UPDATE: August 2014

For the 2014 – 2015 school year, ThinkSTEM transitions to a site-based after-school program with centers in the following locations:

Athens/Sayre – Rowe Middle School   (PoC, Mr. John Toscano) – Sayre SD students will be transported to Rowe MS

Northeast Bradford – Northeast Bradford High School   (PoC, Mrs. Heather McPherson)

Towanda – Towanda Area High School   (PoC, Ms. Tara LaFrance)

Wyalusing – Wyalusing Valley Area High School   (PoC, Mr. Mike Wells)

ThinkSTEM opened its doors to 6-8th grade students in October of 2012 as the area’s first after-school, community learning center focused on STEM education.  Our journey began in 2012 when educational leaders from BLaST Intermediate Unit 17 and four partnering school districts, Athens, Northeast Bradford, Towanda and Sayre, asked the question…”How can we provide STEM learning opportunities to  build a better community?”  The answer had several key components:

1. Get  kids thinking – like scientists.

2. Provide opportunities for thinking about meaningful, relevant ideas.

3. Engage the community  in our activities.

From that vision, ThinkSTEM was born.  In August of 2012, we learned our application for a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant had been approved – the journey was underway.


Brought to the Northern Tier community by BLaST Intermediate Unit 17 in partnership with
Athens, Northeast Bradford, Sayre, Towanda and Wyalusing School Districts.

ThinkSTEM is supported by a grant from the 21st Century Community Learning Centers and the
Pennsylvania Department of Education