Step
1

Watch the activity overview video

This video shows staff facilitating the activity featured in the skill video.
Step
2

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

How does the staff member, Gauri, connect youth to different topics to guide the discussion? (Listen at 0:43, 1:06)

What does she do that connects to what youth already know? (Watch at 0:10, 0:55, 1:25)

How does Gauri re-state the youth’s responses and how does that link to their experiences in the current activity? (Listen at 1:35, 1:47)

How would you lead this discussion differently? What would you do the same?

Step
3

Watch the skill video

Step
4

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

How did the youth use their prior knowledge to guide the planning and building of their stoves?

Why do you think it is important for STEM to be linked to everyday experiences?

What are some ways you have connected STEM to the needs of others?

What are some examples of ways you could connect to prior knowledge or experiences of the youth you work with?

Professional Development Resources

Improving Connections

To use part of the activity viewed in the video to allow staff and volunteers to experience how they might make science more accessible to...

1 hour, 30 minutes
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Identifying Connections to Prior Knowledge

To increase staff and volunteer’s ability to make connections to the prior knowledge and experiences of the youth with whom they work.

15 minutes
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Reflecting on Your Own Skills

To enhance the ability of staff or volunteers to make science more accessible to learners by portraying STEM as a social lived experience that is...

30 minutes
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Making it Relevant

To enhance the ability of staff and volunteers to make science more accessible to learners by portraying science as a social, lived experience...

15 minutes
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Connecting to Prior Knowledge Idea Walk

To increase staff member and volunteers’ ideas about how to make STEM activities relevant to youth’s daily experiences.

30 minutes
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There’s Always Room for Improvement

Increase the ability of staff or volunteers to make activities relevant to youth’s experiences and link STEM content to daily experiences.

15 minutes
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