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In Florida, afterschool participation is growing - over 627,000 students attend various programs.
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  • Zero Robotics International Space Station Finals: The five-week STEM curriculum introduces students to computer programming, robotics, and space engineering, and provides hands-on experience programming SPHERES (Synchronized, Position, Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites). The program culminates in a tournament where winning teams' SPHERES compete aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Middle school participants will get to see the SPHERES operate in space via a live feed from the ISS while NASA astronauts provide real-time commentary. The Zero Robotics Middle School Summer Program has more than 10 state teams already gearing up their SPHERES to compete at the ISS finals in mid-August. For more information, please contact Samantha Thorstensen at
  • Every Student Succeeds Act Public Input: Through July 22, 2016, the Florida Department of Education is accepting public input on each component of the law, to be considered by DOE in the development of Florida's draft state plan. To access the public input form, please visit
  • Mayoral Summit on Afterschool and Expanded Learning Opportunities: Being held on Friday, September 9th, 2016. This event will serve as an avenue to bring mayors of Florida together in efforts to cultivate a constructive environment for children’s after school and out-of-school time programs. To register please email Jenny Anderson at by Friday, August 12, 2016.
  • Bright Ideas STEM from today’s youth: Congratulations to Verma Hygiene Mister for being selected as the winner of the 2016 Bright Ideas STEM from Today’s Youth. She will work with the product and technology innovation firm, Astralis Group to potentially make her Bright Idea a reality! Learn more about the program at
  • What It Takes to Put Children on the Road to Success: The Wallace Foundation and the University of Chicago have released a paper exploring the necessary building blocks to build a foundation for children to be successful. Explore the brief here.
  • Improving STEM activities in Afterschool: Florida has a network of afterschool STEM Hubs whose mission is to increase quality of programming. For more information on FAN's STEM professional development resources and opportunities to learn more about infusing STEM into your afterschool program, visit our website at
  • Afterschool on Capital Dateline Online: FAN’s Michael Lannon and Joe Davis were featured on Inside Florida Politics and the Florida Newsmakers sections of this informative program from the Florida Cable Telecommunications Association. Capital Dateline airs on your local Florida Sun Sports/Fox Sports channel and on the web at
  • Florida's Afterschool programs are working! Florida has been recognized as a Top Ten State for its high quality programming, for targeting student populations with the greatest needs, and for parental satisfaction. However, the demand for more opportunities for students to participate continues to be strong. For more information on data associated with Florida's afterschool programs, click here.
  • Florida Afterschool by the Numbers Fact Sheet: More than a decade of 21st CCLC data shows that afterschool programs are making a difference in the lives of children, but a significant state investment (both public and private) is needed in order for all students to have an opportunity to participate in afterschool. Check out the Florida Afterschool Fact Sheet for more information.
  • The American Youth Policy Forum, based in Washington, D.C.,hosted a discussion group with state afterschool networks on the topic of Coordinated Financing for Afterschool and Summer Learning. The Florida Afterschool Network participated in this event and a summary of the discussion and materials presented can be found on the AYPF website.