographic to provide afterschool programs with free and exciting resources to spark curiosity and help young people gain foundational skills, like teamwork, communications, and critical thinking that prepare them for the jobs of the future. Over the next several months, we’ll roll out many learning opportunities for young people and afterschool educators. We know that real-world applications of critical thinking and STEM skills helps to engage students, particularly girls. In October 2018, we hope you will help us share about an exciting free resources for afterschool programs to provide engaging learning opportunities for youth. We appreciate your help in disseminating these materials to as many afterschool programs as possible.
EXPLORER CLASSROOM – #LIGHTS ON AFTERSCHOOL SPECIAL!
For programs in the Eastern time zone: During Lights On Afterschool week, invite your programs to engage with a real explorer during the National Geographic Explorer Classroom! This is a way to have youth connect what they are learning in STEM to careers and role models.
On Tuesday, October 23 at 2:15pm – 3:15pm Central Time, afterschool programs will have the opportunity to engage with Robert Ballard and the team on the Exploration Vessel Nautilus. Learn how they explore the ocean depths and ask how they discovered the Titanic! It’s called Explorer Classroom #LightsOnAfterschool Special! and it’s free. Register here!
We know 2:15pm CT is early for programs. So, stay tuned! We’re hoping to announce a live National Geographic Explorer Classroom #LightsOnAfterschool Special at 4pm Central Time for the week of October 22. This is a live, interactive experience where afterschool programs can engage with an explorer via YouTube. More to come…
Afterschool programs can take on the GeoChallenge where young people have the opportunity to be changemakers in their communities and across the nation. For this national competition, teams of young people investigate and create real-world solutions for the urgent issue of plastic pollution in our waterways. There’s a program guide and lots of activities to engage and inform kids. Submit solutions by January 15th for the national competition. Register today for great resources.
Here are the tools to help you disseminate; if you need something else, just ask! Terri at firstname.lastname@example.org; 202-271-8651
DISTRIBUTION TOOLKIT HERE It includes:
- Email and Social media toolkit
- About GeoChallenge
- About Explorer Classroom
- All downloadable files can be found in this folder.