April 3, 2017
Is memorizing content the same as learning it? Not according to most afterschool educators, who regularly involve children in investigations, inquiry and local phenomenon. Yet school-day science often insists that students learn by memorizing facts or vocabulary. So, what are we to believe?
February 20, 2017
When youth are introduced to approachable and relatable STEM role models, they are more likely to pursue STEM courses and careers in the future. STEM role models can alter a young person’s perceptions about what STEM professionals look like, exemplify a clear pathway to STEM, and illustrate how STEM works in their community.
February 6, 2017
Girls are considered a marginalized population in STEM because of their under-representation in STEM-related professions. In order to help diminish this gender gap, we've compiled some ways to keep girls engaged in STEM.
January 19, 2017
Click2Science’s mission is to provide valuable resources and information that helps out-of-school time (OST) professionals create quality STEM learning experiences with youth. In an effort to expand upon its lineup of resources, Click2Science is introducing a new STEM Education Expert to its blog in 2017.
November 30, 2016
New Season, New Opportunity to Explore Science! As the temperature drops and seasons change, youth in your program may begin to wonder how icicles form, why snow melts or why we put salt on icy roads. This creates the perfect opportunity to teach youth about the changes in states of matter. In order to encourage this curiosity in youth, Click2SciencePD has compiled a few easy, inexpensive STEM experiments to try out during the winter months.
August 31, 2016
Struggling to engage youth in STEM learning? Looking for ways to motivate youth to think critically about STEM activities? Click2Science has compiled a few easy tricks staff can use to guide youth in STEM programming. Connect Activities to Real-World Careers
August 1, 2016
Youth development professionals come from many backgrounds and work in a variety of settings. They can be childcare providers, camp leaders, afterschool professionals, or even volunteers with little to no background in development or education. Due to this diversity, it’s essential to ensure there’s a basic understanding of positive youth development among those working in the field.What is PYD
June 30, 2016
New staff training is important to the quality of every OST program. Check out these top three resources we've compiled to use with new staff during the summer months.
June 15, 2016
Like that little old lady in that fast food commercial who asks, “Where’s the beef?”, I sometimes wonder, “Where’s the inquiry?” when observing a STEM activity. While staff members are diligently following a lesson plan, and I can see that many good things are happening, it still feels scripted and flat. Everything is too tidy, and the kids don’t have any ownership.