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    3 Ways to Use Prior Knowledge

    It is important to bring youths' prior knowledge and experiences to their learning in out-of-school time spaces.

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    The Great American Eclipse

    Millions of people all across the United States will be looking at the sky on Monday August 21. There is a sense of excitement and anticipation in people of all ages. This is a great opportunity to engage with youth in your program — even if you miss the eclipse itself!

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    Making Classroom Connections

    Youth spend approximately six hours a day in school, two hours a day in afterschool, and another six hours at home or in the community. This means a significant amount of their time spent learning is "out-of-school," and it's worthwhile to ensure these environments are as rich as possible.

  • Why is Prior Knowledge so Important?
    Why is Prior Knowledge so Important?

    When I taught high school ESL (English as a Second Language) courses, I was required to use a literacy battery that asked youth to read out loud to me, one-on-one. The goal of this “running record” was to determine whether they were making progress on their reading abilities in English.

  • Slime!

    American pop culture has always been “stuck” on slime — from The Blob (1958) to Ghostbusters (1984) to Stephen King’s short story, “Gray Matter” (1973) — and youth are no exception to the rule. Here are some ways to use slime to get youth excited about summer learning.

  • How Do I Know if it's a Good STEM Activity?
    How Do I Know if it's a Good STEM Activity?

    The internet is full of “STEM Activities” that promise to stimulate youths’ curiosity, spark their interests, and teach them STEM. However, not all activities are created equal. I've compiled some of my own criteria to help you make every STEM learning opportunity top-notch.

  • Things to Keep in Mind When Avoiding the Summer Slide
    Things to Keep in Mind When Avoiding the Summer Slide

    Most young people are out of school for about 10 weeks during the summer months. What do those out-of-school hours mean?

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    Make S'More Solar Energy

    What activity says “summer” more than roasting some s’mores? Discover how to add a STEM twist to the traditional summer snack by helping youth design their own solar-powered oven.

  • youth tinkering
    What's Tinkering?

    Tinkering has caught a lot of attention in recent years, and for good reason. Tinkering, like engineering, allows youth a chance to learn by pursuing design work of their choice in multi-disciplinary, STEM fields.


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I’m not sure I know enough about STEM careers to make connections to them. I’m not sure I know enough about STEM careers to make connections to them. Anyone have a suggestion for where I can go to learn more about STEM career pathways? 2
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