Click2Science has a New Skills Framework

Based on feedback from out-of-school time STEM facilitation experts and other afterschool leaders, we reviewed our 20 Skills that Make STEM Click for overlap and redundancy. We found that some skills had very similar purposes and objectives and that there was a need to separate some skills that had formerly been combined. We also pared down a little, streamlined a little, and made some tweaks to help you find what you’re looking for. In particular, we were able to call out the differences between science and engineering by refining two skills: "Modeling Science Practices" and "Modeling Engineering Practices". We consolidated a few skills to make for more consistent grain sizes. For example, we combined “Selecting STEM Activities” and “Preparing Yourself to Facilitate STEM” into one skill, “Preparing STEM Learning Opportunities.”

Here’s a summary of how the skills are changing.

Skills

Current Skills New Skills
Selecting STEM Activities Preparing STEM Learning Opportunities.
Preparing Yourself to Facilitate STEM
Maximizing Your Space Creating STEM Learning Environments
Connecting with Community Partners REMOVED
Creating a Safe Space Facilitating Inclusive Learning Experiences
Sparking Interest in STEM Connecting to Prior Knowledge and Experiences
Connecting to Prior Knowledge and Experiences
Embracing Active STEM Learning Enabling Active STEM Learning
Giving Youth Control Giving Youth Control
Group Management During STEM Managing Groups During STEM
Asking Purposeful Questions Asking Purposeful Questions
Encouraging Collaborative STEM Work Encouraging Collaborative STEM Work
Making Authentic Assessments of STEM Learning Making Authentic Assessments
Reflecting and Processing STEM Experiences Reflecting and Processing STEM Experiences
Making Connections to STEM Careers Making Connections to STEM Careers
Developing a Science and Engineering Identity Developing a STEM Identity
Supporting Testing and Re-Testing Modeling Engineering Practices
Modeling Science and Engineering Processes Modeling Science Practices
Helping Learners Develop and Expand Explanations
Supporting Documentation of STEM Learning Supporting Documentation of STEM Learning



We also developed a new framework for categorizing the skills into strategies. Previously, you may have heard us refer to the categories as "buckets" of skills that were grouped together. We determined that grouping the skills based on the strategy they supported could help program leaders and trainers/coaches find a focus area more easily. For example, if you are a program that is just starting to implement STEM programming, you would begin with the skills under the strategy Preparing for Success in STEM. If your program is focusing on developing specific STEM practices in your STEM programming, you would look at selecting skills from the Developing STEM Practices and Mindset strategy. We will updated our DoS Crosswalk to reflect these changes to help you select a starting point for your STEM professional development. 

Here’s a summary of the framework changes.

Strategies

Current Buckets & Skills New Strategies & Skills
Planning STEM Learning Experiences
  • Selecting STEM Activities
  • Preparing Yourself to Facilitate STEM
  • Maximizing Your Space
  • Connecting with Community Partners
  • Creating a Safe Space
Preparing for Success in STEM
  • Preparing STEM Learning Opportunities
  • Creating STEM Learning Environments
Interacting with Youth During STEM
  • Sparking Interest in STEM
  • Connecting to Prior Knowledge & Experiences
  • Embracing Active STEM Learning
  • Giving Youth Control
  • Group Management During STEM
  • Asking Purposeful Questions
  • Encouraging Collaborative STEM Work
  • Making Authentic Assessments of STEM Learning
  • Reflecting & Processing STEM Experiences
Supporting Youth Development through STEM
  • Managing Groups During STEM
  • Encouraging Collaborative STEM Work
  • Facilitating Inclusive Learning Experiences
  • Developing a STEM Identity
  • Making Connections to STEM Careers
  • Connecting to Prior Knowledge & Experiences
  • Giving Youth Control
Building STEM Skills in Youth
  • Supporting Testing & Re-Testing
  • Modeling Science & Engineering Processes
  • Helping Learners Develop & Expand Explanations
  • Supporting Documentation of STEM Learning
  • Developing Science & Engineering Identity
  • Making Connections to STEM Careers
Developing STEM Practices and Mindset
  • Enabling Active STEM Learning
  • Modeling Science Practices
  • Modeling Engineering Practices
  • Supporting Documentation of STEM Learning
  • Asking Purposeful Questions
  • Reflecting & Processing Experiences
  • Making Authentic Assessments

We hope you will find that it’s clear, and that you’ll get in touch if we can help you adjust to the new framework.