• PBS Kids Design Squad Nation Resources
  • American Society for Engineering Education Lesson Plans
  • Broadcom Junior Varsity Pilot
  • Lessonopoly
  • PBS Learning Media
  • PBS Kids Lab
  • Instructables - Share What You Make
  • Engineering Design Process - Rocket Science Tutors
  • SciGirls Activities - Downloadable
  • CSUF - Leading Inquiry Based Learning

NGSS/Common Core

  • Connecting High-Quality Expanded Learning Opportunities and The Common Core State Standards to Advance Student Success
  • Common Core State Standards for California
  • CA STEM Standards


  • Assessing STEM Quality
  • Assessment Tools in Informal Science Ratings and Reviews
  • Readiness and Needs Assessment
  • Partnership for After School Education Evaluation Tools


  • The Science After School (SAS) Consumers Guide
  • Afterschool Curriculum Choice: Technology Resources
  • Afterschool Curriculum Choice: Mathematics Resources
  • Quality STEM Curriculum List
  • Teaching Engineering Curricula Database
  • EiE - Engineering Is Elementary


  • Building Capacity for Better Results: Strategies for Financing and Sustaining the Organizational Capacity of Youth-Serving Programs
  • Cutting Costs, Keeping Quality: Financing Strategies for Youth-Serving Organizations in a Difficult Economy
  • Funding Opportunities with Deadlines
  • Rolling Funding Opportunities


  • The Maker Education Initiative - Resource Library
  • Video: Caine's Arcade- A Child Maker
  • OC Mini Maker Faire
  • Video: Maker Movement's Connection to STEM
  • 6 Strategies for Funding a Maker Space
  • Inexpensive Materials in the Classroom
  • Why Making Matters

Program Showcases


  • Raspberry Pi Resource

Program Showcase

Communities of Practice Kick Off Meeting

Communities of Practice Kick Off Meeting

OC STEM – Regional STEM Hub kicked off the 2015-16 Program Year in style! On September 18, 2015 ExplorOcean, located in Newport Beach, hosted OC STEM’s Communities of Practice (CoP) meeting with over 50 participants. The morning was filled with noise and a passion for STEM programming in the after school and expanded learning fields. There were representatives from Expanded Learning Programs, Higher Education, Informal Science Programs and Community Housing groups. Participants networked with each other and proposed ideas around the needs of the field for the upcoming year. Melissa MacDonald, special consultant from the California Dept. of Education facilitated the interactive group discussion. As a result, there was an overarching interest in assessment and evaluation within STEM programs.  It was agreed that this will be the topic for conversation at our next gathering in December.  At the end of the meeting, ExplorOcean gave the group a tour of their learning space and demonstrated the great hands-on opportunities they have for children. The CoP session concluded with a harbor cruise around Newport, which provided a great bonding opportunity for teams and a refreshing start to a Friday. 

2015-16 will be a great year and we hope you will join us at all of our professional development events!

OC Mini Maker Faire

The OC Mini Maker Faire was held on May 9, 2015 at the Irvine Valley College Campus. Approximately 2,000 people from all over the Southern California were in attendance, with 70 Maker exhibits and over 120 volunteers.

Workshops included accessory making, 3D printing, and laser cutting. Making is happening all over Orange County. Today, educators in informal and formal learning spaces are introducing Making in their STEM programs. Making is a project-based learning approach that introduces STEM content in a fun, hands-on way. Skills such as creativity, communication, and confidence are all products of Making. It is a good way to have students thinking critically and cultivating habits of the mind that will be beneficial to them in the long run.

For more information on Making and the OC Mini Maker Faire, visit  and .

"Makers" at The Tiger Woods Learning Center

On April 20, 2015, The Tiger Woods Learning Center launched its' first ever Making Workshops, with an emphasis on circuitry and wearable electronics. Duog Luong is one of the coordinators of the program, and has retained interest from a group of students at the center.

In the first few weeks, the students learned about circuitry and how LED lights and coin cell batteries interact with one another to conduct electricity. The students took it to the next step and created decorative light-up cards that demonstrated their creativity and critical thinking skills.

For the next session, students will take what they learned and apply it to create something that they can wear. Maybe the next best fashion designer will be discovered! 

Image Courtesy of the Tiger Woods Learning Center

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