This Fall 2016 semester as Activities Coordinator I have been involved with the implementation of a more student-driven after school program based on polling of student interests. One area of high interest for students at my school is LEGO Robotics. After interviewing a very experienced LEGO Robotics teacher, we hired him and today from 345-500 pm will be his 7th class.
What is the impact? So far, students report excitement and joy related to STEM activities and say they are never bored. They have so far learned how to program LEGO mindstorm robots to go straight, turn left and right, and simulate a soccer game. Here is a link to: Scholarly article related to STEM after school programs and success in traditional classrooms.