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Preparing Youth for the Future

February 14, 2018

On a brisk February morning six years ago, four colleagues and I from the University of Nebraska Extension had the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Noyce Foundation about the development of a website. The site would be a resource for staff or volunteers who work with youth outside of school, who maybe weren't really comfortable with leading STEM experience and activities with kids.

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Inspiring Wonder

February 6, 2018

Our world is ever evolving as new technologies and processes are developed to resolve issues and simplify tasks. These new developments and inventions are often credited to engineers, but what is an engineer?

SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time Based)


January 30, 2018

This is the last in our series on the who, what, why, and how of professional development for out-of-school programs. This week we examine the how of building staff skills through coaching and SMART Goals.

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Finding the Best Trainer for Your Program

January 23, 2018

This week's blog on the who, what, why, and how of professional development will help you decide who can provide the professional development for your staff. The Click2Science professional development model is designed to build local capacity for STEM.

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Building the Whole Person

January 16, 2018

This month, we are focusing on planning for professional development with a series of blogs on the who, what, why, and how of professional development for out-of-school time (OST) programs. This week we examine what makes professional development effective in developing the whole person and accomplishing program goals.

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Planning for 2018

January 9, 2018

As we launch 2018 exploring the who, what why, and how of professional development for out-of-school time (OST) programs, this week we examine "How" you can use resources from Click2SciencePD to develop a professional development plan for yourself and your program.

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Investments = Results

January 2, 2018

We are kicking off the new year by thinking about planning for professional development in 2018. This month we'll be discussing the who, what, why, and how of professional development. We'll start this week by examining "Why" out-of-school programs should invest in staff development.

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What Happened to the Scientific Method?

December 19, 2017

You may have heard that the scientific method is dead. If your science classes looked like my science classes in high school, this is probably troubling. I memorized the scientific method, not just once but five times. “Form a question/write a hypothesis/design an experiment/gather data/analyze results/repeat.”

Maricela Paramo is an engineering student at UNL and a student intern with Click2Science

5 Myths About Engineering Majors

December 12, 2017

Maricela Paramo is a freshman at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln studying civil engineering. She was born in Grand Island, Nebraska but grew up in Michoacàn, Mexico until she was 8. Moving to the United States was not an easy transition for her, but it was definitely worth it. It opened up so many opportunities for her to explore and grow as a person. Now as a student intern for Click2Science Maricela's goal is to encourage people to pursue STEM majors.