THINK MAKE CREATE (TMC) MOBILE LABS

TMC Mobile Lab Brings STEAM Learning Opportunities to Fremont County

Wyoming Afterschool Alliance and Lander Children’s Museum Partner to Inspire Kids 

The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance is pleased to announce that the Lander Children’s Museum located at 465 Lincoln Street will launch their Think Make Create (TMC) Mobile Maker Trailer in Fremont County on Saturday, October 23 at 12:00pm during their annual Fall Fest.  

Think Make Create (TMC) Mobile Labs are 6 x 12-foot trailers that can easily be transported for use at afterschool program sites and community-based learning sites for out-of-school time and summer learning. The interior of the trailer is designed to maximize storage of supplies and projects. Designed for children and youth K-12, the TMC Mobile Lab materials will be rolled out of the trailer and be accessible on a blacktop, gymnasium, libraries, and other suitable locations. Funding from AT&T Mountain Region provided seed money helped to make this opportunity possible.   

TMC Mobile Labs are designed to focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math), subjects that are 21st Century skills vital to preparing Wyoming’s emerging workforce for a changing economy. Organizations can build on this foundation by adding activities based on the arts, literacy, and more.  

 The TMC Mobile Lab was originally conceived by Beyond School Bells, Nebraska’s state afterschool network. WYAA is now working with stakeholders in Wyoming to bring TMC Mobile Labs to communities around the Equality State. The first lab was launched in Carbon County in January 2019 with support from AT&T Mountain Region and Sinclair Oil Company in cooperation with Carbon County Boys & Girls Club, Carbon County School District #1, and Carbon County Higher Education Center. Afterschool programs, businesses, nonprofits, school districts, and anyone interested in investing in Wyoming’s emerging workforce should contact WYAA.    

WYAA Director Michelle Sullivan commented, “Community partnerships with afterschool and summer learning programs provide critical support to ensure that today’s children have the skills required to tackle the problems of tomorrow. These connections encourage young people to stay in Wyoming and build a prosperous economy for all of us.”    

For more information, please contact Wyoming Afterschool Alliance Director Michelle Sullivan, 307.335.9922 or michelle@wycf.org.    

The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance is a nonprofit organization working to promote quality, education-based out of school time programs that positively impact youth and families. To learn more, visit www.wyafterschoolalliance.org. 

The Lander Children’s Museum was created in 2000, to foster curiosity and creativity through a variety of hands-on learning experiences and interactive exhibits. This passion grew as an extension of wanting more developmentally appropriate opportunities for children in this small, but progressive community. Visit www.landerchildrensmuseum.org. 

The Think Make Create (TMC) Lab is a unique mobile maker platform specifically designed to meet rural Expanded Learning Opportunity programs. Using STEM skills, the labs let students bring ideas into the real world. Wyoming’s first lab was launched in 2019 Rawlins thanks to a successful community partnership. AT&T Mountain Region and Sinclair Oil Corporation saw the opportunity to bring valuable skills into the community and have helped fund the labs. Carbon County Boys & Girls Club, Carbon County School District #1, and Carbon County Higher Education Center are working together to bring the opportunity to life. The second TMC Mobile Lab is based at the Lander Children’s Museum. 

Mission: The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance is a statewide network working to create the conditions for young people to reach their full potential. We are a priority fund of the Wyoming Community Foundation.

WYOMING AFTERSCHOOL ALLIANCE

1472 N. 5th Street, Suite 201
Laramie, WY 82072
Phone: 307-721-8300

 

AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS IN WYOMING ARE HIGH-QUALITY, EDUCATION-FOCUSED, SAFE PLACES FOR ALL OF WYOMING’S YOUTH. QUALITY PRACTICES HELP MAKE THIS POSSIBLE!

 

WYOMING PROGRAM QUALITY PRACTICES

(PQPs) are research-based guidelines that provide a common understanding of the essential components of quality practice in afterschool and youth development programs.

The PQPs provide programs, communities and stakeholders with a way to voluntarily examine the quality of programs and to engage in important discussions about program quality. They set the stage for development of a comprehensive and coordinated system of services that will best serve Wyoming’s children and youth. Most of all, they send the message that we believe quality is important, and we hold ourselves accountable for improving quality.

Download the PQPs (Updated in March 2022)

WYOMING PROGRAM QUALITY PRACTICES WEBINAR

The Wyoming Afterschool Alliance with assistance from National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST – http://www.niost.org/) produced an informative 20-minute webinar to walk through the PQPs and information about how to put them into practice in your afterschool program!

  • Section 1: Introduction to the Wyoming Program Quality Practice
  • Section 2: Putting the PQPs into Practice
  • Section 3: Connecting Quality

The webinar was produced in partnership with Wyoming afterschool professionals: Tamera Allen – Program Director of Double AAces in Weston County SD #1, Karen Bierhaus – Education Consultant with 21st CCLC at the Wyoming Department of Education, Shannon Christian – Executive Director of the Worland Youth Learning Center, Kei Owen – former Grant Assistant with the Natrona County Prevention Coalition, Tamra Petersen – Program Coordinator with the Uinta County BOES Education Center, and Christine Turner – former Program Director with Lincoln County School District #1.

Watch the PQP Webinar

WYOMING PROGRAM QUALITY PRACTICES USER GUIDE

This user guide describes how the PQPs fit into WYAA’s quality improvement efforts and offers concrete ways to use the PQPs. All school age, afterschool, and youth development programs in Wyoming can use this guide to improve their programming. This guide may also be a resource for families, community members, funders, and advocates who partner with program providers to improve outcomes for children and youth.

The user guide provides context for the eight domains of the PQPs:

  1. Physical Environment, Curriculum, and Program Activities
  2. Assessment, Planning, and Improvement
  3. Relationships
  4. Child and Youth Engagement
  5. Families and Communities
  6. Safety, Health, and Wellness
  7. Leadership and Administration
  8. Professional Development

Download the User Guide

WYOMING PROGRAM QUALITY PRACTICES SELF ASSESSMENT

This tool was designed to help afterschool and youth development professionals develop high-quality out-of-school time programs. It may also be a useful checklist for families. This self-assessment is a companion to the PQPs, which are based on research on best practices in programs for afterschool and youth development.

Download the Self Assessment Tool

CORE COMPETENCIES

The National Afterschool Alliance’s Core Knowledge and Competencies enable afterschool and youth development practitioners to demonstrate expertise and gain a higher level of recognition within their communities–particularly from school officials–that has long been sought after.

Check out the Core Competencies

THE STATE OF AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMMING IN WYOMING: AN ASSESSMENT OF NEEDS AND PERCEPTIONSS

In 2010, the Wyoming Afterschool Alliance, a C.S. Mott Foundation Statewide Afterschool Network and an initiative of the Wyoming Community Foundation, launched a research project to survey the capacity of public and private afterschool systems and to assess their effectiveness across Wyoming.

Download the Executive Summary.

Download the Wyoming Afterschool Quality Improvement Three-Year Initiative.

APAS – AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM ASSESSMENT SYSTEM

Program assessment is invaluable to creating the highest quality afterschool programs. WYAA, with support from National Institute of Out of School Time (NIOST) implemented the initiative.

Outcomes from APAS include:

  • An upward trend in attitudes, skills and behaviors of youth
  • Peer networking and relationship building between programs
  • A statewide shared vision and understanding of high quality afterschool and OST programming

Learn more.

WYOMING CAREER DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM REPORT

The Wyoming Career Development System Report identifies six components of a comprehensive career development system and makes recommendations for advancing each component in Wyoming. A cross-sector, continuum approach (one that supports those who serve a broad range of ages) is the most cost-effective way to provide quality programming for children and youth. With this in mind, these recommendations build on current systems and initiatives established in the early childhood field.

Download the Summary document. 

Download the Report.