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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 strategies do you see staff use that gives youth support while giving them control of the activity? (0:11 - 0:28; 0:59 - 1:19)

How do the youth respond to being in control of the design process? What do they do and say that shows you they are in charge of what they're learning? (1:20-1:55; 2:12 - 2:23; 3:05)

Autonomy means independence or self-determination. Where do you see youth displaying autonomy in this activity? How could staff give youth more autonomy in developing their design?

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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 do you see the adult doing that helps empower the groups with their projects?
Jessica Goetze's picture
As the children are working in their groups, the supervisors walk around and observe what the children are doing. As they walk around, the supervisors begin to ask the groups a variety of questions. Some of the questions are basic, for example “what was their invention” to higher order questions like “why did you use that wire instead of another wire for this part of the invention.” By asking children these questions it forces them to explain their thinking process. It also gives them confidence in their creation. The children are able to look back at their inventions, explain it to someone who wasn’t part of the process and demonstrate how it works. The confidence and determination it creates in the children is something they will always cherish. 

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