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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 model enthusiasm for STEM learning and spark interest in the students? (Watch at 0:38)

What does the facilitator say that encourages students to explore the engineering process? (Watch at 0:52)

What are youth doing and saying that is a natural part of the science and engineering process? (Watch and listen at 1:10 - 1:35)

Listen carefully to the youth explanations. What did the staff need to do in order to allow for the processing of what happened? (Listen at 1:51)

What are different strategies you could use to model the science and engineering processes? What strategies from the video could you use in your program?

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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.

In both videos, what did you see youth doing throughout each video?  What are the staff doing?
Judith Becker's picture
In both of the videos, the youth were excited and engaged in learning about earthquake proof structures. They worked in groups, came up with a design, tested it, made changes and shared their ideas with each other.The staff are encouraging them, the one said, "there is nor wrong way"...I love that. the youth of today are so focused on being right all the time and being the best at this, the best at that. They need to learn how to work together, try things out and make changes that are needed.
What planning do you think went into that activity in order to engage youth and allow for the learning to take place?
Judith Becker's picture
Gather ideas from the children on what they would like to learn about. Maybe there was a recent earthquake that struck an interest in learning about them Also, the motivational ttitudes/personalities of the staff help in the children being enthusiastic about learning about a topic.
What key strategies will you take away from this video?  What would you do differently?  
Judith Becker's picture
The staff working with the children need to be excited about what they are doing, this in turn motivates the children. Let them try and try again, share their ideas and strategies, so that they feel a part of what is going on. Encourage the children to be leaders and to share their ideas.

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