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 youth facilitator provide feedback to the participants? How does this impact the participants? (Pause at 0:40)

What does the youth facilitator say at this point? How might that impact the participants? (Listen at 0:52)

The youth facilitator asks the participant a question. How does she word it? How does this affect the youth participants? (Listen at 1:03)

What does the youth facilitator say at this point? How does that help youth make connections? (Listen at 1:35)

What do the youth facilitators do - or don't do - that allows the youth to be in control of the activity? (Pause at 1:52)

What are elements that make youth engaged in the learning in this activity?

If you were focusing on giving youth control, how would you facilitate this activity 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 do the youth respond to the Youth Facilitators?  



What planning and guidance do you think went into enabling the youth to successfully facilitate this activity?


What role did adults play in the activity?


What would you do differently with this activity to enable the youth in your program to facilitate this activity?  What did you like about what the youth facilitators did?


How could you engage youth even further with this experiment?


How do you know when to step in and when to let youth control the experience?

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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Giving Youth a Role

Help staff provide youth with a role in determining what is learned and how it is learned.

1 hour, 30 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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Goals for Giving Youth Control

This 15 minute Coaching resource provides a one-on-one virtual professional development resource for giving youth control.

15 minutes
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Considerations when Giving Youth Control

Guide staff to employ effective strategies to engage youth in STEM learning by providing opportunities for youth to direct and manage their own learn
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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A Class Meeting

Work directly with your team to develop strategies for effectively directing youth to manage their own learning.

30 minutes
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