It’s been fifty years since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first landed on the moon. NASA now tells us the “Next Giant Leap” is Mars. Turn science-fiction into reality, through exploration in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and open up possibilities for all young people to soar this summer.
Most students lose two months of math skills every summer. To stop this, thousands of summer programs implement science, technology, engineering, and mathematics into their curriculum every year. With technology growing faster than ever, there are infinite possibilities in the industries of STEM. Join us for Discovery Day on Tuesday, July 9!
Resources for Parents
Summer Math Challenge
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The Summer Math Challenge, a free math-skills program, can help your child retain math skills learned during the school year and keep them on the path towards college and careers.
5 Easy Ways to Roll in a Little Math
In partnership with Bedtime Math
Here are 5 easy ways to roll in a little math this summer. This flyer includes tips at the playground, during a road trip, while packing a picnic, on the beach, or while taking a hike.
Have your child answer these 3-5 questions as a quick math and reading review. It isn’t a test—your child can relax and solve the problems—like a game! At the end, you’ll get fun, free activities to help your child at home.
Space Rangers Toolkit
Reading Rockets, with support from the Park Foundation
Explore, read, play, invent, build and learn — all about space with this book-based learning adventure for ages 6-10. The toolkit includes 5 topics for exploration through fiction and nonfiction books, hands-on activities, new vocabulary, and fun writing prompts.
The People’s Moon #MYGIANTLEAP: Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing
The People’s Moon believes everyone on Earth has a dream. In July 1969 Apollo 11 fulfilled the dreams of all humanity by achieving an ‘impossible’ dream – landing and walking on the moon. It inspired the world and spurred on inspiration, innovation and technology. The People’s Moon wants you to become part of history and share your dreams or giant leaps for the celebration. How can you participate?
- Check out the The People’s Moon call to action video here: https://vimeo.com/333656338.
- Upload a photo with your statement about your own big dream or giant leap or a video message to https://thepeoplesmoon.com/participate. Include the following with your upload:
- Your big dream or giant leap for the future
- What the space program means to you
- What you think of when you look at the moon
Encourage your friends and people in your network to upload their photos and videos to thepeoplesmoon.com and share on social media using the hashtags: #MyGiantLeap #ThePeoplesMoon #Apollo50
Bedtime Math’s Road Trip: 50 States of Math
Pack your bags and hit the road for our special summer series – Bedtime Math’s Road Trip: 50 States of Math – starting July 5! From Texas to California to Massachusetts, Bedtime Math will spotlight a different state every day and discover cool and unusual math facts along the way. Get the toolkit to discover more ways to start and continue your building your child’s math skills all summer long.
Discover More With Research
STEM in the Summer: The Joy of Meaningful Learning
When we look at best practices for STEM education, we find that summer offers a unique opportunity for students to engage in STEM learning in ways that mirror real-world needs, while also drawing on the practices that make these learning activities most successful. Download the report.
STEM Policy Brief: The Power of Summer
High-quality summer learning programs have been shown to improve reading and math skills. They also increase graduation rates and post-secondary success. Read the policy brief.
Science in the Summertime: A Multi-Layered Learning Experience
Summer offers a unique opportunity for youth to take a deep dive into STEM learning. Outside of the traditional classroom, youth are in the field, connecting to environmental issues with meaningful importance in their own communities. Read the research brief.
Investment in Staff Yields Summer Success for Students
Delivering a high-quality STEM summer program can seem daunting, especially when staff may have limited experience. Researchers focused on the impact of providing staff with hands-on curriculum, professional development, coaching, and quality assessment. Read the research brief.
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#SummerLearningWeek is July 8-13. Most students lose 2 months of mathematical skills every summer. Low-income children typically lose another 2-3 months in reading. Year after year, those losses add up. #KeepKidsLearning bit.ly/SummerLearningWeek
Find 5 easy ways to roll in a little math while you’re on the go this summer with @summerlearning and @bedtimemath. #SummerLearningWeek starts July 8! #KeepKidsLearning http://bit.ly/2JRQEpI
Each summer, students lose critical math+literacy skills, which can widen the achievement gap among students. See how your program’s students can strike out the #summerslide with @Summer_Slugger, created by @EVERFI & @MLB. #SummerLearningWeek http://bit.ly/2yssPzt
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#SummerLearningWeek is July 8-13! Most students lose two months of mathematical skills every summer, and low-income children typically lose another two to three months in reading. By 5th grade, cumulative years of summer learning loss can leave low-income students 2.5 to 3 years behind peers, further widening the achievement gap. #KeepKidsLearning and close the gap. Learn more from the @National Summer Learning Association at www.summerlearning.org.
A recent study by The @Rand Corporation and @The Wallace Foundation showed students with high attendance in free, five to six-week, voluntary, summer learning programs experienced educationally meaningful benefits in math and reading. Get involved and demand funding for summer programming. Contact your congressperson: https://www.summerlearning.org/take-action/ #SummerLearningWeek