As you watch the skill video below, think about these questions:

How does Alex recommend preparing to facilitate STEM activities?

What considerations does Lemond make when planning STEM learning experiences?

How does he set up the learning environment to make it an engaging place to learn?


Watch the skill video


Getting Youth Ready to Do STEM

This is a video of a real afterschool program. These videos serve as discussion starters around a particular skill and are not examples of perfect practice.

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

How do you prepare yourself to facilitate STEM learning experiences?
Amanda Carpenter's picture
1. Fully underdtand the concept I am giving the lesson on. Then, shift to a learners perspective and ask myself what possible questions may arise.
2. Acount for the learner's age ranges: Is that concept to advanced or elementry? Does the activity align with general interests of that age group? Optimal learning occures when the learner is intereted/currious of the outcome and creatively engaged in the process.
3. Acount for all learning styles and meet all of them in the lesson.
4. List learning objective goals and reflection Q&A for learners at end of activity.
5. Organize all materials needed for the activity (test the activity before instruction).
Kathleen McCarthy's picture
I practice the lesson before I teach it. Ideally if I can I also practice the lesson with a youth prior to teaching it as well. 
Lemond mentioned planning for getting youth involved in the lesson. What are some other ways you can give youth a role in the lesson?
Kathleen McCarthy's picture
I can have children who finish first help others with completing their project. Have leaders pass out supplies. Have leaders pick up and organize used supplies. Have youth in certain stages of the lesson help demonstrate the lesson with you.