STEM and Out-of-School Time Celebrations - April 2019

Math Awareness Month

April

Started in 1986 thanks to President Ronald Reagan, Math Awareness Month is celebrated in April each year. Celebrate by appreciating the beauty of math throughout the month! Get great ideas for incorporating math in your afterschool program with our Focusing on the M in STEM on-demand webinar.

Global Day of the Engineer

April 3

"Scientists study the world as it is; engineers create the work that has never been."
- Theodore von Karman, a Hungarian-American mathematician, aerospace engineer, and physicist

Global Day of the Engineer is a great opportunity to appreciate famous engineers, make connections to STEM careers, and engage in an engineering activity! Learn more about being an engineer by reading What Motivates Students to Pursue an Engineering Career? or 5 Myths About Engineer Majors.

National Robotics Week

April 6-14

Celebrate this year's national Robotics Week (or "RoboWeek") from April 6th to April 14th. Here are some ideas for celebrating in your program:

  • Bring awareness of the importance of the US robotics industry and the tremendous social and cultural impact that it will have on the future by encouraging the proper use of technology.
  • Offer a mini session regarding technology, its impact, and the potential future course of it through online videos or a presentation.

Encourage a Young Writer Day

April 10

Nowadays, technology's influence has played a huge role in how our younger generations interact with writing. It is important to promote writing regardless of the way in which it is accomplished. Check out these ideas for sparking interest in writing:

  • Host a writing seminar in which students can learn the basics of writing.
  • Continue educating outside of the classroom through having a story write-up that uses a STEM-related topic.
  • Learn about keeping science journals with our Let's Put That in Our Journal video-based learning module.

National Parks Week

April 20-28

Celebrate National Parks Week from April 20th through the 28th. This week is meant to explore America's treasures. Find your local parks and share their history and its impact on your community.

Environmental Education Week

April 22-26

Along with National Parks Week, Environmental Education Week is important to celebrate and get students excited about. EE Week works to celebrate all of the educators who are making a difference in the world of environmental education and STEM learning by providing them with the tools and resources they need to continue inspiring the next generation of lifelong environmental learners.

Afterschool Professionals Week

April 22-26

Take time to recognize the great staff who work in your program during Afterschool Professionals Appreciation Week. Considering sharing the video below through your social media channels to remind stakeholders why afterschool professionals are important to young people. Also, don't miss our upcoming webinar on April 10, Celebrating the Impact of OST Programs. Can't make it to the live webinar? The webinar recording will be available for on-demand viewing after April 10.

Earth Day 2019

April 22

"In nature nothing exists alone"
- Rachel Carson

Earth Day is a perfect opportunity to celebrate with your students! We are fortunate enough to live among nature's gifts on Earth. Admitting our failures to conserve nature in general. Check out these ideas and resources for celebrating within your program:

National DNA Day

April 25

"DNA was the first xerox machine" 
- Kenneth Ewart Boulding

National DNA Day provides two opportunities for celebration: one, the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003; and two, the discovery of the double helix of DNA in 1953. Here are some ideas for celebrating the 16th anniversary of National DNA Day: