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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:

How does the facilitator frame questions that get youth thinking about a personal science identity? (Listen at 0:22 - 0:56)

What are youth doing and saying that is helping them process their role as scientists and engineers? (Watch and listen at 1:36-1:44)

How does the facilitator encourage the youth to fulfill their roles? (Listen at 1:53 - 1:59)

Throughout the video, what are the different ways that youth develop or expand their knowledge of the different identities in STEM? (Watch at 2:00)

How would you facilitate this 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.

How did the facilitator connect youth to the different STEM careers and roles? What else could they have done?
lupita venegas's picture
The facilitator announced what the significance of an architect, geologist and structural engineering. She asked them first what they thought each one meant and then she gave them the answer. Within each group as a group they each picked their roles and took on the job and began building. Its always nice to advise the students a process in which things are made for example design, build and test. This is a way for students to better understand engineers. The facilitator also asked the students questions as to what was required in a specific type of building and taking safety measures into consideration.
Maria Sandoval's picture
The facilitator encouraged the students to collaborate on the different  STEM careers. The students had a chance to tell her what they knew about the career and she assigned different tasks to the students according to their career. What she did was a great way to have the students engaged in the activity and learn about the different career tasks. 
One thing the facilitator could have done: 
*show pictures of different famous Engineers, Architectures, Geologist, etc. So the students have an idea of the different things they do.
What is the value of having youth explore different roles in STEM?
Francisco Becerra's picture
The value of having youth explore different roles in STEM is the youth begin to explore how one job, like contructing a stable house thank can support an earthquake consist of different branches coming together to work on the same think. They can see that they are all connect without a geologist there are no lands safe for buildings, without an architect their are no ideas on how the structure should be build. By exploring the different roles they can see how science connects withone another and explore which one they would like to follow.
This activity is excellent at helping youth see themselves as scientists and engineers. What activities do you facilitate at your program that could bring out youths' role as contributors to science and engineering? How could you adapt a STEM activity to encourage exploration of scientific identity?

Professional Development Resources

Every Day STEM

Learn how to use a "Mystery Science Visitor" to help youth develop and affirm their STEM identity.
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Digging Up Your Inner Scientist

Develop a STEM Identity in youth by focusing on the skills an Archeologist uses in their work.
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Exploring a STEM Identity

How do we develop a STEM identity in youth? Use this training guide to explore strategies for youth to develop a personal identity in STEM.

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Exploring Science and Engineering Identities

Dig deeper in understanding strategies and facilitating STEM activities that engage youth as learners, users and contributors to science and...

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I Can Do STEM

Support youth in viewing themselves as people who learn about, use and sometimes contribute to science.
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Getting Real

A coaching session on brainstorming with staff possible community opportunities for developing a STEM identity.
30 minutes
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What We Say Counts

Brainstorm language staff can use to develop a STEM identity in youth.
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Women's Work

Guide your staff in developing a conversation with youth around developing an identity as someone who can contribute to science.
15 minutes
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This is how we do it!

How do you work with youth to support their STEM identity?

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Do as I say...

Observing great strategies for developing a STEM identity.

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Science is for Everyone

Strategies for helping youth see themselves as someone who can do science.

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Strategies to Engage Youth During Activities

This one-on-one, face-to-face resource uses observation of frontline staff help youth develop a positve attitude toward science.

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Making STEM Stick

This one-on-one virtual resource will help you work with frontline staff to identify strategies for engaging youth in science.

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Involving Families to Support STEM Identity

Bring together staff virtually to learn strategies to involve families in developing a STEM identity.
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Finding Partners

Brainstorm strategies during a team meeting to utilize resources from the Society of Women Engineers.
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The Next Great Space Geologist

Reinforcing a STEM Identity.

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Who does Science?

Helping youth see themselves as someone who can do STEM.

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Learning From Each Other

Learn strategies from each other

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Engaging Youth as Learners, Users and Contributors

Take 30 minutes at the next staff meeting and focus on strategies to engage youth in science and engineering!

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Scientific and Engineering Practices

Got a few minutes at the end of your staff meeting to focus on skills that make STEM click?

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Powerpoint for Developing a STEM Identity

Powerpoint that accompanies the Meeting Resource, "Engaging Youth as Learners, Users and Contributors."

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