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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 questions did the staff person ask? How did the youth respond? (1:14 - 1:31)

 

How was the question effective in getting the youth to think practically about simple machines? (1:21 - 1:31)

 

What was the question staff asked? What did the children do as a result of this question? What were their expressions? (2:11 - 2:21)

 

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 strategies do you use to give youth time to reflect upon questioning and process their answer?
David Colin's picture
When asking them questions it's always nice to hear their answers. After hearing their answers ask more questions about their answers. Ask for examples and for a back up plan. 
Harvey Medina's picture
I think it's important to ask questions that will strengthen the point of the activiety that is being ran. Like in the video where they talk about simple machines they asked questions that would strenghten the point of the lesson. In my activites I ask these types of questions at the begaining middle and end to really hammer in key points that I want them to take away.
How could you tell that youth were engaged in the design challenge?
David Colin's picture
They were engaged because they are using their own creativity, there was no right nor wrong answers. They were excited to crush grapes and get messy, but also try their ideas.
Harvey Medina's picture
You could tell the youth were ingaged because their hands and attention were constantly on their activity. They also answered questions immediaitly but not just immediatley they answered them excitedly 

Professional Development Resources

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

Focus one-on-one (or small group) virtual setting on the skills for Active STEM Learning.
30 minutes
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Developing Skills Needed for Active STEM Learning

Afterschool staff members or volunteers will have opportunity to focus in a one-on-one (or small group) virtual setting on the skills they use for Ac
15 minutes
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How Do I Develop an Activity?

Staff members have the opportunity to focus in a small group to develop an Active STEM Learning activity.
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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