Click2SciencePD Framework

The foundation upon which Click2Science was built, Click2Science skill are the abilities frontline staff need to effectively facilitate high-quality STEM learning experiences with youth. The skills are designed to help staff achieve overarching strategies that lead to higher-quality education during out-of-school time. The skills and strategies were identified through extensive research and testing, and supported by previous studies.

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Preparing for Success in STEM

Staff will select, plan, and prepare to deliver a STEM learning experience to youth. Well-prepared STEM learning experiences are relevant, engaging, and appropriate for youth. By effectively preparing to deliver STEM learning to youth, frontline staff will provide STEM learning experiences that maximize youth engagement, and support inclusiveness and safety.

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Preparing STEM Learning Opportunities

Purpose: Frontline staff and volunteers will prepare high-quality STEM activities for youth. 

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Creating STEM Learning Environments

Purpose: Frontline staff and volunteers will arrange their environment to maximize youth engagement and support physical and emotional safety during STEM activities.

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Supporting Youth Development Through STEM

Staff will use positive youth development practices to engage youth in meaningful STEM learning experiences. Positive youth development is essential to developing well-rounded youth who are engaged with their communities, schools, organizations, peer groups, and families. Out-of-school time STEM education is well-positioned to equip youth with the opportunities, relationships, and the foundation they need to build and grow their leadership skills.

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Managing Groups During STEM

Purpose: Frontline staff and volunteers will manage behavior of youth during STEM activities.

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Encouraging Collaborative STEM Work

Purpose: Frontline staff and volunteers will manage behavior of youth during STEM activities.

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Facilitating Inclusive Learning Experiences

Purpose: Frontline staff and volunteers will design and continually attend to the social and emotional safety of youth and respond to the inequities when they occur.

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Developing a STEM Identity

Purpose: Frontline staff and volunteers will be support youth in viewing themselves as someone who learns about, uses, and sometimes contributes to science – someone who has a personal identity as a science learner.

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Making Connections to STEM Careers

Purpose: Frontline staff and volunteers will be able to connect their program to the work of STEM professionals.

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Connecting to Prior Knowledge & Experiences

Purpose: Frontline staff and volunteers will be able to effectively connect STEM activities to the knowledge and experiences (culture, gender, socioeconomic status, language, daily experiences, etc.) of the youth in their program.

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Giving Youth Control

Purpose: Frontline staff and volunteers will provide opportunities for youth to direct and manage their own learning.

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Developing STEM Practices & Mindset

Staff will model and facilitate opportunities for youth to use the science and engineering practices to develop a STEM mindset through answering questions and solving problems during learning experiences.

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Enabling Active STEM Learning

Purpose: Frontline staff and volunteers will be able to facilitate active STEM learning experiences.

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Modeling Science Practices

Purpose: Frontline staff and volunteers will facilitate opportunities for youth to apply science practices including investigating questions, using data, and developing explanations.

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Modeling Engineering Practices

Purpose: Frontline staff and volunteers will facilitate STEM learning experiences for youth to engage in engineering practices, including defining the problem, designing a solution, testing, responding to failure, and optimization.

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Supporting Documentation of STEM Learning

Purpose: Frontline staff and volunteers will be able to support youth to use a variety of documentation strategies during STEM.

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Asking Purposeful Questions

Purpose: Frontline staff and volunteers will utilize purposeful questioning and feedback to increase youth learning in STEM.

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Reflecting & Processing Experiences

Purpose: Frontline staff and volunteers will deepen understanding and personal meaning-making for youth by facilitating opportunities for reflecting on STEM learning experiences.

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Making Authentic Assessments

Purpose: Frontline staff and volunteer will be able to evaluate what is learned by youth before, during, and after STEM activities.

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