Out-of-School & After School Programs

Rockman et al offers decades of experience in conducting research and evaluations to support engaged learning in after-school and summer programs. Our expertise in informal learning research allows us to generate rich information about program implementation and impacts to inform stakeholders and program development. We use a participatory research approach that engages stakeholders throughout the research process, and we specialize in conducting research to inform program development at scale. We are also experienced in facilitating partnerships between educators, schools and community-based learning centers.

Please explore selected examples of our projects with after school and summer programs below. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your project with you and to provide you with more information about our tailored services. Please Contact Us to schedule a free 30-minute Q&A session with a consultant.

Selected Projects Include

  • Coastal Marine Biolabs – Neurolab M3

    NeuroLab M3 is a comprehensive research education program that carefully guides high school students through a series of in-depth, interdisciplinary, and discovery-based explorations of scientific models, model organisms, and model systems in developmental neuroscience. The 5-year project includes immersive residential research institutes in comparative functional genomics for rising juniors and seniors. The evaluation will examine outcomes for participating students using longitudinal surveys and content knowledge tests.

  • Peg + Cat: Adventures in Learning

    As external evaluators for an NSF-funded AISL grant awarded to The Fred Rogers Company, Rockman et al tested early versions of Peg + Cat interactive media and science camp activities with pre-schoolers, their families, and their teachers. REA also evaluated youth experiences and outcomes in an affiliated summer camp, including observations, focus groups, and interviews with participating educators and children. Peg + Cat is a PBS math-based television program for preschoolers, which is accompanied by interactive media including digital storybooks, online games and apps.

  • Odd Squad Summer Camp

    Rockman et al worked with PBS KIDS to evaluate a pilot of the Odd Squad Camp program, including observations at two summer camps, youth and parent surveys, and interviews with participants, program facilitators, and participants’ parents.