Click2Science is an interactive, professional development site for trainers, coaches, site directors and frontline staff/volunteers working in out-of-school time STEM programs, serving children and youth.
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Get to know Click2ScienceUse Click2Science with your out-of-school staff to help them develop the 20 Skills to Make STEM Click when engaging youth in informal STEM learning.
Moments that Click
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How can you benefit from Click2Science?
State Program Leaders
State program leaders can improve overall program quality in their state with the Click2Science professional development resources.
Frontline staff and volunteers
Frontline staff and volunteers can watch the 20 skills to make STEM Click in action and have access to the engaging STEM activities.
Site directors and coordinators
Site directors and coordinators can choose the coaching, training, and meeting resources that fit their site needs to deliver professional development to staff and volunteers.
Trainers and coaches
Trainers and coaches have a wealth of ready to use, free resources to develop the STEM skills of frontline staff and volunteers.
Educators can access the interactive videos, activities,and training, coaching, and meeting resources to improve their skills in leading STEM activities.
What you will find at Click2Science
How do I navigate Click2Science?
20 Skills to make STEM Click
These categories guide you to the 20 Skills that make STEM Click.
Interactive Video-Based Learning Modules
Learning Modules are interactive, innovative video professional development tools.
Training, Coaching & Meeting Resources
Printable resources for trainings, workshops, staff meetings and one-on-one coaching sessions.
Quality supporting STEM activities
Access to the quality STEM activities used in learning modules and training resources.
A Passionate STEM Community
Click2Science provides access to a community of practice for STEM educators, including discussions, blogs, a job board, and news.
STEM out-of-school time experts share what they're doing and hints for teaching STEM more effectively.
Looking for the resources that informed our work?
The 20 Skills that Make STEM Click were identified by looking through existing research and resources, as well as seeking input form frontline facilitators, trainers, and coaches about the skills they needed help supporting. Learn more
Click2Science Web Lessons
Looking for self-directed professional development that out-of-school staff and volunteers can complete on their own? Click2Science has partnered with Better Kid Care to provide quality STEM training for youth development professionals via online, on-demand Web Lessons. Hosted on Better Kid Care’s online learning management system, Click2Science Web Lessons teach frontline staff and volunteers to facilitate quality STEM learning experiences with youth in out-of-school time settings.
STEM Professional Development for Frontline Staff & Volunteers
Staff and volunteers can earn credit for successfully completing Click2Science Web Lessons and keep a record of their training hours by downloading a certificate of completion after the assessment at the end of each lesson.
Click2Science Web Lessons are research-based courses developed in collaboration with Better Kid Care's curriculum development specialists and youth development experts. Built around each of the Click2Science skills — skills staff need to successfully engage youth in STEM learning — Click2Science Web Lessons include multiple forms of media content and opportunities for participants to plan how they will take what they've learned and apply it in their program.
Online & On-Demand
Staff and volunteers can master each of the Click2Science skills when it’s convenient for them. Click2Science Web Lessons are online and on-demand, giving staff flexibility with their training and helping them fit professional development into their busy schedules.
Click2Science Web Lessons are self-directed, so staff can go at their own pace. Self-directed lessons eliminate the need for professional development providers and reduce the work required of trainers.
Each Click2Science Web Lesson costs only five dollars, an affordable alternative to other expensive and time-consuming professional development solutions.
Build a Stronger Out-of-School Time Program
Receiving training credits from Penn State Extension's Better Kid Care Program is a quality indicator for not only staff, but entire out-of-school time programs. Continuing education helps out-of-school time professionals provide higher quality care to youth, especially in STEM fields. When staff earn credit for completing Click2Science Web Lessons through Better Kid Care, programs are also demonstrating their dedication to quality STEM education in out-of-school time.
Program directors, trainers, and individuals in charge of professional development can encourage staff to take Click2Science's online courses by prepaying for multiple lessons in advance and tracking the lessons as they're completed by staff. Log in to Better Kid Care’s online learning management system to purchase a prepayment code, or visit Better Kid Care's website for additional information.