Flexible, Engaging Afterschool STEM Programming for Grades 1-6

Immersive Afterschool Invention Education

The National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) has several options that make it easy to promote critical and creative thinking in out-of-school-time settings. Providing opportunities to take risks and develop new ideas, our hands-on programming makes learning fun while giving children the insight and inspiration to thrive as problem solvers.

All of our afterschool options emphasize elements of the Innovation Mindset, which empowers children to realize their potential and overcome challenges in any area of life. Each afterschool unit incorporates a range of subject areas and aligns to state standards, Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

Watch Club Invention®, one of our afterschool programs, in action.

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Flexible Curriculum

Each afterschool unit provides eight hours of hands-on STEM fun and can be bundled to meet your unique district requirements. Units are split into 45- to 60-minute sessions and are easily differentiated to accommodate a wide range of ages, grades and learning styles. All hands-on materials can be packed and delivered in Class Sets or Individual Sets.

Funding Options

OST programs qualify for funding options including Title I, Title II, Title III, Title IV, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Migrant Education and Early Learning Challenge funding, as well as state and local district resource funding.

Evidence Based

Our research-based curriculum allows educators to lead with confidence, addressing learning loss while encouraging open-ended exploration, building 21st-century skills and guiding children to use their imagination to create prototypes.

Social-Emotional Learning

Through engaging stories and materials, children experience empathy and advance their capacity for civic responsibility as they explore the invention of new ideas and discover ways to share them with the world.

Discover Some of Our Afterschool units

Bolder Builders™

Children join an engineer, architect and builder to restore a town by designing, creating and testing structures including shelters and bridges.

Subjects:

  • Architecture
  • Biomimicry
  • Design Thinking
  • Ecology
  • Engineering
  • Physics
  • Oral Language

Learn more about Bolder Builders.

Bolder Builders aligns to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

Castles, Catapults and Coats of Arms™

Working together to explore science and medieval history, children take on roles from knights to craftspeople and engage in hands-on creativity.

Subjects:

  • English Language Arts
  • Social Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Measurement and Data
  • Engineering
  • Visual Arts

Learn more about Castles, Catapults and Coats of Arms.

Castles, Catapults and Coats of Arms aligns to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

E.Z. Science™

To help a famous science magazine develop solutions to everyday problems, children conduct experiments, solve puzzles and create games.

Subjects:

  • Writing
  • Chemistry
  • Art
  • Design Thinking
  • Physics

Learn more about E.Z. Science.

E.Z. Science aligns to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

Flight Sight™

Children learn how flight innovations provide new perspectives as they invent ways to jump higher, fly giant paper planes and create 3D maps.

Subjects:

  • Physical Science
  • Engineering
  • Biomimicry
  • History
  • Algebraic Thinking
  • Speaking and Listening

Learn more about Flight Sight.

Flights Sight aligns to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

Passage to Planet ROG™

Traveling to a distant planet, children apply teamwork and creative problem solving to develop devices that will help them succeed in space.

Subjects:

  • Life Science
  • Physical Science
  • Engineering
  • Biology
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Measurement and Data

Learn more about Passage to Planet ROG.

Passage to Planet ROG aligns to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

Phys Ed: Physics in Motion™

Children explore the laws of gravity, energy, motion and magnetism as they create games based on the work of famous physicists.

Subjects:

  • Physical Science
  • Engineering
  • Design
  • Measurement
  • Algebraic Thinking
  • Energy
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Aerodynamics

Learn more about Phy Ed: Physics in Motion.

Phy Ed: Physics in Motion aligns to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

SOS: Endangered Earth™

Investigating ecology and discovering threats to animal habitats, children design safe spaces for wildlife from black bears to birds.

Subjects:

  • Measurement
  • Animal Science
  • Writing
  • Ecology
  • Biology

Learn more about SOS: Endangered Earth.

SOS: Endangered Earth aligns to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

Trash Island: A Garbage Patch Journey™

Children take on ocean research challenges and apply creative thinking to address the extreme buildup of trash in the North Pacific Central Ocean Gyre.

Subjects:

  • Oceanography
  • Animal Science
  • Mathematics
  • Environmental Science
  • Geography
  • Engineering Design
  • Speaking and Listening

Learn more about Trash Island: A Garbage Patch Journey.

Trash Island aligns to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

What can educators expect from our afterschool programs?

Curriculum Guide

Each afterschool unit includes step-by-step instructions, activity objectives, subject background, vocabulary, guiding questions and discussion prompts.

Extension Resources

Program units include a tech addendum for flexible in-school and afterschool implementation options, as well as literacy and science extensions.

Materials Kit

Receive hands-on materials, plus posters and handouts for an immersive experience that sparks the joy of teaching and learning.

Creative Collaboration

Customize your program to meet school or district needs and rely on start-to-finish support from dedicated team members at NIHF.

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