Million Girls Moonshot

Vermont Afterschool is proud to be part of Million Girls Moonshot (a STEM Next Opportunity Fund initiative), working to inspire and prepare the next generation of innovators by engaging one million more girls in STEM learning opportunities through out-of-school-time programs over the next five years.

The Million Girls Moonshot seeks to reimagine who can

It will inspire and prepare the next generation of innovators by engaging one million more girls in STEM learning opportunities through afterschool and summer programs over the next 5 years.

Monthly STEM Resources

We encourage you to check back each month for new and exciting Million Girls Moonshot STEM resources. If you are using these resources please fill out this quick survey so Vermont Afterschool can see how these resources are being distributed. Thank you! 

April MGM STEM Resources

2024 Solar Eclipse

Are you ready for the 2024 Solar Eclipse that will be visible across the US on April 8, 2024?   Connect with NASA to engage students and families:

Everyone MUST wear solar eclipse glasses or use an alternate viewing method to look at any eclipse. Read more about eye safety during an annular eclipse on NASA’s Eclipse Safety webpage and on this safety flier.

Project Brainy

Project Brainy is a six-session neuroscience-based curriculum designed for out of school time (OST) programs. The curriculum enables middle-school students to build social-emotional skills, engage in interactive STEM learning and increase literacy. Summer and fall 2024 OST programs are invited to apply to participate in a research project to study the implementation of the curriculum. Selected programs will receive training and ongoing support on the curriculum and a $1,500 participation stipend.

Click here to learn more and apply by May 17th to engage in summer programming!

Genomics Career Awareness – DNA Day April 25th

Celebrate DNA Day (April 25th) throughout April by peaking student interest in careers in genomics with Illumina. Looking for an activity to celebrate? Visit the DNA Day website to get your supply list, demo videos, instructions, and more resources.

Share your celebrations on social media using the hashtag #Genomics4All for a chance to win prizes!

Student Activity

How To Make Seed Bombs – Little Bins for Little Hands – Kick off your spring science with a fun Earth Day activity and make seed bombs with your kids! Super easy and fun to make, help youth connect to their impact on the environment start a new tradition to celebrate Earth Day and learn how to make seed bombs or seed balls. This website also features other STEM activities for kids in environmental education.