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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:

In what ways does Diane use the senses to spark interest in the activity? (Listen at 0:47, 1:22)

What strategies do you see Diane use to spark and sustain interest in the activity? (Listen at 1:05, 2:01, 2:17)

How do the youth respond to the activity? What do they do that shows you they are engaged in the activity? (Watch at 1:07, 2:12, 2:21)

How would you facilitate the activity 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.

Why do you think sparking interest in STEM is important during your interactions with youth?
Jen's picture

THis was a really cool module.

Diane's picture

We make learning fun and if we make it fun they want to learn more.
If it's fun they will stay on task and wnat to do it.

REF's picture

It emphasizes the investigative nature of science and engages youth in the investigation(s) appropriate to their ages with the goals of developing both understanding of science concepts and processes, and specific skills.

Lisa's picture

Diane is fabulous!

Bunyamin Purkaya's picture

Because students will pay more attention. Some students can be distracted easily, so they will pay attention and learn better when teacher can draw their attention. Also, teacher will make them think about what they are doing. The knowledge will be concrete when students think about it. Students will keep it in their minds and use when they need.

What were some examples of strategies to spark interest in STEM that you saw in the video?
Diane's picture

We asked them to use their senses
The kids got to get involved and touch the foam
They participated in the experiment from start to end
The kids lived through their excitement - they didn't just talk about the experiment

Bunyamin Purkaya's picture

>Use multiple senses

>Express what they are going to do and theories

>Ask questions

>Share ideas

>Make them suprised

What examples did you see that were especially successful? How did you know they were successful?
Spring Forward's picture

When she asked them to describe how the experiment work they really had to think about the question and how the chemical reaction all worked together. Provoking their thoughts and giving them a chance to respond. Everyone had a chance to share.

Bunyamin Purkaya's picture

Using multiple senses was good to make them satisfy and attract mentally.

       Expressing theories was the another good one to make them ready. 

What are some strategies you use to spark interest in STEM?
Spring Forward's picture

Relating things to their lives - animals, things that go on in their community, etc.
Presenting something completely new and unheard of
Making kids active in their learning

Bunyamin Purkaya's picture

Suprised> I do things that they don't expect to make them suprised. And then, they get crazy and want to learn how to do.

Professional Development Resources

Sparking Interest in the Activities I Plan

Create a plan to help staff spark interest in STEM.

1 hour, 30 minutes
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An Introduction to Sparking Interest in STEM

Purpose: Afterschool staff members and volunteers will be able to foster interest, wonder and excitement in STEM.

1 hour, 30 minutes
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Motivating Youth by Sparking Interest

How can frontline staff members and volunteers motivate and engage youth in STEM learning experiences?

30 minutes
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Share the Spark

Use this one-on-one coaching resource to help staff facilitate activities that develop STEM processes and skills.

15 minutes
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Putting Sparking Interest into Practice

Looking for a one-on-one resource to help foster interest, wonder and excitement in STEM by youth?

30 minutes
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Planning Sparks

Use this resource, one-on-one, to create a spark in youth for STEM.

30 minutes
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Identifying Opportunities to Spark Interest

Work one-on-one with staff to stimulate interest, wonder and excitement in STEM in youth.

15 minutes
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Six Strategies for Sparking Interest in STEM

Use this virual meeting with staff to foster interest, wonder and excitement in STEM.

15 minutes
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Strategies for Sparking Interest in STEM

This meeting resource will help your team develop strategies for sparking interest in STEM by youth.

30 minutes
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