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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 does staff say here that supports youth setting goals and making decisions regarding the activity? (0:16; 2:26; 3:09)

What do you see staff doing here that gives youth control of the learning? (1:04 - 1:34; 2:00 - 2:14)

How does the staff support youth autonomy while helping them through frustrations with their design? What words and actions do staff use? (1:40 - 1:49)

What does staff say and do here that allows youth to set their own goals and make decisions, while still providing support? How do the youth respond? (2:22 - 2:51)

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Watch the skill video

Step
4

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

What did you like about how the staff gave youth control in this activity?  What would you have done differently?
What are other ways that you help youth through frustrations in your program?

Professional Development Resources

Effective Strategies in Giving Youth Control

Help staff develop strategies to encourage youth to be active learners and engage others in STEM activities.

1 hour, 30 minutes
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I Can't Get It To Work!

Engage youth in STEM learning by providing opportunities for them to direct and manage their own learning.
15 minutes
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Examples in Action

This Coaching Resource helps staff focus on their own skills and goals for giving youth control.

30 minutes
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Developing Goals for Giving Youth Control

Work with your staff one-on-one to develop goals to give youth control during STEM experiences.
15 minutes
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Turning STEM Activities over to Youth

How do you know how much control to give youth when doing STEM? Work with your staff to develop strategies to guide youth when doing STEM.

30 minutes
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