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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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Earthquake!

This is a video of a real afterschool program. These videos serve as discussion starters around a particular skill and are not examples of perfect practice.
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As you watch the skill video below, think about these questions:

How did the facilitator connect the engineering design challenge to a problem relevant to youth?

Why do you think the facilitator emphasized the engineering design process at the beginning of the activity?

How does the facilitator emphasize collaboration as key engineering practice?
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Watch the skill video

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11 Modeling Engineering Practices

This is a video of a real afterschool program. These videos serve as discussion starters around a particular skill and are not examples of perfect practice.
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Now that you've watched the video, reflect on what you saw and post your responses.

How did the staff keep youth engaged in the challenge? 
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 did the facilitator have to do to engage youth in an authentic engineering design challenge?
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.