I was very pleased to learn that the Obama administration is pressing for more STEM-focused after-school educational programs. In a recent report from the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, an emphasis is placed on launching a coordinated initiative to create STEM-based after-school and extended-day activities. Interesting to mention is the focus on “coordinated”, which refers to the Department of Education working with the National Science Foundation. The initiative called INSPIRE will focus on “individualized, transforming experiences with STEM subjects”. The council suggests that 21st Century Community Learning Centers federal funds be used to fund such STEM projects. Learn more by reading Education Week’s Beyond School blog.