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Watch the activity overview video

This video shows staff facilitating the activity featured in the skill video.
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As you watch the skill video below, think about these questions:

What was the question Diane asked? What were the children's responses? How was this question effective in getting children to think and talk abou the activity? (Listen at 0:43)

What was the question Diane asked? Whad did the children do as a result of this question?  What were their expressions? (Watch at 0:55; 1:02)

What was the question the adult asks? What were the children's response to the question? How did this question help children make connections to prior experiences?(Listen at 1:08)

If you were leading this activity, what would you do differently? What would you do the same?

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Watch the skill video

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Now that you've watched the video, reflect on what you saw and post your responses.

What did you see Diane do that encouraged curiosity and imagination throughtout the activity?
Kit Alviz's picture
Diane asked probing and open ended questions.  In addition, she encouraged the youth to touch and feel their creation.
Ashley Parent's picture
She stuck her hands right into the bowl and got messy with them. Doing this got the children to fell like 'Hey this is okay let me try and see how it feels.'
How would you facilitate this activity differently?
Ashley Parent's picture
Instead of mixing the bowl myself at the facilitator, I would let the children mix the bowls. 
Every once and awhile, we may have youth that are not getting involved with the activity.  What would you do to encourage engagement?
Ashley Parent's picture
Maybe put a little bit into a plastic bag and show them that they do not have to get messy like everyone else, and try to move forward one step at a time. Mess isn't for everyone, although moving forward maybe once they see everyone else enjoying it they may want to jump in and join after they feel it through a plastic bag or some other barrier. 

Professional Development Resources

Developing an Active STEM Learning Environment - Level II

Staff will experiment with Glurch and Oobleck and develop goals for improving active learning in their STEM actitivies. 

1 hour, 30 minutes
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Developing an Active STEM Learning Environment - Level I

Purpose: As a Team, out-of-school staff members or volunteers will have the opportunity to focus on skills used for Active STEM Learning.

1 hour, 30 minutes
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Developing Skills Needed for Active STEM Learning

Purpose: Out-of-school staff members or volunteers will have the opportunity to focus on their own skills used for Active STEM Learning.

15 minutes
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How Do I Develop the Needed Skills?

Staff will evaluate themselves facilitating active STEM learning activities and establish goals to improve their skills. 

30 minutes
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What Skills Do I Need?

Purpose: Out-of-school staff members or volunteers will have the opportunity to focus on their own skills used for Active STEM Learning.

15 minutes
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Identifying Challenges

Purpose: Out-of-school staff members or volunteers will have the opportunity to identify challenges to Active STEM Learning.

30 minutes
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What About Challenges?

Staff will identify barriers and solutions for incorporating active STEM learning activities in their program. 

30 minutes
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How Do I Develop an Activity?

Staff will develop an activity to encourage active STEM learning.

15 minutes
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